Gers In America: 1930 #3

From Rangers.co.uk:

TODAY we remember a trip to America from 1930 as the Gers continue to work hard in Florida at the Florida Cup.

Throughout the history of the club, the Light Blues have travelled to America on many different occasions and across the next couple of weeks, we are going to be remembering those trips across the pond in a series of articles.

We’ve already remembered the tour of the states from 1928 and from today we will remember yet another historic trip from 1930.

In a bid to improve the club’s reputation and profile outside the United Kingdom, Rangers primarily focused their 1930s tour on Canada with eight of the 14 matches taking place across the country.

The 1928 tour proved to be a major success – not only for Rangers – but for the development of US Soccer. It seemed to be the catalyst for clubs like Kilmarnock to play in North America and it inspired the likes of Fall River Marksmen to embark on European tours.

Struth’s men produced another excellent performance on June 5 against Edmonton All-Stars with Jimmy Smith on the scoresheet three times along with Jimmy Marshall and Sandy Archibald.

Fred Crumblehume, the president of the Alberta Football Association, was full of compliments for the Scottish Champions and claimed Rangers were the best soccer club to have played in Canada.

He told the Calgary Herald: “For the first twenty minutes of the game, the Edmonton lads battled bravely but the wonderful ball control and positional play of the Rangers wore them down and they were little in the picture after the initial stages.

“The ball went from Ranger to Ranger with a machine-like precision and at times, their artistry approached wizardry. The merest flick of the foot would change the scene of the attack and the triangular movements gave the Edmonton lads a lot of running.

“The motto of the team is that the ball must go and they certainly carry it out and the game is made to look so ridiculously easy that one wonders why it is not played like that out here.

“It is always a joy to see an expert in any line of endeavour at his work and in the Rangers, every man is an expert in his place and the team is a wonderful combination that no-one should miss seeing.”

The comments from Crumblehame came on the eve of another thrilling display from Struth’s attacking side with seven goals flying past Vancouver St Andrews.

Rangers battled some strong winds in Vancouver and the accurate movements and excellent combination play would be too strong for their Canadian counterparts.

Jimmy Marshall and Jimmy Fleming grabbed a double each and Morton, Muirhead and Archibald also got on the scoresheet for the Light Blues.

The 8-1 win over Victoria West in British Columbia seemed to be a mere distraction for the players with excitement building over the team’s final match in Calgary where preparations were underway for 10,000-strong crowd.

Jimmy Smith scored another hat-trick, Marshall netted twice, and McPhail, Nicholson and Morton rounded off the scoring at Royal Athletic Park.

The players and representatives were greeted at St Andrews Caledonian Society in Calgary with a variety of Scottish dancing and an accordian band. The authorities installed a ticket turnstile which showed the interest local soccer fans took in Rangers’ visit in comparison to domestic matches.

And Rangers again produced a sublime performance and thrashed Calgary United 8-1 at Hillhurst Park with Jimmy Marshall scoring three of the eight goals.

Also on the scoresheet were George Brown, who scored twice, Tommy Craig, Sandy Archibald and Jimmy Fleming with the club rounding off the Canadian-leg of the tour in style.

On the final leg of the 1930s tour of North America, Part Four follows the Rangers back to the United States where they eventually conclude the trip in the big apple.

Gers In America 1928

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