04 September 2012

The Rangers Loving Cup

By Gary Havlin | Contributor

The Loving Cup sits proudly in the magnificent Trophy Room at Ibrox. An unusual item, you might think, to sit in a sacred place where mementos of the triumphs and friendships of one the worlds foremost clubs adorn the walls and cabinets. 

However, The Loving Cup is testament to the stature of Rangers, as far as back 1937, and a symbol of the willingness of Rangers to come to the aid of a member of the 'football family' as they had done so many times before.

One of only 30 cast from a special mould, The Loving Cup was commissioned by the then Stoke City chairman Sir Francis Joseph to commemorate the coronation of King George VI (who would visit Ibrox in 1938 to open the Empire Games). Of the 30 cast, 22 were given to English League clubs that finished the 1936/37 season in the top flight (of which Stoke were one), two were given to the clubs who gained promotion that year and one to the English FA. The SFA is thought to have received their Loving Cup from the English FA on the occasion of the Britain v Rest of Europe match at Hampden Park.