Joint world record holders

Posted : 28th June 2020 at 16:54:47

Linfield, after being confirmed as Irish Premiership title winners, now share a global record with their close Glasgow allies Rangers with 54 League successes, writes Linfield honorary-vice president Billy Kennedy.

The phenomenal success of both clubs in each winning 54 league titles since their formations has exceeded that of all other clubs in football jurisdictions across the world.

Linfield, founded in 1886, won their first league title in 1890-91 season, while Rangers, founded in 1872, were first champions in Scotland in the same season.

During the 1980s, manager Roy Coyle led the Belfast Blues to six consecutive League titles.

Not surprisingly, the Gibson Cup for winning the Irish League donated and named after the then Linfield club president Robert Gibson - a Belfast jeweller, has always been a favourite trophy at Windsor Park.

Linfield's 'Big Two' rivals in the Irish League Glentoran have won the League title 23 times, while in Scotland Rangers' Old Firm' rivals Celtic have been champions there 51 times. Rangers have not won the Scottish League title in almost a decade and next season the Ibrox club are bidding to halt Celtic win 10 titles in a row.

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