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The Scotland Epistles Football Magazine

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December 19th

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On this date in 1979 we played Belgium in a European Championship Qualifier and of course, we got pumped. A Belgian blitz lasting eleven minutes in the middle of the first half saw Scotland lose three goals. John Robertson would pull one back in the second half but that was as good as it got for the 25,389 crowd.
The team lined up as: Rough (Partick Thistle), Jardine (Rangers), McGrain (Celtic), Burns (Nottingham Forest), McQueen (Manchester United), Bannon (Dundee United), Aitken (Celtic), Wark (Ipswich Town), Robertson (Nottingham Forest), Dalglish (Liverpool) and Johnstone (Rangers). Davie Provan of Celtic would come on for Bannon in the second half.
Sandy Jardine would be captain for the night in his last Scotland appearance as it was for Derek Johnstone.

Happy Birthday Scott Booth

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First posted on Facebook December 16th, 2017

Happy Birthday to Scott Booth who will turn 45 today. Scott was capped 22 times for Scotland scoring six goals. 13 of his caps came as an Aberdeen player and the others, during spells with Dutch clubs FC Utrecht and FC Twente Enschede; Scott also had spells with Borussia Dortmund and Vitesse Arnhem.Among his goals were vital ones in our Qualifying for the 1996 Euros coming against Russia and Finland at Hampden.
Happy Birthday Scott.

Happy Birthday Stevie Nicol

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First posted on Facebook on December 11th

Happy Birthday to Steve Nicol who will turn 55 today. Steve was capped 27 times for Scotland making his debut on that crazy night in September, 1984 when Scotland put six past Yugoslavia. The goals that night came from six different players too; Davie Cooper, Graeme Souness, Kenny Dalglish, Paul Sturrock, Mo Johnston and Charlie Nicholas.
Steve played in all three games of the 1986 World Cup playing more in a midfield role than his usual Liverpool position of full back. He is perhaps remembered most in his Scotland days for missing our one and only gilt edged chance in that miserable game against Uruguay.
Stevie last cap came in 1992 against Switzerland in Berne as Scotland grabbed 2-2 draw.
Happy Birthday Steve and all the best.

11th December

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On this day in 1968 Scotland played Cyprus in a World Cup Qualifier in Nicosia. Scotland won 5-0 with goals from Alan Gilzean (2), Bobby Murdoch and two from Colin Stein.
The full line up was: Jim Herriot (Birmingham City), Doug Fraser (West Brom), Eddie McCreadie (Chelsea), Billy Bremner (Leeds Utd. / Captain), Ronnie McKinnon, John Greig (both Rangers), Tommy McLean (Kilmarnock), Bobby Murdoch (Celtic), Colin Stein (Rangers), Alan Gilzean (Tottenham Hotspur) and Charlie Cooke (Chelsea). Billy McNeill and Bobby Lennox of Celtic were both second half subs.

Happy Birthday To Gordon Durie

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First posted on Facebook December 6th, 2016

Happy Birthday to Gordon Durie who will turn 51 today. Gordon played for Scotland on 43 occasions, scoring seven goals. He was first capped in November , 1987 in a Euro Qualifier in Sofia, Bulgaria on the night that Gary Mackay would score the goal that thrust the Republic of Ireland into the 1988 Euro Championships.
Gordon was first capped as a Chelsea player but would also gain caps with Tottenham Hotspur and Rangers.
Remarkably Gordon is the only Scottish player to ever play at four Major Tournaments but had you read the latest issue of the Scotland Epistles you would have known that.

Tommy Ring

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Looks like the legendary Tommy Ring of Clyde here in action against West Germany in Stuttgart in May, 1957 with Sammy Baird of Rangers in the background. Scotland stunned the crowd of 80,000, winning 3-1 with two goals from Bobby Collins of Celtic and Jackie Mudie of Blackpool with the other.

December 4th

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On this day in 1985 Scotland qualified for the 1986 World Cup after drawing the second leg of the play-off with Australia. Scotland led two nil from the first leg through goals by David Cooper and Frank McAvennie. How Frank and David Speedie contrived to miss this one I’m not too sure.
The line up for the game was ; Jim Leighton, Richard Gough, Maurice Malpas, Willie Miller, Alex McLeish, Roy Aitken, Graeme Souness, Paul McStay, Davie Cooper, David Speedie, Frank McAvennie. Graeme Sharp replaced Speedie in the 76th minute.

Happy Birthday Tosh McKinlay

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Happy Birthday to Tosh McKinlay who will turn 52 today. Tosh gained 22 caps for Scotland, all coming in his time with Celtic. His first cap came in August 1995 in a Euro Qualifier against Greece at Hampden. It may have been Tosh’s big moment but that night was all about Ally McCoist and a Goalden moment. Ally came on for his first Scotland appearance in over two years and within a minute scored the game’s only goal and one that prove vital in qualifying for Euro ’96.
As for Tosh, he would gain his 5th and 6th caps against England and then Switzerland at the Euros and following this, began to find himself a regular part of the Scotland side not as full back but as a midfield player. He would take part in all of Scotland’s 1998 World Cup Qualifiers and can be seen in the photo enjoying the moment as Scotland have qualified at Parkhead in October ’97 following a 2-0 win over Latvia.
Tosh would have a minor part to play in the World Cup itself, coming on for Christian Dailly for the last five minutes of the Brazilian opener and would gain his final cap as a second half sub during the mauling by Morocco, in what is currently our last match at a major tournament.
Happy Birthday Tosh and all the best.

David Stuart

1st December

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Scotland have only ever played one game on this date and it was 45 years ago. Scotland would lose 2-1 with Johan Cryuff scoring the opener.
Photos don’t come much better than this one from that night. Two legends sadly no longer with us.

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