Q Sean Graham sends us this. With
Dundee United near the bottom of the Premier League and now in
the Scottish Cup final, has any team won the Cup then been relegated in
the same season?
A The answer is no though a few have
been relegated the following season - Motherwell 1952, 1953, Clyde
1955, 1956, Dundee United 1994, 1995. Closest to actually being relegated
is probably Falkirk in 1957. On the same day as they won
the Cup they were third bottom of the table, only out of a relegation
spot on goal average, though they eventually finished 14th and four points
clear of the drop. Hearts were second bottom of the eleven-club
first division when they won the Scottish Cup in 1901 but there was no
automatic promotion or relegation in those days.
East Fife were in the Second Division when they won in 1938 and
Queen's Park were still non-league at the time of their 1893 triumph.
Q Pedro Ramalhete asks: In
some club websites I found that in the late 1800's there was a cup competition
between the winners of the English and Scottish FA Cups, the World Cup
or World Championship. What happened to this competition? When did it
start and when did it finish? Do you have the list of the winners of this
Cup? I know that Renton won this competition. What happened to
A The only time this cup was played
for was when Renton beat West Bromwich Albion 3-1 at Hampden
in May 1888. The trophy is in the Scottish football museum and there is
something about it plus an image of the Cup on this
page. Renton were a village team that struggled to adapt to
league football and resigned from the league in 1897. Their last match
was in the Scottish Cup in 1921.
Q Bobby Smith's memory has been troubling
him. This query has been bothering me for years. Am I correct
in saying Rangers drew 3-3 with Arbroath on the day Thistle beat the Celtic
4-1 in the League Cup Final?"
A No, Rangers beat Motherwell 4-0
at Ibrox on October 23rd 1971 - the day that Thistle beat Celtic
4-1 in the League Cup Final.
Q Another Red-Lichties related query
from Fraser C. When did Arbroath FC first produce
a home match programme?
A We fielded this to Douglas Stevenson
of D&D Programmes - whose site
is well worth a look. Douglas tells us that it was 1959-60, which was
Arbroath's first post-war season in Division One.
Q Bari Khan is looking for some painful
information. I was wondering if you would be able to tell me
the FIFA rankings of the Scottish national team over the past ten
years i.e. 1995, 1996, 1997 etc...
A The rankings are issued monthly
rather than annually. The first was in August 1993 when Scotland were
ranked 30. Since then the December rankings have been:
The latest ranking (March 2005) is joint 88th.