Q From Ally
McConnell: "Can you please name the Ayr United
player who holds the British League Goalscoring record achieved
in season 1927-28 which was the same season Dixie Dean was scoring
60 goals in England?"
A This was Jimmy Smith
who scored 66 league goals for Ayr United that season.
Counting friendlies he scored 84 in all in 50 matches.
Previously with Dumbarton Harp, Clydebank and Rangers
(for whom he played just two League games), Smith later went on
to play for Liverpool, Tunbridge Wells Rangers, Bristol Rovers,
Newport County, Notts County and Dumbarton.
There is a misconception that he was a flop in England yet he
scored 38 league goals for Liverpool in 61 matches. In
his two seasons at Anfield he was top scorer one season and 2nd
best the next.
Q John Owen writes: "After
my earlier query about Morton's record of consecutive league
wins, I am asking about East Stirling's run of losses.
What is the record for consecutive league defeats, and are East
Stirling anywhere near beating the record?"
A Theyre on their way.
Third Lanark lost their last 21 League games in 1964-65 and
the first two the following season for a total of 23 in
succession. At the time of writing (April 2004), 'Shire have lost
19 in a row. So as far as East Stirling are concerned its
watch this space.'
Q Craig Kerr asks:
"The McGrory versus McCoist debate has been raised
again and no work is getting done! Can you please list their various
attributes / scoring feats to allow for a comparison?"
A Youll never settle
it. I suspect followers of one team will always favour their man
over the other no matter how much evidence is produced
to the contrary!
Briefly, Jimmy McGrory scored more League goals than anyone
else in Scottish football. Ally McCoist has scored more
than anyone else in post-war Scottish football. McCoist is credited
as being top scorer in Europe twice. McGrory was also top scorer
in Europe twice. McCoist has scored more goals in Old Firm fixtures
than any other player. McGrory scored more goals in the Scottish
Cup than any other player. McCoist won far more Scotland caps
than McGrory. McGrory scored far more goals in a season than McCoist.
Q Michael Brown's
query is: "Can you name the last all-Scottish team to
win the Scottish Cup?"
A It was May 16th 1987
and the team in question was St Mirren who fielded 13 Scots
(including substitutes) thus: Money, Wilson, Winnie, Cooper,
D Hamilton, B Hamilton, Abercromby, Lambert (Fitzpatrick), I Ferguson,
McDowall (Cameron), McGarvey.
They defeated Dundee United 1-0 thanks to a goal from Iain Ferguson
nine minutes from the end of extra time.
Q Ger Harley
asks: "How many times has a Scottish side won a European
tie on away goals?"
A Scottish teams have won
just five times on away goals. Rangers v Sporting
Lisbon CWC 71-72, Dundee United v Anderlecht UEFA Cup 79-80,
Dundee United again v Rapid Vienna European Cup 83-84,
then twice last season - Livingston v Vaduz and Celtic
v Celta Vigo both in the UEFA Cup.
A rather poor record, seeing as our clubs have lost by this method
on 25 occasions!
Q Mike Donaldson wonders:
"Have Celtic broken every record going this season?"
A No they haven't. There's
a popular misconception among Celtic supporters that their recent
unbeaten run has seen every record in the book tumble to the Bhoys
but it just isn't so. Yes, they have set some new and remarkable
records. At the time of writing (March 2004) they have set new
records for the most consecutive victories in the top flight,
the most consecutive victories in a single season in Scotland
and the longest unbeaten home run of any Scottish side.
BUT...... by drawing with Motherwell on March 14th
their winning streak ended at 25 in succession - exactly
the same as Morton managed between April 1963 and February
The longest unbeaten League run ever is 62 games between
1915-17 - a record held by Celtic themselves and one they are
only just over halfway towards reaching. In Europe they have now
played 18 games since their last home defeat - against
Ajax. But from March 1969 when they lost to AC
Milan to December 1983 when Nottingham Forest triumphed,
Celtic played 34 home games in Europe without loss. Admittedly,
three of those matches were at Hampden but they still count.
And in what will probably be a vain attempt to stop the Bhoys
heads from swelling even bigger, I can confirm that six consecutive
away defeats in the Champions League is also a new, if unwanted,
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Q John Scott wants us to list
" the top ten all time goal scorers for Glasgow Celtic F.C."
A Counting League, Scottish
Cup, League Cup and European games the top ten are:
470 Jimmy McGrory
273 Bobby Lennox
235 Henrik Larsson
232 Stevie Chalmers
217 Jimmy Quinn
192 Patsy Gallacher
188 John Hughes
177 Sandy McMahon
168 Jimmy McMenemy
167 Kenny Dalglish
Counting League goals only its:
128 Adam McLean
Larsson's figures are up to and including April 8th 2004
Q From Alan McCabe:
"Any info on Shawfield Amateurs who played in Scottish
Qualifying Cup matches until the mid-1960s? Were they related
to Clyde? And any idea of where they played?"
A Shawfield Amateurs first came
to prominence in the 1930s. They won the Scottish Amateur Leagues
Third Division in 1936 and the Second Division in 1937.
They didnt take part in the Scottish Qualifying Cup until
after the Second World War and their first tie was a 9-1 away defeat
at East Stirling. In 1948 they reached the last four of the
short-lived Midland qualifying section and qualified for the Scottish
Cup proper. It wasnt a great experience as they were beaten
8-0 by St Mirren at Love Street.
From 1948-49 onwards they competed in the South Qualifying Cup
though without success. From 1954-57 the Qualifying Cups were in
abeyance and all teams competed in the Scottish Cup proper even
though it was still in effect a qualifying competition. First Division
clubs didnt enter till round five.
In these seasons Shawfield were beaten in the first round by Babcock&
Wilcox in 1955 and Elgin City in 1957. But in 1956 they
beat Murrayfield Amateurs after a replay before losing to
Thye continued to compete in the re-founded South Qualifying Cup
until 1963-64. A 4-0 defeat at Wigtown was their last
cup tie. It was noted at the 1964 AGM of the SFA that they were
no longer members of the association though no reason for their
disbandment was given.
As far as I am aware there was no link with Clyde. Nor with
the also now defunct Shawfield Juniors who were one of the
top sides around in the late 1930s and the immediate post-war period.
Nothing on their ground at the moment I'm afraid but I'm sure if
anyone out there has any information they'll get in touch.
Q 'Islandbear' wants two questions
answered. Firstly: "Who was the first player to score
a hat trick in Scottish football?"
A John Kytie
MacPherson was first to register a hat-trick. In fact he went
one better, scoring four for Rangers in a 6-2
win at Cambuslang on Aug 23rd 1890.
Q "Who is the top
scorer in Old Firm games?" is the second query.
A In League games its
Ally McCoist with 17 for Rangers. Top Celt
is Sandy McMahon with 15. Overall, counting Scottish
Cup and League Cup its McCoist with 24 and McMahon
McCoist: top Old Firm scorer