Alex Venters

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Alex Venters (9 June 1913 – 30 April 1959) was a Scottish footballer who played for Cowdenbeath, Rangers and Scotland.

Alex Venters, an inside forward, joined Rangers in November 1933 after his first club Cowdenbeath. He spent a total of 13 years at Ibrox Park, winning 3[1] League titles (1935, 1937 and 1939[2]), 2 Scottish Cups (1935, 1936[3]) and scoring 102 goals in 201 appearances. 18 of these 102 goals came against Celtic in various competitions.[4] In the last season before association football was suspended due to World War II (1939) Venters was top scorer in the Scottish First Division (35 goals).[5] Venters was also a prolific scorer during World War II, however as these games were unofficial his additional 53 war-time goals cannot be added to his official goalscoring record.[6]

After the war, Venters played for Third Lanark, Blackburn Rovers and ended his career with Raith Rovers.[7][8]

Between 1933 and 1939 he won three caps for Scotland, the first of which was against Northern Ireland in 1933 while with Cowdenbeath. He won a further two official caps (both in matches against England) while at Rangers, in 1936 and 1939. He also played in four wartime internationals.[9]

In 1959 he died prematurely from a heart attack at the age of 45.[10]

Due to his prolific goalscoring in the 1930s and his great record in Old Firm matches he became a member of the Rangers Hall of Fame when it was established in 2000.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ some sources also add another league title (1934) to his record
  2. ^ Wikipedia: List of Scottish football champions
  3. ^ Wikipedia: List of Scottish Cup finals
  4. ^ Rangers.co.uk: History: Alex Venters
  5. ^ Scottish-Football-Historical-Archive.com: Top Goalscorers per division
  6. ^ FriendsOfRangers.co.uk: Legends In Blue
  7. ^ National-Football-Teams.com: Alex Venters
  8. ^ Weltfussball.de: Alex Venters
  9. ^ LondonHearts.com: Alexander Venters
  10. ^ Rangerspedia: Venters, Alex
  11. ^ Wikipedia: Rangers F.C. Hall of Fame

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