|Intro||Scottish footballer and manager|
|Was||Athlete, Football player, Association football player, Sports official, Association football manager|
|From||United Kingdom, Scotland|
|Birth||6 September 1897, Fife, United Kingdom|
|Death||29 November 1946, Fife, United Kingdom (aged 49 years)|
|Sports Teams||Rangers F.C., Raith Rovers F.C., Scotland national football team, Scottish Football League XI|
Alexander “Sandy” Archibald (23 November 1896 – 29 November 1946) was a Scottish footballer, who played for Raith Rovers, Rangers and Scotland. He was later secretary/manager of Raith and Dunfermline Athletic.
Initially employed as a miner, Archibald became a full professional when he joined Rangers at the age of 19 from Raith Rovers in 1917. He made his debut in a 2–0 defeat to Old Firm rivals Celtic in the Glasgow Merchants Charity Cup final in May 1917. The following season he was an ever present as Rangers won the League title for the first time in 5 seasons.
Archibald went on to win thirteen league titles in his seventeen seasons with the Glasgow club. He also won three Scottish Cup medals, the first of which was Rangers’ first in 25 years and Archibald scored twice in the final as Rangers defeated Celtic 4–0 at Hampden. His final appearance for Rangers was in a 1–1 draw away to Queen’s Park on 30 April 1934. He made 580 appearances for Rangers.
Archibald won a total of 8 caps for Scotland over an 11-year period, although most of his selections occurred between his 1921 debut and 1924. After a seven-year hiatus, he earned a recall for the matches against England in 1931 and 1932. He scored once for his country, against Wales in February 1922. Archibald also played for the Scottish League XI.
After his playing retirement he rejoined Raith Rovers as secretary/manager, a role he held for over five years. He joined the Kirkcaldy side’s Fife rivals Dunfermline in October 1939 and performed a similar combined managerial role for them until his death in 1946.