Ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony to a Ruther­glen foot­ball leg­end

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A ded­i­ca­tion ser­vice hon­our­ing one of Ruther­glen’s great­est foot­ballers will take place this Satur­day, March 12.

Harry McNeil had the dis­tinc­tion of play­ing in Rangers’ first ever match be­fore go­ing on to star for Queen’s Park and Scot­land.

He was the brother of Rangers founders, Moses and Peter McNeil.

The ser­vice will take place at Harry’s grave in Ruther­glen Ceme­tery at 1pm and will be con­ducted by Rangers chap­lin, Rev Stu­art McQuar­rie

Also buried there are Harry’s brother in law An­drew Park and his daugh­ter An­nie Robert­son McNeil Scott.

There­after a re­cep­tion will be held at Ruther­glen Ma­sonic Hall, 5 Mel­rose Av­enue.

Any foot­ball fans wish­ing to at­tend will be made wel­come.

The com­mem­o­ra­tion is part of the Rangers Graves Restora­tion Pro­ject which is sup­ported by the club.

Born in 1853, Harry grew up in Gare­loch be­fore mak­ing the move to Glas­gow. Af­ter his brief stint at Rangers, he played for Third La­nark, but it was at Queen’s Park where his ca­reer re­ally took off. He made his name as a winger, in­side-for­ward and half-back.

He was part of the fa­mous Queen’s Park team who helped rev­o­lu­tionise the game in the 1870s and would go on to win five Scot­tish Cups in his suc­cess­ful ca­reer.

Harry played for Rangers again in the 1880’s and was a mem­ber of the Rangers An­cients team, along with the likes of Tom Val­lance, who played many ex­hi­bi­tion and char­i­ta­ble matches.

Af­ter hang­ing up his boots, he moved for a time to Ire­land be­fore re­turn­ing to Ruther­glen and set­tling in Buchanan Drive. He owned a pub on the site of what is now the Pic­ture House. Harry died in 1924. He is sur­vived by his great­grand­chil­dren Ann Law and Archie Ste­wart, who as guests of the club, at­tended Ibrox in Jan­uary.

Foot­ball star Harry McNeil who is buried in Ruther­glen

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