EVER since he could kick a ball, Bobby Cunning had wanted to play for Rangers.

So Scot Symon made the young Hamilton Academicals striker a very happy man when he signed him for the ibrox club in September 1954.

Bobby’s grandson Jamie got in touch to tell us: “Scot Symon became the manager of Rangers FC in 1954 and his first signing was my grandpa. It took place in the Central Hotel and the fee was £2500.”

Bobby’s debut was in a Glasgow Cup replay against Clyde on September 10, just a few days after his momentous signing. Our sister newspaper noted that he and fellow newcomers (McKenzie and Menzies) “passed their test with honours.”

At the signing one reporter described Bobby as a ‘fresh-complexioned 24-year-old, as excited as a schoolboy just gifted the latest in model trains.”

He said; “It was only after I had signed the forms that I realised I was a Rangers player. Up to then I could hardly believe that I was to be an Ibrox player.”

Unfortunately, it was a short affair - after a few games, Bobby had to leave Rangers as his father became unwell, says Jamie.

Scot Symon, Rangers manager in 1954. Pic: Herald and Times

Scot Symon, Rangers manager in 1954. Pic: Herald and Times

Jamie’s story is one of many we have received from our fantastic readers at Times Past HQ this week.

We have also had a few pleas for help in tracing Glasgow relatives. Can you help?

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Cathy Hurley got in touch to say her grandmother had a nephew of whom she was very fond.

Cathy explains: “His name was James Marshall Thomson and he lived from 1894 to 1985, marrying Jeanie Ferguson Brown on January 2, 1920 in the Free Church of Scotland in the Gorbals.

“They had a son, also James Marshall Thomson, who was born on October 9, 1920 and I am trying to find out if he survived, married and had any children - in fact any information at all about them…I wondered if Times Past readers could help?”

Get in touch by emailing ann.fotheringham@glasgowtimes.co.uk if you can help Cathy.

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