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Q Lindsay Robertson is looking for
goalscorers in the Dundee V St Johnstone League Cup semi-final in
Q Can you please tell me how many
times Celtic and Rangers have played each other in the Scottish
Cup Final, and who has won the most of their meetings in the final?
asks Will Demetriou.
Q From David Mitchell: Can
you provide me with the St Johnstone team in 1969 Cup Final
to resolve a pub debate?
Q Michael McKernan wants to
know who was the first Scots-born player to be capped for the
Republic of Ireland?
Q From Jamie Findlay: "I'd
like to know how many times Partick Thistle have actually beaten
Airdrie since the start of the football league, they seem to be Thistles
A Well, Jamie, bogey team they may
be but the Jags have the upper hand in games between the pair.
Since they first clashed in the League back in 1894-95, Thistle
have won 71 times as opposed to Airdries 63 with 41
draws. At home, Thistle are ahead 47-22 with 19 draws.
Away, Airdrie lead 41-24 with 22 draws.
Q Alan Rankin says: "I would like to know who the past ten Scotland international managers were? (not including Bertie Vogts). I have got as far as the following: Craig Brown, Andy Roxburgh, Alex Ferguson, Jock Stein Ally McLeod, Willie Ormond, Bill Brown?, Jock Stein?, Ian McColl?"
A Well take it from the start Alan. The SFA used to have a Selection Committee which picked the teams. Andy Beattie, then Huddersfield Town boss was appointed manager in February 1954 for that years World Cup in Switzerland but resigned during the tournament citing interference from the committee. Next up was the legendary Matt Busby in January 1958. The Man Utd boss agreed to take charge of Scotland for the World Cup in Sweden. But one month later, horrendous injuries suffered by Busby as a result of the Munich air crash put paid to that. He did return briefly after the tournament before giving it up in December.
Andy Beattie returned in March 1959 but was still a club manager and found both jobs too much so next up was Ian McColl in November 1960. He was the first Scotland boss not to combine the job with managing a club. But when McColl was sacked in May 1965, the SFA asked Celtics Jock Stein to take over on a part-time basis for the duration of the World Cup qualifiers.
Next was John Prentice in March 1966 who lasted only until October the same year. Another stand-in took over in the shape of Kilmarnock manager Malky Macdonald before Bobby Brown (note the first name Bill was a Spurs and Scotland keeper and no relation) took over in February 1967. Four years later Brown was sacked and eventually replaced by Tommy Docherty.
When Docherty landed the Man Utd job in Dec 1972, Willie Ormond became Scotland boss the following month. He was succeeded in turn by Ally McLeod in May 1977 then Jock Stein in October 1978. After Steins tragic death in Cardiff in September 1985, his assistant, Alex Ferguson, took over as a caretaker until the end of the World Cup in Mexico in June 1986.
After Fergie it was Andy Roxburgh, then Craig Brown which brings us up to date. You can work out for yourself who the last ten were. It depends if you count caretakers like Ferguson, Macdonald and Stein (the first time) and part-timers like Beattie and Busby as managers or not. If you dont then there are only nine managers before Vogts. If you do then it runs back to John Prentice. Personally I would include them all. After all, Alex Ferguson was in charge during a World Cup Finals, something which eluded a few of his full-time predecessors.