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Q From James Doherty: "I am looking for the date of a match in the early 1960s involving Celtic and possibly Clyde? John Clark may have been "poleaxed" during the game. There is a strong possibility it was a midweek game."
A We can't be absolutely precise as this website doesn't have access to match reports but we can narrow down the possibilities considerably. Celtic and Clyde clashed ten times in major competitions in midweek matches in the 1960s. Five in the League (Feb 27th 1961, May 6th 1963, Jan 11th 1967, Jan 1st 1968, Jan 1st 1969, all at Parkhead except 1968 - Shawfield), three in the Scottish Cup (Apr 5th 1967 (Hampden), Feb 12th 1969 (Shawfield), Feb 24th 1969 (Parkhead) and twice in the League Cup (Aug 17th 1966 (Parkhead), Aug 31st 1966 (Shawfield)).
Only the first two League clashes are in the early sixties. However, John Clark - although he made his debut away to Arbroath back in October 1959 - wasn't a first team regular at Parkhead at that time. He made 10 league appearances in the 1960-61 season and turned out just twice in 1962-63. Nevertheless the two midweek games in those seasons are the most likely. If James has access to either the Mitchell Library in Glasgow or the National Newspaper Library in Colindale, London he can obtain match reports from contemporary newspapers.
Of course there is also the possibility that this encounter was either a Glasgow Cup/ Glasgow Charity Cup match. As our records don't extend to local competitions perhaps a letter to the estimable Bob Crampsey at the Evening Times will supply the answer if none of the above check out.
Q Gus Lauchlan has been trying to figure out the names of "ten players who have played for Kilmarnock since 1990 who have also been Scotland internationals."
A Tommy Burns, Robert Connor, Ian Durrant, Gary Holt, Gordon Marshall, Ally McCoist, Alan McInally, Tosh McKinlay, Andy McLaren, Pat Nevin. Only four (Durrant, Holt, McCoist and McLaren) were capped while at Rugby Park.
Q From Derek Money: "When was the last time professional football was played in Scotland on Christmas Day?"
A The last scheduled round of Scottish League fixtures was for Saturday December 25th 1976 but a combination of reluctance to play and poor weather reduced the card. No Premier matches were played. These were shifted to Fri 24th, Sun 26th and Mon 27th.
Only two (possibly three) matches were played. Clydebank and St Mirren drew 2-2 in a top of the table First Division clash at Kilbowie and Alloa beat Cowdenbeath 2-1 at home in the Second Division. In addition, Dundee's official history lists them as winning 1-0 away to Montrose on Christmas Day but another source states that this match was played on Monday 27th.
The last Christmas Day when a full set of fixtures was played was in 1971. The old Division One saw some high-scoring games. For example Celtic beat Hearts 3-2 at home, Dundee United beat Dunfermline by the same score at Tannadice, and this writer spent a happy Christmas afternoon at Rugby Park watching Kilmarnock overcome Morton 4-2. Other results that day were: Airdrie 1 Clyde 1, East Fife 1 Motherwell 1, Falkirk 0 Aberdeen 3, Hibs 0 Rangers 1, Partick 0 Ayr 1, and St Johnstone 0 Dundee 0
The old Second Division scores were: Alloa 0 Montrose 3, Arbroath 2 QoS 2, Brechin 2 Stirling 1, Clydebank 2 Stenhousemuir 1, Cowdenbeath 1 Albion Rovers 0, Hamilton 2 Forfar 1, Queen's Park 2 Berwick 0, St Mirren 2 Dumbarton 2, and Stranraer 0 East Stirling 3.
As there were 19 teams in that division it meant that Raith Rovers were the only team to get the day off!
Q Rudmer De Graf says: "I would like to obtain the game schedule regarding the Scottish League and in particular for games between Celtic versus Glasgow Rangers or vice versa."
A The next scheduled Rangers v Celtic League game is at Ibrox on Saturday March 9th 2002. There will be another League match after that, to be played at Celtic Park on one of the following dates: Mar 30th, Apr 6th, 13th, 20th, or 27th. The actual date is not likely to be announced by the SPL until after the League 'split' on Mar 23rd.
But a word of warning to Rudmer: these games are usually televised live so kick-off times and dates are subject to revision. For instance the most recent meeting was originally listed as a 3pm kick-off on Sat Nov 24th but actually took place the following day at noon!
And if that's not confusing enough, there's always the possibility that the teams will be drawn together at some stage in domestic knockout tournaments. The same TV caveats apply.
As for full League schedules, it would take up too much space to list them here. If there is an English language bookshop near where Rudmer lives in the Netherlands, then he may be able to obtain Rothman's Football Yearbook or other annuals such as Racing & Football Outlook, News of the World or even the legendary Wee Red Book. BBC TV can also be picked up in the Netherlands which lists fixtures for the coming week.
But if its the full schedule you want Rudmer, then I suggest looking at a website such as scottishfootball.com. You can find them on our links page.
Q A tricky one from FORREST who wants to know: Who was the last Rangers` player to score a LEAGUE hat-trick against Celtic ?
A Incredible as it seems it was New Year's Day back in 1955 when Johnny Hubbard scored three - one a penalty - in a 4-1 Ibrox victory. That win kept Rangers in second place behind Aberdeen while St Mirren leapfrogged Celtic for third spot.
Before any Celtic fans start asking, the last hat-trick in the League from a Parkhead player was Stevie Chalmers in a 5-1 win in January 1966.