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Andy Rankine
Andy Rankine
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Andy Rankine (Inside Left/Centre Half, 1924-28) - Big Andy Rankine from Aboyne joined Aberdeen from Banks o' Dee in 1920. He had scored 38 goals in 158 games for 'the Dons' when Cowden paid 1,000 for his services in November 1924. Andy was a useful inside-left with a penchant for headed goals. However, injury problems soon led Cowden to try him out at the heart of the defence and Rankine was a revelation in this new role. He was Cowden's regular centre-half from January 1925 but in 1926 was plagued by illness. It transpired that Andy was suffering from rheumatism (in addition he was badly burned when a box of matches in his waistcoat pocket caught fire). For season 1926/27, Andy decided to try his luck in the USA with the American champions, Bethlehem Steel. Andy spent just 1 year in the USA before returning to Central Park. However, Andy only played 1 game for Cowden in 1927/28 as he continued to be dogged by ill-health. Cowdenbeath released Andy at the end of season 1927/28 and he then made a few appearances for Keith before his fragile health forced him to give up the game completely.

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