11th Apr, 2024 12:00

The Sporting Auction | Part One

  Lot 1658


the obverse inscribed SCOTTISH FOOTBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP 1899-1900 with enamel, the reverse inscribed RANGERS FOOTBAL CLUB LTD. and in blue enamel WON BY N. GIBSON, in nine carat gold, in gilt tooled morocco box of issue inscribed THE RANGERS FOOTBAL CLUB 1899-1900

Note: This rare and important pre-war medal was awarded to Scotland international Neil Gibson, for his part in Rangers 1899/1900 League triumph.

Gibson signed for Rangers from Larkhall club Royal Albert in 1894, where he had only been for a few months after signing from junior team Larkhall Thistle.

During his time with the Gers he won four consecutive league titles (including the 1898-99 invincible season), as well as three Scottish Cups, five Glasgow Cups, and three Glasgow Charity Cups.

The decorated star received plaudits from his contemporaries. Former Hibs manager Willie McCartney said of Gibson that he was ‘The greatest of my, and any generation following, in Scottish football’. Steve Bloomer of Derby County and England thought he was ‘the greatest footballer I ever saw’. Harry Wood summed him up as ‘Pavlova in football boots’.

Rangers won this season with 32 points against nearest rivals Celtic's 25.

(approx. 17.9g)

4cm high including suspension


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Estimated at £2,500 - £3,500

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