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Rangers were formed by 4 founders– brothers Moses McNeil and Peter McNeil, Peter Campbell and William McBeath– who got together at West End Park (now referred to as Kelvingrove Park) in March 1872. Rangers’ first match, in May that year, was a goalless friendly draw with Callander on Glasgow Green. David Hill was also a creator member. In 1873, the club held its first yearly conference and personnel were elected. By 1876 Rangers had its very first international player, with Moses McNeil representing Scotland in a match versus Wales. In 1877 Rangers reached the Scottish Cup final; after drawing the very first game, Rangers refused to turn up for the replay and the cup was awarded to Vale of Leven. Rangers won the Glasgow Merchants Charity Cup the list below year versus Vale of Leven 2– 1, their very first significant cup. The first-ever match versus Celtic occurred in 1888, the year of the East End club’s facility. Rangers lost 5– 2 in a friendly to an opposition composed largely of visitor players from Hibernian.

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