Best-ever Comeback

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Best-ever Comeback

Post by Scottish » Tue Jun 14, 2005 2:10 pm

Q In the light of the recent Champions League Final in which Liverpool came back from three down to win on penalties, Stuart Swan asks: “Has such a reversal ever happened in Scotland?”

A I actually attended a league match at Rugby Park in October 1968 when Kilmarnock came back from 4-0 down at half-time to draw 4-4 with Raith Rovers.

After consulting my colleague Forrest Robertson we both reckon the biggest comeback in a domestic game was Queen's Park v Kilmarnock in a First Division match on December 15th 1900. Killie were 5-0 up at half-time and almost made it six. Ten minutes of the second half had been played before the Spiders reduced the leeway. A minute later the famous RS McColl scored a second for the home side. Then came an incredible spell when Queen's scored three times in two minutes - the second of which was from a gem of a solo run by McColl - to level the game at 5-5.

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Post by Sat31March1928 » Wed Jun 15, 2005 8:39 pm

Hearts were 4-1 down against Cowdenbeath in 1933 with 20 minutes to go when a Barney Battles quadruple helped them secure a 5-4 win.

http://www.londonhearts.com/scores/games/19330923.html
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Post by Sat31March1928 » Thu Jun 16, 2005 7:31 am

I've been looking at my Scotland database and found 3 occasions where

Scotland have won after being 2 goals down.

Once Scotland have lost after being 3 goals up

and twice lost after being 2 goals up.

See

http://www.londonhearts.com/scotland/mi ... backs.html
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Post by Guest » Thu Jun 16, 2005 8:06 am

Admittedly this was over two legs but Dunfermline came back from 4-0 down against Valencia in the Fairs Cup in 1962-63. It was 5-1 at half-time. The Pars eventally won 6-2 and the scoring was fiished by the 56th minute!

Valencia won the play-off 1-0

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Post by Scottish » Thu Jun 16, 2005 8:14 am

Thanks for that, Guest. But could I ask you to register please? Usually guests are permitted to read only. There's obviously been sone kind of software glitch overnight and I've reset the permissions to 'read only' for guest users.

This isn't a picky point. The permissions are set this way to stop the 'green ink brigade' from taking over the forum.

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Post by Level_Par » Thu Jun 16, 2005 8:37 am

I posted the info about Dunfermline, David. I wasn't asked to log in then. But I did have to log in to post this reply. :roll:

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Post by Dundonald_Killie » Sat Jun 18, 2005 2:14 pm

Anonymous wrote:Admittedly this was over two legs but Dunfermline came back from 4-0 down against Valencia in the Fairs Cup in 1962-63. It was 5-1 at half-time. The Pars eventally won 6-2 and the scoring was fiished by the 56th minute!

Valencia won the play-off 1-0
If we're talking about comebacks over two legs, I'm surprised the site author hasn't mentioned the Eintracht game yet !

Before my time, but Killie coming back from a 3-0 first leg deficit and losing the first goal in the second leg to win 5-4 (against a side who were finalists 2(?) years previously in the famous Hampden final against Real Madrid) takes some beating .....

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Post by Scottish » Sun Jun 19, 2005 10:18 pm

I'm surprised the site author hasn't mentioned the Eintracht game yet
Because I wanted to see if you young 'uns knew about it :wink:

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Post by LEATHERSTOCKING » Fri May 19, 2006 8:11 pm

Charlton Athletic came back from 1-5 @ the Valley Division Two 21st December 1957 to win 7-6. Haddicks centre half Derek Ufton went off with a dislocated shoulder after 10 minutes before there was any scoring & the 10 men (no substitutes in those days !) were 2-0 down @ half time. After 58 minutes, Huddersfield had stretched their advantage to 1-5. Incredibly, Charlton had pulled back to 5-5 with less than 10 minutes to go & it was 6-6 into the last few seconds when Johnny Ryan netted the winner. Ryan counted for 2 goals but Haddicks hero was left winger left footed Johnny Summers who hit 5 - all with his right foot.

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Post by bobby s » Fri May 19, 2006 8:27 pm

I was actually at a game in 1989: Sheffield United v Brighton, not a great comeback as such, but it's got a couple of links to Scottish Football.

The blades were 3-0 up and cruising.

Brighton came back, and I think Kevin Bremner scored a hat trick, to come back to lead 4-3.

This cued a storming finish from the blades to win 5-4.

Ian Bryson was playing that day, and I think he may have scored.
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Post by bobby s » Fri May 19, 2006 8:30 pm

And if we're talking about comebacks over two legs....

Hibs lost 4-1 in Napoli in the fairs cup.

Only to trash them 5-0 at Easter Road in the replay, I think it's still one of the greatest combacks ever in European Football.

Mind, Napoli didnae have a chance. They had some no mark called Dino Zoff in goal. :D
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