First published on Facebook 21st April, 2015
The other day I was doing a wee bit of research on Willie Carr, the ex-Coventry player from the 70’s, famous for his banana kick and also capped for Scotland six times. It turns out Willie was undefeated representing his country with four victories over Northern Ireland, Peru and two against Denmark and then two draws against Wales and England. I thought that was pretty good and then I was perusing Derek Wilson’s Scotland on this day book for April 16th and it turns out that Colin Jackson of Rangers managed to play eight games without defeat and unlike Willie, he managed to score against Wales in May ’75 in a two all draw. Jackson also played in draws against Sweden, Romania and wins against Portugal and Denmark that year. In 1976 he would play his final three games for the national team as Scotland completed a grand slam in the Home Internationals as they romped to wins against Wales (3-1), Northern Ireland (3-0) and then a 2-1 defeat of England which included Ray Clemence’s famous howler. Colin was partnered by Tom Forsyth during these three games and then never played for Scotland again.
Someone pointed out on the TAMB that Gordon Greer currently sits on seven games without defeat. Is Colin’s eight a record in the modern era and will Gordon Greer surpass Colin, here’s hoping so? If you know of someone else who beats this, please let us know.
The cards of Willie and Colin are from the A&BC 1971 Purple back set and as they are from series two i.e. nos. 74 -144 they will probably cost you around a fiver each.