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Willie Waddell

The Rangers Story: 1872-2015
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Willie Waddell was appointed as Rangers manager in 1969. In 1972 he guided Rangers to their first, and to date only, European triumph when they defeated Dynamo Moscow 3-2 in the Cup Winners' Cup final at the Camp Nou in Barcelona.

Due to a pitch invasion at the end of the match, the team were presented with the trophy in the dressing room. Following pressure exerted by the Spanish Government of Generalissimo Francisco Franco, UEFA banned Rangers from defending the cup This was perceived by some as a disproportionate and politically-motivated decision, as evidenced by Barcelona's decision to invite Rangers to participate in their pre-season Trofeo Joan Gamper tournament (named after the club's founder) in 1974, alongside the Basque team Athletic Club de Bilbao.

Rangers captain John Greig lifts the European Cup Winners Cup after receiving it from UEFA President Gustav Wiederkehr


The triumph in the European Cup Winners' Cup came less than two years after the Ibrox disaster, when 66 people died leaving the east terrace at staircase 13.

Shortly after that success he handed the reins to assistant Jock Wallace and went on to serve the club in Managing director, General manager and Vice chairman roles until his death in 1992.

For an in-depth look at the Cup Winners' Cup win, please click here to read about Rangers' Triumph in Europe. 

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