Willie Woodburn

Willie-Woodburn1919 – 2001

Football Player; Willie Woodburn was arguably the most gifted centre half ever to have worn the royal blue of Rangers. Born in Edinburgh in 1919 Woodburn signed for Rangers in 1937 from a local juvenile club. Commanding in the air and comfortable on the ground Woodburn was an assured player when in possession of the ball and his ability to find players with accurate passes meant that he could move with ease into midfield.

His passion and commitment to Rangers, in particular, and the game, in general, often landed him in trouble with the football authorities but there is no doubting his enormous talent. Winning was everything to Woodburn, losing was unthinkable. Willie’s talents were lost to the game on 14 September 1954 when he received a sine die ban. Although the ban was lifted in 1957 Willie never played in senior football again. He was capped 24 times with Scotland and with Rangers won the Scottish League four times, the Scottish Cup four times and the Scottish League Cup twice.