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
A Matt Holland, Andy Melville
and Christian Dailly were the respective skippers in these
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,
scottishfootballrecords.com, 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 scottishfootballrecords.com
is correct. Ive checked two other sources and both confirm
St Mirren and Third Lanark as the opposition on April
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
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
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.