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Direct Free kick goals in Scottish Cup Final

Post by Scottish » Thu Mar 01, 2007 7:08 pm

From Colin Hynds

Q Could you name the players to have scored in the Scottish Cup Final direct from free kicks, prior to the Celtic v Dundee Utd final in 1985?

Does anyone have this information? I'm sure it's answerable but the time involved in researching Finals from 1874-1984 is prohibitive (for me at the moment anyway). If someone has already done this could they please post the answer here? Thanks.

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Post by Tom Brogan » Fri Mar 02, 2007 9:24 am

If memory serves I'm sure Archie MacPherson said prior to Davie Provan stepping up to take that kick that no one had ever scored direct from a free-kick in a Scottish Cup final before.

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Post by Tom Brogan » Fri Mar 02, 2007 9:27 am

From this article in The Scotsman

http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/sport.cfm?id=582542005
With 14 minutes remaining, Davie Provan scored the first direct free-kick in Scottish Cup final history when he curled the ball beyond Hamish McAlpine after Eamonn Bannon had needlessly fouled Murdo MacLeod on the edge of the United penalty area.

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Post by LEATHERSTOCKING » Fri Mar 02, 2007 6:27 pm

What does Archie McPhearsome know about football?!!! There have been at least four Scottish Cup Final goals scored from free kicks - Bobby Walker for Hearts vs. Hibs in 1896, Alex Gourley`s winner for Morton vs. Rangers 1922, Jimmy Whyte`s Morton equaliser vs. Rangers in the 1948 1st game & Davy Provan`s in 1985.

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Post by Tom Brogan » Sat Mar 03, 2007 11:56 am

Memory didn't serve correctly. MacPherson actually said "Only twice in the history of the Scottish Cup, have goals been scored direct from a free kick." Though his research obviously wasn't as thorough as yours LEATHERSTOCKING.

Dunno what The Scotsman's excuse is.

Davie Provan's goal (and Archie's commentary) here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnbZbdDJVtU

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