8. Yep one more sold. I hope you are all as excited as me for this. Anyway, please buy issue 4 and get us to that break even figure. Thanks to everyone who has brought us to this point.
8 appearances. First of all to two players from either side of the Old Firm divide who have passed away prematurely in the last few years; Tommy Burns and Colin Jackson. Both players were perhaps unlucky not to gain more caps; Burns due to the plethora of great midfield players available to Scotland at the time and Jackson lost out to the likes of Gordon McQueen, even though he never played in a losing Scotland side.
Two of the Wembley Wizards also only have eight caps, Arsenal legend Alex James and Jimmy Gibson. From the sixties, there’s Lisbon Lion John Hughes, Rangers’ Ralph Brand, Hearts and Everton player Alex Young and goalkeeper Jim Herriot. Then there’s Paul Hegarty, Stuart Kennedy and Alan McInally (always a duffer among them).
8 goals. Top of the class goes to Ralph Brand with 8 goals in 8 games but this was the sixties so there was no shortage of great strikers so we could afford to drop him. Graham Leggat from around the same time also hit 8 as did Billy Liddell of Liverpool. Two stalwarts from our team in the 70’s and 80’s also scored eight but most were no doubt penalties, Archie Gemmill and John Robertson. Of course, there is also a current player on 8 but since six were against Gibraltar, maybe we shouldn’t mention it.
World Cup Squad numbers with the number 8 included Kenny Dalglish in ’74, ’78 and ’82. Roy Aitken was given the jersey in ’86, Jim Bett at Italia ’90 and Craig Burley in 1998.
As for opponents we have played Lithuania 8 times and beat them on five occasions, drawn two and lost one. Of course, the one loss was in a Berti Vogts friendly. Maybe someone should get a petition started to have all Berti’s friendlies expunged from the records and our figures for those years might not look too bad and of course some duff players might never have been capped!
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