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Killie's forgotten stars

Q Kilmarnock had a good European run in 1967 but didn't get any credit thanks to the Lisbon Lions and Rangers reaching a final. Can you list Killie's results? AG.

A Kilmarnock took part in the Fairs Cup that season, 1966-67, and made it all the way to the semi-finals. They had a bye in round one then beat two Belgian teams, Royal Antwerp and La Gantoise (now KAA Gent), 8-2 and 3-1 on aggregate respectively.

In the quarter-finals, they beat East Germans Lokomotiv Leipzig 2-1 to earn a crack at Leeds United for a place in the final. Sadly, the run ended there with Leeds winning 4-2 at home and securing a 0-0 draw at Rugby Park.

Leeds lost the final 2-0 to Dynamo Zagreb.

KILMARNOCK-Ferguson, King, McFadzean, Murray, McGrory, Beattie, McLean, McInally, Bertelsen, Queen, McIlroy.

Q Give details of the game that marked the switch-on of the Parkhead floodlights, Celtic v Wolves. Dumbartonian.

A Played on October 12, 1959, it ended Celtic 0, Wolves 2 (Broadbent, Murray). Celtic chairman Bob Kelly presented both teams, referee Tiny Wharton and his linesmen with silver cigarette cases as souvenirs of the occasion. Celtic-Fallon, MacKay, Mochan, Smith, Evans, Peacock, Chalmers, McVittie, Lochhead, Divers, Auld. Wolves-Finlayson, Kelly, Harris, Clamp. Stuart, Kirkham, Mason, Durandt, Murray, Broadbent, Horne.

Q When was the first edition of Sportscene shown on TV and which Scottish game was shown? Parkgate Tim, Govan.

A Sportscene took over from Sportsreel, which had been on BBCsince 1963, and the first edition of the new show was aired on Saturday August 9, 1975, at 10pm. Can't be specific about the Scottish content as it was billed simply as highlights from the League Cup. There was also footage from the FA Charity Shield, Derby County v West Ham.

Q Long before kissing became fashionable for footballers, there was a picture taken of two English players sitting on the pitch with their lips pressed together. Tony Currie was one but who was the other? Tom McGillivray, Prestwick.

A This was 1975 and the players were Sheffield United's Currie and Alan Birchenall of Leicester. Birchenall asked for a kiss "for a laugh" after a clash with Currie saw both men fall to the ground. The picture went all over the world and Birchenall was asked to contribute to a gay magazine in Germany.

Q Who was dropped when Scotland cut their 1978 World Cup squad from 40 to 22? Underground Celt.

A The unlucky 18 were Davie Stewart, Frank Gray and Arthur Graham (all Leeds), Danny McGrain, Roy Aitken and Roddie MacDonald (all Celtic), Jim Stewart (Kilmarnock), John Blackley (Newcastle), Willie Miller (Aberdeen), Dave Narey,Paul Hegarty and Graeme Payne (all Dundee Utd), John Wark (Ipswich Town), Neil McNab (Spurs), Tony Fitzpatrick and Frank McGarvey (both St Mirren), Andy Gray (Aston Villa) and Ian Wallace (Coventry City).

Q Any info on a game I saw while working in Wales around 1987? It was an Under-18 game with Scotland and I'm sure Gary Speed played in a losing Welsh team. Big John, Wishaw.

A This was a UEFA Youth Championship qualifier played at Ninian Park, Cardiff, on November 24, 1987. Speed did play but, as you say, couldn't drive his team to victory. It finished Wales 2 (Speed, Graham), Scotland 3(McCarrison, Kopel, Gilzean).

Q Who was the junior international who scored a hat-trick against Morton at Cappielow on the opening day of the season some time in the 1970s? How many ex-Celtic players did Morton have on their books at the time and was their manager another former Parkhead man, Eric Smith? Gary and Jim, Greenock.

A Stranraer striker Andy Meechan, who had played for Scotland at junior level while with East Kilbride Thistle, was the hat-trick hero in a 5-1 League Cup win at Cappielow on August 12, 1972. Jim Traynor and Ronnie McCall were also on target for Stranraer, while Jim Lumsden scored Morton's consolation. Smith was boss at Cappielow then and had former Hoops stars Stevie Chalmers, John Clark and John Fallon in his squad.

Q Who is the costliest player to have been signed by Dundee United? Angus Clarke, Montrose.

A Steven Pressley, a pounds 750,000 purchase from Coventry City in July 1995.

Q Did Phil Bonnyman ever play in Rangers' first team? Gus Thom.

A Bonnyman played one first-team game, a 2-1 Ibrox defeat by Stenhousemuir in the League Cup on October 4, 1972. Given a free transfer, he came back to haunt the club by helping Chesterfield knock them out of the Anglo-Scottish Cup in 1980.


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