Demolition of Glasgow Rangers Supporters Club in Corby marks end of an era

Jimmy White Jnr with some bricks from the Glasgow Rangers Supporters Club he has collected as a souvenir. His father Jimmy White Snr was a founding member of the club

Jimmy White Jnr with some bricks from the Glasgow Rangers Supporters Club he has collected as a souvenir. His father Jimmy White Snr was a founding member of the club

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The former Glasgow Rangers supporters club in Corby – which once boasted more than 1,500 members – has been demolished.

The Rockingham Road club was knocked down on Friday after having closed its doors in February 2013 when membership had dwindled to a little more than 200.

Housing firm Westleigh Homes was granted planning permission to build 16 homes and eight flats at the site last year.

Jimmy White Jr visited the site on Monday afternoon on the hunt for a souvenir.

His dad, Jimmy White Sr, who died a few years ago, was one of the founding members of the club.

Mr White said: “I couldn’t have been more than six or seven when it was set up.

“It was a big part of my life and I was the first junior member the club appointed.

“I used to come here with my dad when I was a kid and later I was on the committee for 10 years.

“It’s a bit soul-destroying to see what’s happened because it was a very good club at its peak.

“That’s progress I suppose.”

Mr White said that in its glory days, the club would take two coach-loads of fans from Corby to Scotland for Rangers’ home games, and sometimes more for bigger matches.

The club closed its doors in early 2013 after struggling with financial problems for a number of months.

A spokesman for Westleigh Developments said: “Work on site will commence next week. We will start work on roads and sewers, this will take approximately eight weeks.”

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