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HOW many times have Aberdeen beaten Rangers and Celtic in finals of either the Scottish Cup or League Cup? Jeff Logie.

The Dons have won three Scottish Cup finals against Celtic (1969-70, 1983-84 and 1989-90) and two against Rangers (1981-82 and 1982-83). In the League Cup they have won one final v Celtic (1976-77) and one v Rangers (1989-90). They rarely did it the easy way, however. Of the seven finals mentioned five went to extra time and one involved a penalty shootout.

I remember seeing a Brazilian play for St Mirren in the early 1960s. Any info on what happened to him? Big Bud.

This would have been striker Fernando Azevedo, part of a mini invasion of Brazilian trialists who came over to try their luck with the likes of Celtic and Dunfermline. Although highly skilful Fernando, who had been playing for Municipal in Guatemala, struggled with the physicality of Scottish football and played just one first-team game for Saints. That was at Love Street on September 11, 1965, and they lost 1-0 to old rivals Morton, Flemming Nielsen scoring the winner. Fernando left a few weeks later to play for Baltimore Bays in the USA.

Of the four teams Celtic played on their way to the 1967 European Cup Final, how many have reached a Euro final and are any of them now defunct? Also, were Rangers the first British club to reach a European final in 1961? James Roche.

Before beating Inter Milan in the 1967 final, Celtic knocked out FC Zurich, Nantes, Vojvodina and Dukla Prague, none of whom has won a European trophy. Zurich, Nantes and Vojvodina are still going but Dukla Prague merged with FC Portal Pribram in 1996 to become FK Pribram. As for the first British club to reach a European final, it was Birmingham in 1960. They lost 4-1 on aggregate to Barcelona in the final of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

Give details of the career of Queen of the South legend Alan Ball. Jim Barrow.

Keeper Ball played an incredible 819 first-team games for Queens, more than any other player in the club's history, between 1963 and 1982. He was part of the team that won promotion as Division Two runners-up in 1981 and his dedication to Queens earned him not one but two testimonial matches. He is now an honorary director of the club.

Can you provide details of a testimonial match for Fraserburgh defender Brian Sim against Celtic? GM, Aberdeenshire.

The game was played on December 1, 1992, to mark Sim's 14 years at the club and it ended 2-1 to Celtic. Billy Stewart scored a double for them and Graham Alexander netted the Fraserburgh goal. Fraserburgh - B Gordon, Clark, Sim, Young, A Thomson, McGruther, McCredie, Michie, H Thomson, Murray, R Smith. Subs: R Gordon, Doak, Alexander, Sutherland, Keith. Celtic - McLean, Dolan, H Smith, R McStay, Melly, Slaven, Stewart, Donaghy, McCarrison, Hayes, McLaughlin. Subs: Kerr, McSherry, White, Carberry.

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