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Derek Parlane

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Position Centre forward
Born 05 May 1953, Helensburgh (Scotland)
Height 182 cm
Weight 74 kg
International Caps Scotland: 12 full, 1 U21

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Queen's Park   01 Apr 1970      
Glasgow Rangers 01 Apr 1970 03 Mar 1980     £160000
Leeds United 03 Mar 1980 01 Aug 1983 53 10 £160000
Manchester City 01 Aug 1983 01 Jan 1985 48 20  
Swansea City 01 Jan 1985 01 Jun 1985 21 3  
Rochdale 01 Dec 1986 01 Jan 1988 42 10  
Airdrieonians 01 Jan 1988 01 Jun 1988      
Macclesfield Town 01 Jun 1988        

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1979 - 1980 11 3 0   0   0   0  
1980 - 1981 22(4) 5 2   1   0   0  
1981 - 1982 12 2 0   0   0   0  
1982 - 1983 0(1)   0   0   0   0  
Total 45(5) 10 2   1   0   0  

Jabba's Comments

Parlane was a lanky centre-forward who had enjoyed much success with Rangers in Scotland, picking up 2 championships, 3 Scottish FA Cups and 2 Scottish League Cups and much was expected of him when he came to Elland Road. He never really lived up to his billing, and although the team a a whole wasn't playing well, Parlane's failure to score goals did nothing to endear him to the fans who thought he always tried to take too long on the ball. He had a loan spell in Hong Kong before finding another English home at Maine Road, and then returned to the far east after a brief stay with Swansea. He came back to England via Racing Jet of Belgium, linking up with Eddie Gray at Rochdale and then joining Gordon McQueen, who was managing Airdrie at the time.

Anonymous says: Yes I saw Parlane play on many occasions. Without doubt the most memorable was against Bayern Munich at Ibrox in the European Cup Winners Cup semi-final in 1972. At the New Year's Day game against Celtic that year the fans were singing: "Born is the king of Ibrox Park". Wonderful memories from a truly great Rangers and Leeds player.

Wil & Geeta Siersma say: We are very close friends of Derek and have lost contact with him. We would like very much to get back in touch with him - we have been trying to do so for some time now. Can you help?? Jabba says - if anybody knows, please drop them a line.

Anonymous says: Derek now works for Reebok UK as a sales manager.

David Craig says: Derek was and still is my fav player of all time. I can still remember one shot against Dundee United at Ibrox when he came on as a sub and his first touch from well outside the box hit the bar but did not go in.

Sandra Daly says: Does anybody know what Derek is doing these days and where he is living. I used to dodge school to go and see him train at Ibrox, he was the best Rangers player ever and he was such a nice guy.

David Craig says: Does anyone know where i can get any pics of derek playing for glasgow rangers.

Thelma Wagner nee Parlane says: Read the wonderful comments on Derek Parlane's soccer career. We were in Scotland 2 years ago and met with his family. Everyone knew of Derek's fame. I am proud to be a 2nd cousin from Canada. Thelma Wagner nee Parlane. My father, Arthur Parlane was born in Rhu.

Sean Clarke says: If this is the same Derek Parlane that for a time played football in Hong Kong, then I know him and would like to re-establish contact.

Gillian ( says: I met Derek when he was playing in Belgium for Racing Jette. Unfortunately he had to leave the club and went back to the UK and than we lost contact. So anybody, if you can help me get back in touch with Derek, I would apreciate that very much. Thanks a million.

Alfonso Geraci says: I remember in the early Eighties my Mum surprising my father (a great connoisseur of football) in front of the Tv set re-watching a Leeds-Coventry match screened only a couple of days before: he defended himself on the grounds that "the goals were beautiful": he was referring to a classy lob from Parlane's head. Derek Parlane was very highly rated in Italy back in the late Seventies and actually Juventus FC would have surely signed him if only foreign players were then allowed in the serie A - which they weren't."Peccato" as we say: anyway Parlane was definetely a great centre-forward and I seem to remember he scored a winner against England once.

John Munro says: Hello Derek, hope you're reading this, hope you and family are all well. I'm still living in Gateshead, Finlay Wallace is here too,and Ally Perry from Arrochar but I've not seen him for ages. If you know where Gordon is in Amsterdam I'm going soon, cause he owes me a beer. Found you on the net give us a shout if you're up in bobby robson's wonderland keep well my friend, john munro (cardross)

Helen Chisholm (nee Murray) says: Hi my family grew up near Derek in Hall Road, Rhu, my brother Euan Murray was Derek`s best pal and would like to get back in touch. Euan is now living in Carradale, Kintyre and is unable to work because he suffered severe injuries in a car accident in 1983. Would be great if he could hear from Derek again.Derek if you are reading this do you remember me, wee Helen the youngest of the Murrays, I used to pull you and Euan around in a sledge ? You said to my mother that I was as strong as a horse! I`ve got five kids myself now aged between 3 and 13 and live in Fife. Hope to hear from you.

Bob Beaken says: I worked with Derek from 1988 to 1990 in the sports business. When my wife and I became very good friends with Derek and Julie. We still keep in touch but not as regularly as we should. I also met Wil Siersma at this time and have Derek's phone no if anyone wants to mail me for the info. we played a five a side game within the company and I have to say he's not such a prolific stiker as me. Well that is not surprising as I played with Gerd Muller in the states and in one game that we won convincingly I scored 4 to Gerdy's 3!!

Jeppo says: i no derek parlane and is son ross they live near to me and i went on holiday with them.they live near to Blackpool

Audrey and Jack spence say: We met Derek and his wife Julie whilst on holiday in Minorca a number of years ago.Julie was expecting her baby at the time, and as we were staying in the same complex we shared a hired car. They then lived in Wilmslow (Cheshire) but moved away after their son Ross was born. We would love to hear from him and Julie to recall the laughs we had whilst holidaying in Minorca.

yvonne parlane says: hello I am yvonne parlane derek parlane's second cousin.Derek say's to say hi to every1 he knows and is well.He would like to thank all his loyal fans and friends who have supported him throughout his legendary career.He was an inspiration to me throughout my childhood,he is an absolutly great man and very caring

tom stockdale says: hi derek, never met you but seen you play for rangers many many times you where always my favourite player (who was derek johnston again?)anyway thanks for the memories

ross parlane says: dad ur da best lol

david bryce says: derek is living in lytham st annes lancs

gus jacobs says: great vision and reader good solid finisher

marion says: Parlane will always be the king of Ibrox. I first saw Derek play at Queen's Park and, almost, never missed any game he played with Rangers. He was always a gentleman and a true blue.

Joe Willcock says: If Derek played football the way he plays table tennis, he must have been one hell of a player. Did you enjoy the holiday Ross, how's the eye. All the very best Derek, hope we meet again

Maureen McEachnie says: Derek was my favourite Rangers player- met hima couple of times outside Ibrox when I should have been at school. Happy memories! Would love to know what he is doing now.

david craig says: Hi there does anyone know where i can get pics of derek playing for the greatest team in the world glasgow rangers.

Roy McLellan says: Great to hear Derek and family are well. I was just a boy going to Ibrox with my dad when I watched the big chap in action for the Teddy Bears. He was part of a team that inspired and entertained and which won so many honours that us wee Rangers fans grew up with the feeling that our team was, is, invincible, Even if that's no longer strictly true, that belief serves fans and players well to this day as a source of pride and motivation. I salute you big man! Pop up and do the half time draw sometime so I can give you a right good cheer!

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