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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must-read for Rangers fans everywhere
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...
Published on 20 July 2009 by Stephen Tyrie

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3.0 out of 5 stars Puzzling
The death certificate of one of the gallant pioneers has 'general paralysis' as the cause and yet much of the book is premised on his dying of `paralysis induced by financial worries' with the implication that it was not his fault.

This will puzzle anyone who has looked up 'general paralysis' in a dictionary.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must-read for Rangers fans everywhere, 20 July 2009
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Stephen Tyrie (Ayrshire, Scotland.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rangers 1872: The Gallant Pioneers (Hardcover)
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 Unsung Heroes,...until now, 9 Aug 2009
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G. Newlands "Every day we make history" (Falkirk, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rangers 1872: The Gallant Pioneers (Hardcover)
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 28 Sep 2013
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Edward Mowatt "Eddie mowatt" (Clydebank) - See all my reviews
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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
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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 Masterpiece, 17 Dec 2009
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A. Hosie (Hamilton, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Long Overdue History, 5 Aug 2009
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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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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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