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
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
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 Fergusons team celebrated promotion to the Premier Division.
the features in the main programme was a managers page by Tom Hendrie, two pages on the visitors, match action from
Scottish Programme of the Day 24th April
On this day in 1948, Boness 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 Boness
United and Shawfield met at Easter Road on
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
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 Boness prevail that afternoon, it would not be an all
One player singled out for mention in the editorial, as one of their most colourful players is centre-forward Buckley, a
The Parkhead club did not take up their option on the Boness 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
Boness 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
this day in 1955,
There was scarcely a dull moment for
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
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
The 1955 final was against their close
neighbours, Celtic, in whose shadow
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 Celtics grasp.
Only 68,831 turned up for the replay four days later, when, as in the first match, Clydes 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
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 clubs 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,
After resisting early pressure from the favourites,
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.
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 (
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
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.
Rangers comfortably contained the Germans and advanced to the final, where they beat Moscow Dynamo 3-2 in
full to its 80,000 capacity, and it is interesting to note that on the same evening, on the other side of
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
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
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
In the first leg in
The fixture also marked a turning point
in the Hibs programme which, under the editorship of Magnus Williamson, was one of the best in
Contents included Hugh Shaws
musings From the Managers 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
Scottish Programme of the Day 17th April
The winning goal was scored by Huddersfield Towns 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,
Born in the historic cradle of Scottish football, Dunbartonshire (
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
Scottish Programme of the Day 16th April
this day in 1969,
The Germans took
the lead through Gerd Muller in 39 minutes, and comfortably rebuffed
The draw resuscitated
In the finals in
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 Chelseas 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
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
There were three major adverts, for Scotsport, Pringle and Gold Crest cigarettes
Scottish Programme of the Day 15th April
On this day in 1967,
This was Scotlands 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 Ramseys 1966 World Cup winners.
Despite the almost total supremacy they enjoyed, there was no prospect of a high-scoring revenge for
The teams were:
By the mid 1960s 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,
Davie Wilson put
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.
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,
This was one fixture which always saw a large sized programme, up to 20 pages being a more realistic return for the buyers 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
The centre fold had teams in
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, Drybroughs Beer, RS McColls, Capstan cigarettes, Romac Safety Belts (as recommended by Scotland goalkeeper Bill Brown) and on the back page, Sellyns Menswear
Scottish Programme of the Day 13th April
this day in 1946,
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
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
The home side suffered
two late withdrawals through injury, Rangers George Young at centre half, and Celtics George Paterson and left half. Jackie
Husband replaced the latter, and Youngs 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
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
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
Rangers were in pursuit of League leaders Hearts, while Thirds were looking over their shoulders at the battle to avoid the second relegation place, Queens 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
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
Scottish Programme of the Day 11th April
On this day in 1970,
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.
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
Derek McKay began his playing career in the Highland League
with Deveronvale. A spell at
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
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 Celtics 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
Scottish Programme of the Day 10th April
On this day in 2010,
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 ODea, Joshua Thompson, Landry NGuemo, 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, Countys climb through the Leagues since 1994, Celtics 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
It took 19 minutes for Rangers to breach the
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
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
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 ODonnell, 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,
Visitors to the pavilion at
The player was Jim Baxter, who alongside Denis Law, was part of what is arguably the greatest ever collection of the worlds top footballers. Four years later, he was to return to Wembley to play keepy-uppy as
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
Towards the end of the match,
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).
Wembley redesigned its programme
covers for the FAs fixtures (Cup Final, Amateur Cup Final, Internationals, etc.) during the latters centenary season, and the
Scottish Programme of the Day 5th April
On this day in 1947,
Their goals were scored by Jimmy Duncanson (with two), Billy Williamson and Torry Gillick
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
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
Bent on revenge
a year later,
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 seasons 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
day in 1998 Hearts beat
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
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
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
The previous Wednesday, Rangers had drawn 0-0 in the semi final with Hibs, prompting the latters 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 didnt 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,
This was a stern test of Sir Alf Ramseys new
Three minutes before the interval, Denis Law rose balletically
It was John Prentices
first match in his brief four-game spell as
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).
The referee was Mr H. Faucheux of
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 Thistles Tom Reid.
There were two pages of pen pictures of both teams, accompanied by some individual photos, a full page photograph of Alan Gilzeans 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 didnt 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,
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.
members of the Scottish League in 1890, Thirds finished eleventh in the Second Division.
The teams were:
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
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 ONeil (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
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 seasons 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, Queens Park lost 2-3 at
victory, and Celtics 1-1 draw at home to Third Lanark, enabled
The record books show that the last Queens Park player to be capped by
For that last named match, Brown was listed under his new team, Rangers, for whom he signed professional forms on
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.
Queens did not take their commendable League form into the new competition, finishing bottom of their all-Glasgow qualifying section,
Bearing the Queens 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
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
The prospective husband was beaten three times by
Bobby Brown finished the season without a winners 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.
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,
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.
was Jonni Cesare of
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
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 ever helpful staff quickly retrieved information of her uncles 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
in question was a Scottish Cup tie at Starks Park on
Frank Mennie was rewarded with selection for the Scottish League, for their annual match with the Football League, played at
That wasnt 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
Alex MacDonald scored the goal which took Rangers through to a semi final meeting with Bayern Munich, following
a 1-1 draw in
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.
The referee was Francesco Lobo from
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 seasons 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
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
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
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 of
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
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
Real were beaten in the semi final by Kevin Keggans
were beaten to the Scottish League championship by
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
football is still played, in a recognisable form, 144 years after it was launched when
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 which
The (Northern) Irish League and League of Ireland (headquartered in
When the Football League entertained the Irish League in 1960, the chosen venue was
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
Not to be out-done, the
Irish League included former
Occasionally, matches were arranged outwith the familiar
quartet. The Italian Football League played a series of fixtures in
Scottish Programme of the Day 17th March
On this day in 1973,
The goals were scored by Jocky Scott with two, Gordon Wallace and John Duncan. Les Barr scored Montroses consolation from the penalty spot.
The Dens Parkers finished
in fourth position in the First Division, behind Rangers, Celtic, Hibs and
Montrose: George Whisker; Ian Thomson and Bruce Martin; John ODonnell, Dennis DArcy and Bobby Livingstone (substituted by Charlie Guthrie); Les Barr, Malcolm Lowe, Brian Third, Harry Johnston and Gordon Crammond
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
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,
By common consent, it was the greatest night in the stadiums history.
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)
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
The teams were:
Celtic: Artur Bortuc; Andreas Hinkel, Darren ODea (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
programme of the season in
Scottish Programme of the Day 14th March
On this day in
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:
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 OConnor and Scott Brown.
The referee was Willie Young of Clarkston.
The League Cup Final programme for some time the best
produced each season in
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
this day in 1963,
AC Milan proved to be a different proposition in the semi final, and won
5-1 in the first leg in
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 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.
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
in which teams selected from players from the Scottish, English, and (Northern) Irish Leagues, and theLeague of
These fixtures were widely regarded as being second in importance only to the
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 (
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
His appearance against
the English League followed two war-time caps, and at the end of that season he played twice for the full
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
Scottish Programme of the Day March 11th
On this day in 2004, Celtic beat
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 ONeills team were runaway winners of the SPL and won the Scottish
Cup by beating Dunfermline Athletic in the final.
The teams at
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, whos Brondby side was beaten by
Scottish Programme of the Day March 10th
On this day in 1984, Celtic beat
The League Cup
semi finals were decided over two legs for a number of years in the early 1980s.
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
The teams at
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
was R.B. Valentine of
Celtic issued their standard 20 page, A5 size programme printed in black and green on white gloss paper. It cost 30p. Contents included Davie Hays managers 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
the second replay 2-1 at
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 DArcy and Jimmy Cant; Malcolm Lowe, Ian Stewart, Bobby Livingstone, Harry Johnston and Bertie Miller (replaced by Charlie Guthrie).
Referee was Hugh Alexander from
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
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 from