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When the Championship fixtures for this season were first announced, it looked like a tricky closing period for Rangers. An away trip to Livingston where various teams have struggled (including ourselves in November), a rearranged match at Easter Road which initially had all the signs of a title decider and Sunday's final game in Paisley versus a St Mirren side that often raise their level against us meant we could never really relax about having a comfortable league run-in. Fortunately, that changed when Hibs capitulated from late February through March to ensure we were able to clinch the Championship and automatic promotion with several games to spare.
On the 15th of April 1989 I was at a football match in Glasgow. It was one of hundreds of matches I’d attended by then, I was 18 and going to ‘the football’ was something I’d done since I was at primary school. Unusually for me I was in the ‘The Jungle’ at Parkhead that day, it was the first time I’d ever been in that famous stand. It was a Scottish Cup Semi Final against St Johnstone, in those days they didn’t play 2 matches on consecutive days at Hampden so Parkhead was chosen as the neutral venue. I don’t remember much about the match itself, a nothing each draw that went to a replay, but I’ll never forget the day. The ‘Jungle’ was like a lot of terraces I visited in those days. Big, open, barely stewarded and poorly policed built in the Victorian era and upgraded in the 60s it was still controlled by men who Dickens would have thought twice of creating for believing their avarice might have been a fiction too far.
With the Championship title already won and promotion guaranteed to the top level of Scottish football, season ticket prices for season 2016/17 were always going to be of interest.
It’s just before 4.30am and although I didn’t get to sleep until well after midnight, I’m already wide awake. I suspect (hope?) that considering all the criticism of you and the players for last night’s result you guys may also be having the same sleep deprivations. Thankfully there is a solution…
- 01 May 2016
- St Mirren Park, Paisley
- [SPFL] KO 12.30pm (Live on RangersTV)
Ibrox Stadium is a football stadium located on the south side of the River Clyde, on Edmiston Drive in the Ibrox district of Glasgow. It is the home ground of Scottish Premier League club Rangers and has an all-seated capacity of 51,082. Ibrox is presently the third largest football stadium in Scotland and tenth largest stadium in the United Kingdom. You can view a full gallery of stadium images below this article.
Two tragic events in Rangers history will remain defining moments for every Rangers supporter. They stand as a guage of football's real importance while reminding every football fan of just how safety and organisation are a huge necessity at our stadia.