Number Three: ‘Wee’ Teams That Shocked Rangers

Rangers 1 Peterhead 2 – Scottish Third Division – 20th April 2013

The Blue Toon would become no strangers to taking points off Rangers (in fact, they may even appear in this list again). This time, they faced a trip to Ibrox, and nobody could have predicted what was about to unfold.

The then captain Steven Noble reveals that his team had some belief going in to the match.

On the opening day of the season they managed a draw, but this time they went one better with a victory.

The home side took the lead through the ever-dependable Lee McCulloch in the twelfth minute. As was often the case in the fourth tier, conceding an early goal at Ibrox could send a side on the road to a heavy defeat. However, Peterhead were determined not to fall victims to that familiar pattern.

A short corner led to a lofted cross towards the far post. Blue Toon defender Scott Ross rose highest to head the ball past the helpless Neil Alexander. The away side, in their white kit, had pulled level, and having held their own for the remainder of the first half, they started to believe that anything was possible. Noble recalls “We went 1-0 down, but then went up the park and scored from a corner, which was good, it got us straight back in to the game.”

In the second half, it was a familiar foe that fired Peterhead in to the lead. Rory McAllister picked up the ball at the edge of the box, showed some deft footwork, and fired the ball in to the net. The captain wasn’t surprised to see yet another moment of magic from Rory McAllister: “It was a bit of class from Rory, I passed the ball inside to him and he – don’t get me wrong I’m claiming an assist for it, but he had a lot to do. I passed it to him and he was still outside the box, and he’s whipped it in from the edge of the box. It was a great goal.”

Rangers were left with half an hour to try and level proceedings. Noble, recalls: “It was just like the Alamo for the last 15, 20 minutes or so and they just put on the pressure, and we managed to stand up and get probably the greatest victory in the club’s history.

Having secured such a momentous victory, one might assume that the team had a wild night of celebrations, however Noble reveals that was impractical. “It was strange, because we never had anything organised, so obviously with having everybody so far apart, with loads of guys from Glasgow and then you’ve got all the Aberdeen boys, so we’re so far apart that for any nights out for the team, they need to be booked well in advance.

“Because nothing was organised we just went our separate ways, which was disappointing because if you had anticipated that you might have got a result like that then you could have went out and enjoyed yourself. I remember going back to my house and sitting just having a couple of drinks with my wife after it.”

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