25 December 2013

Christmas Day Clashes

by Gary Havlin | Contributor

The Festive period used to be a particularly busy time when it came to watching Rangers. Games crammed in days apart to take advantage of the punters enjoying time off work. The points won or lost during this crucial period, which culminated in the Ne'erday match v Celtic, would go a long way to deciding the destination of the League flag.

Despite the tight schedule of matches, Christmas Day has almost always been left out of the footballing calendar to let staff and fans alike enjoy it with their families. Since Scot Symon replaced Bill Struth as manager in 1954, Rangers have played on Christmas Day on only three occasions. The last time we took to the field on the 25th December was at Easter Road in 1971 where 30,000 fans missed the Queen's Speech and their turkey dinner to watch Rangers win 1-0 courtesy of Colin Stein.

In the early days of the Gallant Pioneers, however, Christmas Day was just another footballing day where they could pull on the blue jersey either at home, or more often than not in the first 40 years of our existence, south of the border in England...