Rangers’ record on this day – P: 5 W: 2 D: 0 L 3
GD: -3 F: 4 A: 7
Win %: 40.00%
Average Goals Scored P/M: 0.80, Conceded: 1.40
1890: Rangers are beaten 5-0 in a Friendly by Hearts.
1919: Rangers lift the Glasgow Merchants’ Charity Cup with a 2-1 Final win over Queen’s Park. James Bowie equalised for the Gers before David Brown netted the winner.
1930: Rangers continue their North American Tour with a 5-2 win over Car Steel thanks to a Jimmy Smith hat-trick and goals from George Brown and Bob McPhail. This match was played in Montreal, Quebec.
1933: Rangers are beaten 2-1 by a Munich DFB Select as the Gers complete their German Tour. For the first time ever, Rangers were defeated abroad. Bob McPhail was on the scoresheet for the Light Blues. The Ibrox side had won all 4 of the previous matches with Jimmy Smith finishing as top goalscorers with 8 goals in the 4 games in which he participated. From here, Rangers would move on to Vienna for a Friendly with Rapid, who had visited Ibrox in January and left with a 3-3 draw.
1941: Once again, Rangers secure a Glasgow Charity Cup, courtesy of a 3-0 win over Partick Thistle in the Final. 2 goals from Torry Gillick and 1 from Alex Venters saw the Cup heading to Ibrox but the main attraction for the 25,000 Hampden Crowd (Attendances were restricted due to risk of German Air-Raids) was football legend Stanley Matthews turning out as a guest for Rangers.
1967: Rangers’ 2nd European Final ends in disappointment as Franz Roth scored the Extra-Time winner for Bayern Munich in the Final of the Cup Winners’ Cup Final. The 1-0 loss was agonising for Rangers and one must wonder what would have happened if Rangers hadn’t acted so rashly following the Berwick defeat in January when George McLean and Jim Forrest were blamed entirely for the loss and both effectively sacked. Roger Hynd, a defender, was fielded as a Forward and squandered a good chance and had a goal disallowed (some say wrongly) for offside.
1979: Rangers wrap up their League fixtures with a 2-1 loss to Hibs. Billy Urquhart got the goal for the Gers who had beaten the Edinburgh men just 3 days earlier in the Scottish Cup Final 2nd Replay. A defeat at Parkhead saw Rangers narrowly miss out on back-to-back Trebles as the Light Blues finished 3 points behind Celtic in the League. John Greig’s first season in-charge ends with the League and Scottish Cups in the Ibrox Trophy Cabinet.
1984: Rangers beat Australia ‘B’ – President’s XI (I know Australia have a Prime Minister but I have the President’s XI, who knows what President it refers to), 2-1 in the 2nd match of the World Soccer Series. Sandy Clark equalised for the Light Blues before Iain Ferguson grabbed the winner on the 73rd minute.
1988: The contracts of Avi Cohen and Trevor Francis expire and move on to Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Queens Park Rangers, respectively.
1989: Davie Cooper’s time at Rangers comes to an end as he secures a move to Motherwell for a fee of £50k. Mel Sterland also departs for Leeds in a £600k deal.
1996: Alexei Mikhailichenko enjoys his last day as a professional footballer before his official retirement upon his Contract expiry on June 1st. Colin Scott also leaves, and later secures a deal with Hamilton.
1997: The contracts of Mark Hateley, Richard Gough, Andy Dibble, Trevor Steven and John Brown all come to an end. Hateley and Dibble head South in deals with Hull and Sheffield Utd respectively, whilst Richard Gough was headed for the States, signing for the Kansas City Wizards. Steven and Brown call time on their playing careers. Greg Shields is also released and joins Dunfermline.
1998: Ally McCoist, Andy Goram, Stuart McCall, Richard Gough and Alan McLaren all enjoy their last day as Rangers players. With Contracts expiring the next day, McCoist moves to Kilmarnock, Goram to Motherwell, McCall (and Stephen Wright) heads South for Bradford and McLaren retires. Gough was once again bound for the USA, this time joining San Jose Earthquakes.
2003: Rangers complete another Domestic Treble as they beat Dundee 1-0 in the Scottish Cup Final. Lorenzo Amoruso, playing in his last game for the Light Blues, scored the winner on the 66th minute.
2005: Bojan Djordjic signs for Plymouth on a Free Transfer from Rangers.
2015: Rangers are defeated 3-0 by Motherwell in the 2nd Leg of their SPFL Premiership play-off. The Gers had Bilel Mohnsi sent-off after the final whistle after the Light Blues lost 6-1 on aggregate.
1874: John Walker – (Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire). Rangers: 1902-1906 (Forward). Apps: 92, Goals: 35, Honours: 1 Scottish League Title, 1 Scottish Cup, 1 Glasgow Charity Cup. International Caps: 5 (Scotland).
1935: Harry Melrose – (Edinburgh). Rangers: 1956-1958 (Midfielder). Apps: 1, Goals: 2.
1964: Billy Davies – (Glasgow). Rangers: 1981-1984 (Midfielder). Apps: 26, Goals: 2.
1972: Antti Niemi – (Oulu, Finland). Rangers: 1997-1999 (Goalkeeper). Apps: 22, Honours: 1 Scottish League Cup. International Caps: 67 (Finland).