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1 hour ago, Bogbrush1903 said:

Bill was on the books of the European Cup Winners Cup holders by that time...

Surely one of the best uncapped Scottish players of the 1980s... although he could frustrate his own supporters especially during his spell at The Dons.

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Celtic's greatest ever bargain signing until Moravcik and Larsson a decade later, an absolute stand out player in the centenary season double which absolutely no one would have predicted when he joined for £70,000 in August 1987 to a collective 'WTF?' from most of the Celtic support then.

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It was 60 years ago today that Hearts and Rangers met in a fog-affected Scottish League Cup Final replay at Hampden... indeed fans couldn't see much of the early action due to the conditions. Floodlights has only been installed 2 months earlier (being hanselled by Rangers v Eintracht Frankfurt friendly).

This final is the latest in the year a Scottish League Cup Final has ever been played - although that'll be surpassed by tomorrow's edition - plus was the latest any major final had been played, up until the held-over Scottish Cup Final of 2019-20. Incidentally none has ever been in January.

Having drawn 1-1 in late October before 88,000 there were only 47,500 present to see Rangers run out 3-1 winners. They took the lead on 6mins, were pegged back within 60 seconds only to add 2 more by the time 20mins had been reached. There was to be no more scoring. Jimmy Millar, Ralph Brand and Ian McMillan on target for the Ibrox men; Norrie Davidson for Hearts.

Both clubs had fulfilled league games on the Saturday, with Rangers losing at Dunfermline and Hearts drawing with Kilmarnock. In those days Monday was a traditional night for midweek play.

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On 16/12/2021 at 17:52, Dundee Hibernian said:

1993, and Annfield Park has the carpet rolled away for the last time. The previous King's Park ground was bombed by the Luftwaffe, and local coalman Tam Fergusson led the building of a new home for the newly named Stirling Albion. 'Albion' was chosen, as the first grandstand, in 1945, consisted of Albion coal trucks belonging to Tam. Eventually, financial difficulties forced the club to sell the ground to Central Regional Council, and the club were tenants at Annfield from 1981 to 1993.

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Annfield is now a housing development, and Stirling Albion have used the council owned Forthbank since 1993. Nonetheless, Annfield holds a place in history as the first ground in Scotland to host a match played on synthetic grass (Albion v Ayr, 1-1 draw, 5th September 1987.)

Tam eventually passed the club onto his son Hamish who I got to know a bit about 20 years ago when I was local to the area. He was a bit of a character, but by that time had handed/sold the club onto Peter McKenzie. McKenzie did a hell of a lot for the Binos including being key behind the move to Forthbank. 

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10 hours ago, HibeeJibee said:

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It was 60 years ago today that Hearts and Rangers met in a fog-affected Scottish League Cup Final replay at Hampden... indeed fans couldn't see much of the early action due to the conditions. Floodlights has only been installed 2 months earlier (being hanselled by Rangers v Eintracht Frankfurt friendly).

This final is the latest in the year a Scottish League Cup Final has ever been played - although that'll be surpassed by tomorrow's edition - plus was the latest any major final had been played, up until the held-over Scottish Cup Final of 2019-20. Incidentally none has ever been in January.

Having drawn 1-1 in late October before 88,000 there were only 47,500 present to see Rangers run out 3-1 winners. They took the lead on 6mins, were pegged back within 60 seconds only to add 2 more by the time 20mins had been reached. There was to be no more scoring. Jimmy Millar, Ralph Brand and Ian McMillan on target for the Ibrox men; Norrie Davidson for Hearts.

Both clubs had fulfilled league games on the Saturday, with Rangers losing at Dunfermline and Hearts drawing with Kilmarnock. In those days Monday was a traditional night for midweek play.

Funnily enough, it's foggy as f**k in Glasgow right now too

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9 hours ago, Flybhoy said:

Celtic v Dunfermline from December 1990, Billy Davies, John Collins, David Moyes and an out of focus Mike Galloway in the background. 

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All 4 became managers:

Moyes is doing well with the 'ammers

Collins won the League Cup with Hibs. 

Davies had a not bad record in England, although his second spell at Forest was interesting...

Galloway managed Tranent and was sacked by Coldstream after 3 weeks ..

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2 hours ago, tamthebam said:

All 4 became managers:

Moyes is doing well with the 'ammers

Collins won the League Cup with Hibs. 

Davies had a not bad record in England, although his second spell at Forest was interesting...

Galloway managed Tranent and was sacked by Coldstream after 3 weeks ..

That's probably why he is out of focus...

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On 18/12/2021 at 00:20, HibeeJibee said:

    





This final is the latest in the year a Scottish League Cup Final has ever been played - although that'll be surpassed by tomorrow's edition - plus was the latest any major final had been played, up until the held-over Scottish Cup Final of 2019-20. Incidentally none has ever been in January.

 

Dundee won the League Cup in December 1973 in a final that kicked off at 1pm due to the national power cuts taking place at that time. Dreadful weather on the day resulted in a poor crowd of 29,000. With the game in doubt in the morning thousands of fans from both sides decided not to travel

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On 16/12/2021 at 17:52, Dundee Hibernian said:

1993, and Annfield Park has the carpet rolled away for the last time. The previous King's Park ground was bombed by the Luftwaffe, and local coalman Tam Fergusson led the building of a new home for the newly named Stirling Albion. 'Albion' was chosen, as the first grandstand, in 1945, consisted of Albion coal trucks belonging to Tam. Eventually, financial difficulties forced the club to sell the ground to Central Regional Council, and the club were tenants at Annfield from 1981 to 1993.

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Annfield is now a housing development, and Stirling Albion have used the council owned Forthbank since 1993. Nonetheless, Annfield holds a place in history as the first ground in Scotland to host a match played on synthetic grass (Albion v Ayr, 1-1 draw, 5th September 1987.)

Annfield sounds a bit like Anfield, and I think there was a time while Bill Shankly was the Liverpool manager, his brother was the manager at Stirling Albion.  No wonder people kept getting the two clubs mixed up. 
 

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14 minutes ago, Arch Stanton said:

Seeing as that's Steve Clarke behind him, it must be this game.

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Saints had an excellent record of home friendly victories in the 80s over top English sides.

To be honest, most Scottish clubs did. Home friendlies against English sides were akin to the Nigerian League home results.

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1 hour ago, Arch Stanton said:

Seeing as that's Steve Clarke behind him, it must be this game.

http://www.stmirrenprogrammes.co.uk/StMirren/STM_Match_Details.php?Season=1986&GameID=198608020

Saints had an excellent record of home friendly victories in the 80s over top English sides.

Is that Cheech or Chong on the front cover?

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22 hours ago, ScottyDee1893 said:

Dundee won the League Cup in December 1973 in a final that kicked off at 1pm due to the national power cuts taking place at that time. Dreadful weather on the day resulted in a poor crowd of 29,000. With the game in doubt in the morning thousands of fans from both sides decided not to travel

I remember the semi that year.

under 5,000 brave souls in a rain soaked Hampden.

Big Tam Gemmell scored the only goal IIRC

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On 17/12/2021 at 21:28, Bogbrush1903 said:

Bill was on the books of the European Cup Winners Cup holders by that time...

Surely one of the best uncapped Scottish players of the 1980s... although he could frustrate his own supporters especially during his spell at The Dons.

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The only midfielder to score over 100 top division  league  goals, since 1975.

Absolute travesty he was never capped ,

Andy Roxburgh , Ferguson, and Stein saw for to cap the likes of Murdo MacLeod, Ian Wilson, Gary MacKay, Peter Grant, Robert Connor,  ahead of Stark

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It's a while since a full fixture list was played on Christmas Day in Scotland, 50 years ago in 1971, although 1976 saw the last few such games played. 

But (and this might well be @HibeeJibee's territory) a tragic incident took place on Christmas Day 1909, when James Main of Hibernian and Scotland suffered a stomach injury which proved fatal, as he died four days later in hospital.

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In those days club committees decided on the playability of a pitch, not referees, and the match between Partick Thistle and Hibernian took place to the reluctance of the players of both sides. The committees were keen for the fixture to take place as many thousands were inside the ground, and no match meant refunds. A Thistle player reportedly slid on the surface and caught Main in the stomach, rupturing his bowel, an injury which was detected too late for treatment.

The image to the right is of one pillar beside the large tombstone in Burngrange Cemetery, West Calder, which was installed and inscribed by friends and supporters. 

On the day of the funeral, a scheduled match at Easter Road, which Hibs had asked to be postponed, was ordered to be played by the SFA.

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