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dh1963
28-12-2010, 15:11
A sweat-stained hero, his face twisted in pain, pleaded: "Please Boss, let me go on.... I'll be all right. I simply must get out there and help the boys... honestly Boss, I'll be all right." The second half of our New Year's Day league match with Celtic at Parkhead was just underway. And the man who pleaded to get back into this grim, shut-teeth fight was the crippled Jock Shaw... Jock Shaw the Rangers lionheart.

Taken off with a badly injured leg, this iron man, who had fought a hundred fights for us at left back after coming from Airdrie during the 1938 close season, was ready - in fact insistent - to get back even if it meant crawling on to the field. Surely Jock was the first Tiger to rank with those who began to find their way into certain tanks.

But the Boss - manager William Struth - told him: "Jock, you stay right where you are. Never fear lad, we'll win with ten men. The lads out there are adding a bit more for you - and the colours." And win we did - by 4-1, Colin Liddell, Willie Paton (2) and Willie Waddell getting our goals.


There are so many reasons I love that tale. The No Surrender spirit of Jock Shaw, a Ranger to the end. The calm authority of Mr Struth. And, of course, hammering the enemy at New Year.

Here's to the next victory over them on Sunday :)

rosstheger
28-12-2010, 15:13
Brilliant :D Thanks for posting.

jaws73
28-12-2010, 15:15
I had an early Christmas present about 3 weks ago when my copy of "Rangers - The New Era" was unearthed after having thought it was lost for good.

gboigloyalist
28-12-2010, 15:17
A sweat-stained hero, his face twisted in pain, pleaded: "Please Boss, let me go on.... I'll be all right. I simply must get out there and help the boys... honestly Boss, I'll be all right." The second half of our New Year's Day league match with Celtic at Parkhead was just underway. And the man who pleaded to get back into this grim, shut-teeth fight was the crippled Jock Shaw... Jock Shaw the Rangers lionheart.

Taken off with a badly injured leg, this iron man, who had fought a hundred fights for us at left back after coming from Airdrie during the 1938 close season, was ready - in fact insistent - to get back even if it meant crawling on to the field. Surely Jock was the first Tiger to rank with those who began to find their way into certain tanks.

But the Boss - manager William Struth - told him: "Jock, you stay right where you are. Never fear lad, we'll win with ten men. The lads out there are adding a bit more for you - and the colours." And win we did - by 4-1, Colin Liddell, Willie Paton (2) and Willie Waddell getting our goals.


There are so many reasons I love that tale. The No Surrender spirit of Jock Shaw, a Ranger to the end. The calm authority of Mr Struth. And, of course, hammering the enemy at New Year.

Here's to the next victory over them on Sunday :)

I love reading stories about Tiger, whom I knew and was in awe of. Was that hard the Germans called thier tanks after him.;)

sam_cooke
28-12-2010, 15:18
http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/8051/shawgif.gif (http://img530.imageshack.us/i/shawgif.gif/)

garyw09
28-12-2010, 15:18
Great post :)

dh1963
28-12-2010, 15:21
http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/8051/shawgif.gif (http://img530.imageshack.us/i/shawgif.gif/)

Sam - any idea what year that's from?

sam_cooke
28-12-2010, 15:24
Sam - any idea what year that's from?

gimme a minute and I'll let you know ;)

opersson
28-12-2010, 15:28
"The lads out there are adding a bit more for you - and the colours."

What a fantastic quote that is.

jaws73
28-12-2010, 15:31
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3p3MJ06gR0

TigerShaw
28-12-2010, 15:55
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3p3MJ06gR0

I'll admit to doing a wee double take when I first heard that clip. I really wasn't expecting to hear his voice and it brought more than a wee lump to my throat, and a wee shiver down my spine. That's how I (and how gboigloyalist will as well) remember him. That's just him, just his voice, just the way he spoke.

There WAS no argument to it. Rangers were the best club in the world to him. Playing for the Club meant absolutely everything to him, and was something he was extremely proud of having done. That phrase he utters at the end "Once a Ranger, always a Ranger" I wish I had a pound for everytime I heard that phrase come from his lips. I'd be retired by now :-)

RangersAndBalloch
28-12-2010, 16:01
A sweat-stained hero, his face twisted in pain, pleaded: "Please Boss, let me go on.... I'll be all right. I simply must get out there and help the boys... honestly Boss, I'll be all right." The second half of our New Year's Day league match with Celtic at Parkhead was just underway. And the man who pleaded to get back into this grim, shut-teeth fight was the crippled Jock Shaw... Jock Shaw the Rangers lionheart.

Taken off with a badly injured leg, this iron man, who had fought a hundred fights for us at left back after coming from Airdrie during the 1938 close season, was ready - in fact insistent - to get back even if it meant crawling on to the field. Surely Jock was the first Tiger to rank with those who began to find their way into certain tanks.

But the Boss - manager William Struth - told him: "Jock, you stay right where you are. Never fear lad, we'll win with ten men. The lads out there are adding a bit more for you - and the colours." And win we did - by 4-1, Colin Liddell, Willie Paton (2) and Willie Waddell getting our goals.


There are so many reasons I love that tale. The No Surrender spirit of Jock Shaw, a Ranger to the end. The calm authority of Mr Struth. And, of course, hammering the enemy at New Year.

Here's to the next victory over them on Sunday :)

I'm guessing that's the game where he got carried off on the stretcher screaming and kicking , almost fighting with the medics to stay on.

We were three up at the time and he sat up and held three fingers up to the Tarriers on the way up the tunnel.

sam_cooke
28-12-2010, 16:22
Sam - any idea what year that's from?

It was from a wartime cup match at Hampden, 1942, dont have much details though Rangers scored a fine goal that day, I'll post up the footage ;)

TigerShaw
28-12-2010, 16:35
Sam - is there any chance you could make that gif 100 x 100 for me, so that I can use it as an avatar on another site please? When I try and resize it online it makes it a still?

sam_cooke
28-12-2010, 16:40
Sam - is there any chance you could make that gif 100 x 100 for me, so that I can use it as an avatar on another site please? When I try and resize it online it makes it a still?

http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/8051/shawgif.gif (http://img233.imageshack.us/i/shawgif.gif/)

Try that one, ;)

Smithers-Jones
28-12-2010, 16:46
What an amazing story. Thanks for posting that. Here's hoping a similar scoreline occurs on Sunday.

TigerShaw
28-12-2010, 17:05
http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/8051/shawgif.gif (http://img233.imageshack.us/i/shawgif.gif/)

Try that one, ;)

Thanks very much, Yep - pixel size is perfect, but I think it's gonna be too big size wise - it needs to be under 30kb damn!!

dh1963
28-12-2010, 17:41
It was from a wartime cup match at Hampden, 1942, dont have much details though Rangers scored a fine goal that day, I'll post up the footage ;)

Thanks Sam - thought it was Jerry Dawson and Dougie Gray out the tunnel after Jock Shaw, so thought it must be from during the war years.

Look forward to seeing the game!

paisleyprod
28-12-2010, 17:42
Superb post!!

Captain Jock
28-12-2010, 17:47
Great wee story, I'd never heard that one before!
Bill Struth and Jock Shaw, 2 absolute Rangers legends.

weewilbur
28-12-2010, 18:35
I'm sure one of the stories my dad used to tell me was about Jock Tiger Shaw being injured against them and had to leave the field,when a stretcher was called for he waved it away because he wanted to walk off the park like a Ranger should against them,maybe the same game?Another story was about the time the ball went out for a throw in. I'm sure was at the piggery and landed in amongst the tarrier support who because of the size of the crowd, I think were round the track.Apparently as it was a Rangers throw -in the Tims would not throw the ball back .So Tiger being Tiger walked into the midst of them to retrieve the ball to a resounding roar from the Rangers end of the ground.Can any older bears confirm if it was Tiger or not.

oldvale
28-12-2010, 18:43
I'm guessing that's the game where he got carried off on the stretcher screaming and kicking , almost fighting with the medics to stay on.

We were three up at the time and he sat up and held three fingers up to the Tarriers on the way up the tunnel.

My dad still talks about that.:)

sam_cooke
28-12-2010, 22:14
http://img192.imageshack.us/img192/9427/bobby20brown20rangers.jpg (http://img192.imageshack.us/i/bobby20brown20rangers.jpg/)

britain
29-12-2010, 07:40
http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/8051/shawgif.gif (http://img530.imageshack.us/i/shawgif.gif/)

Cracking footage:)

RangersAndBalloch
29-12-2010, 11:32
My dad still talks about that.:)

As does mine.

They might have been on the same bus :D

The_Gub
29-12-2010, 11:48
Ne'erday 1952. The filth 1 v Rangers 4.

My personal tale regards that one (and I only made my way into world nine years later) is this. A story my old man always told me.

My old man was at the cesspit that day with his old man.

Now they were going back after the game to my old man's maternal grannie's house to carry on the festivities.

However, his granda (a big Ulsterman, who never lost his Irish brogue) was unwell by this time and was confined to his bed.

Walking back to my old man's grandparents' house my granda said to my old man (who would have been 15 at the time) wind your granda up that Rangers got beat.

So they get to the house and they both go into the bedroom to say hello to my old man's granda.

The conversation went something like this.

My old man and granda - Happy New Year auld yin.

My great granda - What was the score?

My granda - We got beat 2-1.

My great granda - Just put the light off and gi me piece.

My old man - Granda, Rangers won 4-1.

My great granda - Gimme me trousers, it's time to have a party.

And that folks is what Rangers is all about. Family.

We are not a football club, we are a way of life.

Oh, and according to my old man, Waddell scored a screamer of a fre kick at the Rangers end that day.

We were, are and always will be the people.

sam_cooke
05-01-2011, 21:22
I'm sure one of the stories my dad used to tell me was about Jock Tiger Shaw being injured against them and had to leave the field,when a stretcher was called for he waved it away because he wanted to walk off the park like a Ranger should against them,maybe the same game?Another story was about the time the ball went out for a throw in. I'm sure was at the piggery and landed in amongst the tarrier support who because of the size of the crowd, I think were round the track.Apparently as it was a Rangers throw -in the Tims would not throw the ball back .So Tiger being Tiger walked into the midst of them to retrieve the ball to a resounding roar from the Rangers end of the ground.Can any older bears confirm if it was Tiger or not.

http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/5222/tigershawinjured.jpg (http://img24.imageshack.us/i/tigershawinjured.jpg/)

;)

AA
05-01-2011, 21:29
http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/5222/tigershawinjured.jpg (http://img24.imageshack.us/i/tigershawinjured.jpg/)

;)FFS!" Any older bears confirm?"......by my reckoning he'll need to be in his 80's.:D (Aimed at wee Wilbur, not sam)

Rabenutam
05-01-2011, 21:35
Many years ago, I worked beside a old Celtic Supporter, he always talked about Tiger Shaw
with a little fear,affection,admiration. Said that Rangers feed him with raw meat the week before we played Celtic .

TigerShaw
05-01-2011, 21:53
FFS!" Any older bears confirm?"......by my reckoning he'll need to be in his 80's.:D (Aimed at wee Wilbur, not sam)

AA - Am certainly not in my 80s, although some mornings I feel like I am lol.

Have asked around the family, it is certainly not something that we have heard of, although everyone I asked said that it would not surprise them in the slightest if it were true. He lived most of his days in Coatbridge/Glenboig so was well used to being "in amonst them" ;-)

Sam, brilliant photo mate, one I have not seen before.

Rabenutam - I can confirm his dislike for them knew no bounds. In all my lifetime, he was in Parkhead only when the Cup Finals were bing played there, when Hampden was being refurbed. He once told me he was only ever in it when he played in it. :D

weewilbur
05-01-2011, 22:01
FFS!" Any older bears confirm?"......by my reckoning he'll need to be in his 80's.:D (Aimed at wee Wilbur, not sam)

why is there no 80 yr old bears left!!!!!!!Does stories not get passed down.

dh1963
05-01-2011, 22:28
http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/5222/tigershawinjured.jpg (http://img24.imageshack.us/i/tigershawinjured.jpg/)

;)

Sam - I don't know where you find all the old pictures and clips from bygone days, but I hope you keep finding them.

Brilliant.

AA
05-01-2011, 22:38
why is there no 80 yr old bears left!!!!!!!Does stories not get passed down.I just think you'll be hard pushed to find them in here. I cannae remember last week never mind the 40/50's.:D

weewilbur
05-01-2011, 23:25
I just think you'll be hard pushed to find them in here. I cannae remember last week never mind the 40/50's.:D

true sometimes it's hard remembering last night,and that's without a drink:roll:

sam_cooke
06-01-2011, 10:22
Sam - I don't know where you find all the old pictures and clips from bygone days, but I hope you keep finding them.

Brilliant.

It is indeed a fine pic, found it among my old archive files on the pc, think it was posted before and I saved it ;)

sam_cooke
09-01-2011, 16:57
How about this for an effort at the old colourizing lark :)

http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/3534/shaw.png (http://img839.imageshack.us/i/shaw.png/)

not bad if I do say so myself ;)

campsie
09-01-2011, 17:08
what an incredible picture, giving the story behind it gives it an even better look.
Too many pussys play football now.

Bilbo Baggins
09-01-2011, 17:39
I used to have this book and loved the over the top journalistic style---My wife handed it in to a charity shop because '' Who's interested in an auld book '' anyone know a divorce lawyer ?

am proud 2 b blue
09-01-2011, 19:31
I used to have this book and loved the over the top journalistic style---My wife handed it in to a charity shop because '' Who's interested in an auld book '' anyone know a divorce lawyer ?

:eek:aw man, feel for you, are you talking with her yet

The Treasurer
09-01-2011, 19:43
I used to have this book and loved the over the top journalistic style---My wife handed it in to a charity shop because '' Who's interested in an auld book '' anyone know a divorce lawyer ?

My copy has lost the fly sheet I'm afraid, but it is autographed by DJ.

TigerShaw
09-01-2011, 19:57
Brilliant Sam, absolutely brilliant. Saved, thank you :D

jaws73
09-01-2011, 20:29
Brilliant Sam, absolutely brilliant. Saved, thank you :D

I absolutely love this thread. Not just for the great photos but also for the joy it is giving you TS. I don't know you, so hesitate to call you 'auld yin', but the obvious thrill at re-kindled memories these posts are giving you puts a smile on my face.

:watp:

sam_cooke
09-01-2011, 20:42
Brilliant Sam, absolutely brilliant. Saved, thank you :D

Yer very welcome dear ;)

TigerShaw
09-01-2011, 22:01
I absolutely love this thread. Not just for the great photos but also for the joy it is giving you TS. I don't know you, so hesitate to call you 'auld yin', but the obvious thrill at re-kindled memories these posts are giving you puts a smile on my face.

:watp:

lol aye just keep hesitating Jaws!!

I'm in my 30s (even if only for one more year ;-) ) and his grand daughter!

So my memories are not mine as such they are his, passed on to me :D

The Treasurer
09-01-2011, 22:09
He was also a real gentleman.

I recall as a starry eyed 13yr old, his showing us round the Main Stand, in with the players warming up under the stand ( I have some memories of a long area where the players could run up and down and you could see it from a kind of gallery - but very vague. Not sure if others will know what I am talking about) and all this before the game one Wednesday evening.

jaws73
10-01-2011, 10:53
lol aye just keep hesitating Jaws!!

I'm in my 30s (even if only for one more year ;-) ) and his grand daughter!

So my memories are not mine as such they are his, passed on to me :D

Now that's some family line you have there TS :scarf:

If you've inherited any of that legendary character there'll be nae messin' wi' you! :D

dalegoalie
10-01-2011, 12:53
He was also a real gentleman.

I recall as a starry eyed 13yr old, his showing us round the Main Stand, in with the players warming up under the stand ( I have some memories of a long area where the players could run up and down and you could see it from a kind of gallery - but very vague. Not sure if others will know what I am talking about) and all this before the game one Wednesday evening.

Every Bear over the age of say, forty, will know exactly what you mean! Hard to believe nowadays but that was how you found out who was playing, by watching them warm up on the indoor track. You got a great view from the enclosure.

britain
10-01-2011, 12:54
How about this for an effort at the old colourizing lark :)

http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/3534/shaw.png (http://img839.imageshack.us/i/shaw.png/)

not bad if I do say so myself ;)

I like it:thumb:

A Horse With No Name
10-01-2011, 12:59
A sweat-stained hero, his face twisted in pain, pleaded: "Please Boss, let me go on.... I'll be all right. I simply must get out there and help the boys... honestly Boss, I'll be all right." The second half of our New Year's Day league match with Celtic at Parkhead was just underway. And the man who pleaded to get back into this grim, shut-teeth fight was the crippled Jock Shaw... Jock Shaw the Rangers lionheart.

Taken off with a badly injured leg, this iron man, who had fought a hundred fights for us at left back after coming from Airdrie during the 1938 close season, was ready - in fact insistent - to get back even if it meant crawling on to the field. Surely Jock was the first Tiger to rank with those who began to find their way into certain tanks.

But the Boss - manager William Struth - told him: "Jock, you stay right where you are. Never fear lad, we'll win with ten men. The lads out there are adding a bit more for you - and the colours." And win we did - by 4-1, Colin Liddell, Willie Paton (2) and Willie Waddell getting our goals.


There are so many reasons I love that tale. The No Surrender spirit of Jock Shaw, a Ranger to the end. The calm authority of Mr Struth. And, of course, hammering the enemy at New Year.

Here's to the next victory over them on Sunday :)


Great language they use in those days - love reading these old books!

A Horse With No Name
10-01-2011, 13:02
How about this for an effort at the old colourizing lark :)

http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/3534/shaw.png (http://img839.imageshack.us/i/shaw.png/)

not bad if I do say so myself ;)

Excellent work!

sam_cooke
26-06-2012, 22:30
The epitome of a true Rangers captain, Steve Davis, you will never, ever earn the respects of generations of Rangers fans the way the Tiger did.

http://i47.tinypic.com/21biwjq.jpg

gboigloyalist
26-06-2012, 22:34
I knew, and was in awe of, Tiger. I've thought about him many times during this saga. Fly by nights like Davis and his kind would never have been the Ranger that Tiger was.

britain
27-06-2012, 06:38
A sweat-stained hero, his face twisted in pain, pleaded: "Please Boss, let me go on.... I'll be all right. I simply must get out there and help the boys... honestly Boss, I'll be all right." The second half of our New Year's Day league match with Celtic at Parkhead was just underway. And the man who pleaded to get back into this grim, shut-teeth fight was the crippled Jock Shaw... Jock Shaw the Rangers lionheart.

Taken off with a badly injured leg, this iron man, who had fought a hundred fights for us at left back after coming from Airdrie during the 1938 close season, was ready - in fact insistent - to get back even if it meant crawling on to the field. Surely Jock was the first Tiger to rank with those who began to find their way into certain tanks.

But the Boss - manager William Struth - told him: "Jock, you stay right where you are. Never fear lad, we'll win with ten men. The lads out there are adding a bit more for you - and the colours." And win we did - by 4-1, Colin Liddell, Willie Paton (2) and Willie Waddell getting our goals.


There are so many reasons I love that tale. The No Surrender spirit of Jock Shaw, a Ranger to the end. The calm authority of Mr Struth. And, of course, hammering the enemy at New Year.

Here's to the next victory over them on Sunday :)

Great read that.

47blue
27-06-2012, 08:31
A sweat-stained hero, his face twisted in pain, pleaded: "Please Boss, let me go on.... I'll be all right. I simply must get out there and help the boys... honestly Boss, I'll be all right." The second half of our New Year's Day league match with Celtic at Parkhead was just underway. And the man who pleaded to get back into this grim, shut-teeth fight was the crippled Jock Shaw... Jock Shaw the Rangers lionheart.

Taken off with a badly injured leg, this iron man, who had fought a hundred fights for us at left back after coming from Airdrie during the 1938 close season, was ready - in fact insistent - to get back even if it meant crawling on to the field. Surely Jock was the first Tiger to rank with those who began to find their way into certain tanks.

But the Boss - manager William Struth - told him: "Jock, you stay right where you are. Never fear lad, we'll win with ten men. The lads out there are adding a bit more for you - and the colours." And win we did - by 4-1, Colin Liddell, Willie Paton (2) and Willie Waddell getting our goals.


There are so many reasons I love that tale. The No Surrender spirit of Jock Shaw, a Ranger to the end. The calm authority of Mr Struth. And, of course, hammering the enemy at New Year.

Here's to the next victory over them on Sunday :)

Could you imagine Steven Davis doing that,he is gutless enough with two good legs

sam_cooke
28-06-2012, 21:54
Great read that.

Yip, I thought so too ;)

TheKillerToad
28-06-2012, 22:02
Great read- sums up the passion of what it really means to be a Ranger. Hopefully Bomber can evoke that passion and bring the club home to the fans

bloo
28-06-2012, 22:08
Cannot tell you how many times I've read that book.

britain
29-06-2012, 06:28
Yip, I thought so too ;)

Back to page 1 again then.

speedmeister
29-06-2012, 08:12
Never heard that story before! Awesome!

That to me is what a Ranger is!

A No Surrender spirit that not matter what is put in front of them will face it head on!

We are and always will be the people!

sam_cooke
30-06-2012, 18:02
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3p3MJ06gR0

Once a Ranger always a Ranger.... ;)