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Zappa,

 

If there are no takers for East Fife on Oct 26, please put me down.

 

Bayview memories!

 

Brilliant, thanks! I've put you down then, so the schedule now looks like this folks:

 

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Aug 3 - Forfar v Rangers - League Cup Round one - Zappa (done)

Aug 10 - Rangers v Brechin - League 1 - Frankie (done)

Aug 17 - Stranraer v Rangers - League 1 - 26th of Foot (done)

Aug 23 - Airdrieonians v Rangers - League 1 - amms (done)

Aug 27 - Rangers v Berwick Rangers - Ramsdens Cup R2 - BrahimHemdani (done)

Aug 31 - Rangers v East Fife - League 1 - Zappa (done)

Sept 14 - Rangers v Arbroath - League 1 - 26th of foot (done)

_____________________________________________________________

 

Upcoming fixtures:

 

Sept 17 - Queen of the South v Rangers - Ramsdens Cup QF - stewarty

 

Sept 22 - Forfar Athletic v Rangers - League 1 - andy steel

 

Sept 28 - Rangers v Stenhousemuir - League 1 - Crawford01

 

Oct 06 - Ayr United v Rangers - League 1 - amms

 

Oct 12 - Rangers v Dunfermline - League 1 - Frankie

 

Oct 19 - Brechin City v Rangers - League 1 - Pete

 

Oct 26 - East Fife v Rangers - League 1 - 26th of foot

 

Nov 09 - Rangers v Airdrieonians - League 1 - Juancornetto

 

Nov 16 - Rangers v Forfar Athletic - League 1 - ???

 

Nov 25 - Arbroath v Rangers - League 1 - ???

 

.

 

Still a couple of fixtures free in this current list, so if any of you fancy having a go at writing a match preview, just shout out what game you want to do & we'll stick your name down! :)

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I've added the Scottish Cup R3 & R4 fixtures as well as December's League 1 fixtures and will add the Ramsdens Cup SF when the fixture date is confirmed.

 

So... the preview writing schedule now looks like this folks:

 

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Aug 3 - Forfar v Rangers - League Cup Round one - Zappa (done)

Aug 10 - Rangers v Brechin - League 1 - Frankie (done)

Aug 17 - Stranraer v Rangers - League 1 - 26th of Foot (done)

Aug 23 - Airdrieonians v Rangers - League 1 - amms (done)

Aug 27 - Rangers v Berwick Rangers - Ramsdens Cup R2 - BrahimHemdani (done)

Aug 31 - Rangers v East Fife - League 1 - Zappa (done)

Sept 14 - Rangers v Arbroath - League 1 - 26th of foot (done)

Sept 17 - Queen of the South v Rangers - Ramsdens Cup QF - stewarty (done)

_____________________________________________________________

 

Upcoming fixtures:

 

Sept 22 - Forfar Athletic v Rangers - League 1 - andy steel (done)

 

Sept 28 - Rangers v Stenhousemuir - League 1 - Crawford01

 

Oct 06 - Ayr United v Rangers - League 1 - amms

 

Oct 12 - Rangers v Dunfermline - League 1 - Frankie

 

Oct 19 - Brechin City v Rangers - League 1 - Pete

 

Oct 26 - East Fife v Rangers - League 1 - 26th of foot

 

Nov 02 - ??? v ??? - Scottish Cup R3 - ???

 

Nov 09 - Rangers v Airdrieonians - League 1 - Juancornetto

 

Nov 16 - Rangers v Forfar Athletic - League 1 - ???

 

Nov 25 - Arbroath v Rangers - League 1 - ???

 

Nov 30 - ??? v ??? - Scottish Cup R4 - Zappa

 

Dec 07 - Rangers v Ayr United - League 1 - ???

 

Dec 14 - Stenhousemuir v Rangers - League 1 - ???

 

Dec 26 - Rangers v Stranraer - League 1 - ???

 

Dec 28 - Dunfermline v Rangers - League 1 - ???

 

.

 

There's a whole bunch of fixtures free in this new list, so if any of you fancy having a go at writing a match preview, just shout out what game you want to do & we'll stick your name down! :)

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I've added the Ramsdens Cup semi-final which is now confirmed for Ochilview Park on Tuesday, October 29 at 7.35pm.

 

So the schedule now looks like this:

 

_____________________________________________________________

 

Aug 3 - Forfar v Rangers - League Cup Round one - Zappa (done)

Aug 10 - Rangers v Brechin - League 1 - Frankie (done)

Aug 17 - Stranraer v Rangers - League 1 - 26th of Foot (done)

Aug 23 - Airdrieonians v Rangers - League 1 - amms (done)

Aug 27 - Rangers v Berwick Rangers - Ramsdens Cup R2 - BrahimHemdani (done)

Aug 31 - Rangers v East Fife - League 1 - Zappa (done)

Sept 14 - Rangers v Arbroath - League 1 - 26th of foot (done)

Sept 17 - Queen of the South v Rangers - Ramsdens Cup QF - stewarty (done)

_____________________________________________________________

 

Upcoming fixtures:

 

Sept 22 - Forfar Athletic v Rangers - League 1 - andy steel (done)

 

Sept 28 - Rangers v Stenhousemuir - League 1 - Crawford01

 

Oct 06 - Ayr United v Rangers - League 1 - amms

 

Oct 12 - Rangers v Dunfermline - League 1 - Frankie

 

Oct 19 - Brechin City v Rangers - League 1 - Pete

 

Oct 26 - East Fife v Rangers - League 1 - 26th of foot

 

Oct 29 - Stenhousemuir v Rangers - Ramsdens Cup SF - ???

 

Nov 02 - ??? v ??? - Scottish Cup R3 - Zappa

 

Nov 09 - Rangers v Airdrieonians - League 1 - Juancornetto

 

Nov 16 - Rangers v Forfar Athletic - League 1 - ???

 

Nov 25 - Arbroath v Rangers - League 1 - ???

 

Nov 30 - ??? v ??? - Scottish Cup R4 - ???

 

Dec 07 - Rangers v Ayr United - League 1 - ???

 

Dec 14 - Stenhousemuir v Rangers - League 1 - ???

 

Dec 26 - Rangers v Stranraer - League 1 - ???

 

Dec 28 - Dunfermline v Rangers - League 1 - ???

 

.

 

There's loads of fixtures free in this new list, so if any of you fancy writing a match preview, just shout out what game you want to do & we'll stick your name down! :)

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A wee bump for the match previews! :)

 

The schedule now looks like this:

 

_____________________________________________________________

 

Aug 3 - Forfar v Rangers - League Cup Round one - Zappa (done)

Aug 10 - Rangers v Brechin - League 1 - Frankie (done)

Aug 17 - Stranraer v Rangers - League 1 - 26th of Foot (done)

Aug 23 - Airdrieonians v Rangers - League 1 - amms (done)

Aug 27 - Rangers v Berwick Rangers - Ramsdens Cup R2 - BrahimHemdani (done)

Aug 31 - Rangers v East Fife - League 1 - Zappa (done)

Sept 14 - Rangers v Arbroath - League 1 - 26th of foot (done)

Sept 17 - Queen of the South v Rangers - Ramsdens Cup QF - stewarty (done)

Sept 22 - Forfar Athletic v Rangers - League 1 - andy steel (done)

Sept 28 - Rangers v Stenhousemuir - League 1 - Crawford01 (done)

_____________________________________________________________

 

Upcoming fixtures:

 

Oct 06 - Ayr United v Rangers - League 1 - amms

 

Oct 12 - Rangers v Dunfermline - League 1 - Frankie (postponed)

 

Oct 19 - Brechin City v Rangers - League 1 - Pete

 

Oct 26 - East Fife v Rangers - League 1 - 26th of foot

 

Oct 29 - Stenhousemuir v Rangers - Ramsdens Cup SF - the gunslinger

 

Nov 02 - ??? v ??? - Scottish Cup R3 - Zappa

 

Nov 09 - Rangers v Airdrieonians - League 1 - Juancornetto

 

Nov 16 - Rangers v Forfar Athletic - League 1 - ???

 

Nov 25 - Arbroath v Rangers - League 1 - ???

 

Nov 30 - ??? v ??? - Scottish Cup R4 - ???

 

Dec 07 - Rangers v Ayr United - League 1 - ???

 

Dec 14 - Stenhousemuir v Rangers - League 1 - ???

 

Dec 26 - Rangers v Stranraer - League 1 - ???

 

Dec 28 - Dunfermline v Rangers - League 1 - ???

 

.

 

There's loads of upcoming fixtures free, so if any of you fancy writing a match preview, just shout out what game you want to do & we'll stick your name down! :)

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i can do the ramsdens cup game.

 

Nice one, I've put your name down for it. :)

 

The schedule now looks like this:

 

_____________________________________________________________

 

Aug 3 - Forfar v Rangers - League Cup Round one - Zappa (done)

Aug 10 - Rangers v Brechin - League 1 - Frankie (done)

Aug 17 - Stranraer v Rangers - League 1 - 26th of Foot (done)

Aug 23 - Airdrieonians v Rangers - League 1 - amms (done)

Aug 27 - Rangers v Berwick Rangers - Ramsdens Cup R2 - BrahimHemdani (done)

Aug 31 - Rangers v East Fife - League 1 - Zappa (done)

Sept 14 - Rangers v Arbroath - League 1 - 26th of foot (done)

Sept 17 - Queen of the South v Rangers - Ramsdens Cup QF - stewarty (done)

Sept 22 - Forfar Athletic v Rangers - League 1 - andy steel (done)

Sept 28 - Rangers v Stenhousemuir - League 1 - Crawford01 (done)

_____________________________________________________________

 

Upcoming fixtures:

 

Oct 06 - Ayr United v Rangers - League 1 - amms

 

Oct 12 - Rangers v Dunfermline - League 1 - Frankie (postponed)

 

Oct 19 - Brechin City v Rangers - League 1 - Pete

 

Oct 26 - East Fife v Rangers - League 1 - 26th of foot

 

Oct 29 - Stenhousemuir v Rangers - Ramsdens Cup SF - the gunslinger

 

Nov 02 - ??? v ??? - Scottish Cup R3 - Zappa

 

Nov 09 - Rangers v Airdrieonians - League 1 - Juancornetto

 

Nov 16 - Rangers v Forfar Athletic - League 1 - ???

 

Nov 25 - Arbroath v Rangers - League 1 - ???

 

Nov 30 - ??? v ??? - Scottish Cup R4 - ???

 

Dec 07 - Rangers v Ayr United - League 1 - ???

 

Dec 14 - Stenhousemuir v Rangers - League 1 - ???

 

Dec 26 - Rangers v Stranraer - League 1 - ???

 

Dec 28 - Dunfermline v Rangers - League 1 - ???

 

.

 

There's loads of upcoming fixtures free, so if any of you fancy writing a match preview, just shout out what game you want to do & we'll stick your name down! :)

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I'm not about tomorrow much so i'll post it in here and in the Rangers Chat too. Not much chat about the match, hope that's ok. I hope my general depression about the club isn't too overbearing.

 

Ayr Today, Gone Tomorrow?

 

In 1976 five musicians came together to work. Two of them, John and Christine, were in the process of divorcing one another, acrimoniously. Another two, Lindsay and Stevie, had been involved in a tempestuous on/off relationship that permanently switched to off during this period. The fifth person, Mick, who himself was in the throws of a marriage break-up then began an ill-timed relationship with Stevie, before embarking on an affair with her best friend more or less simultaneously. The working environment became so stressed they were barely speaking to each other without lawyers. This stress led to a number of them ‘self-medicating’ quite frequently during this time. It was for all intents and purposes a disaster, dysfunctional, emotionally charged bedlam.

 

The album they eventually produced was called ‘Rumours’ and was released in 1977. It has gone on to sell over 45 million copies. Many of its tracks have been used in film scores, advertising, television themes and backing tracks. All of the tracks regularly receive radio airplay some 35 years later and today the album is rightly recognised as a masterpiece.

 

How something so creative, so crafted and so timeless could emerge from such utter chaos remains a mystery to many. Yet great human achievement often arrives from the most trying of times. Da Vinci, Botticelli and Michelangelo emerged from Florence when the city was under tyranny, literally Machiavellian rule, suffering from invasions, disease and revolution. A city that should have produced nothing but soldiers produced three of the greatest artists the world has ever seen.

 

Rangers travel down the M77 to Ayr this Sunday for a lunchtime kick-off. Somerset Park is a great old ground. Designed by the revered Archibald Leitch, responsible for so many iconic football stands including our own Main Stand, it’s a throwback to a different era. One small seated stand, two covered and one uncovered terrace, Ayr United’s ground nestles down residential side streets with an almost clichéd railway yard to one side. It feels like a Lowry painting and is far removed from the edge-of-town retail park feel of so many grounds in towns of a similar size to Ayr.

 

Ayr United come into this match on the back of two draws and a heavy defeat, although sitting fourth their form has dipped since starting the season with two wins. Last week they shipped five away to Dunfermline, they’re low on confidence and form.

Rangers on the other hand are in great form. Unbeaten in the league we go into this match on the back of an eight goal victory. Ayr United’s record defeat came at the hands of Rangers, nine nil back in the 1920s, whilst no one expects that Rangers are clear favourites and deservedly so.

 

Ayr is a prosperous town, a model of stability, yet Ayr United are great under achievers. Whilst towns like Perth, Inverness, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Hamilton are able to produce sides capable of top flight football on a regular basis Ayr United have yo-yoed between the lower leagues since the 70s and show no signs of addressing that anytime soon.

 

Rangers come from chaos, it engulfs us, it’s everywhere we turn. Despite this interminable bedlam that surrounds every aspect of the club we’re playing well, scoring goals and looking like a team again at last. But unfortunately people who make the Medicis look like the Wombles lead our club. We employ PR companies to blacken the name of other Rangers supporters and shareholders and use subterfuge and distraction so directors can cling to power. We threaten our own supporters with legal action whilst people who hate the club spread malicious lies about a match none of them attended. Our club is being financially raped, again, and we’re told that it’s to be expected and we’re actually on target. Even our manager, a beacon of hope during the blackest of times, receives a salary that would make a banker blush despite performances that until recently have been well below expectations.

 

I cling to the hope that the ongoing mess that is my club, the chaotic, dysfunctional, self-abusing institution that is Rangers can, despite everything, produce something memorable on the pitch and something to be proud of off it. It’s not impossible that the self inflicted storm we’re still going through could galvanise the support into doing something memorable, something we look back on in 35 years time and be proud of.

 

Whilst Fleetwood Mac’s torturous period produced a seminal work, the town of Ayr has it’s own songwriter who has endured and thrived longer than any songwriter since the biblical David. Robert Burns came from poverty, endured business failure, heartbreak and probable alcoholism to produce work that is world renowned and still celebrated some 300 years later. Indeed Ayr United take their nickname from one of his greatest works, Tam O’ Shanter – “Auld Ayr, wham ne'er a town surpasses, for honest men and bonnie lasses.”

 

There will be Honest Men in the director’s box on Sunday, it’s been a while since we’ve been able to say that, and if the rumours are true it’ll be a while before we can say it again.

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I'm not about tomorrow much so i'll post it in here and in the Rangers Chat too. Not much chat about the match, hope that's ok. I hope my general depression about the club isn't too overbearing.

 

Ayr Today, Gone Tomorrow?

 

In 1976 five musicians came together to work. Two of them, John and Christine, were in the process of divorcing one another, acrimoniously. Another two, Lindsay and Stevie, had been involved in a tempestuous on/off relationship that permanently switched to off during this period. The fifth person, Mick, who himself was in the throws of a marriage break-up then began an ill-timed relationship with Stevie, before embarking on an affair with her best friend more or less simultaneously. The working environment became so stressed they were barely speaking to each other without lawyers. This stress led to a number of them ‘self-medicating’ quite frequently during this time. It was for all intents and purposes a disaster, dysfunctional, emotionally charged bedlam.

 

The album they eventually produced was called ‘Rumours’ and was released in 1977. It has gone on to sell over 45 million copies. Many of its tracks have been used in film scores, advertising, television themes and backing tracks. All of the tracks regularly receive radio airplay some 35 years later and today the album is rightly recognised as a masterpiece.

 

How something so creative, so crafted and so timeless could emerge from such utter chaos remains a mystery to many. Yet great human achievement often arrives from the most trying of times. Da Vinci, Botticelli and Michelangelo emerged from Florence when the city was under tyranny, literally Machiavellian rule, suffering from invasions, disease and revolution. A city that should have produced nothing but soldiers produced three of the greatest artists the world has ever seen.

 

Rangers travel down the M77 to Ayr this Sunday for a lunchtime kick-off. Somerset Park is a great old ground. Designed by the revered Archibald Leitch, responsible for so many iconic football stands including our own Main Stand, it’s a throwback to a different era. One small seated stand, two covered and one uncovered terrace, Ayr United’s ground nestles down residential side streets with an almost clichéd railway yard to one side. It feels like a Lowry painting and is far removed from the edge-of-town retail park feel of so many grounds in towns of a similar size to Ayr.

 

Ayr United come into this match on the back of two draws and a heavy defeat, although sitting fourth their form has dipped since starting the season with two wins. Last week they shipped five away to Dunfermline, they’re low on confidence and form.

Rangers on the other hand are in great form. Unbeaten in the league we go into this match on the back of an eight goal victory. Ayr United’s record defeat came at the hands of Rangers, nine nil back in the 1920s, whilst no one expects that Rangers are clear favourites and deservedly so.

 

Ayr is a prosperous town, a model of stability, yet Ayr United are great under achievers. Whilst towns like Perth, Inverness, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Hamilton are able to produce sides capable of top flight football on a regular basis Ayr United have yo-yoed between the lower leagues since the 70s and show no signs of addressing that anytime soon.

 

Rangers come from chaos, it engulfs us, it’s everywhere we turn. Despite this interminable bedlam that surrounds every aspect of the club we’re playing well, scoring goals and looking like a team again at last. But unfortunately people who make the Medicis look like the Wombles lead our club. We employ PR companies to blacken the name of other Rangers supporters and shareholders and use subterfuge and distraction so directors can cling to power. We threaten our own supporters with legal action whilst people who hate the club spread malicious lies about a match none of them attended. Our club is being financially raped, again, and we’re told that it’s to be expected and we’re actually on target. Even our manager, a beacon of hope during the blackest of times, receives a salary that would make a banker blush despite performances that until recently have been well below expectations.

 

I cling to the hope that the ongoing mess that is my club, the chaotic, dysfunctional, self-abusing institution that is Rangers can, despite everything, produce something memorable on the pitch and something to be proud of off it. It’s not impossible that the self inflicted storm we’re still going through could galvanise the support into doing something memorable, something we look back on in 35 years time and be proud of.

 

Whilst Fleetwood Mac’s torturous period produced a seminal work, the town of Ayr has it’s own songwriter who has endured and thrived longer than any songwriter since the biblical David. Robert Burns came from poverty, endured business failure, heartbreak and probable alcoholism to produce work that is world renowned and still celebrated some 300 years later. Indeed Ayr United take their nickname from one of his greatest works, Tam O’ Shanter – “Auld Ayr, wham ne'er a town surpasses, for honest men and bonnie lasses.”

 

There will be Honest Men in the director’s box on Sunday, it’s been a while since we’ve been able to say that, and if the rumours are true it’ll be a while before we can say it again.

 

What a fantastic writer you are. My eyes were glued to the screen from word 1. Excellent!

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