(Image) Throwback to the time Rangers took 250,000 fans to Manchester for the 2008 Europa League final against Zenit

One of the most prestigious football clubs in Scotland, Rangers boast of a large and passionate fan base.

Their supporters, who are often known as ‘Bears’, have been known to come out in numbers and vociferously support the Ibrox side during the numerous matches they’ve been involved in over the years.



An example of the kind of crowd that the Gers are capable of attracting was when they took on Zenit St Petersburg in the 2008 Europa League final.

Even though they went down 2-0 on the night, the humongous number of fans that had travelled to Manchester to cheer for the Glasgow based team was just extraordinary.

Going viral today—probably because of the international break—check out how 250,000 passionate Rangers supporters had thronged the city of Manchester in this throwback picture from 10 years ago:




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5 Replies to “(Image) Throwback to the time Rangers took 250,000 fans to Manchester for the 2008 Europa League final against Zenit”

  1. I was there at the final and all games prior to this but one of the most remarkable games was the game against Barcelona at the nue camp where the Rangers took nigh of 35,000 to a champions league game which was Barcelona’s 2 nd biggest attendance of the year.
    Only the Match v Real Madrid was a larger attendance that season.

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  2. To correct you the Rangers were the first British team to appear in a European final when they played Fiorintina in the 1961 European cup winners cup final.
    They have actually appeared in 4 European finals though sadly only winning one( 1972 Europeancup winners cup.)
    Being the most successful team in world football they will continue to strive towards the recognition they deserve as the most iconic and best supported team in world football.
    Just check the records.

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  3. The original Rangers have indeed played in a number of finals and even won one, receiving their trophy in a room under the Nou Camp because of a pitch invasion. They weren’t allowed to defend their title as they were banned the next year.

    But still, Manchester eh? I think 250k is optimistic- the Glasgow Evening Times reported 130k but weren’t there non-Rangers elements within that crowd? After all that’s who Rangers officials blamed for the subsequent crowd trouble, featured in a dedicated edition of BBC’s Crimewatch?

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