Belfast born Bertie Manderson was a right back possessing pace and positional sense forming an effective club partnership with another Ulsterman, Billy McCandless at Rangers. Manderson is still rated as one of Ibrox Park’s most loyal servants. After beginning his career with Cliftonville his Irish League debut came for Belfast Celtic in 1912. It was while playing for Glenavon that he was spotted by Glasgow Rangers manager William Wilton. Signed along with team mate Jim Clarke, on an initial months loan, Manderson remained at a cost of £150 but Clarke returned home to join the Army during the First World War. Manderson made his Scottish League debut in a drawn game with Aberdeen in March 1915 and was a regular in Rangers’ first team during the wartime years.
He won his first Irish international cap when selected against Scotland in a 3-0 defeat at Parkhead in March 1920. However he had to wait four and a half years until his next cap, a defeat to England in October 1924, also playing for Ireland in February 1925 and February 1926 as Scotland beat them on both occasions.
Manderson, who was known to the fans as “Daddy Long Legs”, held the record for appearances for Rangers, 452 between 1915 and 1927, during which time he scored 5 goals. In his time at Ibrox he played in seven Scottish League Championship winning sides, but a Scottish Cup medal eluded him as Rangers endured a 25 year hoodoo in that competition, Manderson twice being a losing finalist in 1921 and 1922.
Having scored 5 goals in 402 appearances for Rangers, he then moved on to Bradford Park Avenue in May 1927, making his Football League debut in August that year against Durham City and making 40 appearances for Bradford as they won the Third Division (North) Championship, before going back to Glasgow as trainer of Scotland’s oldest club, Queen’s Park, a position he held from the late 1920’s until his death in April 1946 aged 52. He was also trainer for the Great Britain team at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.