22 March 2014

Davie Cooper - Signing for the Club he loved



by Gary Havlin | Contributor

It's been 20 years since the tragic passing of one of Rangers and Scotland's all time great footballers, Davie Cooper, at the incredibly young age of 39. The loss of one of the greatest Rangers players of the post-war era is just as difficult to comprehend today as it was on 23rd March 1995.

06 March 2014

The Rangers, Chelsea and one of Scotland's Finest Players

John Tait 'Jacky' Robertson
By Gary Havlin | Contributor

Known among those with an affection for both teams as 'The Blues Brothers,' the history between the two clubs can be traced right to the formation of Chelsea FC, back in the early 20th Century, in 1905. Their paths have crossed more than once in the intervening 109 years, however never in a competitive match.

Indeed, Chelsea's first manager and scorer of their first ever competitive goal played a huge part in Rangers success in the early 1900s, Jacky Robertson.

A Dumbarton man, who started his playing career with Morton before heading to Everton, he was signed from Southampton in 1899. One of an 'exceptional group of players' signed in the aftermath of Rangers becoming a Ltd Company in May 1899, he is described in Rangers: The Complete Record as 'considered to be one of the finest players in the history of the Scottish game. The outstanding left-half of his time, a player of power, of attacking instincts and deadly finish with an exceptional heading ability.' Praise indeed! He captained Scotland's great team of 1900, which beat England 4-1 at Celtic Park and was signed for the princely sum of £300.