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Ralph Brand
Personal information
Full name Ralph Laidlaw Brand
Date of birth 8 December 1936 (1936-12-08) (age 73)
Place of birth    Edinburgh, Scotland
Playing position Striker
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1954–1965
1965–1967
1967–1968
1969–1970
1971–1972
Rangers
Manchester City
Sunderland
Raith Rovers
Hamilton Academical
Total
206 (127)
020 00(2)
031 00(7)
023 00(5)
007 00(2)
287 (143)   
National team
1960–1962 Scotland 008 00(8)
Teams managed
1972–1973
1973–1974
Darlington
Albion Rovers

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

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.

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Playing career

Brand 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. 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. After his return in December 1957, he formed an effective strike partnership with Jimmy Millar, and scored 14 goals in 28 games over the course of the second half of the season.

His best season came in 1960-61, where he played in all of Rangers' 34 league games, scoring 24 goals, and 44 in all competitions. These included 5 goals in Rangers' run to the final of the Cup Winners Cup, 3 of which were scored in an 8-0 victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Brand played in four Scottish championship winning sides, 1958-59, 1960-61, 1962-63 and The Treble winning side of 1963-64. He won four League Cup and four Scottish Cup winner's medals, and is the only player to have scored in four consecutive Scottish Cup finals. He played in a total of seven finals for Rangers, scoring six goals and never finishing on the losing side. He played for Scotland eight times, scoring eight goals, although his international opportunities were limited because Denis Law was an established striker in the side.

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 last League game of the season. Brand was sold to Manchester City in August that year for £30,000. Two years later he moved to Sunderland and finished his career at Raith Rovers. He retired in 1970. In his time at Rangers, he played 317 times and scored 206 goals. He is the club's third top post war scorer behind Ally McCoist and Derek Johnstone.

Managerial career

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 footballing business he worked as a taxi-driver.

International goals

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

Honours

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As a player

Rangers

Manchester City

Managerial stats

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Darlington England December 1972 June 1973 26 4 13 9 15.4
Albion Rovers England 1973 1974

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