JAMES 'TUCK' MCINTYRE
James 'Tuck' McIntyre
1858 - 1943
Back in 2015 while researching at Craigton Cemetery it was noted that flowers were being left regularly on the plot of former Rangers player James McIntyre.
In an attempt to make contact with what we hoped would be a family member we left on the gravestone a note in a waterproof bag with our contact details and briefly explaining the background to the Restoration project.
It was a wonderful moment the following week when we received a phone call from the Grand-daughter of James McIntyre. We arranged to meet with her and asked for her permission to commence with the restoration work on her Grandfather’s plot.
During subsequent discussions with her she gave us some wonderful little gems about James which we’re delighted to share with our fellow supporters.
Back in the 1890s James McIntyre was the previous owner of what is now The Angel Bar at Paisley Road Toll which he sadly lost due to ‘cash flow problems’.
Grandaughter Vivien said: “If he wasn’t so keen on giving the Rangers supporters so much whiskey on tick then it could’ve stayed in the family hands!”
In his later years James lived at 13 Walmer Terrace which today is 407 Paisley Road, a stone’s throw from Ibrox Stadium.
Due to his contribution to the Club over many years, a supporter offered to buy James and his family a house in Largs which James turned down as it would take him too far away from the Rangers
Vivien said: “He would often sit at the window of the flat on Paisley Road and the supporters on their way to Ibrox would shout and wave up to him which brought him great comfort.”
She also informed us that the name ‘Tuck’ came about because of his portly figure.
James ‘Tuck’ McIntyre
•James played for Alexandria Athletic for three years before joining Rangers in 1880
•He played for Rangers for 12 years and was Club captain for a spell
•He represented Glasgow against Sheffield, London, Lancashire, Edinburgh and Birmingham
•He was capped for Scotland against Wales in 1884
•He was Convenor of the ground and was also on selection committees
•James ‘Tuck’ McIntyre was awarded life membership of the Rangers.
He passed on 17th March 1943, having played a huge role in the early years of our Club, for which he won’t ever be forgotten.