28 October 2013

Goals Galore - The Race to 9,000

Mr. RangersFACTS himself Gary Havlin looks back on 8900-plus league goals for Rangers and asks who will net number 9000...

By Gary Havlin | Contributor

The free scoring exploits of the Rangers squad so far this season could see a goal scoring milestone reached two years earlier than our history would suggest.

Saturday's four goals versus East Fife takes the seasons tally to the 42 mark and, by my count, onto 8,918 league goals since the inception of the Scottish Football League.

Since the Scottish League kicked off in 1890 it has taken on average 14 years for Rangers to score 1,000 goals. The 8,000th goal was scored on 10th August 2002 by Shota Arveladze in a 3-0 victory v Dundee. (This match was delayed by 50 minutes when the new smart card season ticket system suffered a power failure.) So history tells us the 9,000th league goal should be scored sometime in 2016, in keeping with the 14 year 1,000 league goal average.

Goals Galore so far...

Our goal average this season stands at 4.2 goals per game, and with 26 league matches to play the 9,000th league goal could be nestling in the onion bag before the season ends if we keep scoring on as regular a basis as we have been. A difficult task, of course, although even from now until the end of the season our average can still drop to 3.2 goals per game which will see us reach the 9,000 mark in the last match of the campaign. (The .2 is important!)

14 October 2013

Blues Brothers

Derek Parlane and his father, Jimmy.
Both goalscorers for Rangers against Celtic

By Gary Havlin | Contributor

The addition of Nicky Clark to the ranks of the Rangers during the summer makes him and his old man Sandy one of the very few Father/Son combinations to have played and scored a goal for the Light Blues. Jimmy and Derek Parlane immediately spring to mind as being another Father/Son duo to do the same, though they also both scored for Rangers against Celtic. Jimmy's only goal against Celtic was the winner in a 3-2 victory at Parkhead in September 1946 whilst son Derek's first Old Firm tally came 27 years later on January 6th 1973 in a 2-1 victory at Ibrox. He would go on to score another 10 goals against them.

Whilst the Father/Son connection is a rarity in the annals of Rangers past, you don't have to delve too deep into our unrivaled history to discover that the Rangers Family tree has been blossoming with brotherly love ever since the Club's inception in 1872.

As young brothers Moses and Peter McNeil took a stroll through WestEnd Park (now Kelvingrove Park ) in Spring 1872, discussing the new craze of football along with their friends Peter Campbell and William McBeath, they helped plant the seed that has grown into the Rangers we know today.

09 October 2013

The Club is Bigger than the Man – William Struth

‘To be a Ranger is to sense the sacred trust of upholding all that such a name means in this shrine of football. They must be true in their conception of what the Ibrox tradition seeks from them. No true Ranger has ever failed in the mission set him.’

by Gary Havlin | Contributor

The words of William Struth, Rangers Trainer, Manager, Director and Vice-Chairman, from 1914 until his death in September 1956.

If one individual has come to personify Rangers above all others, it is Mr. Struth. His obituary in the Wee Blue Book simply stated, ‘He LIVED Rangers’.

03 October 2013

Walter's Revolution

By Garry Carmody | Contributor

In the years gone by, a special few have had the privilege of taking their place as manager of Rangers Football Club. At the tail-end of the 1990-91 season, Graeme Souness was lured back to Liverpool, and so began the era of one of the most iconic and important managers in the history of Rangers Football Club, Walter Smith.

After five years of serving as assistant to Souness, and described by players as having a huge hand in the “Souness Revolution,” Smith finally took the step up with four games to go in the 90-91 season. With much success in previous years, the standards were set high, but as fans came to recognise Smith knew how to raise the bar to his own level. His first full season would see him place his territory on Scottish football, which no one could touch in years to come.