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Tuesday, 16 August 2011

50 Years Ago: Rangers 4-2 Dundee, League Cup Sectional Tie, 16th Aug 1961

"An exhilarating contest", is how the Glasgow Herald described this encounter between two great rivals of the late 50s and early 60s. Rangers' Brand was on sparkling form by all accounts and before scoring in the 12th and 13th minutes he hit the post and crossbar; however, this Dundee team was not to give up so readily and, after settling into the pace of the game, Penman and Cousin levelled the scoring before half time. Dundee started the second half the better team, but Rangers soon took a hold of the game again; nevertheless, it still took them until nine minutes from time to regain the lead through Wilson. This setback prompted Dundee to surge forward in search of an equaliser, but the gaps at the back allowed Rangers, by virtue of Millar, to put the game beyond doubt in the 83rd minute.

So Rangers deservedly won a pulsating fixture; however, they were not to have it all their way in the corresponding league fixture later that year...

In the other group game Thirds and Airdrie played out a 2-2 draw and so Dundee dropped to second place in the section.

1 comment:

  1. As a young boy I was at the game and I recall Dundee gave Rangers a very big fright that night. Ralph Brand was indeed the difference but I recall late in the 2nd half with the score tied the Stadium announcer saying that trains to Glasgow would leave later should the game end in a draw. There was audible laughter from the Rangers fans but in truth I think they were very nervous and relieved when the 3rd goal went in.

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