After posting an article on the Under 16’s from 1998 and their collective failure to become established Scotland stars here’s a player who had the world at his feet and never gained a full international cap. Peter Marinello had only played around 50 matches for Hibernian when Arsenal broke their transfer record to splash out £100,000 for Peter in January 1970. Peter with his long hair and boyish good looks was very quickly a pin up star and touted to be the next George Best. His career at Arsenal got off to a great start with a goal at Old Trafford against Manchester United. However, the playboy life including two Top of the Pops appearances, soon took it’s toll and Peter’s Arsenal career was almost over as quickly as it begun. He would go on to play for Portsmouth and then return to Scotland and Motherwell for a few years before become a nomad in playing in Australia, United States, with Fulham, Hearts and finally with Partick Thistle.
            As stated Peter never gained a full cap for Scotland but has two Under 23 caps to his name as well as representing the Scottish League when with Motherwell.
             The magazine is Goal from February 1970. Also featured in it is a poster of Tommy Craig, Britain’s first teenage £100,000 transfer from Aberdeen to Sheffield Wednesday and one cap to his name. Dundee United’s Andy Rolland is resplendent in the bright Tangerine of Dundee United as well.
                  There is an article on Andy Lochhead, who is probably one of those players who perhaps should’ve been given his chance for the national team in the early 60’s, when he was banging in the goals for fun for Burnley including four against Manchester United in one game. Andy is a bit of legend down Turf Moor way and also over at Villa Park.
                 In another piece, Scotland manager Bobby Brown in his search to find a top-class goalkeeper has taken in a game at Aldershot to watch Carlisle goalkeeper Allan Ross. Wonder what ever happened to him?
                Finally there is a piece from a Brazilian newspaper on their worlds “Best Team of 1970”. The Goal mentions there is not a single England player in the team but Scotland’s Tommy Gemmell is picked, unlike most of the others Tommy would not be going to Mexico for the World Cup later in the year.
         The full line-up was: Mazurciewicz (Uruguay), Gemmell (Scotland), Perfumo (Argentina), Chesterniev (Russia), Faccetti (Italy), Beckenbauer (W. Germany), Rivera (Italy), Baylon (Peru), Tostao (Brazil), Pele (Brazil) and Riva (Italy). You were in some good company there Tommy.
First posted on Facebook on May 2nd, 2015
David Stuart