Rangers 1
Dundee 0
League (Division One)


1 - 0


League (Division One)
Saturday, September 1st, 1894
Ibrox Stadium
Attendance: 3,500
3:00 PM Kick-off

Gibson (20) None.

Team Managers

Starting Eleven
Francis Barrett .1
Johnny Darroch .2
George Campbell .3
James Dundas .4
William Longair .5
Sandy Keillor .6
William Thomson .7
Willie Fleming .8
Bill Sawers .9
Sandy Gilligan .10
Charles Dickson .11

Match Officials

Frank Watt (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from The Courier | Ref. BNA (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board | Copyright Statement - .

On Saturday the first engagement for the season between those clubs took place at Govan, when Dundee visited Ibrox Park. There were between 3000 and 4000 spectators present.

Teams: Rangers - Haddow; Smith and Drummond ; Marshall, Gibson, and Mitchell, Cowan and Boyd, Gray, McPherson and Barker.

Dundee: Barrett; Darroch and Campbell ; Dundas, Longair, and Keilor; Thomson and Fleming, Sawers, Gilligan and Dickson. Referee-Mr Frank Watt, Edinburgh.

Prompt to time, and in a drizzling rain, Dundee kicked off. Rangers were first on the spot, but the ball went behind. From the goal kick Dundee came away with a rush, and a corner was the result. Nothing came of it.

A minute later a second corner fell to Dundee, but with a like result. Then the Rangers took up the running, Cowan and Boyd getting off with a nice run. Campbell tackled well, and got the ball away.

From a pass Barker nearly scored, but Barrett managed to clear. Keeping up the pressure, the Rangers got the ball in the net, but an appeal for off side against Barker was sustained, and the point went for nothing.

A corner for the Rangers followed, but after dodging about the Dundee goal the ball was sent behind.

Even play followed, each goal being assaulted in turn. After twenty minutes' play the Rangers, by a determined effort, scored the first goal of the match, Gibson doing the needful with a shot from thirty yards out, Barker, McPherson, and Gray meanwhile looking after the goalkeeper.

The Dundee tried hard to equalise, but they were well net by the Rangers' defence. Fleming, Sawers, and Dickson were putting in some telling work, but they seldom got near Haddow, and when they did thenRanger was quite able for all he got to do.

The whistle sounded with the ball in the vicinity of Barrett's goal. Half-time result:-Rangers, 1; Dundee, 0.

Gray opened this half, and Cowan and Boyd darted up the field, but Campbell and Keillor prevented them from being really dangerous, and for a little play raged in home territory.

The light blues' front rank latterly got into their stride, and Dundee's defence was tested to the utmost, but chiefly through the efforts of Darroch and Campbell Barrett's stronghold was kept intact.

A complete transformation now came over the game. A Dundee man kicked Gray in the abdomen, and he fell helplessly to the ground. This riled McPherson, and he lifted his hand to Longair. In retaliation Campbell took the feet from McPherson, and then Davie Mitchell came running up, and it seemed all over that a scene would ensue, but happily the referee quelled it.

He gave a penalty kick. Cowan took it, but to the consternation of the light blues' supporters he sent it flying past.

Dundee forwards were totally unable to break through the Rangers' halves, the consequence being that play was almost continuously in Dundee's quarters, but the score could not be increased.

Full time was ultimately announced with the score standing as at the interval, namely - Rangers, 1 goal ; Dundee, nil

Squad Statistics (as at September 1st, 1894)

1894-95 All Time
Francis Barrett (GK)22 3 - 9 -
Johnny Darroch - 3 - 3 -
Willie Fleming - 3 - 3 -
George Campbell - 3 - 8 -
Sandy Keillor26 3 - 216
William Longair24 3 - 201
Charles Dickson - 3131
James Dundas26 211913
Sandy Gilligan - 31197
Bill Sawers23 3232
William Thomson20 3 - 204

League Table (as at September 1st, 1894)

Pld W D L +/- Pts

No games played.