Eddie Rutherford

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Eddie Rutherford
Personal information
Full name Edward Rutherford
Date of birth (1921-02-08)8 February 1921
Place of birth Govan, Scotland
Date of death 29 June 2007(2007-06-29) (aged 86)
Place of death Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946–1951 Rangers 96 (19)
1951–1955 Hearts 38 (11)
1955 Raith Rovers 4 (0)
1955–1956 Hamilton Academical 21 (6)
National team
1948 Scotland 1 (0)
1950 Scottish League XI[1] 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Edward 'Eddie' Rutherford (8 February 1921 – 29 August 2007) was a Scottish footballer who played for Rangers, Hearts and Scotland.


Born in Govan, Scotland, Rutherford joined Rangers from Mossvale in 1941 but during the Second World War he was posted to England so he guested for Lincoln City and Bradford City. He played three games for Bradford in 1944–45 in the Football League War Cup North section.[2]

After he had completed his service, Rutherford returned to Rangers and made his first appearance for the club on 19 October 1946 against Queen's Park in the League Cup. However, he never became a first-team regular on the right wing and was used as back up to William Waddell. Rutherford decided to swapped position to the left flank to increase his chance of playing and spent most of his Rangers career there. Whilst at Rangers he was part of the squad that won the first ever treble in 1949. Rutherford won two Scottish league championships, three Scottish Cups, two Scottish League Cups, two Glasgow Cups and a Charity Cup.

After ten years, 140 appearances and 28 goals, Rutherford left Ibrox. He joined Hearts in 1951, in a swap deal that saw Colin Liddell move to Rangers. In his four years at Tynecastle he made 50 appearances and netted 15 times. He was sold to Raith Rovers in January 1955 but joined Hamilton five months later. After a season with Accies he retired.

Rutherford was capped only once by Scotland, in 1948, a 3–0 friendly home defeat to France. After retiring from football he ran a newsagents in Rutherglen. He died on 29 June 2007, aged 86.[3][4]


  1. ^ http://www.londonhearts.com/SFL/players/eddierutherford.html
  2. ^ Frost, Terry (1988). Bradford City A Complete Record 1903-1988. Breedon Books Sport. pp. 346–347. ISBN 0-907969-38-0. 
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