James Gossland

James Gossland (born 6 September 1860 in Glasgow) was a Scottish footballer, who played for Dennistoun, Alexandra Athletic, Rangers and the Scotland national team.

James Gossland
Personal information
Date of birth 6 September 1860
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death 1944 (aged 83–84)
Place of death East Transvaal, South Africa
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
18??–1882 Alexandra Athletic
1882–1889 Rangers 15 (8)
National team
1884 Scotland 1 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

After spells at Dennistoun and Alexandra Athletic, the latter for whom he also served as general secretary, he joined Rangers in 1882. During his time at Rangers, he won his only cap for Scotland, and scored twice in 5–0 win over Ireland on 26 January 1884. In 1885, he was appointed as Rangers' match secretary and continued to feature intermittently in the first team until 1889. He had the honour of being the first person to score in the British Home Championship.[citation needed]

Gossland died in East Transvaal, South Africa, around November 1944.[1]


  1. ^ Daily Record, 14 November 1944

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