Hmm wonder what the Scotland connection is there.

 Well it could be the amount of caps won by David Weir and Kenny Miller, who are seventh equal in our most capped players list. Of course Weir did have a spell when he refused to play for the team so could well have had more. Kenny also features in our top ten goalscorers list at number six with 18 goals; of course if he scored some of those sitters maybe he would be well up the list and we might have qualified for a tourney or two also.

                Talking of goalscorers; maybe 69 stands for the amount of goals scored by Denis Law, Kenny Dalglish, Steven Fletcher and Chris Martin put together. I also imagine this is the last time they four players will mentioned in the one sentence. Just for the record Law and Dalglish have 30 each, Fletcher 8 and Chris Martin a lowly one.

                Okay, what else could it be? Well, does it stand for the year 1969 and a reminder of the heights Scotland hit that year? Unfortunately no, as we Played 8, Won 2, Drew 3 and Lost 3. Sadly the three losses were away against West Germany and Austria in the World Cup and a thumping at Wembley too. So no World Cup for us.

                However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom as we did pump Cyprus 8-0 at Hampden and put 5 past Wales at Ninian Park. There was also debuts for Eddie Gray and Peter Lorimer that year but final games for Eddie McCreadie and Bobby Murdoch.


                Well, maybe it’s about the players born that year. Well, no but born that year first of was Billy McKinlay who won a total of 29 caps scoring 4 goals in total. Billy was also famous for coming on as a sub in our opening game of Euro ’96 against Netherlands and again in our opener against Brazil in France ’98 and never playing again at either tournament. Still, it could be worse he could have been Derek Whyte – three tourneys and no game time.

                Also, born that year was Paul Lambert, who was capped 26 times for Scotland and played in all our games at the World Cup in 1998.


                Finally there’s Billy Dodds, who may have only played twenty four times for Scotland but he did manage a credible 7 goals including a duo against Belgium, in that game that saw our 2002 World Cup hopes dashed as Belgium managed to snatch a  two all draw despite going down to ten men after only 27 minutes. Damn Belgians!

                No that’s not it. I was trying to find a crowd of 69,000 somewhere down the line but got kind of bored of that. So what is it?

                Well, as you know we have secured the funding for issue 4 of the Epistles but this is due to advertising revenue and not sales of issue 3. For issue 3 to break even we need to sell . . . yes, you’ve guessed it another 69 issues. So if you haven’t bought it please do. As always it can be found on eBay (along with the opportunity to buy the 3 issues for only £7) and other ways of buying are available on the website. So, let’s face it, another two copies sold and I can go on about the number 67 and the pumping of England 3-2 in that year. Mind you, another 8 and I might have to go on about 1961!!!

                So please buy and set me a challenge of fun facts about Scotland!

David Stuart