Q "How many Scottish players
have scored an away hatrick in Europe? I know Brian Gallacher did it for
St Mirren v Hammarby. Any others? asks Squire from Paisley.
A Perhaps surprisingly there are NINE
others. First to bag an away hat-trick was the original 'Yogi'
- John Hughes of Celtic back in September 1963 in
a 5-1 victory over Basle of Switzerland in a first
round Cup-Winners Cup tie.
Two years later in the same round of the same competition and in the same
month, Bobby Lennox did the same in Holland against Go
Ahead of Deventer as Celtic ran out 6-0 winners.
But in Belgium in November 1967 the prodigious George
McLean surpassed those feats. 'Dandy' scored all four
in Dundee's 4-1 Fairs Cup second round win over Royal Liege.
Almost exactly three years after that, Willie Wallace notched a
treble for Celtic as they beat Irish Champions Waterford 7-0
in the second round of the 1970-71 European Cup.
There was a thirteen-year gap until the next big away scorer and that
marksman's identity may come as a surprise. For it was Dave McPherson
who was the first Rangers player to achieve this distinction when
he scored four in Malta against Valetta in a Cup-Winners
Cup first round game in September 1983.
Paul Sturrock was next up with three for Dundee United
against Bohemians of Ireland in a 5-2 UEFA Cup
first round win in September 1985.
One month later came Brian Gallagher with all St Mirren's
goals in the 3-3 draw in Sweden with Hammarby in
the UEFA Cup second round. Gallagher is the only away Scottish
hat-trick scorer not to finish on the winning side in the match in question.
He is also the only one to have scored an away hat-trick and end up losing
the tie as Hammarby won at Love Street in the second leg.
Another long hiatus followed with nearly eleven years elapsing before
(inevitably, I suppose) Ally McCoist got in on the act with
three as Rangers routed Russian champions Alania
Vladikavkaz 7-2 in a Champions League qualifier in August
The last such occurrence to date was also the only time when two
players bagged away hat-tricks in a single game. Robbie Winters
hit four and Gary McSwegan scored three as Dundee
United ran out 8-0 winners against the hapless Principat
of Andorra in a UEFA Cup preliminary round match in July
1997. For the record, Lars Zetterlund scored United's other
So there we have it. Ten in all. Three apiece for Celtic
and Dundee United. Two for Rangers and one
each for Dundee and St Mirren. All by recognised strikers
except McPherson's. You can take some consolation, Squire, in that I reckon
Gallagher's hat-trick was the hardest to achieve. I know some of the early
ones were scored against teams from Holland and Belgium but most football
was part-time in those countries in those days.
Q Junior fan, Paisley, asks:
"Any info on Alistair Brodie,a keeper with Petershill,Yoker and
A This was a real head-scratcher
but fortunately our good friends at the United
Clydebank Supporters website came to the rescue. Alastair Brodie
made just one League appearance for Clydebank. It was a game in the old
Division Two 2 away to Stirling Albion on February 27th 1971 which
Bankies lost 2-0. After that, the trail turns cold. He doesn't appear
to have played for any other senior clubs and probably returned to the
Q From DAVYBAIRDY:
"Who is the second top goal scorer for Scotland ? "
A Since the top scorers are Kenny
Dalglish and Denis Law with 30 goals each, then, technically
speaking, the second top scorer is also the first!
But next up in the scoring stakes is Hughie Gallacher. Some sources
credit him with 23 goals, others with 24 and there are also
question marks over the game against Northern Ireland in 1929.
According to some Gallacher scored five times in that match while
others say four.
Having consulted with the estimable Forrest Robertson on this one,
we can say that Gallacher is certainly top scorer after Dalglish/Law and
that he definitely scored 24 international goals. If, however,
he scored five in the aforementioned match then his tally rises to 25.
The top ten is completed by: 4. Lawrie Reilly 22. 5. Ally McCoist 19.
6= RC Hamilton, Maurice Johnston 14. 8= RS McColl, John Smith, Andy Wilson
13. Top scorer still playing is John Collins with 12
but as he has retired from international football, his tally will not
The list is a little surprising for those of us who were certain that
the names of Joe Jordan, Colin Stein and Alan Gilzean were
certain to rank among our top scorers.
Q From Gunner’s
Mate: "Who are Livingston`s & Inverness CT`s most
capped players @ "A" level & how many appearances have they
A Let’s take the easier
part first. Neither of these clubs is up to speed with having players
who are internationals as neither lists any full internationals in any
record books though the new Rothmans ( which you
can get at a substantial discount by clicking on the link on the Back
of the Net page, he sneakily adds) may include details. Richard
Hastings, currently with Ross County, is Caley
Thistle’s most-capped player having won 19 of
his 26 caps for Canada while playing
in the Highland capital.
Hastings made his debut in a 1-0 win over Macedonia in
Toronto on May 18th 1998. Davide Xausa,
who also played for both Caley and Canada, has more caps but not when
wearing Caley colours.
As for Livvy, David Alleyne was an international for
Barbados but the status of some Carribean games as full internationals
is debatable. The Barbados FA has no website, only a hotmail address,
so I have not been able to verify the number of caps he won during his
three years at Livingston from March 1995- May 1998 and none of the various
Livingston websites seem to offer any information either. Strange, as
it’s not as if the club is weighed down with international players.
You’d think they’d make more of a noise about the few they’ve
By my best reckoning Barbados played 19 internationals during Alleyne's
time with Livvy and he could have played in only twelve of these as an
If it isn’t Alleyene then the answer is Marvin Andrews.
Despite having only played two seasons at Almondvale,
Andrews has an impressive international record, having amassed twelve
Trinidad & Tobago caps while with Livvy. There is
no dispute as to the legitimacy of these caps as they were all obtained
in FIFA-recognised tournaments. Indeed, Andrews scored the first goal
of the current World Cup in a qualifier against Netherlands Antilles in
March 2000 - a few months before joining Livvy.
Incidentally, the T&T FA’s address is in the wonderfully Scottish-sounding
Dundonald Street in Port-Au-Spain.