Rangers set a world record attendance for
a fourth tier match on Saturday when 49,118 watched their 5-1
win over East Stirling in a Scottish Football League game at
The figure smashed the previous record of 37,774 for a game
between Crystal Palace and Millwall at Selhurst Park in 1961 in
the old English fourth division.
The Ibrox crowd was larger than the combined attendance for
last weekend's five Scottish Premier League matches of 40,383.
Rangers, the 54-times Scottish champions and one half of the
Glasgow "Old Firm" that has dominated Scottish football for
decades, were playing their first home league match outside the
top flight as they begin to recover from a financial crisis.
The club went into administration in February before a
takeover in June, and were demoted from the SPL to the third
division - the bottom of the country's footballing pyramid -
after a meeting of Scottish Football League clubs last month.
Ranges opened their campaign last weekend with a 2-2 draw
against Peterhead in front of 4,500 fans at Balmoor stadium on
the north-east coast of Scotland.
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