Yet another de-cluttering exercise in the Marshall household unearthed a gem that I didn’t know I had. The 1972/73 Arthur Montford’s Scotsport Yearbook was the second of its kind and extended to 68 A4 pages for 45 pence. It mostly reviewed the 71/72 season with articles on Celtic’s 7th league title in a row, Celtic’s demolition of Hibs in the Scottish Cup Final, Partick Thistle’s demolition of Celtic in the League Cup Final, Glasgow Rangers winning the European Cup Winners Cup plus a look at Barcelona, Dumbarton, Arbroath, Airdrie and Cambuslang Rangers!

On the international front a feature on Tommy Docherty touched on Scotland’s exploits at the 1972 Brazilian Independence tournament but elsewhere photographs and analysis concentrated on that year’s Scotland v. England fixture – with the visitors winning 1-0 in front of 119,325 – the last game against the auld enemy to top the 100,000 mark.It can be argued that for over 100 years we were obsessed with meeting and beating England at football. I wonder however, if the obsession reached its peak around 1972/73? By the time the 1974 game at Hampden came around we had a bigger stage to perform on – the first of five consecutive world cup finals.

That said, the images from 1972 make for interesting copy. I particularly like the back cover photo which gives you a close up of the old rectangular-shaped goalposts which allegedly cost Saint Etienne the European Cup Final in 1976!

I’m sure that the advert for the Daily Express Swopcards would be enough to get the likes of a young David Stuart worked up into a lather until he was old enough to drink, chase women….and buy boxes of football cards.


The other photos include the Lawman being presented to Glasgow’s Lord Provost prior to kick-off whilst high above the east terracing a temporary studio houses ITV’s World of Sport team which includes Dicky Davies and Jimmy Hill plus ex-internationalists Jackie Charlton and Pat Crerand. These esteemed gentlemen appear to be enjoying a spot of lunch in somewhat basic surroundings although the rug under the coffee table is a nice touch. I wonder what the toilet facilities were like?

Robert Marshall

First posted on Facebook 1st June, 2015