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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Tuesday, 16 October, 2001, 14:21 GMT 15:21 UK
An historic day in Glasgow
Ibrox hosted about 90,000 fans that day
Ibrox hosted about 90,000 fans that day
Football historian Bob Crampsey remembers the historic day Moscow Dynamo came from behind the Iron Curtain to play Rangers in 1945.

I can hardly remember a game that aroused more anticipation.

This was at the tail end of the Second World War - the game took place in November and the war had finished in August so we were still in the first few months of peace-time.

I think it was the first time a Russian side had played in Britain and it was rare to even play foreign opposition at club level because there was no European competition then.

The politics of it were very interesting. Obviously the Russians had been seen as the "good guys" during the war, but virtually as soon as the war ended, they were portrayed as the "bad guys" as the Cold War began.

Having said that, there was still some good feeling for the Russians, particularly in Scotland.

Dynamo came over to Britain and played four matches - they drew 3-3 with Chelsea, they beat Cardiff City 10-1 and they beat an Arsenal side, which was virtually an England side, 4-3.

Dynamo were understandably miffed because only about five of the team were genuine Arsenal players.


Dynamo passed the ball around for the first half-hour with Rangers virtually unable to get a touch
Bob Crampsey
That match was played in thick fog and was an absolute farce - it only went ahead because the crowd had been let into the ground - and there was great anxiety up here in case we got fog. At that time we got a lot of industrial fog.

The morning of the Rangers game was foggy but it lifted about one o'clock. My father had only been able to get two tickets and through a remarkably generous gesture by my younger brother who said he didn't want to go - even though he did - I went along to the game along with about 90,000 others.

It's only a slight exaggeration to say that the Dynamo side looked like they came from Mars - they wore very dark blue tops and extremely baggy shorts with a blue band round the bottom.

As a result, Rangers played in their change strip of narrow blue-and-white hoops - a strip known as the "Butcher's strip".

The warm-up was very interesting - we were used to players coming out with one ball a minute before kick off to have a few shots at goal, but Dynamo came out with about half-a-dozen balls and went through a well-organised routine.

Soft penalty

That Rangers side was a good one which had largely monopolised Scottish football during the war, but Dynamo were very quick out the traps and scored an early goal through Kartsev - a shot Rangers keeper Jerry Dawson ought to have saved.

Dynamo then passed the ball around for the next half-hour with Rangers virtually unable to get a touch and Kartsev added a superb second goal.

Rangers scrambled a goal back before half-time after missing a penalty, saved wonderfully by the Russian keeper "Tiger" Khomich.

In the second half, Rangers wore their opponents, who I think were tiring from the exertions of the tour, down and were eventually awarded another penalty.

The referee missed it but his linesman flagged although I remember thinking at the time that it was a very soft penalty.

George Young stuck it away and everyone went home reasonably happy. But I think people also went home thinking 'this is something new - we didn't know about this before - how come European football is so good?'.

Rangers v Moscow Dynamo
Uefa Cup second round first leg
Kick-off 2000BST
Live coverage on BBC One Scotland and Radio Scotland 810MW

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