William Wilton

William Wilton (9 June 1865 – 2 May 1920) was the first manager of Rangers Football Club, serving the club in that position from May 1899 until his death in 1920.

 

He first joined Rangers in September 1883 as a player in one of the junior teams but he was more involved in administrative roles as opposed to playing.  His first role was secretary to the youth team and reserve side. He was also involved in a special committee which was tasked with moving Rangers from Kinning Park to the first Ibrox ground in 1887.

 

In 1889 to 1899, William was match secretary of the first team bringing various successes. Once Rangers became a limited company in 1899, he was chosen as manager, the first to hold the title and he held it until his death in 1920. During his tenure, he brought various successes and overseen the move to the second Ibrox ground in 1899.

 

William Wilton tragically died in a boating accident on holiday in Gourock on 2nd May 1920. 

 

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