17 March 2013

Rangers in Newsreel

by Gary Havlin | Contributor

A sleepless night last night saw me trawling the World Wide Web in search of inspiration for my next blog when I ended up on the website of the British Pathe Archive. It describes itself as 'The worlds leading multimedia resource with a history stretching back over a century.' Typing Rangers into its search bar and seeing the results certainly backs up its claim!

With archive newsreels dating back to the 1890's, there's certainly no shortage of Rangers footage from the 1920's onwards. Cup Finals, Semi-Finals, matches v English and European opponents, training clips, a couple of visits to Ibrox by King George VI. Even a Boys' Brigade National Convention at Ibrox is there in grainy black and white. The footage of Ibrox before the current Main Stand was built makes for great viewing, which was backed up by Rangers fans who viewed it on the @RangersFACTS twitter feed. For that reason, I've decided to compile the clips I enjoyed the most and list them here, along with some detail on the occasion where possible.