No, it’s not an article on post Steve Hackett Genesis but we now only have three copies of the magazine to sell to break even. Yep, less than a tenner away from being solvent. I could buy them myself but it’s just not the same.
Anyhoo, enough of this twaddle and on to a Scotland 3.
3 caps; well there’s hunners but included among them are such greats as Bertie Auld who’s three caps all came in the 1950’s. Hearts striker Donald Ford and a member of the ’74 World Cup Squad, Queen of the South legend Billy Houliston, the wonderfully named Barney Battles Snr. of Celtic, father of Barney Jnr. Ian Wallace bought for £1 million by Notts Forest and couldn’t buy a cap beyond his three won at Coventry. Recent ‘great’ prospects that never lived up to expectations Derek Riordan and David Goodwillie also reached 3 caps. Two goalkeepers well loved by their respective clubs Henry Smith of Hearts and Tommy Lawrence of Liverpool also have three.
3 goals – Top of the list from the post-war era is East Fife’s Henry Morris who scored a hat-trick against Ireland on his debut and never featured again. Three Lisbon Lions in Stevie Chalmers, Bobby Lennox and Billy McNeill, two Rangers greats from the same era Jim Baxter (including two against England at Wembley in one game) and John Greig. From Leeds United Eddie Gray and Billy Bremner hit three as did Arsenal double hero George Graham and Spurs double hero the tragic John White. Paul Sturrock, Steven Thompson, Neil McCann, Craig Burley, Colin Hendry all hit three too. From the current squad there’s Ikechi Anya, Matt Ritchie, Christophe Berra, James Morrison and Jordan Rhodes.
World Cup Squads #3;from 1974 – Danny McGrain, 1978 – Willie Donachie, Frank Gray in ’82, Maurice Malpas wore it in 1986 and then in 1990 after giving Jim Leighton the number one spot, shirts were allocated by accumulated caps so that Roy Aitken wore it in 1990. Back to reality in 1998 and it went to Tom Boyd
.So who have we played three times; well there is Peru but let’s not get into that, so we’ll go with Slovenia who we have drawn with twice and beaten rather gloriously 3-0 in the Celje Stadium in 2005 with wonderful goals from Darren Fletcher, James McFadden and Paul Hartley.
So there you go the story of three. So come on, who out there is going cough the last few pennies needed to help us break even. Remember Buy Buy Buy. Bye!!!