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PUBLICATION DATE: April 21, 2022
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Barcelona: The Greatest Day in the History of Rangers FC
By (author) Tom Miller
The year 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the greatest victory in the history of Rangers Football Club when, on 24 May 1972, Rangers won the European Cup Winners’ Cup in dramatic style in Barcelona. That evening in Spain will forever live in the hearts of Rangers fans as their greatest day.Now, in conversation with a roll call of the great and good from that glorious day, Tom Miller looks back on the campaign that culminated in Rangers winning their only major European trophy.Willie Johnston recalls the revolutionary tactics that served them well on their travels, starting against Rennes in France. JohnGreig revisits the bizarre events of the match in Lisbon when Rangers thought they had been eliminated by Sporting. AlexMacDonald claims he still has the bruises from his exertions in the quarter-final against Torino, and Derek Parlane tells of his shock at being called into the starting line-up against Bayern Munich just before his 19th birthday.And for the final itself, Peter McCloy – who played every competitive game for Rangers in that historic season – evokes that special chemistry which delivered the winning formula against Russian giants FC Dynamo Moscow.For the first time these Rangers legends share their memories together, making Barcelona an essential read on a golden era for Rangers Football Club.
Tom Miller is a vastly experienced broadcaster and has covered Scottish football for TV, radio and print for more than 25 years. Tom is the voice of Rangers on the official club television channel as match commentator and can often be heard on both local and national radio. Tom is the author of the biography of Scottish footballing icon Jim Baxter Slim Jim – Simply the best and SANDY, the authorised biography Sandy Jardine, another Rangers legend. Tom also presents The Blues Brothers Podcast on YouTube with Rangers legends Ian Durrant and Derek Ferguson, which regularly gets more than 15,000 views.