List of Rangers F.C. records and statistics

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Rangers Football Club Scottish professional association football club based in Govan, Glasgow. They have played at their home ground, Ibrox, since 1899. Rangers were founding members of both the Scottish Football League in 1890, and the Scottish Premier League in 1998.

Rangers having won 54 domestic league titles (from Scottish top-flight Division), won more titles than any other professional football club in the World The club not only holds the record for the most league titles but also holds the world record for the most domestic trophies won by a single professional football club, recognised by UEFA, winning 115 in all.

The club's record appearance maker is John Greig, who has made 857 appearances between 1961 and 1978 in all matches.[1] Ally McCoist is the club's record goalscorer, scoring 355 goals during his Rangers career.[2]

This list encompasses the major honours won by Rangers, records set by the club, their managers and their players. The player records section includes details of the club's leading goalscorers and those who have made most appearances in first-team competitions. It also records notable achievements by Rangers players on the international stage, and the highest transfer fees paid and received by the club. Attendance records at Ibrox are also included in the list. All figures are correct as of 30 May 2013.

Honours[edit]

Former Northern Ireland striker Derek Spence in the trophy room at Ibrox in 1994. The bicycle behind him was a gift to Rangers from French club St. Etienne

Rangers have won honours both domestically and in European cup competitions. They have won the Scottish League Championship a record 54 times and the Scottish League Cup a record 27 times. In their first league season, 1890–91, they won the Scottish Football league jointly with Dumbarton and their most recent success came in the 2010–11 Scottish Premier League.

Rangers were the first club in the world to win 50 first tier league titles, they now hold the world record for number of domestic league championships won after racking up 54 titles.[3] Rangers also hold the record for domestic trebles,[4] with seven so far. They won their 100th major trophy in 2000, the first club in the world to reach that milestone.[5] They are now the most-honoured football club in the world, having won 117 trophies in total.

The club has played in both Scotland and England's national cup competitions. Rangers reached the semi-final of the 1886–87 FA Cup only to be knocked out by eventual winners Aston Villa.

Domestic[edit]

League[edit]

  • Scottish League Championship (first tier league title):
    • Winners (54): 1891,[note 1] 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1918, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011.
    • Runners-up (29): 1893, 1896, 1898, 1914, 1916, 1919, 1922, 1932, 1936, 1948, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1977, 1979, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2012.
Winners (1): 2014
Winners (1): 2013 [6]

Cups[edit]

  • Scottish Cup:
    • Winners (33): 1894, 1897, 1898, 1903, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1953, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009.
    • Runners-up (17): 1877, 1879, 1899, 1904, 1905, 1921, 1922, 1929, 1969, 1971, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1989, 1994, 1998.
  • Scottish League Cup:
    • Winners (27): 1947, 1949, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1971, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011.
    • Runners-up (7): 1952, 1958, 1966, 1967, 1983, 1990, 2009.

International[edit]

Winners (1): 1972
Runners-up (2): 1961, 1967
Runners-up (1): 2008
Runners-up (1): 1972[7]

Others[edit]

Spence next to the European Golden Boot, which was won by Ally McCoist in 1991–92 and 1992–93.

League[edit]

  • Emergency War League
Winners (1): 1940
  • Southern League
Winners (6): 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946
Winners (2): 1895–96, 1897–98

Cups[edit]

  • Emergency War Cup
Winners (1): 1940
  • Southern League Cup
Winners (4): 1941, 1942, 1943, 1945
Winners (48): 1893, 1894, 1897, 1898, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1918, 1919, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1948, 1950, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1969, 1971, 1975,[note 3] 1976, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
Winners (32): 1878–79, 1896–97, 1899–1900, 1903–04, 1905–06, 1906–07, 1908–09, 1910–11, 1918–19, 1921–22, 1922–23, 1924–25, 1927–28, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1931–32, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1938–39, 1939–40, 1940–41, 1941–42, 1943–44, 1944–45, 1945–46, 1946–47, 1947–48, 1950–51, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1959–60

Minor honours[edit]

Player records[edit]

For more details on this topic, see List of Rangers F.C. players.

Appearances[edit]

John Greig holds Ranger's appearance record, having played 857 times over the course of 18 seasons from 1961 to 1978. He also holds the records for Scottish League Cup appearances, with 121 appearances.[10] Sandy Archibald is the holder of the most league appearances, having made 513, from 1917 to 1934.[11] The Scottish Cup appearance record holder is Alec Smith who made 74 in the competition. Barry Ferguson holds the record for the most European appearances, with 82.

Most appearances[edit]

Competitive, professional matches only. Matches in parentheses are all time records.[20]

# Name Years League Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup Europe Total
1 Scotland Greig, JohnJohn Greig 1961–1978 498 72 121 64 755
2 Scotland Jardine, SandySandy Jardine 1964–1982 451 64 107 52 674
3 Scotland McCoist, AllyAlly McCoist 1983–1998 418 47 62 54 581
4 Scotland Archibald, SandySandy Archibald 1917–1934 513 67 0 0 580
5 Scotland Meiklejohn, DavidDavid Meiklejohn 1919–1936 490 73 0 0 563
6 Scotland Gray, DougieDougie Gray 1925–1947 490 65 0 0 555
7 Scotland Johnstone, DerekDerek Johnstone 1970–1983
1985–1986
369 57 85 38 549
8 Scotland Cooper, DavieDavie Cooper 1977–1989 376 49 77 38 540
9 Scotland McCloy, PeterPeter McCloy 1970–1986 351 55 86 43 535
10 Scotland McColl, IanIan McColl 1945–1960 360 59 100 7 526

Goalscorers[edit]

Ally McCoist, Rangers leading goal scorer

Rangers' all-time leading scorer is Ally McCoist, who scored 355 goals in a fifteen year spell at the club from 1983 to 1998.[21] He holds the record for the most goals in the Scottish League Cup and in European competitions, with 54 and 21 goals respectively. However, McCoist was unable to surpass the Scottish Cup goal-scoring record of Jimmy Fleming, which has stood at 44 since 1934. Jim Forrest holds the record for the most goals in one season with 57 in all competitions.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Competitive, professional matches only. Matches played appear in brackets. [25]

# Name Years League Scottish Cup League Cup European Total
1 Scotland McCoist, AllyAlly McCoist 1983–1998 251 (418) 29 (47) 54 (62) 21 (54) 355
2 Scotland McPhail, BobBob McPhail 1927–1940 230 (354) 31 (54) 0 0 261
3 Scotland Smith, JimmyJimmy Smith 1930–1946 225 (234) 24 (25) 0 0 249
4 Scotland Fleming, JimmyJimmy Fleming 1925–1934 176 (225) 44 (42) 0 0 220
5 Scotland Johnstone, DerekDerek Johnstone 1970–1983
1984–1985
132 (369) 30 (57) 39 (85) 9 (38) 210
6 Scotland Brand, RalphRalph Brand 1954–1965 118 (355) 13 (37) 27 (59) 12 (58) 206
7 Scotland Reid, WilliamWilliam Reid 1909–1920 188 (217) 7 (13) 0 0 195
8 Scotland Thornton, WillieWillie Thornton 1936–1954 144 (224) 21 (34) 29 (50) 0 194
9 Scotland Hamilton, RobertRobert Hamilton 1897–1908 157 (175) 27 (34) 0 0 184
10 Scotland Cunningham, AndyAndy Cunningham 1914–1929 162 (350) 20 (39) 0 0 182

International[edit]

Shutout record

Chris Woods, 1196 minutes, 1986–87 (British record)[note 8][26][27][28]

Transfers[edit]

For consistency, fees in the record transfer tables below are all sourced from BBC Sport's contemporary reports of each transfer. Where the report mentions an initial fee potentially rising to a higher figure depending on contractual clauses being satisfied in the future, only the initial fee is listed in the tables.

Record transfer fees paid[edit]

# Player From Fee Date Source
1 Norway Tore André Flo England Chelsea £12,000,000 23 November 2000 [29]
2 England Michael Ball England Everton £6,500,000[30] 20 August 2001 [31]
3 Spain Mikel Arteta Spain Barcelona £5,800,000 29 June 2002
4 Russia Andrei Kanchelskis Italy Fiorentina £5,500,000 15 July 1998 [32]
5 Netherlands Giovanni van Bronckhorst Netherlands Feyenoord £5,000,000 6 July 1998
6 Netherlands Ronald de Boer Spain Barcelona £4,500,000 30 August 2000 [33]
7 Scotland Barry Ferguson England Blackburn Rovers £4,500,000 31 January 2005 [34]
8 Netherlands Arthur Numan Netherlands PSV Eindhoven £4,500,000 18 May 1998
9 England Paul Gascoigne Italy Lazio £4,300,000 10 July 1995
10 Netherlands Bert Konterman Netherlands Feyenoord £4,300,000 1 July 2000

Record transfer fees received[edit]

# Player To Fee Date Source
1 Scotland Alan Hutton England Tottenham Hotspur £9,000,000 30 January 2008 [35]
2 Netherlands Giovanni van Bronckhorst England Arsenal £8,500,000 20 June 2001 [36]
3 France Jean-Alain Boumsong England Newcastle United £8,000,000 1 January 2005 [37]
4 Spain Carlos Cuéllar England Aston Villa £7,800,000 12 August 2008 [38]
5 Scotland Barry Ferguson England Blackburn Rovers £7,500,000 29 August 2003 [39]
6 Norway Tore André Flo England Sunderland £6,750,000 30 August 2002 [40]
7 England Trevor Steven France Marseille £5,585,000 31 August 1991
8 Croatia Nikica Jelavic England Everton £5,500,000 31 January 2012 [41]
9 Scotland Duncan Ferguson England Everton £4,200,000 11 December 1994
10 United States Claudio Reyna England Sunderland £4,000,000 7 December 2001

Managerial records[edit]

For more details on this topic, see List of Rangers F.C. managers.
  • First manager: William Wilton, from 27 May 1899 to 20 May 1920.
  • Longest-serving manager by time: Bill Struth, from 20 May 1920 to 15 June 1954.
  • First non-Scottish manager: Dick Advocaat, from 1 June 1998 to 12 December 2001.

Club records[edit]

Matches[edit]

Firsts[edit]

Wins[edit]

Record victory
  • Record win:
    • 14–2 (against Whitehill, 29 September 1883).
    • 14–2 (against Blairgowrie, 20 January 1934).
  • Record league win:
  • Record Scottish Cup win:
    • 13–0 (against Possilpark, 6 October 1877)[17][42][43]
    • 13–0 (against Uddingston, 10 November 1877)[17]
    • 13–0 (against Kelvinside Athletic, 28 September 1889)[17]
  • Record League Cup win: 9–1 (against St. Johnstone, 15 August 1964).
  • Record European win: 10–0 (against Valletta, 28 September 1983).
  • Most league wins in a season: 18 wins out of 18 games (during the 1898–99 season).
  • Fewest league wins in a season: 8 wins out of 18 games (during the 1893–94 season).
Record European victory

10-0 against Valletta, 28 September 1983[19]

Record European defeat

6-0 against Real Madrid, 9 October 1963[19]

Defeats[edit]

  • Record defeat: 2–10 (against Airdrieonians, Friendly, 6 February 1886).
  • Record league defeat: 0–6 (against Dumbarton, 4 May 1892).
  • Record Scottish Cup defeat: 0–6 (against Aberdeen, 10 April 1954).
  • Record League Cup defeat: 1–7 (against Celtic, 19 October 1957).
  • Record European defeat: 0–6 (against Real Madrid, 9 October 1963).
  • Most league defeats in a season: 14 defeats from 36 games (during the 1979–80 and the 1985–86 seasons).
  • Fewest defeats in a season: 0 defeats from 18 games (during the 1898–99 season) and 0 defeats from 36 games (during the 2013-14 season)

Goals[edit]

  • Most league goals scored in a season: 118 goals in 38 games (during the 1933–34 Rangers F.C. season).
  • Fewest league goals scored in a season:
From 18 league matches: 41 goals
From 20 league matches: 60 goals
From 22 league matches: 56 goals
From 26 league matches: 80 goals
From 30 league matches: 56 goals
From 34 league matches: 58 goals
From 36 league matches: 48 goals
From 38 league matches: 61 goals
From 42 league matches: 83 goals
From 44 league matches: 74 goals
  • Most league goals conceded in a season:
  • Fewest league goals conceded in a season:

Points[edit]

  • Most points in a season:
Two points for a win: 76 (during the 1920–21 season).
Three points for a win: 97 (during the 2002–03 season).
  • Fewest points in a season:
Two points for a win: 20 (during the 1893–94 season).
Three points for a win: 69 (during the 1994–95 season).

Attendances[edit]

  • Record home League attendance: 118,567 (against Celtic, won 2–1, 2 January 1939).
  • Record home Scottish Cup attendance:
  • Record home Scottish League Cup attendance: 105,000 (against Celtic, won 2–1, 16 October 1948).
  • Record home European attendance: 85,000 (against Leeds United, draw 0–0, 26 March 1968).
  • Lowest home League attendance:
  • Lowest home Scottish Cup attendance:
  • Lowest home Scottish League Cup attendance: 5,000 (against Brechin City, won 1–0, 23 September 1981).
  • Lowest home European attendance: 14,268 (against ASK Vorwärts Berlin, won 2–1, 15 November 1961).[note 9]

European statistics[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Shared with Dumbarton F.C. after both clubs ended the season on 29 points. A play-off game at Cathkin Park on 21 May 1891 and finished 2–2, so the clubs were declared joint champions
  2. ^ Since 2008, the Glasgow Cup has become an Under-18 tournament.
  3. ^ 1975 trophy shared with Celtic after 2–2 draw
  4. ^ Played in aid of the Lord Provosts Rent Relief Fund
  5. ^ Played in aid of the Clydeside Air Raid Distress Fund
  6. ^ Played for the 75th Anniversary of Volvo
  7. ^ Also known as the Kilmarnock International Tournament
  8. ^ This record was arguably beaten by Manchester United's Edwin van der Sar after 75 minutes of their game against West Bromwich Albion on 27 January 2009. However Edwin Van der Sar conceded three goals against Gamba Osaka, in the Club World Cup in Yokohama, Japan, on 18 December 2008. Unless this competition is discounted, Woods' record stands, since Van der Sar next conceded on 4 March, in a Premier League game at Newcastle United, to Peter Løvenkrands, ending his record at either 1088 or 1311 minutes. Additionally, United had played other games in which goals had been conceded, but where Van der Sar did not play.
  9. ^ Match played in Malmö, Sweden.

References[edit]

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  12. ^ Dougie Gray made 940 appearances for Rangers between 1925 and 1947. However, since many of these were during World War II, they are often regarded as unofficial appearanceshttp://www.rangers.co.uk/club/history/hall-of-fame/item/591-john-greig
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  30. ^ Conflicting reports as to how much Rangers actually paid, £4m up front with a further £2.5m in installments
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  35. ^ "Spurs complete signing of Hutton". BBC Sport. 30 January 2008. 
  36. ^ "Arsenal sign Van Bronckhorst" BBC Sport. 20 June 2001.
  37. ^ "Magpies complete Boumsong signing" BBC Sport. 2 January 2005.
  38. ^ "Cuellar seals £7.8m move to Villa" BBC Sport. 12 August 2008.
  39. ^ "Rovers sign Ferguson" BBC Sport. 29 August 2003.
  40. ^ "Flo joins Sunderland" BBC Sport. 30 August 2002.
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