Andy Cunningham (1914-1929)

Appearances: 389. Goals: 182.
Honours: 7 league titles, 1 Scottish Cup. 12 caps (Scotland).

A BRILLIANT inside-forward, Cunningham was equally adept at scoring goals as well as creating them.

Key features of his play were excellent close control and astute positional awareness.

Born in Galston, Ayrshire, he was signed from Kilmarnock in April 1915 and after a spell on war service, he established himself in the Gers team in season 1918-19.

The tall, golden-haired Cunningham went on to win seven championship medals and one Scottish Cup badge.
The 1928 Final against Celtic, when the Light Blues won 4-0 to end their 25-year-old cup ‘hoodoo’, was a particularly sweet occasion for the inside-forward who had played in the losing finals of 1921 and 1922.

Cunningham was one of Rangers’ most durable players and when he moved to Newcastle United in January 1929 he became the English League’s oldest debutant at the age of 38.

The following year he made history again as English football’s first-ever player-manager when he took charge of team affairs at St James’ Park.

Later he bossed Dundee (1937-40) and, after the war, became a successful sports writer. Andy Cunningham died in 1973, aged 82.