Peter McNeil

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Peter McNeil
Personal information
Full name Peter McNeil
Date of birth 1854
Place of birth Rhu, Scotland
Date of death 30 March 1901 (aged 47)
Place of death Hawkhead, Scotland
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1872–1877 Rangers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Peter McNeil (1854 – 30 March 1901) was a Scottish footballer and along with brother Moses, one of the founding members of Rangers Football Club. He made seven Scottish Cup appearances for the club.

He played in Rangers first ever match in May 1872 against another Glasgow team, Callendar on Fleshers Haugh, Glasgow Green.[1]

After finishing playing football he continued as match secretary and was hugely influential in the fledgling years of the Club. McNeil died in 1901 at the Hawkhead Asylum near Paisley aged 47. He was certified insane and had been sectioned. The pressures from financial problems had taken its toll on his mental and physical health.[2]

On 22 February 2010, Peter McNeil was inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame.


  1. ^ "Rangers: The forgotten history". The Herald. 20 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Revealed: The curse of the Rangers pioneers". Daily Record. 14 July 2009.