Dundee 0
Rangers 0
League (Division One)

0 - 0

League (Division One)
Saturday, August 8th, 1936
Dens Park
Attendance: 22,000
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Billy McCandless
William Struth

Starting Eleven
1. Bill Marsh
2. Bobby Rennie
3. Leonard Richards
4. Matt Innes
5. Johnny Evans
6. Tom Smith
7. John Latimer
8. Jimmy Guthrie
9. Archie Coats
10. Arthur Baxter
11. Norman Kirby
Jerry Dawson
Douglas Gray
William Cheyne
James Kennedy
Jimmy Simpson
George Brown
Alex Venters
Jimmy Smith
Bob McPhail
David Kinnear


None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

P. Craigmyle (Aberdeen) (Referee)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from The Courier.

Dundee's stock seems set for a sharp rise on the football market.

Their supporters arrived at Dens in doubt. They left delighted.

Superb spirit of the homesters was the happiest feature of this gritty, no-goal game with Rangers. A bright beginning, boys!

Result was in every way right. Light Blues were harassed and harried by eager young men who made a slow start, but stimulating finish. They were pressed and prompted into playing a game that may not have been in keeping with gilt edged Ibrox style.

And yet to all but the purest purist in a splendid crowd of 22,000 this was a most entertaining match. First half was a fast and a fine mixture of strength and skill. Second stage tended to become a trifle scrappy and Rangers to become rattled, but there was liveliness that lasted right to the final whistle


And get this right! Bill Marsh had a brilliant day for Dundee, but his was no "rescue the perishing act" There were moments of real anxiety in the Marsh region, but these were no greater than just ad many in the Dawson danger zone.

Possibilities were plainly equal in a game of quite glorious give and take. Innes stopped a Venters drive that might have been vital to the homesters. A crasher by Kinnear that Marsh was able only to touchwas killed on the line by the covering Richards.

A purple punch by the home "keeper sent a smashing effort by Smith to safety.

But the thrills and possible spills were just as evident at the other end. A Cheyne clearance was lucky to land at the feet of a colleague. Slightly better direction behind efforts by Baxter and Coats would have beaten evan a joyous Jerry, who happened to be on the spot.

And in last lively minutes it was sheer international class that kept Latimer from counting with a lightning leader.


First impressions suggest the rebirth of the Blues this season. Rangers sampled real spirit. Curtain-raisers are to be treated with caution, but it is no more than plain fact that Dundee should de well if they maintain their new found earnest endeavour.

John Latimer may be the man to provide the liveliness lacking in the attack. Pardon a special paragraph of praise in reflecting on so many willing workers, but Latimer does have the touch that tells.

He might have been brought into the game earlier. It may take time until his colleagues become alive to his readiness to interchange positions. But without the least doubt when Latimer did arrive in this match he stayed!

He strained visiting Cheyne to breaking point. He put all in a last great effort, to which I have referred. and it was plain that a cute Coats enjoyed a cute colleague. They may have many riotous revels in their interchanges.


The two were high performers in a line that worked with a refreshing willingness. Their lack of inches demand a better ground service than they got in the game, but this is intended as no more than the modest criticism of fellows who fought a good fight.

Guthrie was strong in supply. but slow to shoot. Baxter was bold, and received the better response from Kirby in the first half. Norman was neatest then, but at no time was the spirit of the attack in doubt.

Nor did the defence fare less favourably, Evans was a terrific toiler, and not always treated kindly by the cumbersome Smith. Innes and Smith struck happier contact in the later stages

And behind the three in lively moments that marked the homesters slow start there was a sure-clutch Marsh and backs who seldom wavered. Richards revealed real signs of a return to his earliest form. Rennie was his usual rugged self against the more sprightly winger.


Many may suggest Rangers have gone back. Others may aver that Dundee on this day have gone forward. Whatever the answer, this battle of the Blues was definitely, a fifty-fifty affair.

Men of Ibrox were forced into an even fight. Their play lacked the colour of previous contest. Dundee's response may be the right explanation!

Dawson was asked to make as great a contribution as Marsh. He accepted. Dougie Gray did not reveal his usual serve. Cheyne was no more than solid. Nor in the midline did we have the touches a Mekiel John can impart. Simpson was unusually troubled. Brown was brightest.

It may be that Souter will bring more power to the Rangers right. An early injury dimmed his start at Dens. Venters was the vital worker in the attack. Kinner a lively raider in the later stages. Smith's smashing efforts did not always appeal. Bob McPhail was unusually quiet.

Dark Blues spirit the most satisfying feature in a hard-hitting contest.

DUNDEE - Marsh: Rennie and Richards: Innes, Evans and Smith Latimer. Guthrie, Coats, Baxter, and Kirby

RANGERS - Dawson: Gray and Cheyne: Kennedy Simpson and Brown: Souter, Venters, Smith, McPhail and Kinnear.

Releree - P. Craigmyle, Aberdeen,

Squad Statistics (as at August 8th, 1936)

1936-37 All Time
Bill Marsh (GK) - 1 - 375 -
Bobby Rennie - 1 - 38 -
Leonard Richards25 1 - 34 -
Johnny Evans - 1 - 34 -
Matt Innes - 1 - 14 -
John Latimer - 1 - 1 -
Tom Smith - 1 - 1063
Arthur Baxter - 1 - 94
Archie Coats25 1 - 8261
Jimmy Guthrie24 1 - 12119
Norman Kirby28 1 - 9112

League Table (as at August 8th, 1936)

No league table has been added for this season.