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MO_TxTruBlu
03-10-2010, 15:21
It was 45 years ago this week, that Rangers scored 6 goals in three consecutive games, at three different grounds, inside a week.

Oct 2nd...6-0 v Stirling Albion (h)...Div 1... (Sorensen, Willoughby, Wood, Wilson (2) Johnston)...Att. 20,000
Oct 6th....6-4 v Kilmarnock (n).....LC sf... (McLean (3), Willoughby, Forrest, Henderson).............Att. 54,702
Oct 9th....6-1 v St Mirren (a)....... Div 1... (McLean (2), Forrest (3), Johnston).............................Att. 33,000

Rangers had already played a dozen games that season, 8 League Cup games, and 4 in the League.
Despite losing, two of our first three games at Tynecastle, and Pittodrie, Rangers won their League Cup section, and progressed to the semi finals with a 9-1 aggregate win v Airdrie in the quarters.
In the league we had defeated St Johnstone, and Celtic at Ibrox, and drawn both away games at Partick Thistle, and Dundee.

Rangers welcomed last season's Div 2 winners to Ibrox with a six goal thrashing, that saw recent signing Jorn Sorensen score the opener, and his first goal for the club.
Wouldn't happen today, but Rangers had to play this game without the services of Greig and Henderson, who were in Belfast, on Scotland duty.
Their replacements didn't do too bad though, with Wilson Wood scoring one, and Davy Wilson helping himself to a brace. Willoughby and Johnston got the other two.

The following wednesday was a big one, a League Cup Semi Final, that saw us take on the Scottish Champions, Kilmarnock at Hampden.
Rangers turned on a scintilating display of attacking football, that ripped the nations best defence to shreds, as they raced to a 6-1 lead with the returning George McLean helping himself to a hat trick. Forrest, Willoughby, and the re instated Willie Henderson scored the other three.
Three goals from the 18 year old Tommy McLean in the last 20 mins for Kilmarnock, put a better reflection on the scoreline, but there was no doubting that Rangers had tore apart the Scottish champions with a remarkable performance of attacking football.

Three days later 33,000 turned up at Love St, and once again an unchanged Rangers side did not disappoint, turning in another six goal performance.
Jim Forrest bagging a hat trick on the day, with George McLean (2), and Willie Johnston getting the others.
Rangers would go on to win their next eight league games, making it 10 consecutive League wins, that saw them sit top of the table with 28 points out of a possible 30, the week before Christmas.

(v Stirling Albion). Ritchie, Johansen, Provan, Watson, McKinnon, Wood, Wilson, Willoughby, Forrest, Sorenson, and Johnston.
(v Kilmarnock)..... Ritchie, Johansen, Provan, Wood, McKinnon, Greig, Henderson, Willoughby, Forrest, McLean, and Johnston.
(v St Mirren).........Ritchie, Johansen, Provan, Wood, McKinnon, Greig, Henderson, Willoughby, Forrest, McLean, and Johnston.

Cooperfan
03-10-2010, 15:25
33,000 at St Mirren.:eek:

Iron_Curtain
03-10-2010, 15:28
"Oct 6th....6-4 v Kilmarnock (n).....LC sf... (McLean (3), Willoughby, Forrest, Henderson).............Att. 54,702"

Would I be right in thinking this is the game where future Ranger's great Tommy McLean also scored a hat-trick, for Killie ? If so it could very well be a unique occurrence, namesakes scoring hat-tricks in the same game.

MO_TxTruBlu
04-10-2010, 06:17
"Oct 6th....6-4 v Kilmarnock (n).....LC sf... (McLean (3), Willoughby, Forrest, Henderson).............Att. 54,702"

Would I be right in thinking this is the game where future Ranger's great Tommy McLean also scored a hat-trick, for Killie ? If so it could very well be a unique occurrence, namesakes scoring hat-tricks in the same game.


You are indeed, (as mentioned above) an 18 year old Calimero scored three in the last 20 mins when we were already 6-1 up.
Apparently Ritchie made a superb save in the last minute to prevent them pulling it back to 6-5!.
Can't think of any other time that namesakes on opposite sides have achieved hat tricks.

MO_TxTruBlu
04-10-2010, 16:37
33,000 at St Mirren.:eek:

The Rangers Football Companion has it listed as 33,000, whilst others have it listed at 22,500?????

More to the point, this was a remarkable week, in which we scored SIX goals in three consecutive games, i'm not sure if we have achieved that since.

MO_TxTruBlu
05-10-2011, 17:20
1965............46 years ago now, but still worth remembering.

dalegoalie
05-10-2011, 17:45
This was a very worried young Bear when Tommy McLean made it 6-4!

We had crowds of c40,000 at St Mirren Park in the late sixties, early seventies.

budman
05-10-2011, 17:47
1982 round about now
three games v kilmarnock in 18 days 17-1 aggt;

1982-09-18 Rangers 5 - 0 Kilmarnock SL
1982-09-22 Kilmarnock 1 - 6 Rangers LC QF
1982-10-06 Rangers 6 - 0 Kilmarnock LC QF

instructor
05-10-2011, 17:50
Kilmarnock were a top side around this period and did win the title.

agcooper
05-10-2011, 19:14
Kilmarnock were a top side around this period and did win the title.

with future Rangers manager William Waddell at the helm.

MO_TxTruBlu
05-10-2011, 20:09
Kilmarnock were a top side around this period and did win the title.


They were indeed, and as the current Scottish Champions we not only gubbed them 6-4 in the League Cup Semi,
we also hammered them 5-0 at Ibrox in the League the following month.
The much maligned George McLean scored a Hat Trick in both games against them.
Big Dandy's tally for that 65-66 season was 39 Goals in 34 Games, which included 5 Hat Tricks in all Competitions
( 2 in the League, 2 in the League Cup, and 1 in the Scottish Cup).

ao
06-10-2011, 10:10
You are indeed, (as mentioned above) an 18 year old Calimero scored three in the last 20 mins when we were already 6-1 up.
Apparently Ritchie made a superb save in the last minute to prevent them pulling it back to 6-5!.
Can't think of any other time that namesakes on opposite sides have achieved hat tricks.

I remember Archie MacPherson being interviewed about his career in tv and the 1965 LCSF was a game he particularly remembered from his early days due to the amateur nature of tv at the time.

Apparently, despite there being 10 goals, the BBC managed to miss something like 8 of them:eek: They even managed to miss a penalty being scored. The whole transmission was full of technical problems and was a disaster from start to finish. Technology has moved on from then, thankfully:D

MO_TxTruBlu
06-10-2011, 12:49
I remember Archie MacPherson being interviewed about his career in tv and the 1965 LCSF was a game he particularly remembered from his early days due to the amateur nature of tv at the time.

Apparently, despite there being 10 goals, the BBC managed to miss something like 8 of them:eek: They even managed to miss a penalty being scored. The whole transmission was full of technical problems and was a disaster from start to finish. Technology has moved on from then, thankfully:D

That is a shame really, because apparantly Rangers put on a clinic of brilliant attacking football that night (well for the first 70 mins anyway).
It is one of the first games that I can actually remember being at, but I was too young to appreciate just how good we were that night,
though I do remember it being a very exciting, and magical evening.

The_Gub
06-10-2011, 14:36
The Rangers Football Companion has it listed as 33,000, whilst others have it listed at 22,500?????

More to the point, this was a remarkable week, in which we scored SIX goals in three consecutive games, i'm not sure if we have achieved that since.

Not quite the same but Rangers scored 20 goals with Jimmy Fleming scoring FOURTEEN of them in seven days back in January 1934.

Still that is some statistic you have thrown up.

MO_TxTruBlu
07-10-2011, 05:28
Not quite the same but Rangers scored 20 goals with Jimmy Fleming scoring FOURTEEN of them in seven days back in January 1934.

Still that is some statistic you have thrown up.

That is an amazing stat, and it was done in only two games!!!!!!!!

Despite his 14 goals in 2 games, Jimmy Fleming finished 20 goals adrift of Jimmy Smith in their totals for that season, though he did play 20 games less (1933-34).
Jimmy Smith.......46 Goals in 38 Games
Jimmy Fleming....26 Goals in 18 Games

Two of our greatest Strikers ever
Jimmy Fleming (1925-34) 220 Goals in 267 Games
Jimmy Smith (1928 -46) 249 Goals in 259 Games
These stats only count Scottish League, and Scottish Cup......
and does not count The Glasgow Cup, The Charity Cup, British Championships, or Exhibition games.

They were the hat trick Kings,
Fleming notched 27 hat Tricks for Rangers, Smith scored 24 Hat Tricks between 1931-38.
No other Rangers player in our history has recorded more Hat Tricks than Fleming, and Smith