Recently we decided to move on from the name the Scotland Epistles and rechristened our unholy magazine ‘The Scotland Forever Football Magazine’. Issue 17 (or is it 1?) is avaiable on eBay.
Card of the Day is Steve Archibald Question of Sport card from the 1980’s. What was the question I wonder? Stevie played 27 times for Scotland including appearances at the 1982 and ’86 World Cups for scoring four goals in total.
Congratulations to Craig Gordon who moves up to six on the all time list with 73 caps after last night’s game v Ukraine. In the 18+ years of his Scotland career he has seen off 9 goalkeepers and played under 7 different permanent Managers staring with Berti Vogts.
The goalkeepers – David Marshall, Rab Douglas, Neil Alexander, Allan McGregor, Cammy Bell, Matt gilks. Jordan Archer, Jon McLaughlin and Scott Bain.
The Managers – Berti Vogts, Walter Smith, Alex McLeis (x2), George Burley, Craig Levein, Gordon Strachan and Stevie Clarke.
Scotland played Estonia gaining a 3-2 victory but for three players it was to be their last Scotland appearance.
Gaolkeeper Jim Leighton won 91 caps overall, making him our second most capped player. He played at the World Cup in 1986, 1990 and 1998.
Ally McCoist also made his last appearance and his one of his only two as a Kilmarnock player. Ally scored 19 goals in 61 Internationals and is fifth on the all time scorers list.
He is seen here tussling with Ricardo Rocha of Brazil at Hampden in the Rous Cup 1987.
Draren Jackson played his 28th and final match on that day too. Jackson was part of the 1996 Euro Squad and played in the last two matches in France ’98. Darren scored four goals for Scotland.
A reminder that our 15 postcard set and #15 are available for £15 including postage on ebay or from myself for £13.https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/384354501391?hash=item597d50430f:g:YwIAAOSwsrZhKLV8
Now listed on ebay. We have failed to break even on the last two issues but hopefully with games at Hampden we’ll pull through with this one. It is slightly dearer due to ebay costs and is now a round fiver including postage. I will send three random postcards with each one too. You can buy direct from me if you prefer.https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/384343776616
I think it was the lack of a good football annual this year that made me plummet for a few oldies. Here’s one from 1987, the Scottish Football Today Annual #1, a mere snip at £4.95 which must be about a over a tenner now . . . and was it worth it?
Was it whit. The cover is about as good as it gets although Murdo MacLeod and Jim McInally look a wee bit effeminate in their attempts to rob some Brazilian guy of the ball in the Rous Cup defeat earlier in the year.
It does stick to a similar format to the old Scottish Football Book and looks at the Scottish League winners etc and it does touch on stuff about most of the bigger clubs and even has an article on Meadowbank Thistle but as for Scotland; it’s coverage is quite poor and there are no great action shots but mostly for £4.95 I would expect colour photo. Only the front cover has that which is disappointing as is the fact it’s a paperback. The Scottish Football Today magazine would come and go as quickly as it came and there would be one more annual as far as I know but I don’t think I’ll be in too much of a hurry to buy it.
So not many annuals out there this year was there. So here’s one from a bygone age. The Denis Law Book of Soccer No.2. I featured a John Greig one a few months back and the make up is fairly similar; articles ghost written by the stars of the day and lumped together in the one book with the cover star getting a few extra pieces.
In this one we have pieces written by George Best, Terry Paine but a host of Scots too; Pat Crerand on the ‘Battles of Hampden and Wembley’, Billy McNeill on ‘Hampden – The Home of Football’ and Jim Baxter on ‘Is the game faster in England’ – apparently it was but Jim did admit that in Scotland he quite often had games that weren’t that intense throughout the season. Bobby Collins, Matt Busby and Ian St. John also contribute.
Denis himself gets to write about the ‘Selection, Care and Maintenance of Gear’, ‘ The Game’s Greatest Honour’ which for Denis was playing for Scotland and other things.
As to the photos it’s all black and white shots and although ether’s nothing too great there are some I might use in future. As far as I know the Denis Law book of Soccer only reached number 4. This one is dated 1967. The front cover photo is Denis scoring against England in the 1966 4-3 defeat at Hampden.
First posted on Facebook on January 6th 2017
Happy Birthday to Willie Carr who turns 67 today. Willie was capped six times for Scotland, all during his time with Coventry City. Willie was midfield player with a bit of inventiveness in his play including his famous ‘donkey kick’ in 1970 when he took a free kick by holding the ball between his ankles and flicking it, allowing Ernie Hunt to volley the ball into the net. Everybody loved it at the time except the English FA who banned it’s use almost immediately.
Willie was unbeaten in a Scotland jersey playing in three wins and three draws. He played in the 1970 Home International series in May, where Scotland started with a 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland in Belfast, thanks to another player making his debut, John O’Hare.
They then drew 0-0 with Wales away and with England at home. Willie’s final game for Bobby Brown was a Euro Qualifier against Denmark in November that year, which once again saw O’Hare provide the only goal.
Tommy Docherty brought Willie back into the fold in April, 1972 to play in the friendly v Peru which Scotland won 2-0 with John O’Hare and the returning Denis Law scoring the goals.
His final appearance was once more against Denmark at Hampden, this time in a World Cup Qualifier as he came on for Kenny Dalglish in the 69th minute, By this time Dalglish and Peter Lorimer had already bagged the goals that would see Scotland just needing to overcome Czechoslovakia at home to reach the World Cup in 1974.
Willie would play over 250 times for Coventry before moving on to Wolves were he would play almost as many games, finishing up at Millwall before spells in Non-League football.
Willie’s six game spell without a defeat was bettered by the late Colin Jackson who was unbeaten in eight and it did look as though it would be surpassed by Gordon Greer who until he stepped on the pitch for his 11th cap in Metz against France last summer, looked as though he would surpass it. So, Jackson may well be a record holder but there could be some guy a way back in the early years of Scottish football who has done better but I’m way too lazy to check that out.
Anyway, Happy Birthday Willie and all the best.