‘Gers hon­our Davy

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Rangers fans have or­gan­ised a trib­ute night to one of Cam­bus­lang’s most fa­mous sons.

Out­side left Davy Wil­son, who was born and bred in New­ton Vil­lage, made 373 ap­pear­ance for the Ibrox side be­tween 1957 and 1967, scor­ing 157 goals along the way.

He was an in­te­gral part of the early-60’s Rangers line-up that rolls of the tongue of light blues fans - Ritchie; Shearer, Cal­dow; Greig, McKin­non, Bax­ter ; Hen­der­son, McMil­lan, Mil­lar, Brand and Wil­son.

Davy (76) went on to play for Dundee United, Dum­bar­ton and Kil­marnock be­fore hang­ing up his boots. He was capped for Scot­land 22 times, scor­ing 10 goals in the process.

Now, fan Si­mon Les­lie has put to­gether a din­ner to be held at Ibrox on Satur­day, July 25.

Not only was Davy a great player, he has be­come a fa­mil­iar face at fan events over the years and has helped out the Rangers Sup­port­ers Trust in re­cent times.

Davy told the Re­former: “I am thrilled, it’s a huge hon­our for the fans to recog­nise me, es­pe­cially with it be­ing at Ibrox.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to it, although it came as a bit of a sur­prise.

“I like to get in amongst the fans be­cause I am one of them. I still go to Ibrox ev­ery week and some­times away games.

“I’ve trav­elled on sup­port­ers buses and the team bus re­cently.

“It’s been a tough few years for Rangers.

“But the guys there now seem to know what they are do­ing.”

Davy holds the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the only player to score six goals for Rangers in one game, man­ag­ing the feat in a game against Falkirk in 1962.

In a decade at Ibrox, he won five league ti­tles, five Scot­tish Cups and four League Cups as well as play­ing in a Euro­pean fi­nal. His ex­ploits earned him a place in the Rangers Hall of Fame.

As a man­ager, he en­joyed suc­cess with Dum­bar­ton, guid­ing them to the old premier di­vi­sion in the 1980’s.

Si­mon told the Re­former Davy de­served all the plau­dits com­ing his way: “I have done a lot of stuff with the Rangers Sup­port­ers Trust and Davy comes along and helps out with the kids and fam­i­lies.

“He comes to ev­ery event and he’s never taken a penny, I feel he’s due a trib­ute. He rep­re­sents the club on a weekly ba­sis.

“As a player, he scored six goals in one game then five goals in the next. The team he played in, ask any Rangers fan over 50 or 60 and they can go through that team.

“Tick­ets have only been out a week and we’ve al­ready sold half.”

Tick­ets for the event cost £40. As well as Davy, speak­ers will in­clude for­mer ref­eree Bobby Tait and for­mer rangers de­fender, John Brown. Con­tact sie1872@ google­mail.com for de­tails.

Leg­end Davy Wil­son is set to be hon­oured by Rangers fans

Star Davy Wil­son in his play­ing days

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