Saturday, 1 May 2010


Ibrox - closely associated with Govan - is south of the river (see Clydeside) and Ibrox Stadium is home to the Rangers half of the Old Firm. For the other half see
 See also,_Glasgow
The name 'Ibrox' apparently derives from the Gaelic 'Ath Bruic'  - 'Badger Ford'. In the time of the old Scottish kings (see the old Govan Parish church in Churches) teams of aquatic  badgers were employed to draw a ferry across the Clyde. Or so it is said at closing time in Ibrox pubs. For more on Rangers see

Founded in 1873, Glasgow Rangers long had a sectarian signing policy, and had only ever had a very few Roman Catholic players until the Graham Souness era in the 1980s. Souney had made it to plain that he would only accept the manager's job if he could sign Catholics - and he broke the old rule dramatically by signing the former Celtic striker, Mo Johnston. Souness also signed the first black player to play for a senior Scottish club modern times, the Englishman Mark Walters. Oddly - or perhaps not so oddly - RFC had an honourable  history of being colour and race blind, and signed up the black English footballer Walter Tull (who became Britain's first black army officer and was killed in action in 1918 - Tull's brother was a Glasgow dentist). See

Memorial to John Grieg, one of the club's great players and managers

The James Wilson Memorial Fountain in Edmiston Drive. The inscription says Wilson was 'for 21 years an eminent medical practitioner in Govan'.
One of many post-industrial buildings in Glasgow looking for a new mission in life

The Woodville Arms - a message from someone

The Stadium Bar. . .

. . . which is opposite the Ibrox subway

Ibrox Public Library
Junction of Edmiston Drive and Paisley Rd West; not sure if this is Cessnock or Ibrox actually.  See

Wee mosque on Paisley Rd West

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