8 December 2007

Bertie Manderson

Name: Robert Manderson
Born: 9 May 1893, Belfast
Died: 27 April 1946, Glasgow (Scotland)
Height: 5.11 ft
Weight: 11.08 st
Position: Right-Back

Representative Honours: Ireland: 4 Caps (1920-1926).
Club Honours: (with Rangers) Scottish League Champion 1917/18, 1919/20, 1920/21, 1922/23, 1923/24, 1924/25, 1926/27; Scottish Cup Runner-Up 1920/21, 1921/22; Glasgow Cup Winner; Glasgow Merchants Charity Cup.

Club Career:

Clubs
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA.Cup
Other
Cliftonville
-
-
Amateur
0/0
-
-
Belfast Celtic
-
1912
-
-
-
-
Glenavon
-
-
-
-
-
-
Rangers
14/15-26/27
-
-
370/5
30/0
51/0
Bradford PA
27/28
c/s-1927
-
39/0
1/0
-
TOTALS

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409/5
31/0
51/0

Biography:
Bertie Manderson was a full-back possessing pace and positional sense forming an effective club partnership with another Ulsterman, Billy McCandless at Rangers. Manderson is still rated as one of Ibrox Park’s most loyal servants. They said that Rangers blood flowed through his veins.

After beginning his career with Cliftonville his Irish League debut came for Belfast Celtic in 1912. It was while playing for Glenavon that he was spotted by Rangers manager William Wilton. Signed, along with team mate Jim Clarke, on an initial months loan, Manderson remained but Clarke returned home to join the army during the First World War before he resumed his playing career at Mourneview Park.

Manderson, who was known to the fans as “Daddy Long Legs”, held the record for appearances for Rangers, 452 between 1915 and 1927. In his time at Ibrox he played in seven championship winning sides, but a Scottish Cup medal eluded him as Rangers endured a 25 year hoodoo in that competition. He then moved on to Bradford Park Avenue before going back to Glasgow as trainer of Scotland’s oldest club, Queen’s Park from the late-1920s through to the '40s. He was trainer for the Great Britain team at the 1936 Olympics.

Born in Jaffa Street off the Crumlin Road, Bertie Manderson had a life-long association with the Boys’ Brigade. He died in Glasgow at the age of just 52. Inscribed on his gravestone at Eastwood Cemetery are the words “STEADFAST AND SURE” – a slight corruption of the motto of the Boys’ Brigade.

Ireland Cap Details:
13-03-1920 Scotland A L 0-3 BC
22-10-1924 England. A L 1-3 BC
28-02-1925 Scotland H L 0-3 BC
27-02-1926 Scotland A L 0-4 BC

Summary: 4/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 4.


Pictures supplied by Red Warrior from the ILS Forum.

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