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Q From Moores Roofing Supplies: "WHICH STRIKER WAS BANNED FOR 12 MATCHES BY THE SCOTTISH F.A FOR AN ONFIELD ASSAULT IN 1995 ???"
A DUNCAN FERGUSON, then with Rangers, for his infamous headbutt on Jock McStay of Raith Rovers. Ferguson was also charged with assault as a result of this incident and, as his subsequent conviction was his fourth for the same type of offence, ended up serving three months in the Bar-L.
Q John Reid asks "I was hoping
you could tell me who the last St Mirren player to win a full international
cap for Scotland
A Bit of a surprise really. It was Roy Aitken, who came on as a substitute in a Euro 92 qualifier in Bucharest which Scotland lost 1-0 to Romania in October 1991. Despite the defeat the Scots won the section.
It was Big Roy's 57th and final cap in an international career spanning twelve seasons. He won 50 caps while with Celtic and six with Newcastle before his solitary appearance as a buddy.
Q Stephen Terry asks "Is ex-Celtic legend Jimmy McGrory still alive?"
A Sadly, no. Jimmy McGrory died, aged 78, on October 20th 1982. With 550 goals in first-class matches, including 410 from 408 League outings, McGrory is the most prolific scorer in British football history.
Born in 1904 he joined Celtic from St Rochs in 1922 and spent 1923-24 on loan with the original Clydebank. He left Celtic in 1937 to become Kilmarnock manager, returning to Parkhead as manager in 1945. He held this position for nearly 20 years becoming PRO when Jock Stein took over as team boss in 1965.
Incredibly, McGrory was capped only seven times by Scotland.
Q From Eddie Kelly.My question is what is the story of how Johnnie Thomson met his death in the 1930's. Was he kicked in the head or did he hit his head on the goal post as he and another football player dived for the ball?
A Celtic's goalkeeper John Thomson was fatally injured when he dived for the ball in an Old Firm game on September 5th 1931. Thomson collided with the boot of Rangers forward Sam English and fractured his skull.
Thomson was only 23 years old and had been capped by Scotland four times. He was regarded as a magnificent keeper despite being under 5ft 9ins. A native of Fife he was buried in Cardenden with 3,000 mourners present. Two special trains ferried 2,000 of them from Glasgow.
His tragic passing was the result of a complete accident. It also had a traumatic effect on English who was never the same player afterwards.
Q Ka1690 wants to know how many times Rangers have beaten Aberdeen 6-1 in the past 30 years.
A Well, if the question didn't give away Ka's allegiance then his e-mail name certainly does. The answer is just once. In a third round, first leg League Cup tie at Ibrox on October 5th 1977, Rangers won 6-1 with goals from Alex MacDonald, Derek Johnstone, Alex Miller (pen) and a Gordon Smith hat-trick. For younger readers that's right - two TV pundits and two managers grabbed the goals for the Gers. Davidson scored for Aberdeen. Rangers led 4-0 at half-time. The Rangers team was: Kennedy, Jardine, Miller, Forsyth, Jackson, McDonald, McLean, Russell, Johnstone, Smith,Cooper.
Of course Ka may be thinking of a Scottish Cup tie just outside the 30 year period. In a semi-final at Parkhead on March 22nd 1969, Rangers won 6-1 with Willie Johnston scoring a hat-trick. Andy Penman scored twice with Willie Henderson notching the other. Ex-Ranger Jim Forrest scored for the Dons in front of a crowd of 66,197. It was only 2-1 at the interval. The line-up was: Martin, Johansen, Mathieson, Greig, McKinnon, D Smith, Henderson, Penman, Stein, Johnston, Persson. A certain Alex Ferguson kept the bench warm all afternoon as a non-playing sub.