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Q From Colin McMillan: "Could you tell me how many goals Henrik Larsson scored against Hearts in all competitions when he played for Celtic?"
A 23 in total, 21 in the League and two in the Scottish Cup
Q Julian Flanders writes “I am researching the history of Chelsea FC. In 1962 or 63 Tommy Docherty went to Arbroath to watch a particular player. He didn't like the player but did like Eddie McCreadie. He then had to negotiate with the Arbroath manager for Eddie's services. What was the manager's name?”
A The Arbroath manager at that time was Albert Henderson but Eddie McCreadie didn’t play for them. McCreadie was with East Stirlingshire when he was signed by Chelsea in April 1962. The club owners were the Steedman brothers, Jack & Charlie, and they were the de facto managers. ‘Shire didn’t officially appoint a manager until Lawrence Binnie in 1966.
Q From Luise Liddell "I'd love to know all you know about Jim Scott - he played for Hibs and Falkirk, is the brother of the late Alex Scott and will be 65 soon. I work in the pub he runs and would like to be able to give him a mini walk down memory lane......."
A Jim, as you say , was part of a distinguished footballing family. He and older brother Alex both played with distinction for many years for various clubs and both were full Scotland internationals.
Falkirk-born Jim started out with Denny Rovers. He was briefly on Falkirk’s books but never appeared for them, instead joining Bo’ness United. In October 1958, shortly after he turned 18 he was signed by Hibs and made his first few outings in league football that season.
Jim was a right-winger but was versatile enough to lead the line or play as an inside-forward as the occasion demanded. By age 22 he had established himself as first choice in the Hibs team and was at Easter Road for almost nine full seasons during which he turned out for the Hi-bees in 172 league matches, scoring 47 goals. In the League Cup he played 43 times and scored 16 goals and the Scottish Cup gave him a further ten appearances and four more goals.
Jim also played twelve times in Europe for Hibs. Memorably, he made his European debut in the Camp Nou against Barcelona on December 27th 1960 when Hibs gained a marvellous 4-4 draw in a Fairs Cup quarter-final tie before winning the second leg 3-2 at Easter Road. Jim also played in the first leg of the semi-final against Roma at Easter Road which was drawn 2-2. Hibs eventually lost in a play-off.
Jim’s travels on the continent took him to several famous grounds including the Mestalla in Valencia where Hibs lost a quarter-final Fairs Cup tie in 1963. He gained revenge for that when his opening goal (his only score for Hibs in Europe) put the Edinburgh team on the road to a 2-0 home win over Valencia in the same competition in September 1965. Unfortunately they couldn’t hold on and eventually lost after another play-off away from home.
Domestically, Jim got his hands on a winners medal in the short-lived Summer Cup. He played in all 20 matches for Hibs in 1964 and 1965 scoring seven times, including once in the second leg of the Final against Aberdeen at Pittodrie in September 1964.
His form also brought him to the attention of the SFA’s selection committee and Jim was capped for Scotland against Holland at Hampden in May 1966. Jim was played out of position in an experimental line-up which lost 3-0.
At the start of the 1967-68 season Jim was transferred for £37,500 (a considerable sum in those days) to Newcastle United. Jim was successful at St James Park, going straight into the first team and making over 70 league appearances. It was at Newcastle that Jim enjoyed the playing highlight of his career.
In 1968-69 Newcastle played in Europe for the first time, in the Fairs Cup. Jim holds the honour of scoring their first ever goal in Europe, netting after six minutes at home against Feyenoord in a 4-0 victory. United lost the second leg 2-0 to progress 4-2 on aggregate.
In the second round Jim struck again, scoring United’s first ever away goal in Europe. He gave them the lead after 31 minutes away to Sporting Lisbon. The match finished 1-1 with Newcastle winning 1-0 at home. Jim played in the games against Saragossa and Setubal which took United through to a semi-final clash with Rangers.
After a goalless draw at Ibrox, it was Jim who opened the scoring in the second leg after 52 minutes. Fellow Scot Jackie Sinclair added a second with thirteen minutes remaining – which sparked a pitch invasion by hundreds of Rangers fans in a vain bid to get the game called off.
But play resumed and Newcastle held out to reach the Final where they met Hungarians Ujpest Dosza over two legs. With Newcastle leading 2-0 through two goals from skipper and Scottish internationalist Bobby Moncur, Jim added a third with seven minutes remaining.
United came back from two down to win 3-2 in Hungary and take the Fairs Cup at the first time of asking. It was the club’s first major honour since 1955 and to this day remains the last time a Newcastle team won a trophy of any significance. By playing in every game and scoring vital goals along the way, Jim Scott played a big part in bringing glory to Tyneside.
In the following season it was Jim who scored the only goal over two legs which enabled Newcastle to get past Porto. They reached the last eight in defence of their trophy but by then Jim had moved on. Oddly enough his final appearance on the European stage was in a third round game not against glamour opponents but fellow English side Southampton.
In February 1970 Jim signed for Crystal Palace then also a top flight side and he was in the Palace side which recorded a famous Highbury victory over Arsenal in the League Cup.
He returned to Scotland in January 1972, finally playing for hometown club Falkirk and he played a vital role as part of a strike pairing with Alex Ferguson in keeping the Bairns in the old first Division. It probably won’t be to Fergie’s liking but Jim Scott finished 1972-73 as Falkirk’s leading league scorer.
His final port of call as a player was at Douglas Park when he joined Hamilton in the summer of 1973. The Accies narrowly failed to win promotion that season but at the age of 33 it was time for Jim to call it a day. His final first class appearance was in a league match at Montrose in February 1974.
Over his career Jim played in more than 450 first class matches on both sides of the border and scored over 100 goals.