WE look at some of the memorable moments that have happened on this day in the remarkable history of Rangers Football Club.
1930 – Rangers won the Glasgow Merchants Charity Cup for the fifteenth time since it’s inception in dramatic circumstances against Celtic on the toss of a coin at Hampden Park.
After ninety minutes the score was locked at 2:2 (and four corners each!) and following extra time the match was settled by the referee via a coin toss in front of 35,467 fans at Hampden.
Winning the Cup brought to the end a marvellous season for the club, one of the most successful in the club’s history after winning the Scottish Cup, the League Championship, the Glasgow Cup, the Charity Cup and reserve competitions the 2nd XL Cup and the Alliance Championship.
Immediately following the Cup win Rangers set off on a Canadian Tour, given a rousing send off from a crowd at St Enoch Station and being lifted and carried shoulder high to the train. The crowd sang “We will follow Rangers” until the train left and the exact same thing happened at the pier in Greenock from the barricades as the ship set sail for Canada.
1947 – 1972 Legend Colin Stein celebrates his birthday today. Stein was the subject of the first six-figure transfer between Scottish clubs when he signed from Hibs in 1968 for £100,000 the bustling striker as a big favourite with the fans.
A hero of the Barcelona triumph with one of the goals and clinched the 1975 championship which ended Celtic’s run with a header in a 1-1 draw at Easter Road. Read Colin Stein’s Hall of fame profile on the club website here – LINK
1970 – David Weir celebrates his 47th birthday. Weir didn’t sign for Rangers until he was 37, but after five years at the club he left as captain after winning eight major honours with the club. Read David Weir’s Hall of Fame profile on the club website here – LINK
1933 – Harold Davis is celebrating his 84th birthday today. The Hall of Fame right half was a strong and hard right half in the Rangers defence alongside the likes of Bobby Shearer and John Greig.
Signed from East Fife by Scot Symon, he was an excellent ball-winner and a much better footballer than he was often given credit for. Davis was capable of playing all three half-back positions and although he appeared to lack pace, nothing could have been further from the truth.
Having served in the Korean War for the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, he went on to have a prosperous football career. Cupar-born Davis won seven major honours in his time at Ibrox before moving on to Partick Thistle then Queen’s Park as their trainer – LINK