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56 minutes ago, Drew Brees said:

Mounted police keep an eye on the crowds at the Edinburgh derby in January 1950 at Easter Road. A record attendance of more than 65,000 fans saw Hearts beat Hibs by two goals to one.

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Monday 2nd January 1950 and worth adding that the crowd at the Edinburgh derby (65,840) exceeded the Old Firm derby (given variously as 44,000; 60,000; or 65,000) which may well be almost unique although it did reoccur on Monday 2nd January 1956 (47,000 at Parkhead v 60,812 at Easter Road).

Admittedly it was a busier day in Glasgow with 30,000 at Partick-Clyde and 10,000 or 15,000 at Third Lanark-QotS.

Across both divisions over 370,00 people attended games i.e. about 1 in every 14 people (men women & children) in the whole nation. It could have been more had the Old Firm derby been at Ibrox and bear in mind Aberdeen were at Dundee, Raith were at East Fife plus Hamilton/Motherwell and Morton/St Mirren were in different divisions, so played each other not their derby. Allow for those parts of the north and south beyond reach of a game and it's astonishing. Plus most would be men & boys.

A Division
65,840     Hibs v Hearts
65,000     Celtic v Rangers
35,000     St Mirren v Motherwell
32,000     Dundee v Aberdeen
30,000     Partick v Clyde
22,515     East Fife v Raith
15,000     Falkirk v Stirling Albion
15,000     Third Lanark v Queen of the South

B Division
23,520     Kilmarnock v Ayr
18,000     Hamilton v Morton
12,000     St Johnstone v Dundee United
11,000     Airdrie v Albion Rovers
10,000     Dunfermline v Cowdenbeath
   7,000     Forfar v Arbroath
   6,000     Dumbarton v Queen's Park
   4,000     Alloa v Stenhousemuir

C Division
unknown     Aberdeen B v Montrose

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On 21/11/2021 at 17:06, House Bartender said:

A decent prospect this young lad. Likely to go places (ultimately Ibrox). A look back to the days when players would stay with a club and the avarice of agents was still to come. (February 1978).

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On 21/11/2021 at 23:21, Eednud said:

I met Welsh player Peter Nicholas in the Grand Duke Bar in Geneva in 2011. He was there as part of the Neath FC delegation for the UEFA Cup draw in nearby Nyon but his main aim that night getting pished. 

Ended up as Eck's team mate too...

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On 21/11/2021 at 23:51, HibeeJibee said:

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I had to google Doug Baillie there as it seems like another lifetime ago that I would read his match reports in the Sunday Post.

He's younger than I thought he'd be, still on the go at 84.

 

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On 22/11/2021 at 04:06, House Bartender said:

A decent prospect this young lad. Likely to go places (ultimately Ibrox). A look back to the days when players would stay with a club and the avarice of agents was still to come. (February 1978).

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Looking back at these underage teams there's always at least one complete unknown. I remember the rest of them but drew a blank with Casey (Celtic). Assume its this guy

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6 hours ago, Arabdownunder said:

Looking back at these underage teams there's always at least one complete unknown. I remember the rest of them but drew a blank with Casey (Celtic). Assume its this guy

Maybe best example of this I've seen is Paul McQuade. He was Scotland's participant in a Rest of the World team that played England Schoolboys in 2004 for ESFA centenary.

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His adult career seemingly amounted to 1 season with Dundonald Bluebell, 2 with Cowdenbeath, and a few appearances for St Mirren, Forfar and East Fife. Injuries presumably.

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6 hours ago, Arabdownunder said:

Looking back at these underage teams there's always at least one complete unknown. I remember the rest of them but drew a blank with Casey (Celtic). Assume its this guy

I remember his infamous OG in the 1978/79 League Cup semi...

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11 hours ago, HibeeJibee said:

Maybe best example of this I've seen is Paul McQuade. He was Scotland's participant in a Rest of the World team that played England Schoolboys in 2004 for ESFA centenary.

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His adult career seemingly amounted to 1 season with Dundonald Bluebell, 2 with Cowdenbeath, and a few appearances for St Mirren, Forfar and East Fife. Injuries presumably.

I remember him looking a cut above in a game for Cowdenbeath against Montrose(and United said to have been in for him around that time). Think you're right that it was injuries that did him in.

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Doug Cowie sadly passed away yesterday. Lucky to see him play a few times as his last season at Dens was my first season of going regularly. According to The Courier this is him in action against Hibs in 1953. As it looks a nice sunny day it’s possibly from the A Division game on 7th March with Dundee winning 2-0 in front of 30,000

 

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On 23/11/2021 at 00:25, Lurkst said:

I had to google Doug Baillie there as it seems like another lifetime ago that I would read his match reports in the Sunday Post.

He's younger than I thought he'd be, still on the go at 84.

 

One for next years Deadpool, cheers.

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3 hours ago, Eednud said:

Doug Cowie sadly passed away yesterday. Lucky to see him play a few times as his last season at Dens was my first season of going regularly. According to The Courier this is him in action against Hibs in 1953. As it looks a nice sunny day it’s possibly from the A Division game on 7th March with Dundee winning 2-0 in front of 30,000

 

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Although a legend at Dens, Doug Cowie was a man revered by older fans at Tannadice when I started attending. There was less bitterness between the sides in those days, and they recalled his feats for Dundee and Scotland too, at two World Cups. Think he used to be listed as 'Trainer' in the Tannadice programmes for an elongated period from around the mid to late 'sixties. Certainly, he later worked with Jim McLean, and was still, in his mid 40s, regarded by many as the best player at Tannadice.

The photo of Doug Cowie in yesterday's Courier looks like he's at Tannadice in a United tracksuit, but he is remembered, rightly, as a huge Dundee luminary, instrumental in the development of many of the players who would win the Scottish League just after he left for Morton.

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Cowie was the last living Scotland international born during the 1920s, and the last Scotland international with more than a few caps born before 1939.

According to list on ScottishLeague.net the oldest surviving Scotland international is now Ian McMillan (born 1931), and earliest with 10+ caps is now Davie Wilson (born 1939). Infact there are now just 15 alive born before the war.

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14 hours ago, Eednud said:

Doug Cowie sadly passed away yesterday. Lucky to see him play a few times as his last season at Dens was my first season of going regularly. According to The Courier this is him in action against Hibs in 1953. As it looks a nice sunny day it’s possibly from the A Division game on 7th March with Dundee winning 2-0 in front of 30,000

 

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Looks to be an awful lot of grass on the pitch for early March?

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2 hours ago, lionel wickson said:

Looks to be an awful lot of grass on the pitch for early March?

The only other 1953 game between them was in November. It’s probably more likely a game against Stirling Albion as that’s the style of jersey they wore back then. If so then it’s the first game of the 1953/54 season, a League Cup group game on 8th August. Dundee won 6-1 (Flavell 4, Steel 2) in front of 21,000. 

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