End of era as Rangers club shuts

The Glasgow Rangers Supporters Club in Corby
The Glasgow Rangers Supporters Club in Corby

Corby’s Glasgow Rangers Supporters Club has closed its doors after struggling for months with financial problems.

The club, in Rockingham Road, was once said to be the largest Rangers supporters club in England.

It is now up for sale and the site is expected to be bought by developers. Proceeds of the sale will be used to pay off its debts. A notice on the front door says the locks have been changed on behalf of the receivers. It is understood Probitas, insolvency practitioners in Sheffield, are dealing with the club’s affairs.

The building is being sold on behalf of the receivers by Andrew and Ashwell, commercial property agents based in Leicester.

Mike Allwood, a director with the company, said: “The club has been in difficulty for some time and everything was done to help it to continue.

“It was hoped that the site at the back of the club, the car park, could be sold to pay off its debt. There was also a plan to build a smaller club on the site but that wasn’t viable.

“It is a great shame that the club has been forced to close. It was a real landmark in Corby.

“Like many other clubs and pubs in the country trading was difficult because of the recession. The rate they are closing is frightening.”

Mr Allwood said there has been considerable interest in the club. The single storey building includes a lounge bar, games room and a function room with a stage.

Offers are being sought for the club which Mr Allwood said he expects will make way for a residential development, subject to planning approval being granted. A meeting was held at the club last week, involving brewers Molson Coors UK and other interested parties, and it was hoped a solution to its difficulties would be found.

The club had a travel section which organised coaches to Rangers’ home games.

When the club opened it had around 1,500 members and it is understood when it closed on Sunday there were only 220 on the books.

A Rangers fan, who asked not to be named, said: “As a Rangers fan I’m sad the club has closed but I’m sadder for the community as it provided activities for the elderly and for children.

“It was a community hub. Corby still has a large Scottish community and the club was part of our heritage.”