WE look at some of the memorable moments that have happened on this day in the remarkable history of Rangers Football Club.
2011 – On this day seven years ago, the club cinched it’s third SPL title in a row after an unbelievable opening period at Kilmarnock set them up for the victory they needed to retain their crown.
In a truly mindblowing first six minutes, the champions scored three times to secure the silverware for a world record 54th time. You can read a match report from that day on the club website here – LINK or watch highlights on RangersTV here – LINK and the title celebrations here – LINK
1963 – Fifty five years ago today, Rangers won the Scottish Cup by defeating Celtic 3:0 through a double from Ralph Brand and one from Davie Wilson. The match was a replay after the first tie was drawn 1:1 at Hampden with Brand again on the scoresheet.
After the match centre forward Jimmy Millar said: “Once again it was a tremendous thrill to win a cup medal. You will notice there is a slight vaiation in the design of each season’s medal – that’s just as well. It would become monotonous having too many medals of identical shape and colour.”
Millar may have had a point, the trophy win was the second Scottish Cup win in a row and the third win in four years. Remarkably, between 1930 and 1963, Rangers had been in twelve Scottish Cup Finals and won them all. The Cup win in 1963 meant that Rangers had won the title seventeen times – equalling the number Celtic had won.
1970 – The De Boer brothers Frank and Ronald both celebrate their 48th birthday today. Ronald De Boer is arguably one of the most talented players to have pulled on the Light Blue jersey in recent times, playing over 120 times for the club and scoring 39 goals in his four years at the club.
His twin brother Frank joined him at Ibrox for six months in 2004, playing 17 times and scoring twice for the club.
1984 – Kevin Keegan pulled on the unfamiliar maroon of Hearts in 1984 for 45 minutes as he took part in Alex MacDonald Testimonial against Rangers at Tynecastle. Former European Player of the Year Keegan played for 75 minutes of the match and set up two goals for Hearts, but it wasn’t enough as Rangers won the match 3:2 through goals from John MacDonald, Sandy Clark and Eric Ferguson.
However the day was all about Alex MacDonald who received a rapturous applause and standing ovation before the match, then embarked on a lap of honour after the match whilst weighed down with a mixture of Rangers and Hearts scarves.
1920 – On this day ninety-eight years ago, Rangers travelled to Arran to take on an island select team to raise money for the Arran War Memorial Fund.
Rangers have also taken part in three more benefit matches on this day in history, playing Renfrew Volunteers in 1900 for Councillor Clarke’s Poor Children Fund, Stevenson Thistle in 1901 for Stevenson Sick Nursing Association and a benefit match for Alex Wylie in 1902 against St Mirren.