William “Daddy” Dunlop gave great service to the Rangers, both on the
field and off. He scored two goals in the first replay of the 1877 Scottish Cup Final against Vale of Leven.
That second goal was, of course, not given. The reason for that is covered in the report of the 1877 Scottish
Cup Final.* He was a regular in the “Ancients” team which played many matches throughout the 1880’s. He was
clearly an accomplished player but it was suggested that but for poor eyesight, he would have been even
It was with
the pen, though, Daddy made his greatest contribution. Willie wrote the most important history of Rangers
Football Club. Although a relatively short article, his record of the early days of the Club provides us with
the first hand evidence of his friends, the McNeils, Vallance, etc of the games at Flesher’s Haugh, the
wearing of the light blue for the first time, etc. Under the sobriquet "True Blue", this vital record
of the founding of the Club appeared in the SFA Annual of
Willie married Annie Cardwell in Manchester on 17 September, 1891. The
following year, the Dunlops’ first child was born. Tragically, William Clive Dunlop lived for only ten
weeks. In 1893, Annie gave birth to a second son, Colin Buchanan Dunlop. Sadly, Colin was only eighteen
months old when his father died at the family home at Kelvinside Terrace South, just off Queen Margaret Drive.
Willie succumbed to influenza after battling spinal meningitis. He was forty-two. The obituaries that
appeared in the newspapers were united in acknowledging the sad loss of a man who was popular and highly respected
throughout his life.
A few months after Willie’s death, Annie gave birth to her and Willie’s third
son. He, too, was called William. Almost unbelievably, having lost her first child and then her
husband, Annie, too, succumbed to illness. She died of scarlet fever in 1899. She was only
thirty-one. Willie’s brother Thomas was married to Annie’s sister, Kate. They brought up their two
nephews, Colin and William, Jnr.
His contemporaries owed a lot to “Daddy” Dunlop. Present day historians of
the Club owe a great debt to him, too.
William Dunlops grave at Cathcart Cemetery.
The Dunlop family grave is located at Cathcart Cemetery. Willie lies
with his parents, his first son, his wife, his brother and his sister-in-law.
*Report of rangers first scottish cup final 1877
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