Linfield honorary Vice President to launch new book

Posted : 11th April 2019 at 22:20:37

A new book will go on sale on Saturday at Windsor Park that’s sure to be of interest to many Linfield supporters.

The book by former Linfield vice chairman Billy Kennedy focuses on the Northern Ireland players who’ve featured for Glasgow Rangers.

Included among their number are players with strong Linfield connections from the great Billy Simpson to the Linfield manager David Healy.

The details below are provided by the book’s author - former Linfield vice chairman Billy Kennedy.

‘Rangers Football Club - the Ulster Connection’

RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB – the Ulster Connection' is a book published this month which will greatly interest and fascinate the many thousands of Rangers supporters in Northern Ireland, and indeed in Scotland.

The 132-page book is a detailed full colour miscellany on a unique Scots-Irish link that has provided a significant chapter in the proud and successful history of a Scottish institution - The Rangers Football Club, dating back to the club's inception in 1872.

Two of the club's founders Moses and Peter McNeil have an Ulster connection through the Co Down birth of their mother Jean Bain, who, after moving to Scotland for work in the mid-19th century, married a Scotsman John McNeil.

Nineteen players from this Ulster diaspora were Irish internationals, a number former Linfield players, and contributed much to the success of Rangers Football Club.

The book, compiled by Belfast News Letter journalist and author and Linfield Honorary Vice-President and former club director and vice-chairman Billy Kennedy, provides a fascinating insight into the careers of more than 30 players from an Ulster/Irish background, who, through the decades, became part of the fabric and culture at Ibrox Park.

Three Ulstermen have captained Rangers - Bertie Manderson, John McCelland and Steven Davis; six from an Ulster connection have been elevated to the Rangers 'Hall of Fame' and one - Jimmy Nicholl - was the club's assistant manager.

The Ulster connection at Ibrox Park has been tangible through the decades and currently there are four Northern Ireland internationals in the Rangers playing squad - Steven Davis, Gareth McAuley, Kyle Lafferty and Lee Hodson.

This book, with an rich array of colour and mono photographs, is a testimony and fitting tribute to momentous and memorable achievements by Ulstermen at Rangers Football Club, past and present.

The book, published in the United Kingdom in hardback (£14.99) and softback (£9.99), also acknowledges the meaningful contribution made by the thousands of supporters from Northern Ireland, who regularly and loyally travel to Ibrox Park for games.

The book will be available in the Linfield Superstore and the Discount Blinds store on the Shankill Road.

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