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Q How many caps did keeper Lawrie Leslie win for Scotland and was he ever a winner at club level against Rangers? Stuart Wilson, Ilford.

A Leslie won five caps for his country and all of them came in season 1960-61 while he was with Airdrie. He had bigger clubs in his career, such as Hibs and West Ham, but it was during his time with the Diamonds that he caught the eyes of the international selectors.

If it hadn't been for the bravery that resulted in a series of injuries, he might have won more caps.

He was a winner against Rangers twice inside a fortnight at Hibs. They won a Scottish Cup semi-final replay 2-1 at Hampden on April 9, 1958, and a league game 3-1 at Easter Road on April 21.

Q Rangers' Davy Wilson scored nine away goals in just five days - six for his club in a 7-1 win at Falkirk on March 17, 1962, and three for the Scottish League against the English League at Villa Park on March 21. Is this a record in Scottish top-class football? John Brown, Greenock.

A A tough question because away-goal totals in two games close together is not a specific category to be found in the record books. The other problem is you have mixed a club fixture with one of a representative nature. However, I haven't been able to find anything to top what Wilson did. The closest was eight away goals in four days by Albert Juliussen of Dundee - two in a 3-2 defeat at Aberdeen on March 5, 1947, and six in a 10-0 win at Alloa on March 8.

Q Was Paul Sturrock a member of the Scotland squad for the 1982 World Cup finals and could you name it? Dot Lawrence, St Monans.

A The Dundee United striker was in the 22 but didn't take part in any of the matches against New Zealand, Brazil and the USSR. The other 21 players who went to Spain were Alan Rough, Danny McGrain, Frank Gray, Graeme Souness, Alan Hansen, Willie Miller, Gordon Strachan, Kenny Dalglish, Alan Brazil, John Wark, John Robertson, George Wood, Alex McLeish, Dave Narey, Joe Jordan, Asa Hartford, Alan Evans, Steve Archibald, Davie Provan, George Burley and Jim Leighton.

Q Can you confirm that some time around 1960 Hibs scored 23 goals in one week? Jim Vincent.

A Technically it was 23 goals in eight days.

On October 17, 1959, they recorded a 7-4 home win over Dunfermline and followed that up two days later with a 5-2 friendly victory over Bolton at Easter Road. Then on October 24 they went to Airdrie and won 11-1. Joe Baker helped himself to eight of the 23 goals.

Q Who scored the first competitive goal in Scottish football after the end of World War Two? GF.

ATwo players scored in the first minute on day one of the 1946-47 season - John Cuthbertson of Hibs in a 9-1 home win over Queen of the South and Hugh Gilmartin of Hamilton Accies in a 4-1 defeat at Partick Thistle. Reports of the time suggested the Cuthbertson goal probably went in first.

Q Despite being a Celtic fan, I remember seeing Ayr beat Rangers 1-0 at home around 1957. I'm sure Willie Japp scored and a keeper called Travers saved a Johnny Hubbard penalty. Any info? Stefan Lomako, Whithorn.

A The game was played on January 12, 1957, and you're correct about the score and scorer but there was no penalty save by Willie Travers. Ayr Utd - Travers, Paterson, Thomson, Traynor, Brice, Telfer, Japp, Paton, Price, Whittle, McMillan. Rangers - Niven, Shearer, Caldow, McColl, Young, Davis, Scott, Simpson, Murray, Baird, Hubbard.

Q Can you name fathers and sons who won the Scottish Cup or the FA Cup? Todd, Bannockburn.

A Alfie Conn Snr (Hearts) and Alfie Conn Jnr (Rangers and Celtic) both won the Scottish Cup, as did Jimmy Simpson (Rangers) and Ronnie Simpson (Celtic) and Jimmy McMenemy (Celtic and Partick Thistle) and John McMenemy (Celtic). In the FA Cup, there's Frank Lampard Snr (West Ham) and Frank Jnr (Chelsea), Alec Herd (Manchester City) and David Herd (Manchester United) and Ian Wright (Arsenal) and Shaun WrightPhillips (Chelsea).

Q Who was the manager who denied Kenny Dalglish a 50th consecutive Scotland cap to equal George Young's record? Did Dalglish even get on the bench for the match in question? Big Jay, Coatbridge.

A The first point to make is that Young's record was 34 consecutive internationals for Scotland, not 50. When Dalglish was on 33 caps, he was named only as a substitute for game 34 - against Wales in May 1976 - by Scotland boss Willie Ormond and took no part in a 3-1 Hampden win. But Dalglish later began another run that saw him play 43 internationals on the trot to claim a record.


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