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The Restoration of Rangers Graves Project. Tom Vallance.

The Restoration of Rangers Graves Project. Tom Vallance.

We’re delighted to say that our Restoration team got back to work this weekend and have restored the stone of Rangers legend Tom Vallance. Tom rests in Hillfoot Cemetery in Glasgow.

Tom Vallance.

On the 27th May 1856 the Rangers great that was Tom Vallance was born.

To quote his Rangers team-mates from the 1870’s‘’ The whole of Rangers loved him like a brother’’

Tom was born at a small farmhouse known as Succoth near Renton in the parish of Cardross.When young he moved with his family to the Old Toll House at Shandon on the Gareloch. He came to Glasgow in the early 1870’s following the path taken by his friends whom he’d known since childhood the brothers McNeil and Campbell .

Tom Vallance had an astonishing 60 year association with the Club,and his is an incredible CV. He was a master oarsman, a champion athlete (he set a Scottish long jump record of over 21 feet), he studied at the Glasgow School of Art, had paintings accepted by the Royal Scottish Academy and was Rangers Club Captain and President for many years.

We have details of Tom Vallance being present at the ceremony held on 1st January 1929 which saw the opening of the Main Stand at Ibrox and also at a dinner which was held in the St.Enoch’s Hotel after a Rangers match in 1933 when we faced Sporting Club of Vienna. He was also a guest of the Club at the New Year’s Day fixture that season against Celtic.

So the lad who was present at Fleshers Haugh in 1872 is still attending Ibrox some 60 years later where the Club that he’d helped form and nurture were now playing in front of crowds in excess of 100,000.

Tom was paid the ultimate accolade by the Club in May 1898 when he was made a life member.

Tom Vallance was one of the originals, one of the greats.

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22 jun 2020

What a lovely story about Tom Vallance. Now that is someone you can call a LEGEND. A truly great human being and a great servant to the club.

It is absolutely brilliant that the Rangers Founders Trail managed to restore his headstone in Hillfoot Cemetery in Glasgow.

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