Rangers 1872: The Gallant Pioneers Hardcover – 11 Jul 2009
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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Gary has worked so hard on this, and, believe me when i say this is not my sisterly bias, he deserves all the praise he has received for The Gallant Pioneers. Roll on the next book, big bro! (And while you're at it, can you write my thesis, too? :-))
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very informative look at the men who created the worlds most successful teamPublished 12 months ago by MR ROBERT G SCOTT
Great book, tells us how our club was born, as for the five stars, we will always have five stars!!!Published on 17 Jan. 2014 by kenneth
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 morePublished on 16 Oct. 2013 by anita
One of the best book you'll ever read on The Rangers' early day and the pioneers.
Great research by all.
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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... Read morePublished on 23 July 2013 by Mrs Lynne Oliphant
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 widePublished on 16 Jun. 2013 by Royalties Gold