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Scottish FA Northern XI

Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2020 6:24 pm
by Merseman
This team won 3-1 against South Africa at Telford Street, Inverness on Saturday 17th September 1953 before 7,500-8,000 spectators:

Bruce (Caledonian), Marnoch (Elgin), Wheeler (Clachnacuddin), Lytham (Thistle), McLean (Clachnacuddin - captain), Munro (Forres), Gauld (Elgin), Mackenzie (Thistle), Mitchell (Thistle), Mackenzie (Caledonian), Logie (Elgin)

On the following Wednesday the South Africans lost 3-1 at Dundee. It was part of their 11-week tour of Britain, Ireland, Netherlands and Portugal.

Obvious question is why their opponents weren't "Highland League XI".

That aside: are there other instances of SFA fielding regional XIs v opposition?

Re: Scottish FA Northern XI

Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2020 7:31 am
by prorege
It was a North of Scotland FA Select they were playing, not a Highland League Select.

The Aberdeenshire FA appear to have played far fewer Select team games against touring sides.

Highland League Select games have been few and far between.