Oldest surviving Ranger dies

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THE oldest surviving Berwick Rangers player, Tommy Newlands of Saughtonhall, Edinburgh, died last week at the age of 102.

Newlands, who grew up in Leith, signed for the club in 1946 when they played in the East of Scotland League and spent three years at Old Shielfield, where a highlight was playing in the Scottish Qualifying Cup final.

He said he never needed to train in those days – his job in a pub “pushing a barrow” kept him fit enough to turn out every week.

But an injury from a foul push in the back left him with such a dislocation that he “couldn’t even run a message” and he was forced to retire and wear a spinal brace for three years.