Q Andrew Morrison
wants to know: "Can you tell me the team line up for the
Scottish Football League v Football League in season 1958-59?
I think the game was played at Ibrox in October 1958. In particular,
I should like to find out who wore the number 3 shirt for
the Scottish League."
A Eric Caldow was the left-back
in this team on October 8th 1958: Brown (Dundee), Grant (Hibernian),
Caldow (Rangers), Turnbull (Hibernian), Toner (Kilmarnock), Mackay
(Hearts), Hamilton (Hearts), Fernie (Celtic), Bauld (Hearts), Baird
(Rangers), Auld (Celtic).
The match was a 1-1 draw with Sammy Baird scoring for the
Scots and Brian Clough for the visitors. The venue was, as
you suggest, Ibrox.
Eric Caldow's penalty goal v England at Hampden in 1962
Q Jim McVean asks:
"What was the actual date of the Scottish League
Cup Final 1993/94 Rangers v Hibernian?"
A October 24th 1993 was the
date and Celtic Park the venue when Rangers beat Hibs
2-1 in front of a crowd of 47,632.
Ally McCoist had been out for a long time with a broken leg
and had played just one full match for Rangers that season. He came
off the bench to score the winner within a couple of minutes of
stepping onto the pitch.
Rangers other goal came from Ian Durrant with a Dave McPherson
own goal replying for Hibs.
Q From Graeme
Allen: "Who captained the Scotland and
Republic of Ireland sides in their recent matches against the Faeroes
A Barry Ferguson led out Scotland
against the Faeroes while Mark Kinsella had that honour for
the Irish against the Turks
Cup Final Hat-tricks
Q Chris Green
asks: "How many hat-tricks have been scored in the
Scottish Cup Final? Who has scored these goals? What was
the year, the final score and against what team?"
A There have been FOUR
hat-tricks in Scottish Cup Finals. The first was by Dr John Smith
for Queen's Park against Dumbarton in the 1881
replay at Kinning Park. The Spiders won 3-1 in
front of around 10,000 spectators.
Incidentally, Smith was quite a remarkable character. The Mauchline-born
doctor also played for Scotland, founded Edinburgh University's
football team and was also a regular Rugby Union player - good enough
to be a Scotland reserve.
The next treble came from Celtic's Jimmy Quinn who scored
all his team's goals in their 3-2 victory over Rangers
in 1904. This was the first Scottish Cup Final to be
played at the present Hampden Park and was watched by a crowd of
It was almost 70 years later before there was another hat-trick
and again the scorer was a Celt. John 'Dixie' Deans scored
the second, third and fourth goals in his side's 6-1 demolition
of Hibernian at Hampden in 1972 before a crowd of
106,102 - the record 20th century Cup Final score.
A hat-trick for Deans in 1972
The last such feat to date came in 1996 when Gordon Durie
notched the third, fourth and fifth strikes in Rangers' 5-1 win
over Hearts. The attendance was only 37,760 but that was
a capacity crowd as Hampden was awaiting its final rebuild.
Gordon Durie: Last Cup Final hat-trick hero
Before anyone asks, we'll sort out the League Cup
as well. Although a much younger competition it has actually produced
more Final hat-tricks - NINE in total. Davie Duncan
got the first in East Fife's 4-1 replay win over Falkirk
in 1947-48. Then Willie Bauld grabbed three when
Hearts won their first trophy in almost half a century, beating
Motherwell 4-2 in 1954-55. Three seasons after that
came the legendary Celtic 7 Rangers 1 match. Billy McPhail
scored a hat-trick for the Bhoys that day.
In 1963-64 Jim Forrest went one better and scored FOUR
in Rangers' 5-0 victory over Morton. This remains
the only occasion when a player has scored more than three goals
in a major Scottish Final.
In 1968-69 Bobby Lennox scored a hat-trick when Celtic
beat Hibs 6-2. When the same teams lined up again in the
1974-75 Final it was an even more remarkable occasion. 'Dixie'
Deans scored three for Celtic and Joe Harper did likewise
for Hibs as Celtic won 6-3. This is the only major Final where
a player has scored a hat-trick for the losers and also the only
one in which two players scored trebles. .
Three from Bobby Lennox in this game
It also established Deans in the history books
as the only player to score hat-tricks in both the Scottish Cup
and League Cup Final.
And we can't leave this topic without mentioning the two most prolific
scorers of recent times. Ally McCoist won over a doubtful
Rangers support with his hat-trick against Celtic
when the Gers won the 1983-84 League Cup Final 3-2.
The equally-idolised Henrik Larsson of Celtic became
the first non-Scot to score a cup-final hat-trick with his one-man
demolition job on Kilmarnock in the 2000-01 Final.
That last hat-trick is the only one seen in person by this
writer and it remains a painful memory to this day.
Lowest Old Firm
Q From David
and Lorraine: "What are Celtic and Rangers
lowest crowds for: A. home league game B. home (in
Glasgow), paying European game in, say, the last 30 - 40
A I'll take the easier part
first. In European matches the lowest crowd at Ibrox is 10,423
who watched Rangers beat Maltese team Valletta 10-0 in the
Cup-Winners Cup first round on Sep 28th 1983. Rangers were
already 8-0 up from the first leg. For Celtic it's the crowd
of around 8,000 that attended the 5-0 win over Basle,also
in the first round of the CWC on October 9th 1963. Celtic held a
5-1 advantage from the first leg.
The problem with League attendances is that until
fairly recently many were given as estimates. The Scottish Football
League has accurate attendance records from 1961 onwards but
guards these like the Crown Jewels.
In the past 40 years the lowest League gate at Parkhead
is the 4,956 who watched Celtic v Dundee on Apr
The lowest Rangers figure is more problematic. The match
at Ibrox on May 23rd 1979 against Partick Thistle
is quoted in 'Rothmans' as just 2,500 but other
publications have listed a figure as high as 6,000.
Games in 1972 against Ayr United and Dunfermline
Athletic on Apr 27th and May 1st respectively
are both given as 3,000 by 'Rothmans' and 4,000
There is a definitive answer but unless the Scottish Football League
puts these figures into the public domain the best I can say is
that it is likely to be one of the matches mentioned above.
Incidentally, the Football League in England has no such reticence
when it comes to gates. Attendances for every League game from 1925-26
onwards are freely available.
In Scotland we have to make do with seasonal totals which reveal
the worst average attendances in the past 40 years to be 18,390
for Celtic in 1983-84 and 16,400 for Rangers
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