In the first of our guest blogs from Rangers fans, Andy Loughran tells his story on how he came to support Rangers and how he fell in love with the red, white and blue.
Hi my name is Andy, I’ve been brought on board recently to The Ibrox Channel Podcast on twitter to be a part of the blogging team.
I’d like to thank the lads for this opportunity to be able to do this.
I’m going to share a bit about me and my journey on how I started supporting The Rangers.
I was born in 1989 in Belfast, and going by that era I’m very fortunate in regards to growing up and starting to support the club during such a successful period.
My Father is a massive Rangers fan and started going to games in the early 60s, So I’ve got him to thank for being ‘A Ranger’
Many of you may be aware of the old club newspaper ‘The Rangers News’ which came out in 1971, My Dad has collected every issue and when I was learning to walk I used to try get to the Rangers News when my Dad would’ve been reading it, so he started to buy one for me, even though I’d not a chance of reading it, it was just to start my collection.
I would’ve got the Rangers kits each season with my first shirt being the 1990 home Admiral shirt, My Dad had got a drawing done of a photo of me in the shirt.
As I said earlier I’d grown up in such a period of success for the club and was very fortunate to get pretty much all for the home and away kits each season.
My Dad took me to my first trip to Ibrox to see The Rangers on 1st October 1994 vs Dundee United which was a 2-0 victory seeing Mark Hateley and Brian Laudrup score the goals.
Growing up in the 90s I wasn’t as lucky as we are today to see every game in person at Ibrox or at the switch of a channel, I would listen to games on the radio with my Dad or we would watch games when in sky tv or even travel to a wee place near Carrickfergus called Whitehead Rangers Supporters club which was able to get the Scottish tv channels.
I had admired many players over the years as a youngster such as Richard Gough, Paul Gascoigne, Brian Laudrup, Ian Ferguson, Stuart McCall but my favourite of all as a kid and of all time is a certain Ally McCoist, Everyone just wanted to be him and score the goals when playing in street or the park.
As I got a bit older in my teens I’d again be fortunate to watch some great players pull on the famous shirt with favourites like Michael Mols and Jorg Albertz.
In 2014 My Girlfriend and I had decided to do the hospitality at Ibrox in Club Europe vs Falkirk on Remembrance weekend which was a 4-0 win with the added bonus that I’d proposed that day before the game in the hospitality suite, so a great day all round.
I travel to most of the games with my brother in law Nicky and a good friend of mine Willie, We travel on a supporters bus and on the Stena Line, We are all season ticket holders, So it is an early start and a late journey home even more so for European games.
It’s a great way to socialise with friends and reminisce of old games or have a few beers in different Rangers pubs before the game.
My Wife and I have a Daughter who is 7, and we took Gracye to her first Rangers game in February 2019 which ended in a 0-0 draw, that was the start of her journey following our famous club and she would join me in trips over across the Irish Sea several times a season to cheer on our famous heroes, she still has an unbeaten record whilst attending games and long may that continue.
I’ve had some great memories throughout my time following The Rangers and watched some memorable games both at Ibrox and on TV, some to list are-
1999 clinching the League title at Parkhead
2002 Scottish Cup final win over Celtic
2003 League win vs Dunfermline
2011 League clincher at Rugby Park
2018 vs Celtic in December 1-0 Ryan Jack
2022 win vs Celtic in extra time at Hampden
2022 Europa League quarter final and semi final victories over Braga and RB Leipzig.
Thank you very much to all who may have taken the time to read this blog, I hope you’ve enjoyed it.
Andy can be found on x/Twitter @AndyLoughran