Rangers and Tottenham meet at Ibrox this weekend in the Gers’ final pre-season friendly and the Light Blues have confirmed that the two sides will contest the Walter Tull Memorial Cup on Saturday.
Spurs travel to Ibrox on Saturday as the Light Blues round off their preparations for the new campaign and former Rangers and Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe will present the trophy at full-time.
Tull joined Spurs in 1909 from Clapton, making ten appearances before joining Northampton Town, where he enjoyed the most successful spell of his career and playing over 100 games.
However, the outbreak of World War I would put a temporary halt to his playing career, with Tull enlisting in December 1914; serving in the two Football Battalions of the Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex) Regiment, the 17th and 23rd, and also in the 5th Battalion.
Tull would see action at the Battle of the Somme before returning to the UK to undergo officer training having risen to the rank of lance sergeant.
During the war, Tull would become a Rangers player when he signed for the Gers in February 1917; committing to the Light Blues once the war was over having spent time in Ayrshire as an officer cadet.
On May 30, 1917, Tull would be commissioned as a second lieutenant, making him one of the first mixed-heritage infantry officers in a regular British Army regiment.
Tull would be praised for his “gallantry and coolness” by Major-General Sydney Lawford, General Officer Commanding 41st Division, having led 26 men on a night-raiding party, crossing the fast-flowing rapids of the Piave River into enemy territory and returning them unharmed.
Further action in France would follow but Tull would never get the chance to represent Rangers being killed in action near the village of Favreuil in the Pas-de-Calais on 25 March during the First Battle of Bapaume.
Tull is commemorated on Bay 7 of the Arras Memorial, which commemorates 34,785 soldiers who have no known grave, who died in the Arras sector.
Second edition of the Walter Tull Memorial Trophy
This will be the second time the two clubs have contested the Walter Tull Memorial Trophy, Rangers lifting it back in 2004 after a win over Tottenham.
With Rangers having impressed in midweek as they beat West Ham 3-1 at Ibrox, the Spurs game should be another good test for the Light Blues ahead of facing Livingston next weekend.
Rounding off pre-season with another win would be good and it’s always nice to see the Light Blues lift a trophy – even if it is only pre-season.