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Post by Townfan » Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:49 am

According to John Litster, there was a John McFarlane who played 16 games and scoring 12 goals in 1968-69 - all before the end of October before he was released to join Airdrie :shock: . I can't find him anywhere else. Can anyone help identify him?

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Post by Scottish » Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:47 am

Safe to say this is an error. My edition of Litster credits these appearances and goals to a James Fraser McFarlane, not John. It also gives him four goals from six LC apps and - the giveaway - a further goal from a B Division Supplementary Cup appearance. That competition was long gone by 1968.

It also has him as being with a Motherwell side that finished 11th of 16 'A" Division teams in 1966-67 but which then played the next season in the 'B' Division, finishing 14th of 16. There are two obvious errors here. Firstly, the divisional names and numbers aren't correct for the 1960s and secondly, Motherwell don't get relegated when they finish bottom of the league, let alone with five clubs below them!

The player in question appears to have been with a side which reached the LC quarter-finals. Three clubs reached the last eight while finishing 14th of 16 and these were Stenhousemuir in 1947-48, Alloa 1948-49 and St Johnstone in 1952-53. The latter pair also finished 11th the previous season.

St Johnstone did have a McFarlane who made 16 league appearances in 1952-53 but he was a right-back who scored only once and no Alloa player scored 12 goals in 1948-49.

However, the top league goalscorer for Stenhousemuir in 1947-48 was a J McFarlane with 12 goals.

Problem solved? Perhaps. But it also raises the question of where he was before Ochilview. If it was the club that finished 11th in 1946-47 then that was Falkirk.

Now look at the player above James Fraser McFarlane on Litster's disk. James B McFarlane of Falkirk & Stenhousemuir.

Case closed then? Not quite for this player has allegedly turned out for an Irish side - Glentoran - which finished bottom of the 2nd division under the format which was in existence from 1976-1994 (39 games).

My conclusion is that the appearances are out of sync with the players by five places. (i.e. move the appearance data from James Fraser McFarlane up five places and it then fits with James B McFarlane).

Where this occurs in this sheet I don't know and don't at present have the time to run right through it. But a quick check on more famous players might yield results if the info beside their name is obviously incorrect. I did have a look at 'McCoist' and all seems in order there. So look somewhere between McCo & McF to find the discrepancy.

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Post by jeroen » Wed Oct 14, 2009 5:47 pm

On my copy of the disk : James B McFarlane 47-48 Stenhousemuir SLDB 16-12 LC 6-4 SCA 1-0 SUP 1-1. (Version 3.0 October 2006)

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Post by Scottish » Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:57 pm

jeroen wrote:On my copy of the disk : James B McFarlane 47-48 Stenhousemuir SLDB 16-12 LC 6-4 SCA 1-0 SUP 1-1. (Version 3.0 October 2006)
That explains the difference. I was using version 4. That suggests there is some new information on that version which has somehow pushed the data down five places somewhere along the line.

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