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The Gallant Pioneers: Rangers 1872

The Gallant Pioneers: Rangers 1872 [Kindle Edition]

Gary Ralston
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The harrowing and heartbreaking stories behind the founding fathers of Rangers are sympathetically revealed and told for the first time. This is the first in-depth study of the club's early years' history for almost a century. Rangers are one of the most famous teams in world football, but the scale of their success is astonishing set against the backdrop of their formation in 1872. Back then, four young men gathered in a park in the west end of Glasgow and decided to set up a team that would do justice to the new craze of association football. Amazingly, William McBeath and Peter Campbell were just 15-years-old, Moses McNeil was only 16 and his brother Peter the elder statesman at 17. Soon they were joined by Tom Vallance, another 16-year-old who quickly rose to become captain of the famed club. None of those gallant pioneers was a native of Glasgow and yet within five years they were Scottish Cup finalists, set up in their spiritual home on the south side of the burgeoning industrial city and attracting a working class audience they have never since lost. But what became of the men who formed a club that's loved and cherished by so many? Rangers may have scaled great heights, but the personal lives of almost all the founding fathers were touched with terrible tragedy. Journalist Gary Ralston has used fresh research and uncovered hitherto unseen documents, records and transcripts to sympathetically recount the heartbreaking stories behind the men who created a great institution. He reveals the torrid tales of death through insanity, a drowning that denied a birthright as a steamship entrepreneur and the sad passing of a pioneer who lies buried in a pauper's grave in the forgotten fringes of an English cemetery, cast as a certified imbecile, tried as a fraudster and left to live out his life in the poorhouse. This fascinating insight into the earliest years of Rangers, the first in-depth analysis for almost a century, also tells of happier times, the links with royalty and football aristocracy such as Sir Stanley Matthews and the club's relationship with the city in which it was born and grew in the tumultuous Victorian era. It also traces the only two known surviving grandchildren of the founders and tells how they knew nothing about their grandfather's most famous achievement. "Rangers 1872: The Gallant Pioneers" tells one of football's most romantic tales - and also one of its saddest.

About the Author

Gary Ralston, 39, works with the Daily Record in Glasgow and has covered sport extensively for the paper, including the Beijing Olympics, World Cup final, Champions League final, Six Nations and Super Bowl. A journalist for 20 years, he has reported on Scottish football extensively at home and abroad at club and international level for papers including the Daily Express and The Sun. He started his full-time career at the Rangers News, the official club publication. He lives in Stirling with wife Laura, son Lewis and daughter Jennifer.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8214 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: JMD Media (21 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00485CLG4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must-read for Rangers fans everywhere 20 July 2009
Knowledge of the Gallant Pioneers who founded the Rangers has been scarce to say the least. However, this wonderful book - which is brilliantly informative and fittingly poignant throughout - fills in a lot of missing gaps and should be of interest to Rangers supporters everywhere.

The story of Rangers is the greatest rags-to-riches story in the history of football but, as this book details, is marked with tragedy as well.

Quite simply, it's the most important book on Rangers to be released in years, if not ever.

It's not a statistical analysis of early results although there are references to certain games, but a narrative which covers Rangers' formative years and details the lives of the four young men who founded our Club.

There is absolutely no way it will disappont on any level in the slightest and every single Rangers fan in the world should have a copy of this in their house.

The author has commendably not romanticised anything, nor does he shirk from any contentious issues and the book is all the richer for it.

Buy it, read it and encourage others to do the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 28 Sep 2013
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This book is a must read for all rangers fans not only gives the reader an insight into the founding fathers but also an insight into living in the 1800's
Buy it now
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Fantastic Read 27 July 2009
By Stuart
Rangers 1872: The Gallant Pioneers is a truly fantastic read. Most committed Rangers fans will be familiar with the names of The Gallant Pioneers and the broad story of the formation of the club. This book puts flesh on the bones in remarkable and hitherto unprecedented detail. Do not make the mistake of thinking that this is a dry and remote account of results and dates, nothing could be further from the truth. It is a highly engaging narrative of the lives and fates of The Gallant Pioneers that no-one could help but be moved by. Again though, this is no melancholy trudge through tragedy and despair, although there is enough adversity to soften the hardest heart. This book is so comprehensively researched and sympathetically written that there are some genuine laugh out loud moments as The Gallant Pioneers are transformed from distant images on faded photographs into real people with distinct personalities, complete with authentic anecdotes to illustrate that point.

If you are a Rangers supporter, this book is quite simply a must for you. You have to own it. Even if you are not, it is a collection of moving human stories set against the back drop of a burgeoning industrial Glasgow that really should fascinate anyone.

This book is quite simply a triumph.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Founding Fathers of this Great Club 3 July 2014
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A great insight to this Great Club
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rangers 17 Jan 2014
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Great book, tells us how our club was born, as for the five stars, we will always have five stars!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars WE Are The People 15 Sep 2013
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One of the best book you'll ever read on The Rangers' early day and the pioneers.

Great research by all.

The Rangers. The greatest team the world has ever seen
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5.0 out of 5 stars A ground breaking football history book 23 July 2013
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Ok, admittedly first and foremost this is an essential read for any Rangers fan. It unearths many wonderful gems of information of how this great club was formed and ultimately thrived in its early years. But it's a deeper tale than that. It tells the story of how a bunch of young men from the Gareloch were lured into Glasgow during the industrial boom in Glasgow. So not only is it a football book but it also provides (both in picture and text) a wonderful insight into Glasgow in the 1870's and 80's.
Life was undoubtedly tough then and fame and fortune did not materialise for the majority of these "gallant pioneers". Mental illness and tragedy at sea awaited some of the founders of the world's most successful club. So if you're a football anywhere in the UK (especially Lincoln City fans!!) then why not give this book a try. I'm sure it will provide inspiration for many football historians, amateur or otherwise, that there are so many tales to unearth about the early years for many football clubs around the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff 16 Jun 2013
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Read this book then do the founders trail to further enrich your knowledge of our great club that we followfollow both a must for all true blue fans world wide
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5.0 out of 5 stars kindle purchases
bought this as a range of books on kindle as a christmas present for my husband and he loved the idea of all the titles, he has not yet got round to reading this one but its on the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by anita
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Stuff
A brilliant book on the pioneers,well researched and full of relevant facts.

Gary Ralston has done his homework to make this book a must for all Rangers fan
Published 14 months ago by James Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
What an absolute gem of a book. This just shows that everything is possible. From 4 young men to the most successful football club in the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Gallant Pioneers: Rangers 1872
A must read for all true Rangers fans.
Written with true compassion and warmth that can only be portrayed from a True Blue.
Published 15 months ago by Bruce Fleming
5.0 out of 5 stars We are the people
Recomend to all Gers fans and football fans with football at heart. An amazing story that gives the true ethos and beginnings of Rangers it's rightfull place in history
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Excellent read and excellent value for money for the Kindle version of this product. Gives great information of the beginning of Glasgow Rangers FC
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