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SFAQs? What does that mean?
A FAQs (Frequently Asked
Questions) can be found on many websites, mostly relating to
technical matters and SFA stands for (amongst other things)
Scottish Football Association. So a neat amalgamation of
acronyms gives us SFAQs which means Scottish Football
Answers (to) Questions.
The SFA is constructing a Hall of Fame. Here's a few of the
all-time greats we'd like to see in it.
JIMMY McGRORY in typical goalscoring fashion. British football's
most prolific striker is a contender for the Hall of Fame
For old SFAQs click here
Q Please can you tell me
which years did Jack Lindsay play for Clyde FC 1st
team? I know it was during the 1950s and 1960s, asks Helen
A The only player of that name
I can find is from a decade earlier. Jack Lindsay made his
debut for Clyde in the 1948-49 season. He made just
three League appearances and wasnt in the team which
lost the Scottish Cup Final to Rangers. He made nine
appearances in 1949-50 before becoming a regular the
following term, turning out 24 times out of a possible 30
He played every game in 1951-52 when Clyde were in the B
Division and won a championship medal. Jack was also in the team
when Clyde won the 'B' Division Supplementary Cup that term.
His last term with the Bully Wee was in 1952-53
when he played 16 times in the League.
Q Were Ronald De Boer
(Rangers) and twin brother Frank De Boer (Barcelona)
the last twins to play in and win a major European trophy? In the
1995 Ajax v AC Milan European Champions League the twins
played for Ajax who won 1-0.
A Yes. They were not only the
last twins but the last brothers as well. (Phil Neville was on
the bench while brother Gary played for Man Utd in the 1999 European
Q "Did Jimmy Cowan
goalkeeper of Morton,Sunderland and Scotland,ever play for Airdrie?",
A Not as far as I can tell.
Cowan graduated from schoolboy football in Paisley to local
junior side Mossvale during the Second World War. He signed
for St Mirren before moving to Morton in May 1944.
He remained at Cappielow for nine years, winning 25 Scotland
caps before his 26th birthday in just five seasons (1947-48
- 1951-52). Incredibly, six of these came in 1949-50
when Morton were a 'B' Division team. After a further season in
the lower league he was transferred to Sunderland in June
1953 for £8,000.
He made 28 appearances for the Wearsiders in his first season but
none the following term and returned to Scotland to play for Third
Lanark in November 1955, retiring from the professional game
at the end of the 1955-56 season.
Jimmy Cowan died in 1968, aged just 42.
Q From GreenockFan:
"What is the record home crowd for Greenock Juniors?"
A A crowd of 8,000 turned
up at Ravenscraig Park for a Junior Cup quarter-final
tie against Johnstone Burgh in 1960. Greenock won
and went on to beat Ardeer Thistle in a semi-final replay
at Firhill to reach the Final just four years after
their formation. They lost 3-1 to St Andrews United
at Hampden in front of a crowd of 34,603.
Oddly enough, Greenock's visit to St Andrews' Recreation Park
in the Junior Cup the next season provided a record 11,000 gate
for that ground. The junior game was obviously pretty healthy in
the early 60s.