Dundee 2
Rangers 1
League (Division One)

2 - 1

League (Division One)
Saturday, January 26th, 1895
Carolina Port
Attendance: 6,000
3:00 PM Kick-off

Sandy Gilligan 
Bill Sawers 

Team Managers

Starting Eleven
1. Francis Barrett
2. Johnny Darroch
3. Bill Ferrier
4. James Dundas
5. William Longair
6. Sandy Keillor
7. William Thomson
8. William Richardson
9. Willie Fleming
10. Bill Sawers
11. Sandy Gilligan
N. Gibson
W. Gibson

Match Officials

Match Report

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

The Glasgow Rangers travelled to Dundee on Saturday, and engaged the local eleven in a League game.

The hard frost which prevailed during the week had rendered the ground as hard as iron, and, in consequence, considerable doubt existed as to whether the match would be brought off. The referee, however, on inspecting the ground, which had been liberally strewn with fine sand, declared it quite playable.

A backboard announcing his decision was placed in front of the grand stand, and appeared to afford considerable satisfaction to the spectators, of whom over 4000 witnessed the kick-off.

The weather was bright but cold. The following were the teams:- Dundee - Barrett; Darroch and Ferrier; Dundas, Lougair, and Keillor; Thomson, Richardson, Fleming, Sawers, and Gilligan.

Rangers - Haddow "Ford" and Drummond; Marshall, N. Gibson, and W. Gibson; Cowan, McCreadie, McPherson, Boyd, and Barker.

Dundee won the toss and sent the visitors to face a bright sun and a slight westerly breeze. From the start Dundee assumed the aggressive, and within a few minutes Haddow had to fist out.

Coming away again, Dundee were once more in front of the Rangers' citadel, and Gilligan, from beside the touch line, sent the ball into the net. The cheers which greeted this early success quickly subsided when the referee indicate the goal as offside.

Not to be denied, the Dundee forwards by a display of neat passing got within range, and Richardson esayed a shot which Haddow smartly negotiated. Sawers got possession, and with a swift low shot opened the scoring for Dundee.

From the kick-off the light blues got west, but Ferrier sent them to the right about, and play was again brought in the vicinity of Haddow.

A fierce tussle in front of goal ended in Gilligan scoring a legitimate point.

The visitors now wakened up, and invaded Dundee territory. Barker finished a fine run by kicking wildly over the bar, and McPherson repeated the same performance a few minutes later.

A bad mistake by Drummond in midfield let Thomson away. "Ford" came to the rescue, but the Dundee right-winger dodged him smartly; and, from a few yards out, sent in a hard slot which Haddow just fisted away in time.

Play from this to the interval was fairly level, but neither team managed to improve its position, and the score at half-time was- Dundee, 2 goals; Rangers, 0.

The second half was resmed by the light blue in vigorous style, and, chiefly through the finr placing of the halves, the Dundee goal sustained a prolonged siege. A brief run by the Dundee left wing was followed by another spell of pressing by the Rangers, who were at last rewarded by a well taken goal from the foot of McCreadie.

On kicking off, Thomson and Richardson broke away, and the former player just skimmed the bar with a hard slot.

The wind, which had been blowing against the Dundee men in this half, now lulled somewhat, and the home team assumed the upper hand.

As smart run by Cowan brought temporary respite, but the stripes were soon back in front of Haddow, and quite a procession of corners fell to Dundee, all of which they failed to improve.

The Rangers again took up the attack, and some lively tussels were witnessed between Darroch and the opposing left wing, in which the honours were fairly divided.

Play towards the close was mostly in the Dundee half, but thanks to the stubborn defence of the Dundee backs the visitors failed to retrieve their position, and the game ended - Dundee, 2 goals; Rangers, 1.

Squad Statistics (as at January 26th, 1895)

1894-95 All Time
Francis Barrett (GK)22 16 - 22 -
Johnny Darroch - 16 - 16 -
Bill Ferrier - 7 - 24 -
Willie Fleming - 134134
Sandy Keillor27 162348
William Longair24 15 - 321
James Dundas26 1513213
Sandy Gilligan - 1052611
William Richardson - 7171
Bill Sawers23 138138
William Thomson20 164338

League Table (as at January 26th, 1895)

Pld W D L +/- Pts

No games played.