Q From 'Suneagle7' 'I would
appreciate any knowledge of what present team this postcard is referring
to, I'm having a time figuring out if it's Rangers (which it seems to
indicate by the dates of Cup victories) or maybe Celtic (because of the
name Parkhead). I'm having difficulty finding information on the Helenslea
Park Grounds as a home for either of the two teams above mentioned. The
postcard seems to be dated July 21 1909, being sent from Shettleston,
to Mount Florida.'
A It's neither Celtic nor Rangers.
The team in question is Parkhead FC, who had no relationship with
either of the big two clubs and whose ground was Helenslea Park. The trophies
referred to in the letterhead are the Scottish Junior Cup, Glasgow
Junior Cup and Glasgow Junior League.
Confusingly for those unfamiliar with the set-up, Junior football in Scotland
doesn't refer to age but is a different grade of the game, roughly equivalent
to non-league in England.
Parkhead were a highly successful club in their day, winning the game's
top prize - the Scottish Junior Cup - five times and playing in nine Finals.
They are no longer in existence.
Q Janella Bishop sends this in. 'How
many goals did Alex Ferguson score whilst playing for Rangers,
and was he a top goal-scorer there?'
A Alex Ferguson scored 35 goals
for Rangers - 25 in the League, four in the League Cup and six in the
Fairs Cup. He was top Rangers scorer overall in 1967-68 with 24
goals and also their top scorer in the League the same season with 19.
Q Stewart Parker takes us to task.
'Great website but I note your page on Clydebank FC says they are
now non-existent. They are non-existent as a senior team but still exist
as a junior team.'
A Thanks for the kind words re the
site. Yes, Clydebank are playing (and doing well) in the Juniors. But
technically and legally they are a different club from the one that played
in the Scottish League even though it's by and large the same supporters
that follow them.
This is because the senior team never actually lost their place in the
League but were taken over and moved to Airdrie. Somewhat ridiculously
this is reflected in publications like the otherwise superb Scottish
Football League Review which sees Airdrie United as merely an extension
of Clydebank and lists old Bankies records for the 'new' club.
The team that joined the Central League in 2003-04 was, as I'm sure you're
well aware, brought into existence thanks to the dedicated efforts of
Q Some queries on the game's early
days from Pedro Ramalhete. 'I've a little question about Vale
of Leven. They were a very successful club in the past but what happened
to them? There is a junior club with the same name. Do they have any relation
or is it a completely different club?
Also, I've read that Queen's Park is the oldest Scottish club and
Kilmarnock is the third oldest. If this is true who is the second?'
A The answer to your first question
is yes AND no. The old senior Vale of Leven went out of business in the
late 1920s and the present junior team wasn't formed until 1939 but they
play at the same ground (Millburn Park) as the seniors did.
This is quite common in Scottish football. A lot of junior teams were
once senior clubs or formed after the senior team went bust. Sometimes,
like Vale of Leven, there are a few years between the two events while
others went straight from senior to junior.
Queen's Park (founded 1867) are the oldest, Kilmarnock (1869)
second oldest and Stranraer (1870) third oldest.
Q From Bruce Smith. 'I am
trying to track down the result and any details of an Inter League Match
between the Football League and Scottish League held at
Highbury on 23rd March 1960. I hoped you might be able to
A The Football League won 1-0. Teams were:
FL: Kelsey (Arsenal), Armfield (Blackpool), Moran (Liverpool),
Robson (West Brom), Knapp (Leicester), Mackay (Spurs), Hooper (Birmingham),
Bloomfield (Arsenal), White (Newcastle), Greaves (Chelsea), Jones (Spurs)
Scottish League: Niven, Caldow, Little (all Rangers), Cumming
(Hearts), Evans (Celtic), McCann (Motherwell), Scott (Rangers), Herd (Clyde),
St John (Motherwell), Blackwood (Hearts), Muir (Kilmarnock)
Hooper scored the only goal. The FL team, as you can see, was a pretty
cosmopolitan lot with the likes of Welshmen Jack Kelsey and Cliff Jones
plus Scot Dave Mackay lining up alongside English stars like Bobby Robson
and Jimmy Greaves.
Q Ger Harley, the editor of
Scottishfitba.net, asks 'One of my posters is looking for the names
of the World Cup Squad for the 1990 tournament. He has a
ball signed by the squad and coaches prior to leaving for Italy and he
wants to match the names to autographs. I have the players who played
but not the full squad. Can you help?'
A This was the squad for Italy in
1990. Roy Aitken was captain. Jim Leighton, Andy Goram, Bryan
Gunn, Roy Aitken, Maurice Malpas, Alex McLeish, Dave McPherson, Stewart
McKimmie, Gary Gillespie, Richard Gough, Craig Levein, Stuart McCall,
Paul McStay, Murdo McLeod, Jim Bett, John Collins, Gary McAllister, Maurice
Johnston, Robert Fleck, Ally McCoist, Gordon Durie, Alan McInally.
The only outfield players who never got a sniff of the action were John
Collins and Gary McAllister. Back-up keepers Goram and Gunn were also
idle. All the others played at some point of the tournament.
Alan Brown sends additional information on the recent query on
the James 'Fister' Walls testimonial match.
'This match was played on 27th April 1925. I took the following details
from "Rangers - The Complete Record" by Robert McElroy
& Bob Ferrier.'
27/04/1925 Rangers - Newcastle United 1-0. Goal: Henderson. Crowd: 4,000,
T.Hamilton; Manderson, McCandless; Craig, Cunningham, Meiklejohn; Archibald,
Chalmers, Henderson, Cairns, A.L.Morton.
Many thanks, Alan.