Derek Grierson

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Derek Grierson
Personal information
Full name Derek Dunlop Grierson
Date of birth (1931-10-05)5 October 1931
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death 7 September 2011(2011-09-07) (aged 79)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1948–1952 Queen's Park 83 (51)
1952–1956 Rangers 69 (42)
1956–1959 Falkirk 74 (23)
1959–1960 Arbroath 27 (8)
1960–1961 Stirling Albion 3 (1)
1960–1961 Forfar Athletic 16 (4)
1961–1962 Cowdenbeath 4 (0)
Total 276 (129[1])
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Derek Dunlop Grierson (5 October 1931 – 7 September 2011)[2] was a Scottish football player best known for his time with Rangers and Falkirk.



Grierson started out at Queen's Park before then manager Bill Struth brought him to Rangers in 1952. He made his competitive debut in a 5–0 defeat to Hearts on 9 August. He scored his first and second goals for the club a week later in a League Cup match against Aberdeen.

Those goals were to be some of many. In his four seasons at Ibrox he netted 59 times in total. He was Rangers top scorer in his first season after scoring 31 goals. He won the League championship and Scottish Cup that season. Grierson also won a Glasgow Cup in 1953. He is noted as scoring the first ever live goal on Scottish television.

He left Rangers in 1956 and joined Falkirk where he won the Scottish Cup in 1957. He scored 23 league goals for the Bairns but left them in 1960 to join Arbroath. He retired to Newton Mearns, in East Renfrewshire. Derek died on 7 September 2011, aged 79.[3]

At the Falkirk v Rangers Scottish League Cup third round match, played on 21 September 2011, Grierson was remembered during a minutes silence at the beginning of the match, in memory of his contribution to both clubs during the 1950s


He also played at Wembley for Scotland Amateurs and scored in a 2–1 win to clinch the British Championship. He won seven amateur caps. As an amateur, he was selected for trials for the Great Britain side that was to take part in the Helsinki Olympic Games of 1952. Manager Walter Winterbottom was duly impressed and Grierson made the squad - one of only three Scots selected.



  1. ^ FALKIRK : 1946/47 – 2007/08, Newcastle Fans.
  2. ^ "Obituaries: Derek Dunlop Grierson". Herald. 13 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Obituary: Derek Grierson, footballer". Scotsman. 13 September 2011. 

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