High Profile Celebrity Joins Fight Against Ashley At Rangers

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey, who apparently had trials with the club when youngster,  has joined the Rangers First group who are attempting to wrestle control of the club away from Mike Ashley, the owner of Newcastle United.

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Gordon Ramsey – celebrity chef

Gordon is the latest high-profile personality to join the Rangers First group of fan shareholders, and it now has 9,500 members and is now the biggest in the UK.

But the group at the moment owns only about 1.7% of the club, but wants its members to buy shares and use their proxy votes at next month’s Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) in support of Dave King.

King is attempting to remove the current Rangers Board, which includes Derek Llambias the former Newcastle Managing Director and is effectively controlled by Mike Ashley.

There are a number of other prominent personalities including Vladimir Weiss, Alex Rae, Richard Gough, Jorg Albertz, Claudio Reyna and Nacho Novo, who have also joined the Rangers Now group.

The meeting is scheduled to take place in London on March 4th, although there are problems in getting a hotel to host the event, with news yesterday that the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel is looking at pulling out as the current host of the event.

Previously the event was scheduled for March 6th at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel and Conference Center in Kensington, but after thousands of fans had made their bookings – the hotel pulled out of the event.

Rangers fans are also not happy that the meting is taking place in London, which is a good 350 miles away from Glasgow.

A Spokesman for Rangers First Ricki Neill had this to say:

“Rangers First continues to go from strength to strength and we are delighted to welcome Gordon Ramsay to our group.

“Our organisation has captured the imagination of supporters and ex players from around the world in recent weeks and I thank Gordon signing up.

“We are hoping to secure 10,000 members ahead of next month’s general meeting and support from high-profile supporters like Gordon Ramsay will undoubtedly help raise our profile.”

Rangers One are trying hard to get rid of the current Board, which is effectively controlled by Mike Ashley, who owns only 8.92% of Rangers.

But he controls the club because of the loans he has given the club to keep them financially afloat through the end of this season.

Those loans have been secured against some of Rangers assets such as the Murray Park training ground, and the fans see the Newcastle owner as one of the problems at the icon club.

And Ashley showed clearly he is in control of the club, when he sent five of Newcastle’s fringe players north of the border in January with instructions to the Rangers manager Kenny McDowall, that the players be played in the first team.

And do the plot thickens.

Wonder if the BBC are going to make a mini-series of this? 😀

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16 comments so far

  • spitfire_

    Feb 18, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed, this is not a Rangers forum. And besides, it’s our best interest Ashley to buy Ragenrs… that mean he must sold Newcastle.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 18, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #2

    It’s puzzling that all these wonderful bluenoses are coming out of the woodwork NOW .After Rangers has been in an administration situation 3 times , actually gone into administration once and has languished in the lower divisions for years. Where were you before guys ?

  • cyprus

    Feb 18, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #3

    So let’s get us a chef to support us, right?
    This team is, thankfully, not ‘small fries’ like Rangers is at the moment. They drove that great club to the ground man, so there’s nothing to copy from there, even this valiant effort… which we’ve tried remember. We as fans managed to collect like a million. Not enough…

  • RonVanDam

    Feb 18, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Fark yeah. I bet he will cook up a storm in the boardroom

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 18, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    I hope Ashley turns his back on them and devotes all his attention on us. If he got us to a CL final , I’d let him tattoo the Sports Direct logo on my ass.

  • beermonkey

    Feb 18, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6


    its a shame there is no chance of that happening

  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 18, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #7

    Jeff…Do you mean the other cheek? Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

    I think most would be in the same boat, but it comes back to that old arguement of what makes anyone think he has any intention of pushing for such lofty heights?

    We’re told we can’t compete and I don’t see any work going on to try and change that really.

    Spitfire…I believe he can own both, the issue would come about if both teams entered the same competition, i.e. Europe.

    Cyrpus…This obviously comes down to your overall viewpoint, but I’m not sure saying we can’t take anything from this is correct.We could try to do something, rather than just holding our hands up and saying nothing will work.

    It may not be easy, but that doesn’t mean we should simply make it easy for them either.

  • Ian Toon

    Feb 18, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #8

    Spitfire- This blog is a one stop shop offering a commentary and analysis of the breaking news and current development on all things related to the Toon.
    It’s just like The Week magazine.
    Well done Ed – Keep on keeping on!

  • MrMojoRisin76

    Feb 18, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #9

    I’ve got some magic beans for sale if your interested,doing a special on unicorns at the minute aswell,buy 1 get 1 free.

  • tynesidetommo

    Feb 18, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #10

    Does the Mag not have any sub editors or proof readers?We’re told the group is called Rangers First, then Rangers Now and then Rangers One. Which is it ffs

  • tynesidetommo

    Feb 18, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #11

    Mistakenly thought I was reading the Mag. Doesn’t that speak volumes?

  • martoon

    Feb 18, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #12

    This is what I’ve said previously – if NUFC protest groups want to make an impact you need a high profile person to be the face of the campaign.

  • Pop n Wyn

    Feb 18, 2015 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Jeff, i agree with you regarding all the Rangers investors coming out of the woodwork at the moment when in the past they were nowhere to be seen when they were really needed, they up against a business tank in MA who will roll over anything or anybody who gets in his way.

    Thing is these takeovers of football clubs like ours and Rangers are seriously damaging, of course financially MA will keep them afloat no problem but it’s his way of doing business that dosn’t include emotion or feeling and the continual dropping of these bombs every 3or4 months that damage us so much, he is not bothered, business is business, but it has worn the vast majority of fans out.

    There is a massive blanket over SJP, Mike is the puppet master, all seeds have been planted, he has made his bed, he will make shed loads of cash, we all know that, it is so sad, we are such a great club, but we are so depressed, and the man at the top is responsible.

  • sickandtired

    Feb 18, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Talking of Rangers – anyone else noticed Llambias bio on their website says he built turnover at NUFC from 85 to 123 million?
    Club accounts for 12/13 (when he left) state turnover was 95.9 million.
    Wonder how he made a 27.1 million mistake????

  • AmericanMagpie

    Feb 19, 2015 at 3:02 AM

    Comment #15

    He only owns 8.92% and the fans are going crazy. How do they think we feel.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 19, 2015 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #16

    Imagine if Ashley enlists his old mate Joe Kinnear to help him out at Rangers. And imagine if Joe and Gordon went toe to toe in a slanging match…..Guinness Book of Records for “F” words in one conversation!


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