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Alexander Vallance

With quite as much pluck, but awanting in finish and style, the younger of the brothers, Mr. Alexander, was nevertheless a fine back. Lighter made and more easily tackled than Thomas, he had a way of his own in running out the ball before making the final shy, and when this was done well, as it frequently happened in a first-class match, young Vallance received a perfect ovation from the crowd. Alexander was in fine form in this tie, and some of his returns were splendidly made. Instead of going at an opponent with the air of an infuriated bull, as some backs are prone to do now-a-days, he kept close to his man, and waited for an opportunity, which was at once taken advantage of. Like his brother, he is still in the city, and takes a kindly interest in his mother club.

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Alex Vallance

Alex Vallance Obituary in the Glasgow Herald, 5th September, 1898

"During the past week death has removed two gentlemen who were great favourites in their respective football spheres. We refer to A Vallance, of the Rangers, and Allan Rotherham, an old Oxford half-back. Of the two Vallance was the better known in Scotland. He and one or two others belonging to the Gareloch district were the founders of the Rangers, which may be regarded as a monument to their sagacity on the one hand and practical worth as players on the other. For several years the brothers Vallance were the mainstay of the "light blues'" back division, and though Alexander lacked the resource and striking ability of his brother Tom, he was, nevertheless, a very fine player. He gained a number of prizes as a hurdle racer in the early "eighties", while, as an all-round athlete, he enjoyed a reputation of which his club companions were very proud. His interest in the Rangers never abated, and there must be many today mourning the loss of a loyal companion and a warm, generous-hearted friend."

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