Called up but not capped

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Re: Called up but not capped

Postby Steve Bell » Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:04 pm

Jim Steele of Dundee was in the Scotland squad for the European Championship qualifier against Belgium at Pittodrie on 10th November 1971.
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Re: Called up but not capped

Postby LEATHERSTOCKING » Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:53 pm

George Niven(Rangers` goalkeeper) was given at least two call ups in the early 60s(vs. England in 1961 & 1962) but had to withdraw both times because of injury. He won several League caps. I read somewhere that he played most games for Rangers without being capped. True? I`ve a feeling that J.B.("Mutt") McAlpine of Queen`s Park was asked to be part of a Scottish side in the 30s but it got no further than an informal discussion when he pointed out he`d been born in England. He did win a couple of League caps.
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Re: Called up but not capped

Postby Steve Bell » Sat Sep 22, 2012 9:37 pm

For the match with Holland on 11th May 1966 at Hampden, the following were amongst the reserves:-

Alan Anderson (Heart of Midlothian) Alex Bryce (Clyde) John McHugh (Clyde) Ally Shewan (Aberdeen)
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Re: Called up but not capped

Postby scottish » Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:14 pm

Six of the players on the 1967 'World Tour' never played in a full international: Alan Anderson, Alex Ferguson, Harry Thomson, Hugh Tinney, Jim Townsend, John Woodward. Oddest of these was Woodward who made more starts on the tour (three) than he did for his club Arsenal (two starts + 1 sub)
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Re: Called up but not capped

Postby Steve Bell » Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:44 pm

The initial Scotland squad for their World Cup Qualifying match with Italy at Hampden on 9th November 1965 contained the following:-

Ally Donaldson (Dundee) Andy King (Kilmarnock) Willie Stevenson (Liverpool)
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Re: Called up but not capped

Postby scottish » Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:12 pm

Billy Stevenson played against the Jutland XI in 1959 when he was still with Rangers. That used to appear as an international in the likes of the WRB but I don't think it's regarded as a full international in the way that for example the match against the Hong Kong XI is, even though Jutland is a far greater part of Denmark than Hong Kong is of China.
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Re: Called up but not capped

Postby Steve Bell » Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:46 pm

Also playing in the Jutland match were Doug Baird (Partick Thistle), Jackie McGugan (St. Mirren) and Bert Slater (Falkirk).
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Re: Called up but not capped

Postby HibeeJibee » Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:30 pm

I never really understood why the Hong Kong League XI match saw players being awarded caps... other than it having been ages (over a decade) since an SFA XI last played (and the great Warren Cummings otherwise missing-out!!)

It's not counted by FIFA and is arguably no more worthy of caps than the likes of Scotland v SFL games, or Scotland v American Soccer League / v Ontario Major League on the 1935 and 1949 tours. Infact it's arguably less deserving than Scotland-England in 1902, 1916, 1935, 1946, or the various WWII and Victory internationals.
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Re: Called up but not capped

Postby prorege » Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:21 pm

Some for the 'in the squad but never capped' brigade:

Alan Young - Leicester City (v Belgium 19/12/79)
Iain Turner - Everton / Preston NE (Several 2006-11)
Colin Walsh - Nottm Forest (83/4 Home Internationals)
Alan McCulloch - Kilmarnock (79/80 Home Internationals)
Willie McVie - Motherwell (75/6 v Switzerland)
Brian Rodman - Kilmarnock (74/5 v Portugal and 75 Home INternationals
Ian Redford - Dundee United (86/7 v Brazil)
Campbell Money - St Mirren (86/7 v Brazil, 90/1 v USSR)
Ally Maxwell - Motherwell (90/1 v USSR)
Scott Howie - Motherwell (96/7 v Sweden)
Alan Main - St Johnstone (97/8 v Latvia, 98/9 v Czech R
Jonathan Gould - Celtic (98/9 v Czech Rep)
Brian Grant - Aberdeen - (Several early 90s)
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Re: Called up but not capped

Postby ScottishFA » Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:19 pm

Jonathan Gould won two caps.

NB Iain Turner achieved that rare feat of winning a medal for Scotland (in the Kirin Cup) without winning a cap.
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Re: Called up but not capped

Postby prorege » Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:30 am

Jonathan Gould won two caps.

I must have erased that from the memory.

Please don't tell me that Willie McVie was also capped.
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Re: Called up but not capped

Postby Alan McCabe » Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:46 am

I remember John Brown being listed in a squad in the early 1990s but never being capped.
It sticks in my mind for the fact that he was interviewed by a young David Tanner on STV when the conversation/confrontation when something along the lines off :
DT : So why do you think the manager has selected you in his squad?
JB : Obviously because o' ma' rugged good looks.
DT : (Laughs in response)
JB : (Growls) Whit ur ye laughin at?
End of interview.
I guess JB was perfecting his public speaking skills in those days unaware that he would, one day, display all of his oratory skills from the front staircase at Ibrox!
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Re: Called up but not capped

Postby Steve Bell » Fri Oct 05, 2012 3:56 pm

From the initial squad of 40 named for the 1958 World Cup Finals:-

Charlie Aitken (Motherwell), Dick Beattie (Celtic), Dan Currie (Clyde), Jim Fotheringham (Arsenal), Doug Newlands (Burnley), Eddie O'Hara (Falkirk) and George Smith (Partick Thistle).
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Re: Called up but not capped

Postby scottish » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:14 pm

Kilmarnock's Tommy Henaughan was in the original 40 in 1954. His inclusion caused a bit of a stir over his eligibility as he had been born in the USA. A few years later the Baker brothers Joe and Gerry were both deemed ineligible for Scotland on account of being born in England and the USA and indeed both played international football for those countries.
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Re: Called up but not capped

Postby scottish » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:31 pm

Willie Buchan of Blackpool was a reserve for the match v Czechoslavakia on Dec 8th 1937.
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