World Cup '82
Top Goalscorer
International captains
Wembley '75
Rangers titles
Nine-in-a-row keepers
Two games in one day
Thistle V Killie


Q From Robert Houston who wants to know: "How many Rangers players appeared for Scotland in the three World Cup games in Spain 82?"

A The answer, incredibly, is NONE! There weren't even any Rangers players in the 22-man squad. Indeed, the only player in the travelling party to appear for Rangers at any stage of his career was Graeme Souness (then with Liverpool) although current Ibrox boss Alex McLeish (Aberdeen) was also there.

In addition to that, no Rangers player took part in any of the eight qualifying matches either. When Davie Cooper took the field against Iceland in the first qualifier of the 1986 campaign on October 17th 1984 he was the first Rangers player to play in a Scotland World Cup match since Tam Forsyth against Holland in Mendoza on June 11th 1978 - more than six years previously.

Q Graeme Allen asks: "Who captained the Republic of Ireland side against Norway? Also who captained Wales against the USA? And finally who captained Scotland against New Zealand?"

A Matt Holland, Andy Melville and Christian Dailly were the respective skippers in these recent matches.

Q From Margaret Bell: "How many times has Glasgow Rangers won the league?"

A Rangers are keen to claim 50 titles but the first of these was shared with Dumbarton in 1891 so they have won one shared and 49 outright. Either way it's a world record.

Q Douglas Fleming sends in this query: "In 1917, Clyde played two league matches on the same day. In his book, "The Scottish Football League, The First 100 Years", Bob Crampsey writes that this was on Wednesday, 4 April 1917, with the opposition being Motherwell and Third Lanark. However, another source,, gives the date as Saturday, 14 April 1917, with the opposition being St Mirren (h) and Third Lanark (a). Can you confirm who is correct?

A In this instance it looks like the venerable Robert is mistaken and is correct. I’ve checked two other sources and both confirm St Mirren and Third Lanark as the opposition on April 14th 1917.

The first instance of this happening was in 1916 - Celtic against both Raith and Motherwell which Crampsey also mentions on the same page of his excellent book and this may have led to the mix-up. For the record Clyde beat St Mirren 2-1 at home and lost 1-0 to Thirds away. On April 15th 1916 Celtic won both matches, beating Raith Rovers 6-0 at home and Motherwell 3-1 away.



Q From Garfield Cuthbert: "Who is the top goalscorer of the Scottish League (1st Division)from 1890-2001 in ONE season? Name, club, and number of goals please."

A The player in question is Willie McFadyen of Motherwell who scored 52 League goals in their title-winning season of 1931-32.

Q Calum Irvine has two queries: "Could you please help me. I'm in the middle of an argument with my dad about who scored for Scotland in their horrific 5-1 defeat to England at Wembley in 1975. I think it's either Bruce Rioch or Sandy Jardine but my dad says that it was Kenny Dalglish."

A Your Dad's wrong, Calum but I don't blame him for not having an accurate recollection of such a horrendous match. Bruce Rioch scored with a penalty four minutes from half-time.

Q Calum also asks: "Which of the following goalkeepers did not play a league match in Rangers' 9-in-a-row run. Was it Neil Inglis, Colin Scott or Nicky Walker?"

A Neil Inglis made no first team League appearances for Rangers whatsoever. Counting substitute appearances, Colin Scott played 13 League games and Nicky Walker 12 during the nine in a row years.

Q Exiled Jags fan Andy MacFarlane asks: "Partick Thistle played Kilmarnock at Firhill around the 5th March 1987. Can you provide details of the actual date, score, scorers and attendance please?"

A With pleasure. But it won't make happy reading for Andy. This was a First Division game on March 3rd that year. Killie won 2-1 with goals from Ian Bryson and Jimmy McGuire. Thistle's goal came from Colin West in his last appearance for the club. The attendance was 1,383 - a figure that those who think today's crowds are poor may wish to reflect on.