Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Biggest Rangers wins in history...



Despite having to climb through the ranks again in recent years, Rangers remain the most successful club in Scottish football history.

With that kind of long-term success of course came a large number of dominating performances and blowout defeats that remain club records to this day. These massive victories no doubt left supporters of the Light Blues--and those punters smart enough to put a wager on Rangers whether it was online or in the bookies are feeling as great as football can make one feel. 

Here are some of the biggest Rangers F.C. wins of all-time. 

Biggest Cup Wins (Pre-20th Century) 

 

October 6, 1877: Rangers 13-0 Possilpark
November 10, 1877: Rangers 13-0 Uddingston
September 29, 1883: Rangers 14-2 Whitehill
September 13, 1884: Rangers 11-0 Whitehill
September 28, 1889: Kelvinside Athletic 0-13 Rangers

Scottish football has a reputation today for having a large amount of disparity, but it’s nothing compared to how things used to be in the early Scottish Cup days. From 1877 to 1889, Rangers defeated five different cup opponents by 11 goals or more.

In the 1877-78 Cup, Rangers won their first three matches by a combined 34-0. The first and third round matches were both won 13-0 against now-defunct clubs Possilpark and Uddingston. Amazingly, Rangers would somehow lose a fourth round replay to Vale of Leven after those dominating victories.

A poor club called Whitehill was the victim of Rangers’ next two big victories. In the 1883-84 Cup, Rangers won by a score of 14-2, a scoreline they would come short of matching the following year, winning against Whitehill only by 11-0.

Finally, Rangers would send the 1880s out with a bang, beating hosts Kelvinside Athletic 13-0 in the second round of the 1889/90 Cup.

 

Biggest Home League Win: Rangers 10-0 Hibs (1898)


Rangers’ biggest home win in the league came two turn of the centuries ago in 1898. The fourth-to-last game of the season, visiting Hibs was punished for setting foot in Kinning Park, 10-0. Alex Smith led Rangers with four goals. They would go on to finish the campaign not only undefeated, but without a draw as well.


An honorable mention for biggest home league win goes to Rangers 10-2 victory over Raith Rovers in 1967. A young lad by the name of Alex Ferguson scored a hat trick in what is still Rangers’ best domestic result since World War II.

 

Biggest Road League Win: Abercorn 2-9 Rangers (1896)


The biggest road win in the top flight for Rangers came against Abercorn in 1896. John McPherson, who scored 15 goals in 14 appearances that season, collected a third of his goals at this match in Paisley, Renfrewshire.

So demoralized were the Abercornians (possibly) that they finished that season with just three points, and were never to be seen in the top flight again.

 

Biggest Cup Win (20th Century to present): Rangers 14-2 Blairgowrie (1934)


In 1934, Rangers would lift the Scottish Cup after defeating St. Mirren emphatically 5-0 in the final. But for what the match weighed in significance, it was far from the largest victory in the club’s Cup run that season.

In the first round, Rangers and the Ibrox welcomed in Blairgowrie, who qualified for the Scottish Cup via the Scottish Qualifying Cup. The vast difference in class allowed for Jimmy Fleming to set what is still the Rangers record for most goals scored in a single match with nine. But to their credit, Blairgowrie was the only club to score twice against Rangers in the Cup that year.

 

Biggest European Win: Rangers 10-0 Valletta (1983)

 

In what would be one of John Grieg’s final matches as Rangers boss, The Gers hosted Valletta in the first round of the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. The first leg didn’t go so well for the Maltese champions, losing 8-0 on their own turf.


If they feared the return leg in Glasgow would be even uglier, they were right. David Mitchell scored in the first minute, and Rangers never looked back, even when it was 5-0 at halftime.

Biggest Old Firm Win: Rangers 5-0 Celtic (1894)


Rangers has defeated Celtic by four goals a number of times over the centuries, but way back in 1894 they punished the visiting Celts by a scoreline of 5-0. Just one of 18 league fixtures in the season, and the blowout wasn’t enough to prevent Celtic from winning the league for the second-straight time.

2 comments:

  1. The lady doth protest too much.

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  2. Richard Fillingham31 August 2016 at 15:15

    Very informative article. I will settle for Rangers winning 3 or 4 - 0 against any team in our first year back in the Premiership.

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