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farley1968
31-12-2007, 20:25
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The Trophy Room – A House of Treasures

From every corner of the world have come visitors to the Stadium, eager to see the home of The Rangers Football Club. Every Sunday during the season you will find a constant stream of people from every walk of life on the weekly pilgrimage. And when their tour of inspection is over, you will, I have no doubt, hear them say: “It is truly a wonderful stadium – and wasn’t the Trophy Room just terrific.”

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The Trophy Room in 1966

The story of this room of soccer treasures dates back to 1959. Manager Scot Symon had a commendable idea of gathering our many trophies and gifts collected over the years in this country as well as in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and elsewhere and putting them on show. The Trophy Room is the result and is being copied by several other clubs whose representatives have come and left convinced they had to have something similar.

With the oil painting of the late Director-Manager Mr William Struth, gift of a number of Glasgow businessmen, holding a prominent position on a wall surrounded by the 34 (now 51) League Championship flag replicas, and pennants and photographs in profusion, you can sense the “atmosphere” as you enter. This is different from anything you are likely to see in any other club.

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The Trophy Room as it is today

Three massive glass cases holding our many trophies dominate the room. The glittering silver and crystal of our cups and vases, the glow from the golden football on the silver base, gifted by Real Madrid, to the sheen of the intricately carved Caravels presented to us by Portuguese side Benfica, can have a magnetic appeal.

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Mr William Struth

There are trophies and awards in stately array, each with a touch of magic. Behind the gaining of them, lies some of the most enthralling, most desperate and most inspiring battles in our history. Indeed, our very history since becoming a power in the land, had it’s genesis in the harvesting of those trophies.

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The 1957 St. Etienne Racing Bicycle

Down the years, practically every cup which could be won in this country has come to The Stadium while records have been created that must be the target of all.
The winning of them has brought sweat, toil and tears – and the Churchillian philosophy of success against the odds. We are proud, indeed, to have on show a gift from Sir Winston following an important meeting he held at The Stadium.



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Replica League Championship Flag

Handsome cups that will never leave our possession, having been won and held in perpetuity, such as the Victory Cup, which took the place of the Scottish Cup in 1946, the War Emergency Cup, and so many others never fail to hold the visitor’s attention, while there on the walls, smiling benevolently from their framed photographs, are many of the heroes of the past, the men who brought the glory to the club and set the pattern for our greatness.

None can pass through this room without, if he be a true Ranger, being swept by a wave of intense pride felt in the feats of the club.

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The room which houses the club’s trophies dates back to 1929 when the Main Stand was opened. The Grandstand was the crowning glory of architect Mr Archibald Leitch. He had worked on many other grounds but the Main Stand at Ibrox was his finest work. At that stage the room was the Players’ Billiards room and was used for general relaxation before and after training sessions. It is thought that the idea for the Trophy Room was first suggested by William Struth in the 1950’s, but it was in fact his successor Scot Symon who having seen Real Madrid’s Trophy Room on a visit to their ground, decided to create a room within The Stadium to house the club’s trophies.

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Original Members Tickets

Until that point, trophies were kept in the Boardroom, and gifts etc were kept in the Managers Office. However with the inception of European competitions in the mid-1950’s, a much larger number of gifts, pennants and trophies were acquired so the club decided it would be appropriate to have a more permanent location for them.

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Main Trophy Cabinet including Mr Bob McPhail's medal collection and the Bruce Casket amongst others

Originally the room housed three huge glass-panelled mahogany show cases but as the years progressed and more items were collected from around the globe, this was doubled to six. The Main Trophy Cabinet, Centenary Cabinet, Loving Cup Cabinet, Youth Cabinet and Churchill Cabinet, just some of the names of these huge show cases filled with a spectacular display of silverware, porcelain, crystal and memorabilia stretching back to the foundation of the club.

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Like The Stadium itself, The Trophy Room has expanded but the most historically important items retain pride of place; the oil painting of William Struth, the miniature replicas of League Championship flags, the Victory Cup of 1946 and the Loving Cup.

Some of the many interesting items on display include;

The Loving Cup

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Gifted to The Rangers by Stoke City President, Sir Francis Joseph, on the occasion of Rangers playing Stoke in a fundraising match for the Holditch Colliery Disaster of 1937. These cups were originally cast to commemorate the coronation of King George IV and Queen Elizabeth in May 1937. They were presented to the 22 English First Division clubs, but Stoke gifted theirs to The Rangers to mark their generosity at the subsequent benefit match. Sir Francis requested that the cup be used to drink to the health of the reigning Monarch on the occasion of the first home match of the New Year – a tradition which is still observed to this day in Ibrox's Blue Room, although it is believed that only the chairmen of the participating clubs drink from the cup – due to it’s rarity and value the rest of the assembled guests use champagne flutes!

It is thought that Rangers Loving Cup is one of the few remaining and certainly the only one in regular use.


Mr Bob McPhail’s Medals

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Mr Bob McPhail played for The Rangers from the 1926-27 season to 1939-40. During his long career he won a total of thirty-six medals, including 9 League Championships, 7 Scottish Cups, 6 Charity Cups and 5 Glasgow Cups.
This is the highest number of medals won by any player in Scotland.
Mr McPhail played for The Rangers on 461 occasions and scored a remarkable 343 goals – a fantastic achievement in any era!


The Victory Cup

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This competition was to celebrate the end of World War II. It was played for in April, May and June of 1946. The trophy itself had previously been used as the Southern League Cup, played for during the war years and won by Rangers on four occasions.
The Rangers defeated Hibernian 3-1 in the Victory Cup Final in front of 100,000 spectators.


The Benfica Caravel

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Before the days of European Competitions, The Rangers on occasion played abroad. One of these was a friendly against Benfica, the Portuguese Champions in 1948.
Before the match, captain Jock Shaw was presented with a piglet as a mascot to lead out onto the field ! “ Tiger” was having none of it and refused to enter the field with the beast by his side!

The Rangers won the game 3-0 with goals from Willie Thornton and Jimmy Caskie (2).
It was on the return flight from Portugal when Willie Waddell met the air hostess who would later become his wife!


The European Cup Winners’ Cup

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This is a replica of the trophy The Rangers won on a memorable night in the Nou Camp, Barcelona on 24th May 1972. On their run to the 1972 Final they defeated the best France, Portugal, Italy and West Germany had to offer. The Final itself against Moscow Dynamo, was an exciting affair with The Rangers storming to a 3-0 lead before eventually being pegged back to 3-2. When the final whistle sounded, The Rangers had recorded their greatest ever victory and at the third time of asking, they had claimed this trophy.


The 1972 Campaign Pennants

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On our successful European Cup Winners' Cup run of 1972 we faced the toughest opposition European football could present us with.
Stade Rennes of France, Sporting Lisbon of Portugal, Torino of Italy, Bayern Munich of West Germany and Moscow Dynamo of the Soviet Union - these are the clubs we faced that season on the road to our dramatic win in Barcelona and their pennants are shown in the display case.
The vast array of pennants on display throughout the Trophy Room tell the story of our many European exploits and add a touch of colour amongst all the silverware.


1972 European Cup Winners Cup Final Poster

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Unusually for a major final, there was no programme printed for this match. This beautiful poster was on display around Barcelona, advertising the final. This one has been signed by the triumphant Rangers team.


The Katowice Vase

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In the 1988/89 season,The Rangers played Polish club G.K.S. Katowice in the First Round of the UEFA Cup.
The Poles presented Rangers with this beautiful trophy when they visited Ibrox for the First Leg. It is carved from solid coal and is a wonderful addition to the Trophy Room.
Rangers won the first leg 1-0 and a fantastic away performance in Poland saw them progress 5-2 on aggregate.

Other pieces in this photo are the Sparta Rotterdam Vase from 1960 (back left), Spode China Bowl from Wolves 1961 (centre left) and the Ankaragucu Trophy from 1973 (back right).


The Ajax Clock

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The European Super Cup which has traditionally been played for by the winners of the previous seasons’ European Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup, was first played for as a challenge match organised by Willie Waddell to mark the clubs Centenary in 1973.
The Dutch maestros Ajax were the opposition. Their brought their brand of “ total football” to Ibrox for the first leg. On a cold Glasgow night, the crowd were thrilled as the visitors turned on the style and eventually ran out 3-1 winners. The Rangers played better in the return leg but were defeated
3-2
Ajax became the first winners of the Super Cup.
The Dutch Club presented The Rangers with this beautiful wooden clock to mark the memorable occasion and this now hangs on the trophy room wall.


The St. Etienne Lamp

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This authentic French miner's lamp was a present to us from St. Etienne when we faced them in the 1975/76 European Cup Campaign. It was the second time we had played them as they had previously visited The Stadium in 1957 for another European Cup tie. On that occasion we defeated them on aggregate, but in 1975 they gained their revenge.
Their gift to us in 1957 was the famous French racing bike which sits proudly under the William Struth painting.


Sir Winston Churchill Ink Stand

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This beautiful piece was presented to the club in May 1949 when the Leader of the Opposition, addressed a rally of Scottish Conservatives at Ibrox. 22,000 were at Ibrox that day which is believed to be the largest ever gathering of Scottish Conservatives.


The Moses McNeill Trophy

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Moses McNeill was one of the founders of The Rangers Association Football Club in 1872. He and his brother William played prominent roles in the inaugural years of the club – both were members of the historic first Scottish Cup Final side in 1876/77.
This trophy is not in fact for football but was won by Moses who was an excellent athlete, at a local athletics meeting. It is probably the oldest and one of the most treasured items in the collection as it is a vital link with our early years.


Ibrox Park in the late 1950's

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Other interesting items are the St Etienne racing bicycle, Moscow Dynamo vase, Richard Gough's medals,various Centenary gifts, the Bruce Casket and the vast array of pennants which have been exchanged over the years.

The Ibrox Trophy Room literally is an Aladdin's cave of riches and a person could return many times before seeing all the items on display.

The club has many more trophies which could and should be on display but due to lack of space, these are not on show, however on occasions some less well known items are displayed.

Surely as we progress as a club in the 21st Century, the time is right for the club to have their own Museum, where these treasures can be given an even better home and a wider audience. In the same way as Messer’s Struth and Symon had a vision of a Trophy Room, perhaps the time is right for a Rangers Museum which if done sympathetically to history and tradition, could further enhance the standing of this great club in world football.

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The Ibrox Main Stand and in particular the Trophy Room have thrilled fans, guests, visiting players and dignitaries alike for many years. The grandeur and splendour of the building is awesome and has been likened to a stately home rather than a football stadium.

If you take a trip to Ibrox, climb the famous marble staircase and view the Blue Room, Managers’ Office and Trophy Room you will no doubt feel an enormous sense of pride and awareness of the traditions of this great Institution –
You are indeed in a special place, a place of legends.

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Thanks to all who helped with this article - some of which was taken from various books, in particular, the first part which was taken from "The New Era - 1966" and trophy numbers and dates reflect that.

ChicagoBear
31-12-2007, 20:29
Brilliant, well put together.

borderbear
31-12-2007, 20:30
Did the bike from St Etienne come from the 1957 visit or the 1975 one ?

Scotty2Dope
31-12-2007, 21:48
Superb thread.

farley1968
31-12-2007, 21:53
Did the bike from St Etienne come from the 1957 visit or the 1975 one ?


The following is from David Mason the club historian:

The bike was given to us by St Etienne in 1957. At that time, we did not have a Trophy Room and it was kept in storage. When the Billiard Room became the Trophy Room in 1959, the bike was moved in and has become a feature of interest ever since. St Etienne gave us the bike as a symbol of their town, which was the location of one of the biggest bicycle manufacturers in France. The bicycle was one of the top models of its time and typical of those used in the Tour de France that year.

borderbear
31-12-2007, 21:56
The following is from David Mason the club historian:

The bike was given to us by St Etienne in 1957. At that time, we did not have a Trophy Room and it was kept in storage. When the Billiard Room became the Trophy Room in 1959, the bike was moved in and has become a feature of interest ever since. St Etienne gave us the bike as a symbol of their town, which was the location of one of the biggest bicycle manufacturers in France. The bicycle was one of the top models of its time and typical of those used in the Tour de France that year.
Thanks Farley.
I actually thought it was 75 but that definately clears it up.

WokinghamBear
31-12-2007, 21:56
This one is definately bookmarked. Superb post & thread.

Royal Burgh Fanatic
31-12-2007, 21:59
Superb post.

Marc_dGris
31-12-2007, 22:09
Some of these trophies and artefacts are truly priceless. The hairs on the back of my neck stand on end reading about The Loving Cup.


Perhaps this is a thread to renew every year at this time.

We truly are lucky to be fans of the greatest football club in the world.

You've got me all emotional now.

the_littlest_hobo
31-12-2007, 22:19
was it on here that I read that there's 80% of of memerobilia locked away as we haven't the room to show it all

GET IT SORTED RANGERS

msc_7
31-12-2007, 22:20
Fantastic post mate.

The trophy room at Ibrox has something magical about it. You can just feel it as you walk into it

Guy Incognito
31-12-2007, 22:24
Excellent. I love the way it keeps referring to "The Rangers" instead of Glasgow Rangers, as many seem to call us. While I'm proud to be from Glasgow, we are Scotlands club and always shall be.
Now back to my Stella.

1872
31-12-2007, 22:24
i never knew that we had beaten hibs 33-1 before :eek: :D

Great Post Mate

weebluey
31-12-2007, 22:29
brill post Farley was in there a few years ago on a tour it was amazing

farley1968
31-12-2007, 22:31
i never knew that we had beaten hibs 33-1 before :eek: :D

Great Post Mate

shipyard hands and laptops don't go mate :D

rfcno1
31-12-2007, 22:32
Excellent post and great effort especially tonight!!!

Will have a proper look through tomorrow

goldenbear
31-12-2007, 22:33
The only word to describe the trophy room -Class.

InsanicDrunk
01-01-2008, 00:13
Bloody marvelous!!

Is the Ajax clock the one with King Billy on the chain/pendulum?

Dougie Gray
01-01-2008, 00:15
Post of of the year. 2007 that is !!!!

Number_Eight
01-01-2008, 01:25
This deserves to be at the top of the board.

Well done on putting this together.

Libor_Sionko_14
01-01-2008, 04:26
I will only visit on sight sight or actually deliverance of the NEXT treble.

Fergie has taught me well, That and get a yellow card.

Albertz Was King
01-01-2008, 04:28
Superb post sir, take a bow.

Brilliant.

Libor_Sionko_14
01-01-2008, 04:33
The REAL Fergie always taught me to NEVER stand in the shadows. His motto was Cast your own shadow and see who steps out!.

Oh that and get a Yellow Card straight away ALWYAS.......

""The piggery casts a long and smelly cold shadow.Step into the light.It is bright, It is Orange,""

williamstown1690
01-01-2008, 04:41
Bloody marvelous!!

Is the Ajax clock the one with King Billy on the chain/pendulum?

It is and the wee guy who showed us around said the taigs got one the same from Feyenoord in the 70s but they didnae know who the guy on the horse was.:D

britain
01-01-2008, 13:54
Superbly put together.

The trophy room has always taken my breath away when i've visited it. I really could spend ages in it,if given half a chance.

Batistuta
01-01-2008, 13:58
stickie please!

Sebo's eyebrows
01-01-2008, 14:08
Outstanding article. First iv heard the history behind a few of they pieces.

NDiayes Shinpads
01-01-2008, 14:40
Fantastic.

j1j1s1
01-01-2008, 15:01
Great read, cheers bud

moondance
01-01-2008, 15:10
I've been in the trophy room on a couple of occasions and it sends shivers down the spine, it really is a wonderful place but can you imagine just how good a museum, if done properly, would be!

BajanBear
01-01-2008, 15:13
Does anyone know if the Loving Cup is brought when we play them at New Year? If so, does the celtc chariman actually drink from it?

cpedro58
01-01-2008, 15:34
tour of the stadium - top of the list for 2008!

annanberr06
01-01-2008, 15:42
was it on here that I read that there's 80% of of memerobilia locked away as we haven't the room to show it all

GET IT SORTED RANGERS
Did the tour a few years ago,and John Greig was accompanying the guide.Greig stated when asked about the cups etc,that Rangers had enough memorabilia stashed in the main stand to fill 5 trophy rooms. Congrats to Farley on a superb tribute to our heritage with an interesting commentary giving some detail behind the pieces, and a very happy new year to all bears oot there !

martin
01-01-2008, 15:43
bumpity, bump, bump, bump.

farley1968
01-01-2008, 15:45
Does anyone know if the Loving Cup is brought when we play them at New Year? If so, does the celtc chariman actually drink from it?

The Loving Cup Ceremony only takes place at Ibrox - we do not take it to an away ground if our first match of the New Year is there. For instance even though we were due to face Celtic at Parkhead on Wed, the Loving Cup Ceremony will take place on Saturday against Dundee Utd as this is our first match of the New Year at Ibrox. It will be the guests and dignitaries of The Rangers and Dundee United who will be present in the Blue Room for the ceremony.


Celtic do take part in the ceremony and apparently Sir Robert Kelly was one of those who participated in the singing of The National anthem with much enthusiasm.

Thankfully this ceremony still occurs today and in recent years Sky TV have offered money to record the event, but thankfully the club have turned them down.

I've added a couple more pieces to the article - St Etienne lamp and pennants.

farley1968
01-01-2008, 19:55
just giving this a wee bump :roll:

annanberr06
01-01-2008, 23:00
A wee bump for an excellent read

Sam_English
01-01-2008, 23:02
Superb post mate.

Ger57
02-01-2008, 00:19
A Rangers Museum is a must IMO. BTW, if your ever in Preston (I know, I know!) pay a wee visit to the National Football Museum at PNE. Amoungst other artifacts, you'll find one of the other Loving Cups presented to members of the old English first division.

I took great delight in informing some of the staff there why we own one. Also outside at the fountain named 'The Splash' (after a photo of Tom Finney) you'll find the name of one Scot Symon carved on a brick.

It's worth a visit if you're down that way and reinforces the call for a Rangers musuem. SDM, are you listening?

hairybelly
02-01-2008, 01:03
very nice mate
the benfica caravel i didnt know about and the mcniell trophy that IS the holy grail

Del157
02-01-2008, 01:30
excellent post

suramericaranger
02-01-2008, 01:34
The bull fighting pic is my favourite.

simplythebest7
02-01-2008, 02:15
great thread mate

balfarg
02-01-2008, 03:05
Fantastic thread, not done the tour since i was a bairn but definetly on the list for 2008

krack182
02-01-2008, 03:35
Brilliant. Thanks for that and defo bookmarked:)

Loughgall8
05-01-2008, 21:31
SUPERB post with informative info Farley.

Keep em coming :)

simplythebest
05-01-2008, 21:35
excellent thread - didnt realise churchill held a meeting in the stadium

lancsbear
05-01-2008, 21:37
My favourite quirky trophy is the Flygmotor one. It's just a single fan blade from a jet turbine.

T9Row
05-01-2008, 21:37
Great effort in putting that together.. Well done.

super_ally_the2nd
05-01-2008, 21:56
excellent stuff :)

farley1968
05-01-2008, 22:06
Does anyone know if the Loving Cup is brought when we play them at New Year? If so, does the celtc chariman actually drink from it?

The Loving Cup Ceremony took place today

details here; :first:

http://www.rangers.premiumtv.co.uk/page/News/NewsDetail/0,,5~1207287,00.html

Valtos bear
17-01-2008, 11:17
Found this while having a trawl and thought it deserved another wee read

Grandmaster_Suck
25-01-2008, 01:07
Very well put together article Farley!

experiment626
25-01-2008, 01:12
Does anyone have a picture of the coal trophy?

That always stuck in my mind after doing the tour in the early 90s.

I might be wrong, but was it not a gift from Gornik Zabrze and not Katowice?
I'm sure I read it was from them, and Gornik was Polish for 'Miner'.

I could be way off though!

EDIT: Just checked the translation, and i'm right about that. Still not sure if the trophy did indeed come from Gornik though.

Le Big Bear Bum
25-01-2008, 01:49
having never been on the 'tour', all i can say about that article is ..

Wow !

CanadianBacon
25-01-2008, 01:58
what a ****ing club we have!!!
:scotflag: :union: :scarf: :scotflag: :union: :first: :watp:
:coolkick: :bouncy: :dance: :clap: :agree:

baino1873
25-01-2008, 06:38
That is a fantastically well put together peice:)

Cyber pat on the back mate:D :watp: :first:

BB72
25-01-2008, 06:54
Great post mate ,am I right in saying that what is displayed is only a fraction of what we have won the rest being in storage due to lack of display space?

sure thats what was said doing the tour a few year back.

bracky
25-01-2008, 07:31
Does anyone have a picture of the coal trophy?

That always stuck in my mind after doing the tour in the early 90s.

I might be wrong, but was it not a gift from Gornik Zabrze and not Katowice?
I'm sure I read it was from them, and Gornik was Polish for 'Miner'.

I could be way off though!

EDIT: Just checked the translation, and i'm right about that. Still not sure if the trophy did indeed come from Gornik though.

I'm sure I have one, time to learn how to put a photo up :)

bracky
25-01-2008, 07:43
Does anyone have a picture of the coal trophy?

That always stuck in my mind after doing the tour in the early 90s.

I might be wrong, but was it not a gift from Gornik Zabrze and not Katowice?
I'm sure I read it was from them, and Gornik was Polish for 'Miner'.

I could be way off though!

EDIT: Just checked the translation, and i'm right about that. Still not sure if the trophy did indeed come from Gornik though.


Here goes, hope this works

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WOOHOOO

Iron Fist
25-01-2008, 09:17
Brilliant post.

I ight take the tour again as I have not done it in ages!

Laudrup1
25-01-2008, 09:25
An excellent post Farley. Well done mate. Dunno how I missed it first time.

Our trophy room is a place of wonder. Been in it a good few times and never fail to be blown away by it all. :)

jabwatp
25-01-2008, 10:15
Cracking article, not been in the trophy room since 1984 when our school team, McGill Primary, were taken to Ibrox as a surprise for winning the league that year, aah the memories:)

munkoomccoist
25-01-2008, 10:49
Thread of the year so far!!

FACT!

redlion no 8
25-01-2008, 11:11
brill stuff .this is why( we are the people)

bracky
25-01-2008, 11:59
Now that I know how to post pics, here's another one or two :D

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Hope you like them :)

experiment626
25-01-2008, 14:07
Here goes, hope this works

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WOOHOOO

Cheers mate, first clapped eyes on that trophy about 14 years ago, still fascinated that it's made of coal!

D4RN-L
25-01-2008, 15:04
Brilliant read, thanks for the effort.

thebluenosebear
25-01-2008, 15:08
Fantastic Thread wee bump. Should be a sticky admin IMHO

charing
25-01-2008, 15:44
Thanks for this Farley 1968. Wonderful. I did the Ibrox tour back in '72 and the 2 things that stuck in my mind were the Benfica ship (wonderful to see that photo) and a golden replica gun (the type worn on their badge)presented by Arsenal FC. There was also on display a framed photo of The Queen pre '52 (then Princess Elizabeth) taken ON THE PITCH at Ibrox with a bouquet of flowers. This was not actually in the Trophy Room, but at the top of the Marble Staircase if I recall correctly.
Somebody said in an earlier post 80% of stuff is locked away.Anybody else seen these?

bluemaxx
25-01-2008, 16:32
what's the story behind the stags head?

Fin5769
25-01-2008, 16:47
Fantastic and well put together post. A lot of hidden gems in the trophy room. Here's hoping we can add some more this season!

russt
25-01-2008, 17:03
Briliant read

Sam_English
25-01-2008, 17:14
Somebody said in an earlier post 80% of stuff is locked away.Anybody else seen these?

A new trophy room should be built then all items could be on display.
I'm sure the trophy room was orignally the billiard room.

richieg
25-01-2008, 17:57
Still missing the big one....WE MUST GET IT!

farley1968
25-01-2008, 21:45
Article updated with info on Mr McPhail's medals and Katowice vase

Sam_English
25-01-2008, 22:04
Brilliant stuff, Farley.

farley1968
26-01-2008, 10:12
Thanks for this Farley 1968. Wonderful. I did the Ibrox tour back in '72 and the 2 things that stuck in my mind were the Benfica ship (wonderful to see that photo) and a golden replica gun (the type worn on their badge)presented by Arsenal FC. There was also on display a framed photo of The Queen pre '52 (then Princess Elizabeth) taken ON THE PITCH at Ibrox with a bouquet of flowers. This was not actually in the Trophy Room, but at the top of the Marble Staircase if I recall correctly.
Somebody said in an earlier post 80% of stuff is locked away.Anybody else seen these?


The gun carriage was a gift from,Arsenal for our Centenary Celebrations in 1973. We played them in the celebration match.

I haven't seen that photo of The Queen - might be there, I don't know - perhaps David Mason could help out on that one.

charing
26-01-2008, 10:26
The gun carriage was a gift from,Arsenal for our Centenary Celebrations in 1973. We played them in the celebration match.

I haven't seen that photo of The Queen - might be there, I don't know - perhaps David Mason could help out on that one.


No Farley I don't think that's correct. The gun carriage was there in March '72 but the Centenery match was, as you say, the following year.

Is David Mason on these boards? Thanks for any clarification you can give,guys.

Once again, fantastic post, Farley.

farley1968
26-01-2008, 10:39
No Farley I don't think that's correct. The gun carriage was there in March '72 but the Centenery match was, as you say, the following year.

Is David Mason on these boards? Thanks for any clarification you can give,guys.

Once again, fantastic post, Farley.

We're probably both correct here - the one in the following photo was the Arsenal's gift to us for our Centenary, but I'm fairly sure there is another slightly different gun carriage in one of the cabinets - I have a photo of it somewhere.

Obviously Arsenal were great "friends" of The Rangers for many years and we played regular friendly matches against them - something we should start again IMO. This other gun carriage was possibly from one of those matches - I'll look for the other photo.

http://i25.tinypic.com/mkyws4.jpg

charing
26-01-2008, 11:00
We're probably both correct here - the one in the following photo was the Arsenal's gift to us for our Centenary, but I'm fairly sure there is another slightly different gun carriage in one of the cabinets - I have a photo of it somewhere.

Obviously Arsenal were great "friends" of The Rangers for many years and we played regular friendly matches against them - something we should start again IMO. This other gun carriage was possibly from one of those matches - I'll look for the other photo.

http://i25.tinypic.com/mkyws4.jpg
Your a Prince among men Mr Farley. You've nailed it. I'd be really grateful if you come up with the earlier gun carriage.

McBlue1873
26-01-2008, 12:36
Superb Farley!

It's quite a while since I was last in the Trophy Room but each time I see it, it absolutely fills me with pride.

This is a most special Club that we have the honour of being a living part of. High time we had the full works - come on SDM, get The Rangers museum built!

Kindie
26-01-2008, 13:03
Magic post!

meohmeohmeohmy
26-01-2008, 13:42
great post,

we've got a clapper blade in there as well.

anyone in the aerospace industry will know what i'm taking about.

crackout
28-02-2008, 23:07
Great thread.

tag2000
28-02-2008, 23:20
A superb post, and brings back many memories of a tour I did a few years ago.

My dad worked besided the late Alex Willoughby, and he arranged for me to get a tour of Ibrox, along with his boys.

Once in the magnicifent Trophy Rooom, Alex started explaining about many of the trophies, and like a starry eyed youngster I listened.

However my jaw hit the ground when he opened up the cabinets, and gave me the Skol & League Cup to hold, before handing over the old Premier League trophy.

It was a day I look back with fond memories...

vambo
28-02-2008, 23:21
my favourite

mms://a924.l609521699.c6095.g.lm.akamaistream.net/D/924/6095/319274370/reflector:21699

tqruk
29-02-2008, 02:08
keep up the good work

Ricardo Shillyshally
29-02-2008, 02:59
fantastic :clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:

templbluenose
20-03-2008, 20:01
Obviously Arsenal were great "friends" of The Rangers for many years and we played regular friendly matches against them - something we should start again IMO. This other gun carriage was possibly from one of those matches - I'll look for the other photo.

http://i25.tinypic.com/mkyws4.jpg


http://www.arsenal.com/article.asp?thisNav=&article=371747

from arsenal.com. a complete list of all games played with rangers


excellent piece of work.

rosstheger
20-03-2008, 20:05
Great Thread, some of the things there were very intresting to know

SHANKILL_LOYAL
20-03-2008, 20:43
Excellent post.

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paisleyprod
20-03-2008, 20:48
great thread, cheers

Greig C
20-03-2008, 21:50
Best thread yet. So proud of my club i'm teary-eyed.

Dalgety Bear
20-03-2008, 21:58
What a fantastic read. I have been in the trophy room twice ( but many years ago ). Time for another visit along with a new generation of the family

eleventh floor
20-03-2008, 22:08
Makes you proud to be a Ger doesn't it? Absolutely stunning and unmatched anywhere.

ekbear
20-03-2008, 22:52
Absolutely cracking thread and original post.

Must've stuck in the craw of the Celtc directors to toast the Monarch and sing the National Anthem every 2 years until the SPL binned the Ne'erday fixture.

burnleybank8463
20-03-2008, 22:57
Absolutely magnificent farley1968!

Thanks for compiling that and posting it here for our pleasure.

wiggy_loyal
20-03-2008, 23:19
Cracking post mate.

G_Rangers1873
20-03-2008, 23:21
Thats fantastic mate

Deserves a sticky IMO

meu04145
20-03-2008, 23:23
I had the pleasure of visiting the trophy room recently to see all the treasures detailed in this thread and it was fantastic. You really could spend all day in there looking at thousands of items.

The sooner we get a museum, the better.

Thanks for what is a great thread!

MrsLaudrup
20-03-2008, 23:27
Great post. You can't help but feel proud of all those achievements and our history. Many thanks for posting.

simply_the_best
20-03-2008, 23:33
Brilliant :thumb:

:watp:

macky1986
20-03-2008, 23:52
My late Grandfather worked on building the cabinets in the trophy room. I know this cause he told me a million times haha. :D

templbluenose
10-06-2009, 17:11
deserves another airing.

fantastic piece.

DR09
10-06-2009, 18:23
First time I've seen this post. I'm always interested in the wider aspects of Rangers, including the history, fans' memories and memorabilia. Is there any chance of dividing the "Bear Pit," into a general discussion section and a section remembering our past. Not computer literate, so not sure if its feasible, but what do others think?

scotty2hotty
10-06-2009, 18:27
nice thread mate :)

westwoodrsc_gm
10-06-2009, 20:16
first time I have seen this thread

I really need to get a grip and do the tour :)

simplythebest7
10-06-2009, 20:25
............

simplythebest7
10-06-2009, 20:29
first time I have seen this thread

I really need to get a grip and do the tour :)

I did the Chelsea tour last week and the Ibrox tour last summer.

The Ibrox tour was amazing, but I didn't understand just how good it was until I went to Stanford Bridge. It had to have been the worst experience ever. Sat in the dug out, the dressing room, and the press room. Nothing else.

When you go to another clubs stadium, you start to realize how special Ibrox is.

pennyburn
10-06-2009, 20:43
I first did the tour in the summer of 1972 when the ECWC was in the trophy cabinet. I was an overawed 12 year old at the time. I would love to do the tour again sometime soon and would recommend it to anyone.
Also I may add that I have posted on here many a time about having a museum built, but I dont know if the club have the finances to do it and if SDM has the desire for it.
I personally think it would be a good earner for the club. Having said that, when I did that tour of 1972 it cost nothing. I wrote a letter to Rangers and they replied with a visitors pass for myself and 2 others. Things were done differently back then.

paul blue
10-06-2009, 20:49
great thread ...very informative ...never done the tour so its nice to see whats in the trophy room :)

DW28
10-06-2009, 21:12
Brilliant thread. I have to do the tour.

farley1968
10-06-2009, 21:29
Cheers for giving this a bump! It's actually on the main FF homepage. :)

SCG
10-06-2009, 23:13
fantastic post

bag man
10-06-2009, 23:16
apologies for thems that seen it afore....

but my pics from a tour in January

http://picasaweb.google.com/BagMan9IAR/IbroxTour

leeh1992
10-06-2009, 23:42
very good ost

Russell_Nash
10-06-2009, 23:50
farley

that is bloody spectacular

Telford_True_Blue
22-07-2009, 18:37
Another shameless bump

lebooboo
22-07-2009, 18:53
That's a magic post by farley1968.

Great to read it....again.

Davie Wilson
22-07-2009, 20:08
Bloody marvelous!!

Is the Ajax clock the one with King Billy on the chain/pendulum?

I've heard this story a few times myself, can anyone shed any light on it?

Welder69
22-07-2009, 20:50
I was there on sunday and it was brillinat - seeing spl trophy and scottish cup was great!!!:):)

andyboy1969
22-07-2009, 21:16
Quality work, well put together :thumb:

BathgateBear
22-07-2009, 21:38
What an utterly, utterly brilliant thread! :)

rfc
22-07-2009, 22:05
I was in Barcelona recently and did the Camp Nou tour, they had 1.4 million on their tour last year, charge £10 per head and have a decent shop where they might spend £20. That would help the budget!

Everyone else was drooling over the stadium but I think Ibrox is far superior, especially the main stand, made sure that my boys understood the significance of being in the dressing room too.

There has been a U2 concert there and the pitch was a real mess, hope they get it sorted for the new season.

Do visitors to Glasgow get told of our history and that we do tours, thought not.

farley1968
22-07-2009, 22:05
Crackin' thread that is!


Thanks :D

britain
23-07-2009, 13:02
Another great thread for everybody to read and often !

craigie
23-07-2009, 13:20
Posts and threads like this make me think we should have a Historical forum on this board.




25/10

baldybill
24-07-2009, 12:00
I did the Chelsea tour last week and the Ibrox tour last summer.

The Ibrox tour was amazing, but I didn't understand just how good it was until I went to Stanford Bridge. It had to have been the worst experience ever. Sat in the dug out, the dressing room, and the press room. Nothing else.

When you go to another clubs stadium, you start to realize how special Ibrox is.

liverpool do a decent tour,like us they have plenty to show.

tuc
24-07-2009, 13:07
love this thread

ThunderRobot
24-07-2009, 13:42
http://i17.tinypic.com/87luzup.jpg

http://i25.tinypic.com/1z35ml4.jpg

I would love the carpet to be lifted to reveal the original floor. Obviously the layout then was different and the current cabinets would now be covering the crests but I'm sure a slight rejig would be able to show them.

papaclio
24-07-2009, 14:48
Bloody marvelous!!

Is the Ajax clock the one with King Billy on the chain/pendulum?


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v417/papaclio/Orange.jpg

papaclio
24-07-2009, 14:54
I had the pleasure of visiting the trophy room recently to see all the treasures detailed in this thread and it was fantastic. You really could spend all day in there looking at thousands of items.

The sooner we get a museum, the better.

Thanks for what is a great thread!

A few years back a construction company had their cabins set up just across from the shop
They were there to build a museum on top of the shop and to extend the Govan rear ( which was done three year ago for bar 72 )

I was told that Advocatt asked what was getting built and hearing it was a museum & extra seats he got works stopped and persuaded SDM to build Murray park

The plans for a museum will still be there ........



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rivastigmine
26-07-2009, 20:26
Outstanding thread. Had the pleasure of doing the stadium tour last week and I missed half of the things mentioned in the OP :D There really is an unbelievable amount of memorabilia in there.

There's now a figurine of a Royal Marine that was gifted to the club last season on the day that the Marines were paraded on the pitch - it has pride of place with the other trophies. A lovely touch.

annanloyalist
26-07-2009, 21:48
Excellent thread. Im doing the tour next week, really looking forward to it :D

NEEG-FOREVER A BEAR
26-07-2009, 21:56
Great thread gets me thinking about arranging another tour.WATP.

cookiemonster
26-07-2009, 22:16
Brilliant thread,haven't done the tour for about 15 years,time to get back me thinks

alister1972
26-07-2009, 22:22
was at the tour today what a brilliant place we have. The only problem I had was that I took my wee boy and he started crying to go home in the managers office/directors meeting room.

I was gutted that I never got to have a good look around the trophy room :(

Redhand
26-07-2009, 23:13
Outstanding thread. Had the pleasure of doing the stadium tour last week and I missed half of the things mentioned in the OP :D There really is an unbelievable amount of memorabilia in there.

There's now a figurine of a Royal Marine that was gifted to the club last season on the day that the Marines were paraded on the pitch - it has pride of place with the other trophies. A lovely touch.

This one http://www.flickr.com/photos/redhand1873/3623708831/sizes/l/

statto75
26-07-2009, 23:21
was at the tour today what a brilliant place we have. The only problem I had was that I took my wee boy and he started crying to go home in the managers office/directors meeting room.

I was gutted that I never got to have a good look around the trophy room :(

Me too. Could quite easily have spent all day in the trophy room itself. If you haven't done it, i would thoroughly recommend it.:thumb:

72 Blue
27-07-2009, 00:31
Wee Deedle eh!
He showed the way forward for footballers by landing himself an air hostess back in 1948. :cool:

krack182
06-08-2010, 13:31
This thread never gets old. Back to the top you go...

BoycerBlue
06-08-2010, 13:35
Pat on the back for that man, well presentated sir ;)

carltonblue
06-08-2010, 13:36
A wee snippet from the insrt thread caught my eye:

"The European Super Cup which has traditionally been played for by the winners of the previous seasonsí European Cup and the European Cup Winnersí Cup, was first played for as a challenge match organised by Willie Waddell to mark the clubs Centenary in 1973."

I honestly didn't know that The Rangers had initiated the Super Cup. Next time Sheepie bleats on about their Super Cup victory, remind them that we created it!

krack182
06-08-2010, 13:40
A wee snippet from the insrt thread caught my eye:

"The European Super Cup which has traditionally been played for by the winners of the previous seasonsí European Cup and the European Cup Winnersí Cup, was first played for as a challenge match organised by Willie Waddell to mark the clubs Centenary in 1973."

I honestly didn't know that The Rangers had initiated the Super Cup. Next time Sheepie bleats on about their Super Cup victory, remind them that we created it!

Yeah that is correct. Ajax v Rangers. European v Cup Winners and it took off from there.

dunny
06-08-2010, 13:45
what is the bruce casket and how did we get that?

krack182
07-05-2011, 18:04
One of my favourite threads :)

As Sir Walter Smith leaves us after two more games, then I thought this in the trophy room, shows that he is a fan just as much as we are.

http://i54.tinypic.com/dx09d2.jpg

http://i56.tinypic.com/2425q4h.jpg

Loving Cup

http://i53.tinypic.com/dbm6ft.jpg

britain
07-05-2011, 21:36
Great to see this old favourite back.

allsim0512
23-11-2011, 00:33
Wee bump fantastic thread

Calvers72
23-11-2011, 00:53
Good post, i've enjoyed a few visits to the trophy room, some weird and wonderful items on display as well as the many honours, i shall visit again for sure.

thomyorke_legend1
23-11-2011, 02:22
Great thread.

Was Sandy Jardine (the ever popular on FF!) not responsible for a lot of the stuff out on display?

thevietnambear
23-11-2011, 09:59
shipyard hands and laptops don't go mate :D

Which shipyard(s) did you work in.

La Reve Passe
23-11-2011, 10:22
What a fantastic thread. Great work guys involved.

farley1968
23-11-2011, 17:49
Which shipyard(s) did you work in.

Harland & Wolff in Belfast for a short while in the late 80's :D

general_melchett
23-11-2011, 17:58
Had the pleasure of spending time in here. One of my favourite pieces is this

http://i39.tinypic.com/fo3fs.jpg

I was at the game too.

am proud 2 b blue
23-11-2011, 18:00
Now that I know how to post pics, here's another one or two :D

http://i31.tinypic.com/auys2e.jpg

Hope you like them :)

woner what happened to this

ryan_thompson
23-11-2011, 19:04
http://i43.tinypic.com/t6xu9x.jpg

http://i40.tinypic.com/wh1blt.jpg

http://i41.tinypic.com/1198qhh.jpg

http://i41.tinypic.com/vrzk3m.jpg

bluebrain
23-11-2011, 19:06
Superb effort mate. Well done and thanks

am proud 2 b blue
23-11-2011, 19:48
http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/3374/78249553.jpg

Bigeye
31-05-2017, 01:58
Anyone know the story of the stags head up on the wall ? Surely not a football trophy ? :blink:

texas ranger
31-05-2017, 03:05
I've had the pleasure of visiting three times in the last five years after games on my trips back home. Could spend hours in the place, it's fantastic to visit.

My own personal favourite is the hand written team lines for the 1972 ECWC final. For me it almost takes you to the moment.

Hap Hapablap
31-05-2017, 06:46
Anyone know the story of the stags head up on the wall ? Surely not a football trophy ? :blink:

Pretty sure its a gift from Inverness CT

boldy
31-05-2017, 08:12
Thanks for putting this together excellent work 👍🇬🇧