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Ralph Laidlaw Brand (born 8 December 1936) is a retired Scottish footballer, who played as a striker for Rangers, and latterly, Manchester City, Sunderland, Raith Rovers and Hamilton Academical.[4]

Ralph Brand
Personal information
Full name Ralph Laidlaw Brand[1]
Date of birth (1936-12-08) 8 December 1936 (age 82)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Carrick Knowe
1952–1954 Rangers
1952–1953 → Slateford Athletic (loan)
1953–1954Broxburn Athletic (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1965 Rangers 206 (127)
1965–1967 Manchester City 20 (2)
1967–1968 Sunderland 31 (7)
1969–1970 Raith Rovers 23 (5)
1971–1972 Hamilton Academical 7 (2)
Total 287 (143)
National team
1958 Scotland under-23[2] 1 (0)
1960–1962 Scotland 8 (8)
1961–1963 Scottish League XI[3] 5 (8)
Teams managed
1972–1973 Darlington
1973–1974 Albion Rovers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Born and raised in Edinburgh, Brand had family connections to Glasgow as his uncle was a Rangers supporter who resided in Springburn and worked in the Govan shipyards.[5][6] He signed for Rangers after impressing manager Bill Struth whilst playing in a schoolboy international against England at Wembley in 1952. Struth signed him on a provisional contract in the summer of that year.[7]

Having spent time on loan with juvenile side Slateford Athletic and Junior team Broxburn Athletic,[5] in 1954 he turned professional and made his debut for Rangers on 6 November against Kilmarnock, scoring two goals in a 6–0 win. He missed the next two seasons doing his national service.[7] After his return in December 1957, Scot Symon had become the manager and Brand formed an effective strike partnership with fellow Edinburgh native Jimmy Millar,[6][5] and scored 14 goals in 28 games over the course of the second half of the season.[7][8]

Having been joined on the left wing by Davie Wilson, his best season came in 1960–61, in which he played in all of Rangers' 34 league games, scoring 24 goals, and 44 in all competitions. These included five goals in Rangers' run to the final of the Cup Winners Cup, three of which were scored in an 8–0 victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach.[7][9]

Brand played in four Scottish championship winning sides: 1958–59, 1960–61, 1962–63 and the Treble winning side of 1963–64.[7][10] He won four League Cup and three Scottish Cup winner's medals, the latter set achieved in consecutive years in which he was a scorer in every final (plus a goal in the Old Firm replay of 1963), the only player to have achieved that feat.[7] He played in a total of seven finals for the club, scoring six goals and never finishing on the losing side. In his time at Rangers he played 317 times and scored 206 goals, and is the club's third top post-war scorer behind Ally McCoist and Derek Johnstone.[7][6]

He played his last match for Rangers on 23 April 1965 when he scored the only goal in a 1–0 win over Third Lanark in the final League game of the season. Brand was sold to Manchester City in August that year for £30,000.[7] Two years later he moved to Sunderland before returning to Scottish football at Raith Rovers (managed by his friend Jimmy Millar).[6] He retired in 1970, although he would come out of retirement to play a handful of matches for Hamilton Academical in 1971–72.


Brand played for Scotland eight times, scoring eight goals, although his international opportunities were limited because Denis Law was the established striker in the side.[7] He also played five times for the Scottish League XI, scoring eight times including four in one match against the Irish League in October 1961.

Managerial careerEdit

Brand had a brief managerial career, taking charge of Darlington for 6 months from December 1972, then Albion Rovers between 1973 and 1974. After leaving the football business he worked as a taxi-driver.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Brand's son, Ralph Brand Jr., played a number of games for Rangers' reserve team in the 1990s. He played semi-professionally in the Scottish League for clubs including Forfar Athletic.[11]

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 November 1960 Hampden Park, Glasgow   Northern Ireland 4–2 5–2 BHC
2 9 November 1960 Hampden Park, Glasgow   Northern Ireland 5–2 5–2 BHC
3 3 May 1961 Hampden Park, Glasgow   Republic of Ireland 1–0 4–1 WCQG8
4 3 May 1961 Hampden Park, Glasgow   Republic of Ireland 2–0 4–1 WCQG8
5 7 May 1961 Dalymount Park, Dublin   Republic of Ireland 3–0 3–0 WCQG8
6 7 October 1961 Windsor Park, Belfast   Northern Ireland 3–1 6–1 BHC
7 7 October 1961 Windsor Park, Belfast   Northern Ireland 5–1 6–1 BHC
8 2 May 1962 Hampden Park, Glasgow   Uruguay 2–3 2–3 Friendly



  1. ^ "Ralph Brand". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Scotland Under-23 player profile". Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Scottish League XI player profile". London Hearts Supporters Club. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Ralph Brand". Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Big Interview: Ralph Brand". Rangers F.C. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Interview: Ralph Brand, Rangers legend". The Scotsman. 22 April 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Hall of Fame Profile: Ralph Brand". Rangers F.C. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Ralph Brand - Scotland Football Record from 09 Nov 1960 to 02 May 1962 clubs - Rangers". Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Classic matches: Rangers 8–0 Borussia Moenchengladbach, November 1960". Rangers F.C. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Classic matches: Rangers 3–1 Dundee, April 1964". Rangers F.C. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Forfar Athletic player profile". Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Rangers player profile". Retrieved 3 January 2018.

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