Peter McNeil (footballer)

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Peter McNeil
Personal information
Date of birth 1854
Place of birth Rhu, Scotland
Date of death 30 March 1901 (aged 47)
Place of death Hawkhead, Scotland
Playing position(s) 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 was born at Belmore House in Rhu in Dunbartonshire, the son of John McNeil and his wife, Jane Loudon Bain. His father was the gardener at Belmore House. Around 1870 the family moved to 17 Cleveland Street in Anderston.[1]

Peter was apprenticed as a clerk in Anderston around 1871.

He played in Rangers first ever match in May 1872 against another Glasgow team, Callander F.C. on Fleshers Haugh, Glasgow Green.[2]

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.[3]

He is buried in Craigton Cemetery in southwest Glasgow.


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


In 1885, he married Jeannie Fraser. They lived at 31 Rawcliffe Terrace in Pollokshields. In 1888, they moved to 37 Bentinck Street in the Kelvingrove district.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Craigton Cemetery Heritage Trail". Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Rangers: The forgotten history". The Herald. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  3. ^ Mark McGivern (14 July 2009). "Revealed: The curse of the Rangers pioneers". Daily Record. Retrieved 1 July 2018.