Rangers and the famous ICF : my life with Scotland's by Sandy Chugg
By Sandy Chugg
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I discovered just how vicious before an Old Firm game at Celtic Park in 1985. Seven of us were standing outside Greaves sports shop in Gordon Street, talking to two boys who had come up from Leeds to savour the Old Firm experience. We spotted two Celtic Soccer Babes and verbals were exchanged. I thought to myself, ‘These cunts can’t be out on their own,’ and no sooner had the thought gone through my mind than forty of them came charging round the corner. We scattered; we had no chance. Forty against seven doesn’t compute, which just goes to show that we all have to run some time despite what some so-called hooligans claim in their books.
That helped us get the ICF up and running again after the 1998 World Cup and since then we have enjoyed something of a renaissance. My most vivid memory of Davie is of him going into his bag and handing out claw hammers when we got off the train at Slateford, prior to facing Hibs in what turned out to be our most humiliating defeat of all time. He was of course the first to steam into Hibs, helping us to back them off for the first few minutes of that battle. It is just a pity that the book he wrote on his ICF experiences (Rangers ICF, published in 2008) didn’t do him justice.
It was thanks to Davie’s drive and enthusiasm that we kept the mob going through the dark days of the early Nineties when FV became very unfashionable, with people preferring raves and getting loved-up. He always ensured we pulled a mob, even if the numbers had dwindled to as little as twenty. For that reason alone he is the most-important figure in modern-day (that is post-rave-scene) hooliganism. Davie was also instrumental in the formation of the Scottish National Firm, which, although opposed by some older Rangers boys, ensured that at least we had an outlet for FV.