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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 2009
Rangers F.C. founded in 1872 in Glasgow Scotland, are a football club who are fondly admired in all the continents of the world. A simple internet search containing the word "Rangers" will allow the unfamiliar a glimpse into the depth of feeling that is held worldwide for this great sporting institution.
How many other clubs in the world today can boast the history, the trophies and records made, or the amount of supporters clubs in mainland europe, asia, africa, australia or the americas that this club can?, no not one, if all truth be told.
The story of the Rangers is a story that has often been told, mostly with an unfair slant, and certaintly until now, never to the depths of thier true origins with refreshing honesty as has been told by this author.

Our club, founded by four young boys with an enthusiasm for the newly discovered sport of Association Football, is a story so truly deserved of a much wider audience than the worldwide diehard Rangers fans we count as our own.
The author Gary Ralston, has meticoulously researched the origins of our club from its birth-day using official register records from throughout the United Kingdom, to at last bring the true story of the beginnings of the Rangers F.C. to the people.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2011
This is the true story of a bunch of young lads who enjoyed a sport.

A sport that was just beginning, a sport that we now know as football or to a worldwide audience association football or even god forbid soccer.

They came together to enjoy the game and the sport for the games sake, for the sports sake and the comradeship that it brought to them and their opponents. Like many founders of a club or company they came from humble backgrounds and build the basis of something historical even though they did not benefit from it directly.

This is a story told factually with little embellishment, little gloryfying but utter realism and truth. The ends of the founders of the club were mixed and to a little shame of the club, forgotten. However, despite the claim of various biased people and journalists, they did not found the club to sell replica jerseys, to forward sectarianism or bigotry or to forward a religious point of view. They founded the club for comradeship, for sportsmanship, for fair play and to to be the best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2009
Gary Ralston's Gallant Pioneers is a masterpiece of sleuthery and a must-have for any Rangers fan. His immaculate research has unearthed previously unknown gems of information about the club's founders, and he has woven these pieces together to produce a work which will become the standard reference book in all future articles and duscussions on the founding of the club. As someone who has researched the history of Rangers, I can say there were precious few clues out there for Mr Ralston to chase, but he has done a magnificent job. A must for all football historians and fans, no matter who they support.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2015
Four lads had a dream, to start a football team.

Not business men or publicans out to make a buck, simply four young men fresh from school trying to make their way in the world.
Little did they know that they would establish one of the world's finest football teams. Not bad for some kids from the Gareloch.

This is their story, and is a must read for all Rangers fans, indeed all football fans who may be surprised at foundation of a great team.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 September 2013
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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 27 July 2009
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 August 2009
This book is a must for every Rangers Fan.If you dont know the history behind Rangers Football Club and its founding fathers then you will know after you read this simply stunning written book.I wont go into detail as you simply must read for yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2013
excellent read on what is largely unknown history of the people who started famous football club and what happened to them in later life .interesting read on how scottish football came to be a force in the early years B.C. ( before celtic)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 5 August 2009
This is an excellent and long overdue account of the lives of the founders of Rangers FC. The author sets the scene in the first chapter, as he outlines the social conditions in Glasgow, into which the founders moved from Argyll. The author goes on to examine the foundation of Rangers, highlighting previous good work on the subject, but also some inaccuracies. The author sets the inaccuracies straight, and provides substantial evidence of where, when, and why the club was formed.

Between chapters describing the early successes and failures of the club, are biographical details of the founders - Moses McNeil, Peter McNeil, Peter Campbell, William McBeath and Tom Vallance (accredited as a founder although not there at the inception.) The lives of these men range from success to tragedy. An inspiring and yet very much sad story throughout.

The author places the founders in the correct social background. They were not from the poorest background, but nor were they rich by any means. Rangers players did not live in the deprived conditions suffered by many in the city, but nor did they live in the opulent areas of the West End that were emerging at that time. They lived in tenements.

The author highlights the charitable work carried by Rangers. This charitable work was open to all irrespective of faith or creed.

The author dismisses the often cited inaccuracy (or deliberate jibe), that the club was founded on a sectarian basis. There was no ban on players because of their religion. This aspect of Rangers did not evolve until another 50 years, and could form the basis of another book. Rangers were founded for footballing purposes.

So the author destroys quite a few myths in his well-researched book. Rangers were not a rich club from the outset, Rangers did give generously to charity, and Rangers were not founded on a religious basis.

This book sets the record straight. Gary Ralston is to be commended on this excellent work.
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