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Scottish Programme of the Day - 29th April


On this day in 2000, St Mirren beat Raith Rovers 3-0 in a Scottish League Division One fixture, one week after a victory at Ayr which clinched promotion to the Premier League.    The Raith match was the penultimate League game of the season, and Saints’ last home match, and it was marked by the presentation of the Championship trophy, and the opening of the East Stand which took the seated capacity of Love Street above 10,000, and thus fulfilled the criteria for membership of the recently formed SPL.


Saints’ membership of the new League lasted only one season, although they returned in 2006.    Raith Rovers, relegated from the top division in 1997, suffered two spells in the Second Division over the next decade.


The new stand had a comparatively short life, as the Love Street ground was sold and demolished after Saints’ move to a new ground in January 2009.


The St Mirren goalscorers in the match were Barry McLaughlin, Steve McGarry and Mark Yardlet


St Mirren: Ludovic Roy, Iain Nicolson, Ian Ross, Tommy Turner, Barry McLaughlin, Scott Walker, Hugh Murray, Ricky Gillies, Steve McGary, Junior Mendes, Mark Yardley.  Substitutes were Barry Lavety, Ryan Robinson and Ian Ross


Raith Rovers: Guido Van De Kamp; Craig McEwan, Greig McCulloch; Marvin Andrews, Paul Browne, Jean-Phillipe Javary, Steve Tosh, Ansah Owusu, Craig Dargo, Alex Burns and Brian Hetherston.   Substitutes were Jay Stein and Andy Clark


Referee was George Clyde



The 32 page, A5 sized programme, printed in full colour on glossy paper, was augmented by a black and white reproduction of the programme from the St Mirren v Montrose match on 30th April 1977, when Alex Ferguson’s team celebrated promotion to the Premier Division. 


Among the features in the main programme was a manager’s page by Tom Hendrie, two pages on the visitors, match action from Ayr and Livingston, photographs of the construction of the new stand, a feature on the visitors’ forward Alex Burns, two pages of statistics, a feature on Ricky Gillies and several pages of club news.




Scottish Programme of the Day – 24th April


On this day in 1948, Bo’ness United met Shawfield Juniors in a Scottish Junior Cup semi final at Easter Road – on the day that Hibs won the Scottish League Championship


In a grade of football not exactly renowned for its willingness to produce programmes in years gone by, it is greatly to the credit of the Scottish Junior Football Association that they endeavoured to issue programmes for the semi finals and final of the Scottish Junior Cup.    Very occasionally, responsibility was entrusted to the host club, who used their normal programme format for the Junior fixture.

            So it was that when Bo’ness United and Shawfield met at Easter Road on 24th April 1948 in the semi final of the Junior Cup, Hibs issued their usual eight page programme.   This was in the period before Magnus Williamson’s magnificent large sized, illustrated programme, and the meagre 2d programme which was available to the assembled thousands in Abbeyfield was quite disappointing in its contents, or lack of them.

           Printed in green on plain white paper, A5 in size, page three had a list of Hibs’ officials above the only text in the entire programme, headed “From The Pavilion”.   Teams were listed in columnar fashion in the centre pages, swamped by the surrounding adverts, and the only non-advertising content in the remaining three pages was a half-time scoreboard, the majority of fixtures listed being from south of the border.

            Most attention, by the locals amongst the crowd, would have been on letter C, for if Rangers failed to win at Motherwell, Hibs (who did not play that afternoon) would win the League Championship.    There is no reference to that in the editorial, which concentrates on the junior match at hand, and it interesting to reflect that, despite not playing, Hibs issued a programme on the afternoon they won the League, as the match at Fir Park was drawn.

            The editorial referred to the five survivors, Haldane, Connell, Farrell, Oswald and Clark, in the Shawfield side from the team that won the Cup the previous season.  Disappointment was expressed that, should Bo’ness prevail that afternoon, it would not be an all Edinburgh and District final, as Bathgate Thistle had eventually fallen to Irvine Meadow after two draws in the other semi final.

           The West Lothian club were intent upon revenge over the team from Glasgow’s south side, who had beaten them in a replay of the previous season’s final.   Only three players remained from that team, Mitchell, Stewart and McKie.

           One player singled out for mention in the editorial, as “one of their most colourful players is centre-forward Buckley, a Leith boy who graduated from Portobello Renton.   He was the central figure in an interesting dispute that ended with his amateur registration with Fulham being declared null and void.   Though Army service has restricted his appearances for Bo’ness this season, Buckley has fifty-five Cup and League goals to his credit and is booked for Celtic.”

           The Parkhead club did not take up their option on the Bo’ness centre forward, which very much to the benefit of St Johnstone, who Buckley joined three months later, and for whom he came close to averaging a goal-a-game in a four year spell.   In the summer of 1952 he moved to Aberdeen where he enjoyed five successful seasons, winning a League Cup winner’s medal in 1955, and playing in two Scottish Cup finals.   In 1954 and 1955, he played twice for the Scottish League, and three times for the full Scotland team.

           Bo’ness gained revenge on Shawfield by winning 2-1, and repeated that scoreline in the final against Irvine Meadow with Buckley scoring the first goal as he prepared to bid farewell to the junior grade.




Scottish Programme of the Day – 23rd April


On this day in 1955, Clyde and Celtic drew 1-1 in the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden


There was scarcely a dull moment for Clyde fans in the decade which followed the Second World War.   Relegated in 1951, they bounced back as Second Division champions, only to be relegated again in 1956.  Their immediate return was even more emphatic, scoring 112 goals in 36 games to win another Championship. 

            Lapses in League form in the ultra-competitive Division A were balanced by appearances in three Scottish Cup Finals, losing to Rangers in 1949, beating Celtic in 1955 and Hibs three years later.  Clyde had also won the Cup in 1939 just before the war intervened, meaning they won it three times in thirteen attempts.

            The club owed its success in this period to good recruiting, at home and abroad.  A handful of South Africans and Irishmen were signed to good effect, and there was a steady stream of talented Scots players from the prolific Junior scene.   Some good, solid, experienced professionals were blended with three outstanding internationalists in left back Harry Haddock, inside right Archie Robertson, and outside left Tommy Ring.

           The first two spent their entire playing careers at Shawfield – Robertson returning as manager in the late 1960s – while Ring was tempted by English football and joined Everton in 1960, a well-todden path later taken by other outstanding Clyde players such as George Herd and Harry Hood.

            The 1955 final was against their close neighbours, Celtic, in whose shadow Clyde lived until they left Shawfield in 1986, eventually moving to Cumbernauld.  En route to Hampden, Clyde had beaten Albion Rovers, Raith Rovers, Falkirk, and Aberdeen, after a draw in the semi finals.   It also took two games to overcome Celtic in the final.

            The first match, watched by 106,234, was marred by a strong wind, and the indifferent form of both teams.  Jimmy Walsh, who was not included in the line up in the match programme, opened the scoring for Celtic in 38 minutes, and they looked to be hanging on to the trophy – which they had won the previous year – when Clyde won a corner with two minutes to play.

           A limping Archie Robertson took the corner kick which, assisted by the swirling mind and a misjudgement by John Bonnar in the Celtic goal, ended up in the net.   The trophy had been snatched from Celtic’s grasp.

           Only 68,831 turned up for the replay four days later, when, as in the first match, Clyde’s defence stood firm against a Celtic side which disclosed less than the sum of its parts.   Their half back line of Bobby Evans, Jock Stein and Bertie Peacock played behind forwards of the calibre of Bobby Collins (who missed the replay), Willie Fernie and Charlie Tully, but in the second match Celtic lacked cohesion and inspiration, and Clyde were comfortable winners, thanks to a Tommy Ring goal in 52 minutes.

           The eight page large sized programme was a standard S.F.A. big match issue of the period, printed in black on semi gloss paper with a single colour (in this instance green joining the usual black and white as being representative of both club’s colours.   In terms of content this was one of the poorest Cup final issues, with no profiles or pen pictures of the players, although there were several head and shoulder photographs.   Advertising predominated, and there were only a couple of pages of articles, mostly of an historic nature.

            It was the norm in programmes of this era that the team selections bore a close, if not precise, resemblance to those who actually played, but on this occasion, Walsh replaced the listed Neil Mochan in the Celtic team, and Billy McPhail, who did not play, was one of six Clyde forwards listed.  No programme was printed for the replay.



Scottish Programme of the Day – 22nd April


On this day in 1939, Clyde beat Motherwell 4-0 in the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park, watched by 94,770.


After resisting early pressure from the favourites, Clyde opened the scoring in 30 minutes through Dougie Wallace and finished the half in the ascendancy.   Motherwell opened the second half as they had the first, but a catastrophic misunderstanding over an offside scenario resulted in Willie Martin  doublingClyde’s lead in 50 minutes.


The Bully Wee controlled the remainder of the match with comfort, and scored again through David Noble in 84 minutes and Willie Martin with two minutes remaining.


Clyde thus began an eight year domination of the Scottish Cup – due to the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, the next final was not until April 1947.


Shortly after Clyde’s Cup victory, two of their near neighbours met in the Scottish Junior Cup Final, when Rutherglen Glencairn beat Shawfield.  Both of Scottish football’s national cups resided on Glasgow Road, Rutherglen.


The teams were:

Clyde: Jock Brown; Jimmy Kirk and Jim Hickie; captain Harry Beaton, Eddie Falloon and Ned Weir; Tommy Robertson, Dougie Wallace, Willie Martin, David Noble and Jackie Gillies


Motherwell: Andy Murray; Hugh Wales and Ben Ellis; Tom McKenzie, captain John Blair and Willie Telfer; Duncan Ogilvie, Hutton Bremner, David Mathie, George Stevenson and John McCulloch.


Referee Willie Webb (Glasgow)


In contrast to the three decades which followed the war, the SFA produced substantial and handsome programmes for Cup Finals and Internationals throughout the 1930s.


Thirty-two pages, A5 size, printed internally in black on plain white paper, the programme was dominated by pen pictures, accompanied by head and shoulder photographs, of both teams; each spread over three pages.  


An introduction to the match was followed by two pages of photographs of dignitaries, a page on the forthcoming SFA tour of North America, list of previous finals, teams in 2-3-5 formation in the centre pages, two pages with details of all international matches in Britain in 1938-39, a page on Inter League matches that season, two pages of miscellaneous facts and figures and a panoramic photograph of an empty Hampden Park.



Scottish Programme of the Day – 19th April


On this day in 1972, Rangers beat Bayern Munich 2-0 in the second leg of the semi final of the European Cup Winners’ Cup, having drawn the first leg in Germany 1-1.


Rangers got off to the best possible start with a goal from Sandy Jardine in the first minute.   Derek Parlane, making his European debut, added the second goal in 23 minutes.   The closest Bayern came to scoring was a minute after the interval, when Peter McCloy touched a shot from Uli Hoeness onto a post.


Thereafter, Rangers comfortably contained the Germans and advanced to the final, where they beat Moscow Dynamo 3-2 in Barcelona.


Ibrox was full to its 80,000 capacity, and it is interesting to note that on the same evening, on the other side of Glasgow, 72,000 crammed into Parkhead to see Celtic lose a penalty kick decided against Inter Milan in the semi final of the European Cup.


The teams were:


Rangers: Peter McCloy; Sandy Jardine and Willie Mathieson; Derek Parlane, Colin Jackson and Dave Smith; Tommy McLean, Derek Johnstone, Colin Stein, Alex MacDonald and Willie Johnston


Bayern: Sepp Maier; Johnny Hansen and Paul Breitner (substituted by Gunther Rybarczyk); Georg Schwarzenbeck, Franz Beckenbauer and Franz Roth; Schneider, Rainer Zobel, Gerd Muller, Uli Hoeness and Herwart Koppenhofer.


Referee Concetto Lo Bello of Italy.


Rangers stuck with their standard 24 page, smaller than A5 programme printed in blue and red on semi gloss paper, but devoted the entire contents to the tie and their European campaign.   There were several pages of features on the visitors and the domestic content was restricted to two pages of statistics, and two pages devoted to the Lucky Programme prizes.




Scottish Programme of the Day – 18th April


On this day in 1956, Hibs lost 1-0 at home to Stade Reims in the second leg of the semi final of the first ever European Cup competition.


Hibs were the first British club to enter the European Cup, in its first competition in 1955-56, and they reached the semi final.   Such a journey in modern times would have required six matches in the Group phase of the competition, four games in two knock-out rounds, and a variable number of qualifying matches.    The respective champions of Scotland and France had to play just four games to reach the semi finals in 1956.

            Hibs had beaten Rot-Weiss Essen 4-0 in Germany followed by a 1-1 draw in Edinburgh, and enjoyed home and away victories over Djurgaardens, although the away leg was played at Firhill Park, Glasgow, due to the onset of the Swedish winter.   Stade Reims had disposed of Saarbrucken of West Germany and Voros Lobogo, the Hungarian champions.

            This dawn of a new era in European football perversely marked the end of a golden spell in Hibs’ history.    Although four of the famous five forwards remained (only Bobby Johnstone had departed, to Manchester City), they were in the veteran stages of their marvellous careers, and there was a completely new defence behind them, less effective than the one which propelled Hibs to three post-war League championships, and three more runners-up placings.

            Hibs were not even Scottish champions – they had finished fifth in 1954-55, and although they rose to fourth place the following season, their 1956-57 position of ninth was more indicative of their prospects.    Their participation in the inaugural European Cup owed everything to the foresight and determination of their chairman, Harry Swan, and the absence of both at reigning champions Aberdeen.

           In the first leg in Paris, a 1-0 defeat seemed to be a decent return for a resolute Hibs performance, but they conceded a second goal in the last minute.   In front of a record crowd for a floodlight fixture at Easter Road, 45,000, Hibs battered the French defence, which held firm despite incessant pressure.   With twenty minutes to go, French international Raymond Kopa sent Glovakic through in what seemed to be an offside position, to score for Reims, who went on to lose 4-3 in the final to Kopa’s future employers, Real Madrid.

            The fixture also marked a turning point in the Hibs programme which, under the editorship of Magnus Williamson, was one of the best in Britain over the previous half decade.  The eight large pages, printed in green and white, were full of interesting features and included an impressive number of photographs.  Advertisements were restricted to small sizes on each of the editorial pages, although there were rather more surrounding the centre fold team lines.   

            Contents included Hugh Shaw’s musings “From the Manager’s Room”, which was also translated into French, and appeared alongside a welcome to the visitors in their own language.  A History of the Visitors, pen pictures accompanied by head and shoulder photographs, notes on this and recent fixtures, and a profile and photograph of the referee, Arthur Ellis of Halifax, were among the chatty and informative articles included in this very attractive programme.    Rather like the team’s pre-eminence, this programme also marked the change in the club’s fortunes ; for the following season Hibs reverted to a conventional, A5 sized issue.



Scottish Programme of the Day – 17th April


When Scotland travelled to Old Trafford on 17th April 1926, to play England for the 50th time, they were defending a five-match unbeaten run against the Auld Enemy, having won three games in that sequence.   They were to stretch that to six, with a single goal victory, thus clinching the Home International Championship with a perfect record, and consigning England, who had also failed to beat Ireland and Wales, to the wooden spoon.

           The winning goal was scored by Huddersfield Town’s outside right Alex Jackson, who unlocked the English defence with an exchange of passes with Hughie Gallacher and beat his club-mate Taylor with a low shot which rebounded off the inside of a post and into the net.

           In a close match, Scotland’s more patient, methodical, intricate play allowed them more of the ball than England’s robust and direct approach.   This was reflected in chances in front of goal, Scotland getting far more on target than the limited number which scarcely troubled Arsenal’s Bill Harper in Scotland’s goal.

           Born in the historic cradle of Scottish football, Dunbartonshire (Renton to be precise) in 1905, Alex Jackson spent a season with Dumbarton and then signed for Aberdeen in 1923.   Quick, intelligent and with immaculate ball control, he was firmly established in the international side before a big money (£5,000) move to Huddersfield Town in 1925.    He won a League championship medal the following season, and played in the FA Cup Finals of 1928 and 1930 before moving to Chelsea for another huge fee, £8,500.   At a time of very few international matches, he won 17 caps for Scotland between 1925 and 1930 and scored a hat-trick in the Wembley Wizards match in 1928.

The match programme was produced by the host club, Manchester United, using their normal A5 size, and navy blue print on good quality non-gloss paper.   Selling for 3d, the 16 page issue contained a commendable quantity of reading material.   Opposite a full page advert for The Athletic News was an article entitled “International History”, which continued onto page 4, and finished on page 5, which in turn was completed with a list of all previous internationals between the countries, a list of Home International champions, current season results and a table, and a programme of entertainment provided by the Manchester United Prize Band and Manchester Scottish Pipers.

           There were pen pictures and portrait photographs of officials of both of the associations, and the Half Time Scoreboard key on the next two pages.  The centre fold had detailed pen pictures of the England team, along with head and shoulder photographs.  This was followed on the first four pages of the second half of the programme with the equivalent for the Scotland team.  Team lines, and a note of forthcoming United home matches, were printed on page 13.   A full page article on Old Trafford concluded the contents, the programme being completed by full page adverts for Football Chroncile and Sunday Chronicle, both printed, like the programme, at Allied Newspapers Ltd., Withy Grove, Manchester.





Scottish Programme of the Day – 16th April


On this day in 1969, Scotland drew 1-1 with West Germany at Hampden in a World Cup qualifying group match. 


The Germans took the lead through Gerd Muller in 39 minutes, and comfortably rebuffed Scotland’s incessant, but uninspired, attempts to equalise – until Bobby Murdoch scored with two minutes to play.


The draw resuscitated Scotland’s hopes of qualifying from the four team section, particularly after an 8-0 drubbing of Cyprus a month later, but the Germans won the crucial return match in Hamburg by 3-2 in October to win the group, which also contained Austria.


In the finals in Mexico the following year, West Germany beat holdersEngland in the quarter final, but lost to Italy in the semi final.


The teams were:


Scotland: Tommy Lawrence (Liverpool); Tommy Gemmell (Celtic) and Eddie McCreadie (Chelsea); Bobby Murdoch (Celtic), Ron McKinnon and John Greig (both Rangers); Jimmy Johnstone (Celtic), captain Billy Bremner (Leeds United), Denis Law (Manchester United), Alan Gilzean (Tottenham Hotspur) and Bobby Lennox (Celtic) who was substituted by Chelsea’s Charlie Cooke in 63 minutes.


West Germany: Horst Wolter (Eintracht Brunswick) (substituted by Sepp Maier (Bayern Munich) at half time); Berti Vogts (Borussia Munchengladbach) and Karl-Heinz Schnellinger (AC Milan); Franz Beckenbauer (Bayern Munich), Willi Schulz (Hamburg) and Bernd Patze (TSV Munich); Bernd Dorfel (Eintracht Brunswick), Helmut Haller (Juventus), Gerd Muller (Bayern Munich), Wolfgang Overath (Cologne) (substituted by Max Lorenz (Werder Bremen) after 79 minutes) and Sigi Held (Borussia Dortmund).


The referee was Juan Gardeazabal from Spain and the attendance was 95,951


The SFA issued their familiar format 24 large page programme, printed in black and red on gloss paper.   Contents included a welcome in two languages from SFA President Peter Scott, an article by the DfB Press Officer and two pages of pen pictures and head-and-shoulder photos of the German players.  In the centre pages were teams in 2-3-5 formation on a pitch grid, photographs of both captains and recent results of both countries.   The programme concluded with a page of Scots pen pictures, an article on German football and another on previous meetings.


There were three major adverts, for Scotsport, Pringle and Gold Crest cigarettes



Scottish Programme of the Day – 15th April


On this day in 1967, Scotland beat England 3-2 at Wembley, the first defeat sustained by the 1966 World Cup winners.


This was Scotland’s World Cup Final - or as close as they are even likely to come to it, but there was adequate compensation for the huge Scottish support at Wembley as they inflicted the first defeat on Alf Ramsey’s 1966 World Cup winners.

           Despite the almost total supremacy they enjoyed, there was no prospect of a high-scoring revenge for England 9-3 win six years earlier.  Jim Baxter decided to “take the mickey” rather than convert Scotland’s superiority into goals, and the images from this game are of him toying with the ball in midfield for much of the second half.

           England were greatly handicapped by an early injury to Jackie Charlton, who hobbled through the last 75 minutes of the game in attack.  Jimmy Greaves, in those pre-substitute days, was also slowed down by injury, and Scotland took advantage with a Law goal in 28 minutes.

           Lennox put a more accurate reflection on the one-sided game twelve minutes before time, then Jack Charlton summed up his own, heroic performance with a goal for England.  McCalliog restored Scotland’s two goal lead before the previously ineffectual Hurst headed home a Bobby Charlton cross.


The teams were:

England: Gordon Banks (Leicester City); George Cohen (Fulham) and Ray Wilson (Everton); Nobby Stiles (Manchester United), Jack Charlton (Leeds United) and Bobby Moore (West Ham); Alan Ball (Everton), Jimmy Greaves (Tottenham Hotspur), Bobby Charlton (Manchester United), Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters (both West Ham)


Scotland: Ronnie Simpson and Tommy Gemmell (both Celtic), Eddie McCreadie (Chelsea); John Greig and Ron McKinnon (both Rangers), Jim Baxter (Sunderland); Willie Wallace (Celtic), Billy Bremner (Leeds United), Jim McCalliog (Sheffield Wednesday), Denis Law (Manchester United) and Bobby Lennox (Celtic)


By the mid 1960’s Wembley programmes were more changeable and more colourful after two decades of the same format.   Nonetheless,1/- still bought only 16 standard sized (A5) pages, headed by an aerial photograph of the stadium with spot colour of green, blue and red for decoration.     Brian Glanville of the Sunday Times wrote the page 3 article headed “England Roar Today ?”  and Gair Henderson of the Glasgow Evening Times declared, in a page 11 article, that it was “Scots’ Pride at Stake !”.   Jack Rollin compiled a page of match facts and there were two action shots of the 1965 match.

           Detailed pen pictures of both squads filled a page each, and the Timetable and Programme of Music was present as always.  Team selections were spread over both centre pages.    Even the adverts were familiar - Radio Times, Double Diamond, Bovril on the back page, and Cadets and Players No.6 cigarettes.  Elsewhere in London, West Ham, Chelsea, and to a lesser extent Spurs and Arsenal, were developing modern, informative programmes which showed this big match issue to be rather dated and over-priced



Scottish Programme of the Day – 14th April


On this day in 1962, Scotland beat England 2-0 in the Home International Championship at Hampden Park.


Scotland’s first home victory over England since 1946 resulted from one of the best performances from the boys in navy blue for many years.    There was not one failure in the Scotland team, and every department operated efficiently as the English were swept out of the game in the first hour.

            Davie Wilson put Scotland ahead after 13 minutes, after the mercurial Denis Law had dribbled round Swan and goalkeeper Springett before presenting the winger with the simplest of chances.   Only a good deal of luck and an inspiring display by the goalkeeper kept the scoreline to that single goal by half time.

           In the second half, the incessant pressure told when Swan handled and Eric Caldow scored from the resultant penalty kick.   Amongst a team of stars, some individuals stood out.   Law was at his brilliant best, teasing and tantalising the English defence all afternoon.   In midfield, John White was always in space to receive the ball, and build another attack.  Wing halves Baxter and Crerand capitalised on the lack of defensive duties undertaken by Greaves and Haynes, whose prompting of Bobby Smith came to naught, such was the form of Billy McNeill, the Scotland centre half.

           England’s best players were in defence, Springett and full backs Armfield and Wilson.  The latter, with Bobby Charlton, were the only survivors in England’s World Cup winning team four years later.


The teams were:


Scotland : Brown (Tottenham), Hamilton (Dundee), Caldow (Rangers), Crerand (Celtic), McNeill (Celtic), Baxter (Rangers), Scott (Rangers), White (Tottenham), St John (Liverpool), Law (Turin), Wilson (Rangers)

England : Springett (Sheffield Wednesday), Armfield (Blackpool), Wilson (Huddersfield), Anderson (Sunderland), Swan (Sheffield Wednesday), Flowers (Wolves), Douglas (Blackburn), Greaves (Tottenham), Smith (Tottenham), Haynes (Fulham), Charlton (Manchester United)

Referee – Leo Horn, Holland    Attendance – 132,441


This was one fixture which always saw a large sized programme, up to 20 pages being a more realistic return for the buyer’s 1/- (5p).   Printed red and blue on white glossy paper throughout, the cover featured a sketch of Hampden and a piper with a tartan background, a design used on several occasions by the SFA.    Page 3 welcomed “Our Royal Guest”, The Duke of Gloucester, and there were words from the SFA President, Robert Kelly.

            A full page of entertainment listed the music, athletics and cycling which amused the vast crowd as it assembled before the match, and at half time.  Detailed pen pictures and head and shoulder photographs of the Scotland team covered two pages, while an article on previous matches accompanied a list of results between the countries.

            The centre fold had teams in 2-3-5 formation, superimposed on a playing field, photos of the SFA Secretary and FA Chairman, and “Absorbing Facts You Should Know About Hampden”. There was a two page article on “Mighty Scots of the Past who were Acclaimed by Sporting English Fans”, and a poem about the Hampden Roar.   Two pages of pen pictures and photos of the English squad were followed by a page article on the “Majesty and Magic of Hampden”, which was yet another recollection of previous matches between the countries.   There was  a page on “Half-Backs Who Became a Legend”, with a photo of Jimmy McMullan, and the programme finished with a photograph and paragraph on Scotland manager Ian McColl, details of the forthcoming European Cup Winners Cup Final at Hampden, and a list of the 19 players in the original pool for the game.

            Adverts in this substantial and impressive issue – with much more to read than its English contemporaries – included John Begg Scotch Whisky, The Royal Army Medical Corps, Scottish Daily Mail, Scottish Daily Express, Tomlinson T Ball, Drybrough’s Beer, RS McColls, Capstan cigarettes, Romac Safety Belts (as recommended by Scotland goalkeeper Bill Brown) and on the back page, Sellyn’s Menswear


Scottish Programme of the Day – 13th April


On this day in 1946, Scotland beat England 1-0 in a Victory International at Hampden Park.


Scotland’s record against England in the war-time charity internationals between 1939 and 1945 was little short of catastrophic.  Of the 14 matches, England won 10, including the last six with scorelines of 0-4, 0-8, 2-6, 2-3, 2-3 and, in April 1945 at Hampden, 1-6.

           The following season, as domestic football felt its way back into peace-time, and players returned from service overseas, there was a glimmer of improvement in Scotland’s victories over Wales and Northern Ireland, and a draw with Belgium.    This improved form culminated in the Victory International of 13th April 1946, at Hampden Park, which Scotland won 1-0 with a goal from Jimmy Delaney. 

The four home nations had decided that full caps were not to be awarded during the transitional 1945-46 season, and that the Home International Championship would be run under the banner of a series of Victory Internationals.   Despite that somewhat surprising diminution of the status of these fixtures, the matches were keenly contested, all of them settled by a single goal margin, apart from Scotland’s 2-0 win over Wales, who had beaten England 1-0.

           Scotland therefore headed the Victory International table going into the final fixture, and were further boosted when Stanley Matthews’ injury failed to recover in time for the match.   The English could still field a formidable eleven : Frank Swift of Manchester City in goal, Laurie Scott (Arsenal) and Middlesbrough’s George Hardwick at full back, a half back line of Billy Wright (Wolves), Neil Franklin (Stoke City) and captain Joe Mercer (Everton).   The attack of Billy Elliot (West Brom), Len Shackleton (Bradford), Tommy Lawton (Chelsea), Jimmy Hagan (Sheffield United) and Denis Compton (Arsenal), may have lacked Matthews, Mannion, Finney and Mortensen, but it was nonetheless formidable.

            The home side suffered two late withdrawals through injury, Rangers’ George Young at centre half, and Celtic’s George Paterson and left half.  Jackie Husband replaced the latter, and Young’s place was taken by the young Airdrie pivot Frank Brennan.   Two of his team-mates were no stranger to Brennan ; the brothers Shaw at full back (Davie of Hibs and Jock of Rangers) were, like Brennan, natives of the tiny Lanarkshire pit village of Annathill.  So too was Bobby Flavell, Brennan’s team-mate at Airdrie and a war-time Scotland cap, who was to win two full caps the following year.   Four current Scotland internationalists from a village which comprised half-a-dozen miners’ rows, the colliery and its Junior football team, Bedlay.

           The Scotland team was : Bobby Brown (Queen’s Park), Davie Shaw, Jock Shaw, Billy Campbell (Morton), Frank Brennan, Jackie Husband (Partick Thistle), Willie Waddell (Rangers), Neil Dougal (Burnley), Jimmy Delaney (Manchester United), George Hamilton (Aberdeen) and Billy Liddell (Liverpool).

            The SFA produced a surprisingly comprehensive 12 page programme, printed on good quality paper, with red spot colour throughout.    There were several articles on the match, and on war-time international football, with just a page devoted to the Scotland team, and no mention of the England players.   The teams were in the centrefold, with head and shoulder photos of the respective captains, and an aerial photograph of a desertedHampden Park.



Scottish Programme of the Day – 12th April


On this day in 1958, Third Lanark lost 5-1 to Rangers in a Scottish League Division One match at Cathkin Park, watched by 25,000.


Rangers were in pursuit of League leaders Hearts, while Thirds were looking over their shoulders at the battle to avoid the second relegation place, Queen’s Park already doomed to a return to the Second Division.


Johnny Hubbard scored two penalties and Ralph Brand scored once to give Rangers a 3-1 lead after an hour, Joe McInnes having scored for Thirds.   Billy Simpson scored twice in the last four minutes.


Rangers finished the season a massive 13 points behind League Champions Hearts, who set a new Scottish top division goalscoring record of 132.  Thirds finished 14th in the 18 club Division, seven points ahead of relegated East Fife.


The teams were:


Third Lanark: Ramage; Smith and Brown; Higgins, Lewis and Slingsby; Billy Craig, Bobby Craig, Allan, Matt Gray and Joe McInnes.


Rangers: Billy Ritchie; Bobby Shearer and Eric Caldow; Ian McColl, Willie Telfer and Sammy Baird; George Duncan, Jimmy Millar, Billy Simpson, Ralph Brand and Johnny Hubbard.


Thirds issued their familiar 12 page programme, slightly larger than A5, printed in red on semi gloss paper.  “Editor Talking” started on page three and meandered through the programme, interrupted by teams in 2-3-5 formation in the centre pages (surrounded by small adverts), and more adverts on the other pages.   There was a half-time scoreboard on the back page.


Scottish Programme of the Day – 11th April


On this day in 1970, Aberdeen beat European Cup Finalists Celtic 3-1 in the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden.


There was no shortage of footballing talent on the Hampden pitch for the 1970 Scottish Cup Final.    Celtic were on their way to their second European Cup Final, and surviving Lisbon Lions Tommy Gemmell, Bobby Murdoch, Billy McNeill, Jimmy Johnstone, Willie Wallace, Bobby Lennox and substitute Bertie Auld were on duty alongside the next generation of stars in Davie Hay and George Connelly.

            Aberdeen included Scottish internationalists Bobby Clark, Martin Buchan, Davie Robb, Jim Forrest, Joe Harper and Arthur Graham, but the unlikely match winner was Derek McKay, whose two late goals helped Aberdeen to a 3-1 victory. 

It was an upset for the form book ; Aberdeen finished the League season in 8th place, while Celtic were homing in on a fifth successive League championship, and four days later were to return to Hampden to meet Leeds United in the second leg of the European Cup semi final, nursing a 1-0 lead from the first match in Leeds.

            Perhaps understandably, Celtic were not fully focussed on the immediate task at hand (although they had beaten Aberdeen in the 1967 final, shortly before winning the European Cup in Lisbon).   The Dons, on the other hand, were well prepared by their manager Eddie Turnbull, and deserved their victory.

           Celtic blamed the referee (R.H. Davidson of Airdrie) and it must be said that they did not enjoy good fortunate in marginal penalty area decisions, starting with a 26th minute Harper penalty following a controversial hand-ball decision (Gemmell and Johnstone were both booked for disputing the decision).   Celtic had two penalty claims denied, and a Lennox goal chalked off before McKay beat Gemmell to score Aberdeen’s second goal in 82 minutes.   Lennox scored with two minutes to go, but instead of a last minute miracle, McKay scored again for Aberdeen, and Martin Buchan became the youngest captain of recent years to lift the Scottish Cup.

            Derek McKay began his playing career in the Highland League with Deveronvale.   A spell at Dundee was spent mostly in the reserves, and following a three month trial, he signed forAberdeen in July 1969.    An outbreak of flu throughout the squad provided the opportunity to break into the first team in February 1970, and he retained his place to the end of the season, and the Cup Final.

           Thereafter, his career returned to underachievement, and he failed to command a first team place.  He moved to Barrow in 1971, followed by spells in South Africa, Australia, and back in the Highland League.    He settled in Perth, Western Australia, and died in April 2008 from a heart attack while on holiday in Thailand.

           The S.F.A. had finally ditched the big match programme format they had relied on for the previous two decades, and the 12 page programme for the1970 final featured a striking cover in red, blue and yellow, with the internal pages attractively presented in a modern format.  George Aitken of the Glasgow Evening Citizen wrote of Celtic’s trophy winning consistency, and there were articles on Charlie Tully and previous Aberdeen Scottish Cup final teams.   The centre fold had the squad lists, photos of both managers and the respective captains, and details of the pre-match and interval entertainment.   The second half of the programme contained several brief features on players of both sides, and the referee, who was about to officiate at the 1970 World Cup finals in Mexico.    A full page listing of previous finals was opposite details of forthcoming Scotland internationals against Wales and England, the latter sold out.   The only advert in the programme was on the back page, for the Scottish Sunday Express.



Scottish Programme of the Day – 10th April


On this day in 2010, First Division Ross County beat Celtic 2-0 in the Scottish Cup semi final at Hampden, watched by 24,535.


Steven Craig (in 55 minutes) and Martin Scott two minutes from time scored the goals which saw County advance to the Cup Final, where they lost 3-0 to Dundee United.


The defeat cost Celtic their last chance of silverware that season, as Rangers went on to add the League Championship to the League Cup they had won the previous month.


The teams were:


Ross County: Michael McGovern; Gary Miller, Scott Morrison, Martin Scott, Scott Boyd, Alex Keddie, Michael Gardyne (substituted by Paul Lawson), Andy Barrowman, Steven Craig, Richard Brittain and Iain Vigurs.


Celtic: Lukasz Zaluska; Andreas Hinkel (substituted by Morten Rasmussen), Lee Naylor, Scott Brown, Darren O’Dea, Joshua Thompson, Landry N’Guemo, Georgias Samaras, Marc-Antoine Fortune (substituted by Paddy McCourt), Robbie Keane and Aiden McGeady.


Referee was William Collum


The Scottish Football Association issued a 40 page B5 sized programme printed in full colour on glossy paper, with a matt laminated finish to the thicker cover.   Included were features on the newly appointed Celtic manager Neil Lennon, veteran Ross County secretary Donnie MacBean, County’s climb through the Leagues since 1994, Celtic’s Scottish Cup winners in their centenary year 1988, Ross County v Rangers in the Cup in 1966, County manager Derek Adams, Celtic coach Johan Mjallby, pen pictures of both teams voiced by two of the players, Craig Brewster and Scott Brown.



Scottish Programme of the Day – 8th April


On this day in 2000, Rangers beat Ayr United 7-0 in a Scottish Cup semi final at Hampden Park watched by 38,357


It took 19 minutes for Rangers to breach the Ayr defence, through Seb Rozenthal, and the same player completed the route in the last minute.   The other goals were scored by Andrei Kanchelskis (28 minutes), Rod Wallace (42) and a Billy Dodds hat-trick in 62, 72 and 87 minutes.


The respective team selections showed a disparity in cost and class and, unusually for the penultimate stage of the competition, this was reflected in the scoreline.


Rangers went on to beat Aberdeen 4-0 in the final and won the Premier Division championship by 21 points from Celtic.   Ayr United finished seventh in the ten club First Division.


The teams were:


Rangers: Stefan Klos; Claudio Reyna, Scott Wilson, Lorenzo Amoruso, Artur Numan, Andrei Kanchelkskis, Barry Ferguson, Gio Van Bronckhorst (substituted by Tugay Kerimogklu), Jorg Albertz (substituted by Neil McCann), Rod Wallace (substituted by Billy Dodds) and Sebastian Rozenthal.


Ayr United: Magnus Rovde; Andy McMillan, John Robertson, Paul Shepherd (substituted by Neil Scally), Mark Campbell (substituted by David Craig), Neil Duffy, Gary Teale, Marvyn Wilson, Glynn Hurst, Neil Tarrant, and Micky Reynolds (substituted by Andy Lyons).


Referee was John Rowbotham of Kirkcaldy


The SFA produced a 32 page B5 programme printed in full colour on glossy paper.   The content was a mixture of features on some of the players and a couple of historical articles.  Presentation was stark and uninspiring.



Scottish Programme of the Day – 7th April


On this day in 2013, Queen of the South beat Partick Thistle 6-5 on penalty kicks to win the Scottish League Challenge Cup Final, sponsored by Ramsdens.  


The match finished 0-0 and Nicky Clark opened the scoring for Queens after 11 minutes of extra time.   In the very last minute, Kris Doolan equalised to take the match to penalties.


Queens had won the trophy once before, in 2002, and had twice lost in the final.   It was Thistle’s first appearance in the final of this competition, and their last entry to date as they won the Scottish League First Division championship and have retained their place in the Premier division.


Queen of the South added the Second Division Championship trophy to their boardroom collection for that season.


The teams were:


Queen of the South: Lee Robinson; Chris Mitchell, Mark Durnan, Chris Higgins and Marc Fitzpatrick; Danny Carmichael, Stephen McKenna, Derek Young and Michael Paton (substituted by Steven Black after 115 minutes); Derek Lyle (substituted by Gavin Reilly after 78 minutes) and Nicky Clark (substituted by Kevin Smith after 101 minutes)


Partick Thistle: Scott Fox; Stephen O’Donnell, Aaron Muirhead, Conrad Balatoni and Aaron Sinclair; Sean Welsh, James Craigen and Stuart Bannigan (substituted by Ross Forbes after 94 minutes); Steven Lawless (substituted by Christie Elliott after 60 minutes), Steven Craig (substituted by Kris Doolan after 66 minutes) and Chris Erskine.


Referee was Crawford Allan


The Scottish Football League issued a very comprehensive 68 page A5 size programme printed in full colour on glossy paper.   There were articles on most of the players, the respective managers Allan Johnston and Alan Archibald, the road to the final, pen pictures of both squads and a number of historical features.



Scottish Programme of the Day – 6th April


On this day in 1963, Scotland beat England 2-1 at Wembley.


Visitors to the pavilion atHumbug Park, home of Crossgates Primrose Juniors, would be stopped in the corridor in front of a team group of the FIFA team which played England at Wembley in 1963 to celebrate the Centenary of the Football Association.  Veteran Crossgates Secretary Willie Butcher would point to the photograph and say : “I signed a player who played for The World !”

           The player was Jim Baxter, who alongside Denis Law, was part of what is arguably the greatest ever collection of the world’s top footballers.  Four years later, he was to return to Wembley to play keepy-uppy as Scotland taunted the Auld Enemy in their first defeat as World Champions, but Baxter’s finest hour-and-a-half at the famous stadium was arguably six months earlier, when he scored both goals inScotland’s 2-1 victory.

            The triumph was marred by the broken leg sustained by captain Eric Caldow, which effectively ended his playing career.   Spurs’ Bobby Smith also left the field on a stretcher following their crunching tackle.   It was the Scots who recovered their composure from this early disruption, and the midfield of Dave Mackay, John White and Jim Baxter took control of the game.

           The two first half goals were a poor reflection of Scotland’s imperious performance.   A slip by England captain Jimmy Armfield gifted the first for Baxter, who pounced on the error and finished clinically.   The second was a penalty.

           Towards the end of the match, Scotland eased up, and almost let England back into the game.   They scored in 79 minutes through Bryan Douglas, but it was too little, too late.    Scotland’s team was : Bill Brown (Spurs), Alex Hamilton (Dundee), Eric Caldow (Rangers), Dave Mackay (Spurs), Ian Ure (Dundee), Jim Baxter and Willie Henderson (Rangers), John White (Spurs), Ian St John (Liverpool), Denis Law (Manchester United) and Davie Wilson (Rangers).

           England, who suffered their second successive defeat under their new manager Alf Ramsey, fielded Banks (Leicester City), Armfield (Blackpool), Byrne (Liverpool), Moore (West Ham), Norman (Spurs), Flowers (Wolves), Douglas (Blackburn Rovers), Greaves and Smith (Spurs), Melia (Liverpool) and Charlton (Manchester United).

            This was Scotland’s second successive victory over the Auld Enemy since the 9-3 debacle in 1961.   A year before, they had won 2-0 at Hampden, and the following year, Alan Gilzean scored the only goal of the match, to give Scotland it’s first hat-trick of victories over England in 80 years. 

            Wembley redesigned its programme covers for the FA’s fixtures (Cup Final, Amateur Cup Final, Internationals, etc.) during the latter’s centenary season, and the Scotland match featured the sketch of the newly roofed stadium, with a red background.     The 16 page programme, larger than A5 in size, was along the usual lines, with articles from journalists, two pages of pen pictures of both teams, recent action photos, a Time Table and Programme of Music for the day, and the habitual advertisers who included Radio Times, Senior Service cigarettes, Double Diamond Beer and, on the back page, Bovril.



Scottish Programme of the Day – 5th April


On this day in 1947, Rangers beat Aberdeen 4-0 in the Scottish League Cup Final at Hampden Park, watched by 82,700.


Their goals were scored by Jimmy Duncanson (with two), Billy Williamson and Torry Gillick


If Aberdeen required extra motivation for the 1947 League Cup Final against Rangers, it was in the annexing of the trophy itself for display in the Pittodrie boardroom.  Not just the brand-new, three-handed trophy donated by Scottish League President John McMahon, but the bitter memories of one of its precedessors, won the previous year by the Dons, which resided in the Granite City for less than five weeks.

           The competition had its origins in the early years of the Second World War.  Whereas the SFA organised a War Cup in 1939/40, the temporary closure of so many clubs the following season precluded its repeat.   With the majority of the larger clubs (south of the River Forth) taking part in the 16 team Southern League, over a comparatively mild winter, there arose a problem of how to fill the last two months of the football season, once they had all played each other twice in the League.   The chosen solution was to form four groups of four clubs, playing each other twice, the winners of the mini-leagues to contest the semi finals.

           The Southern League Cup, like the Southern League, was run from the offices of The Scottish Football League, presided over by the old Management Committee, but as Rangers and Hearts made their way to the first final on 10th May 1941, the gentlemen of West Nile Street had a problem – how could they obtain a new trophy in the middle of a World War ?   The SFA came to the rescue, and supplied a suitable Cup, which Rangers won at the second attempt.   They retained it in 1942 and 1943, and lost the 1944 Final, to Hibs, on the number of corner kicks won, following a scoreless match.   The trophy was back at Ibrox in 1945, but the following year, when the competition became known as the Scottish League Cup with the inclusion of B Division teams for the first time, Aberdeen beat Rangers 3-2 in the Final.

            The SFA had spent the winter months of the transitional 1945-46 season talking about organising a Victory Cup competition, which started on April 20th, just a week before Aberdeen beat Airdrie in the semi final of the League Cup.  

           Aberdeen’s delight at winning the trophy on 11th May was moderated when they were asked to hand it back a matter of weeks later ; the SFA wanted their cup back to present to the Victory Cup winners.   Rangers restored the silverwear to its familiar place in their trophy cabinet by beating Hibs in the Final.

            Bent on revenge a year later, Aberdeen fell to two goals from Jimmy Duncanson and singles from Billy Williamson and Torry Gillick.   The match was over by half time, with Rangers 3-0 ahead, and there was little prospect of George Hamilton, Stan Williams, Archie Baird and Co. scoring four goals against the famed Iron Curtain defence of internationalists Bobby Brown, George Young Jock Shaw, Willie Woodburn and Ian McColl.

            Unaccustomed to producing matchday programmes, the Scottish League adopted a style never previously used or repeated.    The 8 pages, A5 size, were printed in black on plain white paper, with some far-from-neutral red highlights on the front page which, unusually, contained text in the shape of pen pictures of the two managers.   William Struth and David Halliday were also photographed on the front page.   The first two internal pages contained two adverts and previous results of both teams in that season’s competition, while the centre pages bore the teams selections, head and shoulder photographs of seven players from each team, and two columns of pen pictures.  The programme was completed with a half page editorial, a list of previous “League Cup Finals”, the prefix “Southern” notably omitted, and a list of previous results between the clubs in the League and Scottish Cup.   There were full page advertisements for The Challenge Old Scotch Whisky, and the Sporting Chronicle newspaper


Scottish Programme of the Day – April 4th


On this day in 1998 Hearts beat Falkirk 3-1 in a Scottish Cup semi final at Ibrox Stadium, watched by 31,587


Stephane Adam opened the scoring for Hearts in 5 minutes and Kevin McAllister equalised with five minutes to play.    Two goals in the last minute, by Adam and Neil McCann, won the match for Hearts, and they won the Cup at Celtic Park when they beat Rangers 2-1 in the Final.


The teams were:


Hearts: Gilles Rousset; Grant Murray and Gary Naysmith; David Weir, Stefano Salvatori and Paul Ritchie; Neil McCann, Thomas Flogel (substituted by Lee Makel), Stephane Adam, Colin Cameron (substituted by Jose Quitongo) and Jim Hamilton


Falkirk: Paul Mathers; Martyn Corrigan and Andy Seaton; Jamie McGowan, Neil Berry and Scott McKenzie; Kevin McAllister, Albert Craig (substituted by David Hagen), Scott Crabbe, David Moss and Marino Keith (substituted by Paul McGrillen).


Referee was Hugh Dallas of Motherwell


The SFA issued a 32 page B5 programme printed in full colour on glossy paper.   Contents included a welcome from Jack McGinn, President of the SFA, results in the competition to date, pictures of fifth round action for both clubs, pen pictures, an article on the respective managers Alex Totten and Jim Jefferies, a feature on the referee, a couple of historical articles and several features on individual players.



Scottish Programme of the Day – April 3rd


On this day in 1971, Celtic drew 3-3 with Airdrieonians in a Scottish Cup semi final at Hampden Park watched by 39,404.


The previous Wednesday, Rangers had drawn 0-0 in the semi final with Hibs, prompting the latter’s outspoken manager Dave Ewing to describe Rangers as “rubbish”.


One press headline on Sunday morning was:  “After the rubbish, a classic”, as mid-table Airdrie went toe-to-toe with the team which would, over the next few weeks, clinch a League and Cup double.


Harry Hood opened the scoring for Celtic in 23 minutes and Jimmy Johnstone doubled their lead two minutes before half time.   Two minutes after the interval Derek Whiteford pulled a goal back, but Hood scored his second five minutes later, only for Billy Wilson to score for Airdrie two minutes after that.  The scoring in a pulsating, exciting match was completed by Drew Busby in 68 minutes.


Celtic won the replay 2-0 four days later, watched by a larger crowd of 47,184, and beat Rangers after a replay in the Final.


The teams were:

Celtic: Evan Williams; David Hay and Tommy Gemmell; Tom Callaghan, Billy McNeill and Jim Brogan; Jimmy Johnstone, Harry Hood, Willie Wallace, Vic Davidson and John Hughes (substituted by Bobby Lennox)


Airdrieonians: Roddy McKenzie; Paul Jonquin and George Caldwell; John Menzies, Sam Goodwin and Derek Whiteford; John Whiteford, Mark Cowan, Drew Busby, Drew Jarvie and Billy Wilson.   Pat Delaney was an unused substitute.


Referee was Alistair MacKenzie of Larbert


The programme was a brief but bright B5 sized 8 pager, printed internally in black on gloss paper.   There were four-and-a-half pages of features on several players and historical items, team lines and a half time scoreboard completed the centre pages (Hampden didn’t have a half time scoreboard!) two small adverts and a back page advert for Four Crown “superior Rich White South African wine.”



Scottish Programme of the Day – 2nd April


On this day in 1966, Scotland lost 4-3 to England in a Home International match at Hampden Park.


This was a stern test of Sir Alf Ramsey’s new 4-3-3 formation, and England’s hard-fought victory did much to boost confidence for that summer’s World Cup campaign.  Geoff Hurst put England ahead after 19 minutes and Roger Hunt added a second 14 minutes later.


Three minutes before the interval, Denis Law rose balletically to head Scotland back into the contest but Hunt increased England’s lead after half-time.   Jimmy Johnstone replied ten minutes later but Bobby Charlton restored England’s two goal lead in 73 minutes.   Jimmy Johnstone rammed a shot into the roof of the net from an improbably angle with eight minutes to play, but England held on for a victory.


It was John Prentice’s first match in his brief four-game spell as Scotland manager, and Law’s goal, his 25th, surpassed Hughie Gallacher’s long-held record. Tommy Gemmell made his international debut.


The teams were:


Scotland: Bobby Ferguson (Kilmarnock); captain John Greig (Rangers), Tommy Gemmell (Celtic); Bobby Murdoch (Celtic), Ron McKinnon (Rangers), Jim Baxter (Sunderland); Jimmy Johnstone (Celtic), Denis Law (Manchester United), Willie Wallace (Hearts), Billy Bremner (Leeds United) and Willie Johnston (Rangers).


England: Gordon Banks (Leicester City); George Cohen (Fulham) and Keith Newton (Blackburn Rovers); Nobby Stiles (Manchester United), Jack Charlton (Leeds United), Bobby Moore (West Ham); Alan Ball (Blackpool), Roger Hunt (Liverpool), Bobby Charlton (Manchester United), Geoff Hurst (West Ham) and John Connelly (Manchester United).


The referee was Mr H. Faucheux of France and the attendance was 123,052


The SFA expanded their normal big-match programme to 20 large pages, printed in blue and red on white gloss paper.  Pager 2 contained the programme of entertainment for the vast crowd, opposite a welcome from the SFA President, Partick Thistle’s Tom Reid.


There were two pages of pen pictures of both teams, accompanied by some individual photos, a full page photograph of Alan Gilzean’s winning goal in the match two years earlier, centre fold teams accompanied by pictures of the respective captains and a half-time scoreboard comprising English League fixtures – Hampden didn’t possess one, and if the results were read out at half time, no-one would have heard them in the din.


There were a couple of pages of historical articles, two photos of Bobby Murdoch in action, a list of previous results and photos of the respective secretaries.



Scottish Programme of the Day – 1st April


On this day in 1967, East Stirlingshire beat Third Lanark 1-0 in a Scottish League Second Division match at Firs Park, watched by 396.  The goal was scored by substitute Walter Carlyle.


It was the sixth-last game played by Third Lanark, formed in 1872 and former winners of the Scottish League and Scottish Cup.    They were expelled from the Scottish League three months later following the appointment of a Liquidator.


Founder members of the Scottish League in 1890, Thirds finished eleventh in the Second Division.   East Stirling were second bottom, a point above Brechin City.


The teams were:


East Stirling: Sandy Davie; Brian Miller (substituted by Walter Carlyle) and Billy Hulston; Bobby Ross, Tommy Craig and Tom Reynolds; John Mitchell, Arthur Hamill, Bobby Jones, Pat Watters and Jim Gillespie.


Thirds: Tommy Coates; Tony Connell and Colin Baillie; Hugh McLaughlin, Jim Little and Gordon McEwan; Derek Currie, Bobby Craig, Hugh Stewart, Drew Busby and Ian Henderson.


Referee was R.H. Davidson of Airdrie


The programme, possibly the second-last to feature Third Lanark, was a very home-made effort, typed and duplicated on salmon pink card.   Secretary/Manager Ian Crawford had a chatty article on page two, above a pen picture of Bobby Ross.  Opposite were the team lines and other match details, and on the back page were five advertisements.



Scottish Programme of the Day – 31st March


On this day in 1992, Rangers beat Celtic 1-0 in a Scottish Cup semi final at Hampden Park watched by 45,191.


Ally McCoist scored the only goal of the game, and scored again in the final against Airdrie, which Rangers won 2-1.   Their other scorer was Mark Hateley.


The teams were:


Rangers: Andy Goram; Gary Stevens and David Robertson; Richard Gough, Nigel Spackman and John Brown; Dale Gordon (substituted by Paul Rideout), Stuart McCall, Ally McCoist, Iain Durrant and Pieter Huistra.


Celtic: Gordon Marshall; Chris Morris and Tom Boyd; Brian O’Neil (substituted by Mike Galloway), Tony Mowbray and Derek Whyte; Joe Miller, Paul McStay, Gerry Creaney, Charlie Nicholas (substituted by Tommy Coyne) and John Collins.


Referee was Andrew Waddle of Edinburgh


The SFA issued a 32 page B5 sized programme in full colour on gloss paper.  Contents included an article on McCoist and Creaney, Gordon Marshall, Celtic manager Liam Brady, assistant manager Tommy Craig, his opposite number Archie Knox, Gary Stevens and Rangers’ big spending


There were pen pictures of both teams and results from that season’s competition, on the referee, two pages looking back to semi finals 10, 20 and 30 years previously, and two pages listing all previous finals.    The written articles were contributed by a range of Scottish newspaper sportswriters.



Scottish Programme of the Day – 30th March


On this day in 1946, Queen’s Park lost 2-3 at home to Clyde in the final match of Section D (A Division) of the Scottish League Cup, watched by 25,000 at Hampden Park.


The victory, and Celtic’s 1-1 draw at home to Third Lanark, enabled Clyde to top the four team section and qualify for the quarter finals, where they lost 1-0 to Airdrie at Celtic Park.


The record books show that the last Queen’s Park player to be capped by Scotland was Bob Gillespie, who captained his country in the 2-1 win over England at his home ground on 1st April 1933.    A case could be argued for Bobby Brown, who kept goal for Queen’s, and his country, throughout 1945/46 season, the strange transitional season between war-time football and the first fully recognised post-war season.   During that hybrid season, caps were not awarded for the Victory internationals against the three home countries, Belgium and Switzerland.

           For that last named match, Brown was listed under his new team, Rangers, for whom he signed professional forms on 2nd May 1946.   He went on to win 5 full caps, played 8 times for the Scottish League, won 3 League Championships, two Scottish Cups and three League Cups, but it was at Hampden Park, with Queen’s Park, that he first came to prominence.   

The Amateurs were a force to be reckoned with in 1945/46, finishing a very respectable 8th in the controversial 16 club top division assembled by the resurrected Scottish League.    With the League season all but completed by mid February, the clubs were eager to launch the first national staging of a League Cup competition, featuring four club qualifying sections.   This had been pioneered, to widespread acclaim, by the Southern League Cup competition played throughout the war years, and the format was retained for the next three decades.

           Queen’s did not take their commendable League form into the new competition, finishing bottom of their all-Glasgow qualifying section, which included Clyde, Celtic and Third Lanark.   Clyde and Queen’s met in the final match of the section, on Saturday 30th March 1946, and the occasion was marked by the publication of an Official Programme.

           Bearing the Queen’s Park crest, there is little doubt that the four page, A5 sized black and white issue was officially endorsed by the club, but in common with the vast majority of programmes issued in Scotland that season, it was a creation of The Scottish Sports Agency, 101 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, and bore the hallmarks of many of four page programmes issued by them that season.

           Teams were on the left hand centre page, listed in 2-3-5 formation, the amateur status of the Queen’s team acknowledged by the inclusion of their first initials.   Below was an advert for Afrikander tobacco.   Opposite was Club Gossip, a couple of lengthy paragraphs of club news, and introduction to the visitors ; section tables for the four A Division sections, and a list of Queen’s goalscorers for the season to date, Johnny Aitkenhead and John Harris leading the way with 13 goals apiece.

           There was more Club Gossip on the back page, starting with : “Congratulations are due Bobby Brown, our goalkeeper, for whom marriage bells will soon be ringing.   Bobby has a date – July 5 at Plymouth – with Miss Ruth Wright his prospective bride.  Miss Knight, who is in the Wrens, and stationed at Stirling, reports at Plymouth next week to be demobbed.”

           The prospective husband was beaten three times by Clyde, whose 3-2 victory, watched by 25,000, ensured they stayed a point above Celtic in the section table, thus winning a quarter final place, where they were surprisingly beaten 1-0 by Airdrieonians at neutral Celtic Park.

           Bobby Brown finished the season without a winner’s medal, but he was about to enter a trophy-laden spell with a formidable Rangers team.



Scottish Programme of the Day – 29th March


On this day in 1961, Rangers beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 in the first leg of the semi final of the European Cup Winners’ Cup at Ibrox Stadium.


Alex Scott and Ralph Brand scored the goals watched by a capacity crowd of 80,000.  A 1-1 draw in the second leg at Molineux saw Rangers qualify for the two-legged final in this first staging of the competition.   Fiorentina won both legs.


Dundee beat Rangers to the League Championship by three points, but the Light Blues won both Scottish and League Cups. 


Wolves, who had finished the previous four League seasons first, first, second and third, plunged to fifth bottom, four points ahead of the relegation positions, and were relegated at the end of 1964/65.


The teams were:


Rangers: Billy Ritchie; Bobby Shearer and Eric Caldow; Harold Davis, Bill Paterson and Jim Baxter; Alex Scott, Davie Wilson, Doug Baillie, Ralph Brand and Bobby Hume.


Wolves: Malcolm Finlayson; Eddie Stuart and George Showell; Eddie Clamp, Bill Slater and Ron Flowers; Norman Deeley, Jimmy Murray, Eddie Farmer, Bobby Mason and Cliff Durandt.


Referee was Jonni Cesare of Italy, and the linesmen were Scots.


The match programme was a typical Rangers European edition of eight large pages, printed in black and red on gloss paper.   The Chairman welcomed their guests on page 2, above a photograph of Molineux and opposite pen pictures of the Wolves team.


Team selections were on the centrefold, in 2-3-5 formation on a pitch diagram, above a Wolves squad photograph and in between photographs of Rangers manager Scot Symon and Alex Scott, and a list of Wolves’ honours. There was a page-and-a-half article on Wolves, and the programme concluded with a page and a half of advertisements.



Scottish Programme of the Day - 23rd March


On this day in 1949, the Scottish League lost 3-0 to the Football League.


The lady visiting the Scottish Football Museum for the launch of a football-related art exhibition approached the staff members manning the research desk.  “Do you have details of former players ?” she asked.  “My uncle, Frank Mennie, used to play for Clyde

           The ever helpful staff quickly retrieved information of her uncle’s career, to her delight and astonishment, and exchanged information with her.   One of the staff members noted a modest return of two goals from a long career spent with Kilmarnock and Clyde, although that was explained by his position at left back.  “He scored own goals, though,” exclaimed his niece.  “My aunt told the story that a newspaper photographer came to their house to get a picture of him after one match in which he scored an own goal.  ‘Try and look unhappy’, said the photographer, to which my aunt replied : ‘Unhappy !  His face has been tripping him since he came home from the match at the weekend !”

            The fixture in question was a Scottish Cup tie at Stark’s Park on 11th February 1949.    Clyde were favourites to win the tie, having reached the final the previous season.    No fewer than five of their players scored goals that afternoon, but they lost the tie 3-2.   Milligan, Mennie and Campbell each scored an own goal, wiping out those scored by their team-mates Galletly and Ackerman, who both scored at the ‘right end’.   No wonder Frank Mennie needed little encouragement to act glum for the newspaper photographer.

            Born in Coatbridge in October 1923, he made his first team debut for Queen’s Park in the closing stages of 1940/41.    The previous season, he had guested for Kilmarnock, and it was to Rugby Park that he returned when official football resumed in 1946/47.   Among the English clubs he assisted during the war years, which robbed him of half of his football career, was Arsenal.

           Clyde rescued him from B Division in December 1948 as a replacement for the injured Tommy Deans, and he easily made the transition to the top division, playing a vital role in Clyde’s progression to the Scottish Cup Final, where they lost 4-1 to Rangers.

           Frank Mennie was rewarded with selection for the Scottish League, for their annual match with the Football League, played at Ibrox Park on23rd March 1949.   This was thought by many to be the second most prestigious representative match of each season, subordinate only to the Scotland v England full international, and was usually a closely fought match.

           That wasn’t the case in 1949, when 90,000 spectators at Rangers’ ground saw Stan Mortenen score twice, and Tom Finney once, to consign the Scottish League to a 3-0 defeat.     The pen pictures on the centre pages of the eight page, A5 sized programme spell out the strength of the visiting team, particularly in attack :  Frank Swift (Manchester City), Laurie Scott (Arsenal), Eric Westwood (Manchester City), Reg Attwell (Burnley), Neil Franklin (Stoke City), Fred Harris (Birmingham City), Tom Finney (Preston North End), Stan Mortensen (Blackpool), Jackie Milburn (Newcastle United), Wilf Mannion (Middlesbrough) and Bobby Langton (Preston North End).

            The Scottish side did not lack big names : Bobby Brown, George Young and Willie Thornton of Rangers, Tommy Gallagher and Alf Boyd of Dundee, Jimmy Mason of Third Lanark and the Hibs left wing of Eddie Turnbull and Willie Ormond, but they were no match for the English that evening.

           The programme was dominated by adverts, with the contents restricted to a half page programme of entertainment, pen pictures, six small photos of the players, and a page on previous encounters, including a list of results.





Scottish Programme of the Day – 22nd March


On this day in 1972, Rangers beat Torino 1-0 at Ibrox in the second leg of the quarter final of the European Cup Winners’ Cup.


Alex MacDonald scored the goal which took Rangers through to a semi final meeting with Bayern Munich, following a 1-1 draw in Turin in the first leg.   Rangers overcame the German team to reach the final in Barcelona, where they beat Moscow Dynamo 3-2.


The teams at Ibrox were:


Rangers: Peter McCloy; Sandy Jardine and Willie Mathieson; John Greig, Colin Jackson and Dave Smith; Tommy McLean, Derek Johnstone, Colin Stein, Alex MacDonald and Willie Johnston.


Torino: Luciano Castellini; Lombardo and Natalino Fossati (substituted by Rossi); Giorgio Puia, Angelo Cereser and Giorgio Ferrini; Luppi, Creivelli, Gianni Bui (substituted by Barberesi), Rosario Rampanti and Giovanni Toschi.


The referee was Francesco Lobo from Portugal, and 65,000 watched the match


Rangers issued a “Souvenir Special” edition of their normal small-sized match programme, comprising 24 pages, printed blue and red on white semi gloss paper.


There was a welcome to Torino in two languages on page three, several articles on European football, a feature on Rangers’ wingers, eight pages on the visitors including a squad photograph in the centre fold,  Rangers European record in full, that season’s statistics and two pages devoted to the “Lucky Programme” prize.   Squad lists were on the back page.



Scottish Programme of the Day – 21st March


On this day in 1984, Dundee United beat Rapid Vienna 1-0 in the second leg of the European Cup quarter final to advance to the semi finals.


Davie Dodds scored the only goal of the match at Tannadice, watched by a capacity 25,000, and United qualified thanks to the away goal scored by Derek Stark in the 2-1 defeat in Vienna.    The Scottish champions beat Roma 2-0 at Tannadice in the first leg of the semi final, but lost 3-0 inRome.


The teams were:


Dundee United: Hamish McAlpine; Derek Stark and Maurice Malpas; Richard Gough, Paul Hegarty and Dave Narey; Eamonn Bannon, Billy Kirkwood (replaced by John Holt), Tommy Coyne (replaced by Ralph Milne), Paul Sturrock and Davie Dodds.


Rapid: Herbert Feurer; Leo Lainer, Kurt Garger, Johann Pregesbauer, Heribert Weber, Reinard Kienast, Zlatko Kranjcar (replaced by Gerald Wilfurth), Antonin Panenka (replaced by Max Hagmayr), Johann Krankl, Petar Brucic and Christian Keglevits.


Referee Robert Wurtz of France


United produced a standard 24 page programme, printed in black and white gloss paper with spot colours of tangerine and green.  The opening pages followed the format of normal League programmes, an article by Jim McLean, Tannadice Topics, visitors pen pictures and a page of historical statistics.   The remaining pages were devoted to the visitors, a centre page spread on the first leg, an article on Scottish-Austrian footballing connections, an all-time UEFA Cup record, a page on the three European club competitions, previous Austrian visitors to Scotland and further European statistics.   The back page squad lists included brief pen pictures.



Scottish Programme of the Day – 20th March


On this day in 1974, Celtic beat FC Basle 4-2 after extra time in the second leg of the quarter final of the European Cup.


Trailing 3-2 from the first leg in Switzerland, Celtic took the lead with goals from Kenny Dalglish and Dixie Deans, but the Swiss champions scored twice before half time.  Tommy Callaghan took the match into extra time, when Stevie Murray scored the winner.


The match is described in some detail on page 89 of “Fifty Years of Scottish Football”, a 306 book written and remembered by John Litster.  The book is priced £10 plus postage and is available on the pmfc and scotlandsfootballers websites, Amazon and eBay.


The teams were:


Celtic: Dennis Connaghan; Davie Hay and Jim Brogan; Steve Murray, Billy McNeill and George Connelly (substituted by Pat McCluskey); Jimmy Johnstone, Harry Hood, Dixie Deans, Kenny Dalglish and Tommy Callaghan


Basle: Jean Laufenburger; Bruno Rahmen and Walter Mundschin; Jorg Stohler, Paul Fischli and Karl Odermatt; Rene Hasler, Rudolf Wampfler, Walter Balmer, Ottmar Hitzfeld and Markus Tanner.


The referee was M. Kitabdjan ofFrance


The match programme was a typical Celtic European issue of the period, just eight large pages printed in green and red and gloss paper.   There were brief articles by the chairman Desmond White, the other six quarter finalists, interviews with both managers, and two pages on the visitors, including a squad photograph.


There were no paid advertisements in the programme; just a plug for the Celtic View and on the back page an advert for the forthcoming European Youth Cup, the finals of which were to be staged at Celtic Park.



Scottish Programme of the Day – 19th March


On this day in 1980, Celtic lost 3-0 to Real Madrid in the Bernabeu Stadium in the second leg of the quarter final of the European Cup.


Hopes were high of re-kindling former European glories when Celtic won the first leg 2-0 in Glasgow, but they were swept away with goals from Santillana, Stielike and Juanito, watched by 110,000.


Real were beaten in the semi final by Kevin Keggan’s Hamburg, who in turn lost the final to Nottingham Forest.


Celtic were beaten to the Scottish League championship by Aberdeen, by a point, but won the Scottish Cup by beating Rangers.


The teams were:


Real Madrid: Mariano Garcia Remon; Andres Sabido (substituted by Isidro Diaz Gonzalez), Gregorio Benito Rubio, Jose Martinez Sanchez Pirri, Jose-Antonio Camacho, Angel de los Santos, Uli Stielike (substituted by Francisco Garcia Hernandez), Vincente Del Bosque, Juan Gomez Juanito, Carlos Santillana and Lawrie Cunningham.


Celtic: Peter Latchford; Alan Snedon, Tom McAdam, Roddy McDonald, Danny McGrain, Davie Provan, Roy Aitken, Johnny Doyle, Murdo MacLeod, George McCluskey (substituted by Tommy Burns) and Bobby Lennox.


The referee was Palotai of Hungary.


The programme was a handsome 20 large page affair, printed in blue and black on gloss paper.   There were full page squad photographs of both clubs, a welcome from the President in two languages, Celtic pen pictures, a history of Real Madrid, two pages of Real pen pictures with head-and-shoulders photos of the players, and details of previous meetings



Scottish Programme of the Day – 18th March


On this day in 1970, the Football League played the Scottish League at Highfield Road, Coventry.

International football is still played, in a recognisable form, 144 years after it was launched when Scotland met England at Hamilton Crescent inGlasgow in 1872.     In a changing world, new countries have been formed, and compete in UEFA and FIFA competitions ; the home international tournament has gone ; and the European Championships and the World Cup are now major features in the football calendar.   In essence, however, countries still pick the best of their native players, and pit them against the selections of other nations.

            Schools football is still played at International level, as are professional youth matches and Under 21 games (although they have evolved from Under 23).   The one casualty in the modernisation of representative football has been the Inter League tournament.

           This were played on an annual basis, in a mirror image of the Home International tournament.    In the season in whichEngland played Scotland at Wembley, the inter-league match would be played in Scotland, and vice versa, although there was a welcome policy of staging the matches at various club grounds throughout England.

           The (Northern) Irish League and League of Ireland (headquartered in Dublin) also took part in this round of fixtures, and from a programme point of view the interesting aspect was that the host clubs produced some very individual and idiosyncratic programmes.

           When the Football League entertained the Irish League in 1960, the chosen venue was Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road.   The host club produced the programme, stripping out the usual advertising (thus reducing it to eight pages) but leaving the usual cover design in place.  A further concession to the representative fixture was that the programme was printed in green ink.

           Most of the time, the International team managers were invited to pick the League selects, and they were used as virtual trial matches for the real thing.  At Blackpool in 1960, however, we find a Football League team which included Manchester City’s German goalkeeper Bert Trautmann, Scots Dave Mackay and John White of Spurs and Denis Law of Manchester City, Irishman Danny Blanchflower of Spurs and his club team mate, Welshman Cliff Jones.

            Not to be out-done, the Irish League included former Liverpool centre half Geoff Twentyman and that very English centre forward, Jackie Milburn, then with Linfield.

            Occasionally, matches were arranged outwith the familiar quartet.   The Italian Football League played a series of fixtures in Britain in the early 1960s, and Denis Law made an early appearance at Old Trafford in the green and red shirts of the Italian select when they met a Football League team in Manchester in November 1961.    Apart from Law, then in a brief spell with Torino, the Italians included the Dane Fleming Nielsen,Sweden’s Kurt Hamrun and Englishman Gerry Hitchens.    The 12 page, very familiar looking Manchester United programme (although once again devoid of the usual adverts) disclosed a strong English League side of current or potential full caps, all resolutely English by birth.



Scottish Programme of the Day – 17th March


On this day in 1973, Dundee beat Montrose 4-1 in a Scottish Cup quarter final, setting a record attendance of 8,983 at Links Park.


The goals were scored by Jocky Scott with two, Gordon Wallace and John Duncan.  Les Barr scored Montrose’s consolation from the penalty spot.


Dundee lost 3-0 to Celtic in a replayed semi final, but took their revenge the following season when they won the Scottish League Cup Final.


The Dens Parkers finished in fourth position in the First Division, behind Rangers, Celtic, Hibs and Aberdeen, while Montrose were sixth in Division Two.



Montrose: George Whisker; Ian Thomson and Bruce Martin; John O’Donnell, Dennis D’Arcy and Bobby Livingstone (substituted by Charlie Guthrie); Les Barr, Malcolm Lowe, Brian Third, Harry Johnston and Gordon Crammond


Dundee: Thomson Allan, Bobby Wilson and Dave Johnston; Bobby Robinson, George Stewart and Doug Houston; Jimmy Wilson, Gordon Wallace, John Duncan, Jocky Scott and Ian Scott (substituted by Bobby Ford).


A 12 page special programme was issued for the match, costing 5p.  Printed in blue on white gloss paper, it contained a short message from manager Alex Stuart, team lines, pen pictures of the visitors opposite a Dundee squad photograph from ten years previously, profiles and pictures of the two managers across the centre fold, four head and shoulder photographs of Dundee players, Montrose pen pictures and a couple of short articles on the home club.



Scottish Programme of the Day – 16th March


On this day in 1983 Aberdeen beat Bayern Munich 3-2 at Pittodrie to reach the semi final of the European Cup Winners Cup.


The first leg at the Olympic Stadium had been drawn 0-0 but Bayern took the lead at Pittodrie through a 30 yard shot from Klaus Augenthaler in 10 minutes.   Neil Simpson equalised in 38 minutes but the West Germans took the lead again through Hans Pfugler on the hour.  


Roared on by a capacity 24,000 crowd, Aberdeen battered the Bayern defence and in 76 minutes Alex McLeish headed in Gordon Strachan’s free kick.   A minute later, substitute John Hewitt scored the winning goal.


By common consent, it was the greatest night in the stadium’s history.


Aberdeen beat Belgian minnows Waterschei Thor in the semi final, and won the cup by beating Real Madrid in the Final in Gothenburg




Aberdeen: Jim Leighton; Stuart Kennedy (replaced by John McMaster) and Doug Rougvie; Neale Cooper, Alex McLeish and Willie Miller; Gordon Strachan, Neil Simpson (replaced by John Hewitt), Mark McGhee, Eric Black and Peter Weir


Bayern: Manfred Muller; Wolfgang Dremmler and Udo Horsmann; Wolfgang Grobe, Klaus Augenthaler, Wolfgang Kraus; Hans Pfugler (substituted by Reinhold Mathy), Paul Breitner, Dieter Hoeness, Karl Del Haye and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge


Referee - M Vautrot (France)


Aberdeen issued a 32 page, B5 sized programme printed in a mixture of full colour, spot colour (red naturally) and black on gloss paper.   Contents included a page from manager Alex Ferguson, Scene Setter by John Mann of the Daily Star, three pages of club news, South of the Border by David Leggat, a couple of pages on the visitors, an article by Dons fan Jim Rickaby on the trip to Munich, a page of world football news, a 5,10,15 years historical feature, Pressbox by David Leggat, an article on captain Willie Miller opposite a full colour photograph and team lines on the inside back pages.   


There was a surprisingly heavy advertising content.



Scottish Programme of the Day – 15th March


On this day in 2009, Celtic beat Rangers 2-0 in the Scottish League Cup Final at Hampden, watched by 51,193.


Rangers took revenge by winning the SPL title by four points, and added the Scottish Cup when they beat Falkirk 1-0 in the Final.  Their hopes of a domestic ‘treble’ were thwarted by goals from Darren O’Dea, one minute into extra time, and a Aiden McGeady penalty in the last minute of extra time.   Rangers’ cause was not helped by the dismissal of Kirk Broadfoot.


The teams were:


Celtic: Artur Bortuc; Andreas Hinkel, Darren O’Dea (substituted by Mark Wilson), Glenn Loovens, Gary Caldwell, Stephen McManus, Shunsuke Nakamura, Scott Brown, Scott McDonald, Paul Hartley (substituted by Georgios Samaras) and Aiden McGeady


Rangers: Allan McGregor, Steven Whittaker, Sasa Papac, Kirk Broadfoot, David Weir, Barry Ferguson, Steven Davis, Pedro Mendes, Kyle Lafferty (substituted by Kris Boyd), Kenny Miller (substituted by Nacho Novo), Lee McCulloch (substituted by Christian Dailly).


Referee was Dougie McDonald


The best programme of the season in Scotland was invariably that issued for the League Cup Final, and this year’s was no exception.  Over 68 A4 pages, with a laminated cover, there was extensive coverage of the fixture, the players, the road to the final and several historical features.   The cover price was £5.



Scottish Programme of the Day – 14th March


On this day in 2004, Livingston won the Scottish League Cup by beating Hibs 2-0 in the Final at Hampden Park, watched by 45,443.


Previously Meadowbank Thistle, the club changed its name and moved to the West Lothian New Town in 1995.   Bankrolled by a prominent Scots businessman and a lottery winner, they made their way through the Scottish Leagues and at the date of the Final, sat above their more established opponents in the SPL table.   Years of over-spending caught up and by the end of 2004, the club was in serious financial trouble.


The goals in the final were scored early in the second half by Derek Lilley and Jamie McAllister.


The teams were:


Livingston:Roddy McKenzie; David McNamee (substituted by Scott McLaughlin) and Jamie McAllister; Oscar Rubio, Marvin Andrews and Emmanuel Dorado; Lee Makel, Burton O’Brien (substituted by Jon Paul McGovern), Stuart Lovell, David Fernandez (substituted by Fernando Pasquinelli) and Derek Lilley.


Hibernian: Daniel Andersson; Colin Murdock and Gary Smith (substituted by Tom McManus); Roland Edge, Mathias Kouo-Doumbe and Gary Caldwell; Kevin Thomson, Alan Reid (substituted by Stephen Dobbie), Derek Riordan, Garry O’Connor and Scott Brown.


The referee was Willie Young of Clarkston.


The League Cup Final programme for some time the best produced each season in Scotland, and this was no exception.   In A4 format with 60 pages and a laminated cover, it sold for £4.


It contained an extensive range of features on the players of both teams, their route to the final, a number of historical features, and a double page article on famous programmes featuring both clubs.



Scottish Programme of the Day – 13th March


On this day in 1963, Dundee beat Anderlecht 2-1 at Dens Park in the second leg of the quarter final of the European Cup.   Having won the first leg 4-1 in Belgium, they become the third Scottish club to reach the semi finals in the European Cup’s first eight years.   It was quite a journey for Dundee; they beat Cologne 8-1 at Dens Park in the preliminary round and could afford a 4-0 defeat in West Germany.   They lost 1-0 in Lisbon, but beat Sporting Club 4-1 in the second leg in Dundee, and then beat the champions of Belgium home and away.


AC Milan proved to be a different proposition in the semi final, and won 5-1 in the first leg in Italy.  Dundee’s 1-0 win in Dundee was merely a consolation.


Alan Cousin and Gordon Smith scored the goals, watched by 38,232, the largest of the four home crowds in the run to the semi final.  Jacques Stockman scored for the visitors.   Dundee were unchanged from the first leg; Anderlecht changed their goalkeeper and right back.


The teams were:

Dundee:  Bert Slater; Alex Hamilton and Bobby Cox; Bobby Seith, Ian Ure and Bobby Wishart; Gordon Smith, Andy Penman, Alan Cousin, Alan Gilzean and Hugh Robertson.


Anderlecht: Jean-Marie Trappeniers, Plaskale and Jean Cornelis; Pierre Hanon, Laurent Verbiest, and Martin Lippens; Jean-P. Janssens, Joseph Jurion, Jacques Stockman, Paul Van Himst and Wilfried Puis


Dundee allowed DC Thomson, the local newspaper, magazine and comic publisher, to produce the official programme for the match, printed in a mixture of black and white and full colour on gloss paper, slightly smaller than B5 by with a landscape orientation.    There were only three pages of adverts and the programme was good value for 6d (2.5p)


Contents includes a full page action photograph of a goal from the home match against Sporting Lisbon, a full colour Anderlecht team group, centre fold teams with four full colour individual photographs and caricatures of players from both teams, Dundee pen pictures and a photo of the trophies from the boardroom, a feature on three home players and photographs of the Dundee squads of 1932 and 1947.



Scottish Programme of the Day – March 12th


On this day in 1947, the Scottish League lost 3-1 to the Football League at Hampden Park.


League internationals, in which teams selected from players from the Scottish, English, and (Northern) Irish Leagues, and theLeague of Ireland played annual fixtures, were suspended for the duration of the Second World War.    It took until February 1947 before a League select ventured over the Irish Sea (the Irish League losing 4-2 at Goodison Park).   League internationals returned to Scottish soil three weeks later, with the resumption of the annual match against the Football League.

           These fixtures were widely regarded as being second in importance only to the Scotland v England full international, and the attendance of 84,714 at Hampden Park on the afternoon of Wednesday 12th March 1947 underlined that fact.    Such was the strength of the Scottish League that the Anglo-free team was invariably a match for the English select, which usually bore a strong resemblance to the England international team of the day.

            Unfortunately for the Scots, the English were too strong for them in 1947, winning 3-1 with two goals from Wilf Mannion and one from Dennis Westcott.  The teams were :

            Scottish League : Willie Miller (Celtic) ; George Young (Rangers), Johnny Kelly (Third Lanark), Hugh Brown (Partick Thistle), Willie Woodburn (Rangers), Jackie Husband (Partick Thistle), Willie Waddell (Rangers), Tommy Kiernan (Celtic), Bobby Flavell (Airdrie), George Hamilton (Aberdeen) and Bobby Mitchell (Third Lanark).

           Football League : Ted Ditchburn (Tottenham), Laurie Scott (Arsenal), George Hardwick (Middlesbrough), Phil Taylor (Liverpool), Neil Franklin (Stoke), Billy Burgess (Tottenham), Stanley Matthews (Stoke), Raich Carter (Derby County), Dennis Westcott (Wolves), Wilf Mannion (Middlesbrough) and Fred Kippax (Burnley).    The referee was Willie Webb of Glasgow.

           Scotland’s goal was scored by the only Second Division player in the team, Bobby Flavell of Airdrieonians, who was enjoying a remarkable season of profligate goal scoring, prior to embarking an even more remarkable football career.

           Signed from Kirkintilloch Rob Roy in the summer of 1939, Flavell guested for several English clubs while serving in the Navy during the war.  In 1946/47 he scored 50 goals in 35 League and Cup games, and it was little surprise when Hearts purchased his transfer in December 1947.   He shone in an comparatively undistinguished Hearts team, and controversially walked out on his contract to sign for Millionarios of Columbia, where his striking partner was Alfredo di Stefano.

           On returning to Scotland in 1951, he served a 6 month suspension from the SFA, but thereafter helped his new club, Dundee, to two League Cup successes, and a losing Scottish Cup final.  After 18 months at Kilmarnock he ended his career at St Mirren, later returning for a brief spell as their manager.

            His appearance against the English League followed two war-time caps, and at the end of that season he played twice for the full Scotland team in their end of season matches in Belgium and Luxembourg (where he scored twice).  Prior to that, he scored five times against the Irish League.

           The Scottish Football League was in a brief spell of putting content on the front cover of their eight page, A5 sized programmes, in this instance paragraphs and photographs of the League President, John McMahon of Clyde, and veteran Secretary William MacAndrew.  The programme was printed in blank on gloss paper, and the format was consistent with other Scottish big match programmes of the era ; centre fold teams, with head and shoulders photos top and bottom and pen pictures down both margins.  Two scene-setting articles filled the other pages which were not used for advertising, in this instance Aitken’s Beer, Challenge whiskly and the Sporting Chronicle.




Scottish Programme of the Day – March 11th


On this day in 2004, Celtic beat Barcelona 1-0 at Parkhead in the first leg of the fourth round of the UEFA Cup, despite goalkeeper Rab Douglas being sent off in the first half.


Two Barcelona players were also sent off, Motta and Saviola


Alan Thompson scored the goal in 59 minutes, watched by 59,539.  The second leg at the Nou Camp was drawn 0-0, but Celtic lost to Villarreal in the quarter final.


Martin O’Neill’s team were runaway winners of the SPL and won the Scottish Cup by beating Dunfermline Athletic in the final.    Barcelona, managed by Frank Rijkaard, finished runners up to Valencia in the Spanish League, and Zaragoza beat Real Madrid in the Spanish Cup Final.


The teams at Celtic Park were:


Celtic: Rab Douglas; Didier Agathe and Jackie McNamara; Craig Beattie (substituted by goalkeeper David Marshall at half time), Bobo Balde and Stanislav Varga; Neil Lennon, Stilian Petrov, Henrik Larsson, Stephen Pearson and Alan Thompson (substituted by Momo Sylla in 83 minutes)


Barcelona: Victor Valdes; Michael Reiziger (substituted by Gerard Lopez 64 minutes), Garcia Gabri, Philip Cocu, Presas Oleguer, Carles Puyol, Hernandez Xavi, Thiago Motta, Javier Saviola, Gaucho Ronaldinho (substituted by Marc Overmars 88 mins), Sanz Luis Garcia (substituted by Ricardo Quaresma 72 minutes)


Celtic issued a 48 page A4 special programme, priced £3.  There were features on Morten Weighorst, who’s Brondby side was beaten by Barcelona in the previous round, Stilian Petrov, John Hughes who scored against Barcelona in 1964, previous meetings with Spanish teams, Johan Mjallby, a “Now You Know” featured with Jim Craig, Jim McInally, the Celtic Academy, and two pages of the visitors’ squad.



Scottish Programme of the Day – March 10th


On this day in 1984, Celtic beatAberdeen 1-0 in the second leg of the Scottish League Cup semi final, and advanced to meet Rangers in the final.


The League Cup semi finals were decided over two legs for a number of years in the early 1980s.  Aberdeen and Celtic had drawn 0-0 at Pittodrie a fortnight earlier, and 41,169 turned up at Celtic Park for the second leg, which the home side won with a Mark Reid penalty.


In the other semi final, Dundee United and Rangers drew 1-1 at Tannadice, and Rangers won the second leg 2-0.   The final, on 25th March, was won by Rangers, 3-2 after extra time.


Celtic also lost the Scottish Cup Final after extra time, to Aberdeen, and finished a distant second to the Dons in the League Championship.


The teams at Celtic Park were:

Celtic: Pat Bonner; Danny McGrain and Mark Reid; Roy Aitken, Tom McAdam and Graeme Sinclair (substituted by Davie Provan); Brian McClair, Paul McStay, Frank McGarvey, Murdo MacLeod and Tommy Burns.


Aberdeen: Jim Leighton; Neale Cooper and Doug Rougvie; Neil Simpson (substituted by Willie Falconer), Alex McLeish and Willie Miller; Gordon Strachan, Dougie Bell, Eric Black, Ian Angus and John Hewitt


Referee was R.B. Valentine of Dundee


Celtic issued their standard 20 page, A5 size programme printed in black and green on white gloss paper.  It cost 30p.   Contents included Davie Hay’s manager’s page, a look back at 5 and 15 years ago, brief club news, team lists, half time scoreboard and League table, centre fold pictures of goalkeeper Peter Latchford, two pages of brief coverage of the visitors (mainly photographs) a feature on young player Tony Shepherd and a brief “Reserve Talk” by Bobby Lennox


Scottish Programme of the Day – March 9th


On this day in 1976 Hearts and Montrose drew 2-2 in a Scottish Cup quarter final replay at Tynecastle, watched by 16,228.


The first match at Links Park had also been drawn 2-2, on the previous Saturday, and First Division Montrose shocked their Premier Division hosts by taking a 2-0 half time lead in the replay, through Harry Johnston and a Les Barr penalty.  Graham Shaw and Willie Gibson scored in the second half to force extra time, in which no further goals were scored.


Hearts won the second replay 2-1 at Muirton Park, Perth (watched by 10,047) a week later, but Dumbarton after a replay in the semi final but lost 3-1 to Rangers in the final.


The teams in the second match were:

Hearts: Jim Cruickshank; Dave Clunie and Jim Jefferies; Jim Brown, John Gallacher and Don Murray; Kenny Aird, Drew Busby (replaced by Donald Park), Willie Gibson, Ralph Callachan and Graham Shaw


Montrose: Dave Gorman; Les Barr and Alex Walker; Dave McNicoll, Denis D’Arcy and Jimmy Cant; Malcolm Lowe, Ian Stewart, Bobby Livingstone, Harry Johnston and Bertie Miller (replaced by Charlie Guthrie).


Referee was Hugh Alexander from Kilmarnock


Hearts issued their standard 12 page programme for the replay, and charged 10p.  Printed internally in black on white gloss paper, it started with an article by manager John Hagart, devoted a page to the visitors, another page to recent first team and reserve matches, a page of “Tynecastle Topics” and a page of first team and reserves goalscorers.    The back page contained results and fixtures and small adverts appeared throughout the programme.


Scottish Programme of the Day – March 8th


On this day in 1989, Scotland beat France 2-0 at Hampden in a World Cup Qualifying match – and the result came as no surprise.


Scotland lead the qualifying group for much of the campaign, but were eventually overhauled by Yugoslavia.   The Scots did finish a point ahead of France to qualify for the finals in Italy.  Norway and Cyprus were the other countries in the group.


Both Scotland goals were scored by Maurice Johnston, and reflected their domination of a match which was watched by 65,204 at Hampden.


The teams were:

Scotland: Jim Leighton; Richard Gough and Maurice Malpas; Roy Aitken, Alex McLeish and Gary Gillespie; Steve Nicol, Paul McStay, Ally McCoist (replaced by Brian McClair in 69 minutes), Iain Ferguson (replaced by Gordon Strachan in 56 minutes) and Maurice Johnston.


France: Joel Bats; Manuel Amoros and Franc Silvestrre; Luc Sonor, Patrick Battiston and Franck Sauzee; Jean-Philippe Durand (substituted by Stephane Paille in 57 minutes), Thierry Laurey, Jean-Pierre Papin, Laurent Blanc and Daniel Xuereb (replaced by Christian Perez in 70 minutes).


The SFA produced a 32 page full colour glossy B5 programme, which cost £1.  Following an introduction fromScotland manager Andy Roxburgh, the reading material was largely contributed by journalists who covered the players of both teams. There were also two pages of statistics, covering Scotland’s results and fixtures, and listing all the players capped by Roxburgh.