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Sandy Archibald

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Full nameAlexander Archibald
Date of birth6 September 1897
Place of birthAberdour, Scotland
Date of deathNovember 1946 (aged 49)
Playing positionOutside right

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Alexander "Sandy" Archibald (6 September 1897 November 1946) was a Scottish footballer who played for Raith Rovers, Rangers and Scotland. He was later secretary/manager of Raith and Dunfermline Athletic.

Initially employed as a miner, Archibald became a full professional when he joined Rangers at the age of 19 from Raith Rovers in 1917. He made his debut in a 2 0 defeat to Old Firm rivals Celtic in the Glasgow Merchants Charity Cup final in May 1917. The following season he was an ever present as Rangers won the League title for the first time in 5 seasons.

Archibald went on to win 13 League titles in his 17 seasons with the Glasgow club. He also won 3 Scottish Cup medals, the first of which was Rangers' first in 25 years and Archibald scored twice in the final as Rangers defeated Celtic 4 0 at Hampden. His final appearance for Rangers was in a 1 1 draw away to Queen's Park on 30 April 1934. He made 580 appearances for Rangers.

Archibald won a total of 8 caps for Scotland over an 11-year period, although most of his selections occurred between his 1921 debut and 1924. After a seven year hiatus, he earned a recall for the matches against England in 1931 and 1932. He scored once for his country, against Wales in February 1922.

After his playing retirement he rejoined Raith Rovers as secretary/manager, a role he held for over five years. He joined the Kirkcaldy side's Fife rivals Dunfermline in October 1939 and performed a similar combined managerial role for them until his death in 1946.

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