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  1. From yesterday's game between Vitesse Arnhem and Fortuna Sittard. To mark the 75th anniversary of Market Garden and in particular the battles in and around Arnhem.
  2. I think the Royal Navy moved out in the sixties when the Admiralty, Air Ministry and War Office were merged into the Ministry of Defence. Top Brass from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines still use the Admiralty Board Room on the first floor a couple of times a year for meetings. That is an impressive room. Did you go into Admiralty House next to the Admiralty Building? An impressive building. Also next to the Admiralty Building is a room which was used as a cinema in WW2. Sadly it has deteriorated over the years. I can imagine Churchill and other ministers and military and civilian officials sitting watching a film in a smoke filled atmosphere and drinking lots. I've had a look at the Bomb sight website and there were a few bombs dropped in the area. I guess the Luftwaffe were aiming for power stations. Also occasionally they would over shoot targets in the Square Mile and the Docks due to poor navigation and tricks played by the British Military. Closest bombs to Stamford Bridge were in Hilary Close. Found this picture of huts in Onslow Square. Used by the Blitz Repair Squad.
  3. Yes, it is incredible how the City recovered. Have you seen the bomb sight website? Based on reports of where bombs landed. My Mum and her side of the family were brought up in Bermondsey and that area took a pounding: not far from the Thames and the Docks. http://bombsight.org/#15/51.5050/-0.0900 It's great finding out new things about the City. I worked in a number of offices in London, the last being the Admiralty Building in Whitehall. It was built in 1726. Incredible history and some great names have walked the corridors over the years.
  4. Agree, a great first-half. Second-half was more tense but in the comfortable win in the end. Rangers could and should have scored more. A great strike from Ojo and he could have scored a couple more. Thought Morelos worked really hard. Great performances from Arfield and Helander. Some fine saves from McGregor. A wonderfully observed minutes silence. When the applause started at the second minute and the crowd stood up and players joined in with the applause I confess that I had a tear in the eye. I am honoured to support Chelsea and Rangers. WATP.
  5. Agree, it's a great website. I love looking at old photos and maps to see how areas have changed over the years. The house I live in was built in the early 1900s and the area started to grow with the introduction of the railway in the 1860s.
  6. Paying respects to Fernando outside Ibrox. By the statue of the legendary John Greig.
  7. Great tribute from the club. https://rangers.co.uk/news/headlines/fernando-ricksen/ RANGERS is deeply saddened to announce that former player Fernando Ricksen passed away this morning following his battle with motor neurone disease. Fernando spent six trophy-laden seasons at Ibrox having initially joined a number of other Dutch players under manager Dick Advocaat in the summer of 2000. Signing from AZ Alkmaar, he endured a difficult start to life in Glasgow, but in typical Fernando fashion, he worked hard in the face of adversity to become a mainstay in the side when Alex McLeish took over as manager in December 2001. He played in both the League Cup and Scottish Cup finals of that season, as Gers defeated Ayr United and Celtic respectively to claim a cup double. The following season, he was an outstanding performer as the Light Blues went one better to win the domestic treble with Ricksen again playing in both cup finals. Season 2003/04 was a disappointment for everyone at Rangers, but season 2004/05 was to be another memorable campaign, with Fernando named captain of the side in January 2005 following an injury to Stefan Klos. He was truly wonderful in that campaign, particularly after being handed the armband, and began adding goals to his game, claiming a total of nine in that season, while he was named as Rangers’ Player of the Year and joint-SPFA Player of the Year with John Hartson. In a crucial game at Hearts in the title run-in, he remained calm under intense pressure to net a 94th-minute winner from the penalty spot to keep Gers in the hunt for the big prize. He also scored a terrific free-kick against Motherwell in a 5-1 League Cup final win as he lifted his first trophy as captain, but the main event of the season was still to come. Trailing Celtic by two points going into the final game of the season, a defeat for Martin O’Neill’s side at Motherwell coupled with a win for Gers at Hibs meant McLeish’s men sensationally claimed the title – with Fernando being the man to lift the trophy on one of the most iconic days in the club’s history. Fernando left for Zenit and, in a twist of fate, was an unused substitute for them against Rangers in the 2008 UEFA Cup Final. He left Zenit in 2009 and wound down his career at his first club, Fortuna Sittard until his retirement. In October 2013, he revealed he was suffering from motor neuron disease, and since then, has fought a terrific battle against the condition, raising awareness and funds for the Fernando Ricksen Foundation which aims to help others suffering from the illness. A benefit match was held at Ibrox in January 2015, and attracted over 41,000 fans to Ibrox. It raised £320,000 with the proceeds split between Fernando, his daughter Isabella, MND Scotland and the Rangers Charity Foundation. A member of the Rangers Hall of Fame, he also won 12 caps for his native Holland. The thoughts of everyone at Rangers is today with his wife Veronika, his daughter Isabella and all his family and friends. Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson said: “Everyone connected with Rangers will be distressed by Fernando’s passing. He fought so bravely against a terrible illness and our thoughts are with his family. “Fernando will never be forgotten by his teammates or Rangers fans. His place in our history is secured.’
  8. Picture is a bit fuzzy but some fine players.
  9. A fine picture of Ibrox. Sky is a lovely colour.
  10. Seeing the picture of Maradona reminds me of a game at Wembley in 1987 when there was a game to mark the centenary of the formation of the Football League. The game was between a Football League and a Rest of the World side. Some fine players including two Chelsea players on both sides. Here are the line-ups. https://www.11v11.com/matches/football-league-v-rest-of-the-world-08-august-1987-240579/ Maradona was booed throughout the game. Not surprising given it was a year after the infamous "Hand of God" episode in the World Cup.
  11. The editor or owner (sorry, I can't remember which) was interviewed on the Today Programme on BBC Radio 4 last week. I only managed to listen to some of the interview but interviewer asked about the title i.e. athletic in this country tends to refer to track and field rather than football. The interviewee responded by saying that the idea for the title came from the states where athletic encompasses a number of sports. Will try and find a clip of the interview. Just seen this on the BBC about Lukaku. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49713647 An Italian television station says it will not use one of its pundits again after he made a racist comment about Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku. Speaking on TopCalcio24, Luciano Passirani said: "If you go one-on-one with him he will murder you. "The only way to come up against him is maybe give him 10 bananas to eat..." Programme director Fabio Ravezzani said, despite Passirani's "immediate apologies" that "he could no longer participate in our broadcasts". Lukaku, who moved from Manchester United to Inter in the summer, helped his side to a 1-0 win against Udinese on Saturday. "Mr Passirani is 80 years old and to compliment Lukaku he used a metaphor that turned out to be racist," added Ravezzani. "I think it was a terrible lack of momentary lucidity. "I cannot tolerate any kind of errors, even if momentary." Lukaku was recently subjected to monkey chants by Cagliari fans when he scored a penalty for his side in a 2-1 victory. Afterwards, the Belgium international said the abuse showed the game was "going backwards".
  12. To mark today's Armed Forces Day at Ibrox. Class.
  13. Ray Wilkins would have been 63 today. Here's a great article about his time at Rangers. Player Profile: Ray Wilkins 1987-1989 Ray Wilkins was a Rangers player for only two years but it is probably fair to say that no other player has made such a lasting impact within the Club (and with the supporters) in such a relatively short period of time. A “Rolls Royce” of a midfielder, Ray had already amassed 84 full England caps, having played and captained his country at major international tournaments, by the time he arrived at Ibrox in 1987. A club career which had taken him from Chelsea to Manchester United, from AC Milan to PSG would tell you all you need to know about the quality of Wilkins and it safe to assume that Graeme Souness felt he had pulled off a masterstroke when he secured the services of his ‘Auld Enemy’ for only £250k. With Souness himself now struggling due to persistent injury and the leadership of Terry Butcher absent due to a leg break, there was only one man to turn to as he looked to compliment and nurture the talents of Ian Durrant, Derek and Ian Ferguson in the Rangers midfield. Seemingly arriving from nowhere, Wilkins graced the Ibrox pitch in his number 5 jersey for the first time on 28th November 1987, a 3-2 victory over Hearts. Over the next two years Ray would be a model of consistency and professionalism in the Rangers midfield. His first goal for the Club came in a 4-0 win over St.Mirren at Ibrox in the February. Whilst the remainder of season 1987/88 would be a disappointing one for all at Ibrox, the team regrouped and were galvanised for the start of 1988/89 and Ray was instrumental in the 5-1 thrashing of Celtic just three games into the new campaign. Nobody present will ever forget his stunning volley to put Rangers 2-1 ahead. Ray would go on to play 96 times for the Club scoring 3 goals along the way and securing two league championship medals and one league cup winners medal. For family reasons, Ray returned to London (joining QPR) in 1989 and was given the send off he truly deserved in an emotional 3-0 win over Dunfermline at Ibrox. His pass for Johnston’s opener that day summed up the qualities of Ray perfectly. Ray Wilkins would be celebrating his 63rd birthday today. Gone but not forgotten. 💙
  14. Looks like John Hollins behind Peter but I may be wrong.
  15. Not sure which part of Ibrox this is. Sometime in the late seventies or early eighties.
  16. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49687098 Middlesbrough are set to sue the English Football League for allegedly failing to uphold their financial rules with regards to the Derby County owner's purchase of Pride Park. Boro - who missed out on a Championship play-off place by finishing one point behind Derby last season - have sent a legal letter to the EFL, whose board met on Thursday. The EFL are set to conduct independent valuations regarding sales by Derby, Sheffield Wednesday and Reading of their own grounds to their owners. Both Middlesbrough and the EFL have declined to comment on the issue, first reported by The Times. In May, the issue was raised by Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani, who accused Derby of "cheating" after owner Mel Morris bought Pride Park for £80m and leased it back to the club, helping the Rams achieve a profit of £14.6m. Earlier this summer, it was reported some Premier League clubs wanted the apparent loophole closed. Derby have defended the sale of their stadium, saying they conducted an independent commercial valuation prior to the deal being completed. Aston Villa's sale of Villa Park to the club's owners is also set to be scrutinised by the Premier League, to establish whether it may have breached financial fair play rules. The stadium was sold in May for £56.7m to owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens via NSWE Stadium Ltd, a company controlled by the two billionaires. The deal helped Villa comply with the EFL's profit and sustainability rules. Villa, promoted to the top flight in May, insist any such review is standard practice, and part of the normal assessments that all clubs face.
  17. https://rangers.co.uk/news/headlines/armed-forces-day-at-ibrox-5/ Another great gesture by the 'Gers.
  18. 1982 according to the Scone Thistle website. http://www.sconethistle.org/club-profile/

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