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Rugby Park, Kilmarnock

My question had been “What’s wrong with Rugby Park?” “The name for a start!”, was the annoyingly logical reply.  “And, that wee red-roofed covered terracing stuck out by the corner flag? What’s going on there?”, my friend added, clearly less … Continue reading

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No way to treat a guest

It doesn’t seem that long ago players wore numbers 1 to 11, all games kicked off on a Saturday at precisely 3pm, children could be lifted over the turnstiles, and the first real inkling you got of results arrived with the … Continue reading

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Morton’s Danish Delights

The Danish invasion of Cappielow Park in the 1960s was largely the work of Morton’s charismatic owner Hal Stewart. Like many successful stories it began almost by accident. Back in the 1960s Danish players were amateurs and this meant that … Continue reading

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Roker Park and the World Cup

Just a few weeks to go now. Football fans across Europe are gearing up for the European Championships, and the international focus stays in Europe  after this eagerly awaited tournament as we look forward to the next World Cup finals which … Continue reading

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Harry Hood

A tale of what might have been …  For Harry Hood his Sunderland career remains a source of frustration. His arrival at Roker Park in November 1964 as a prolific Scottish goal-grabber should have heralded the start of something special.  … Continue reading

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Red Star turn

  The 1951 Festival of Britain was intended to breathe new life and some much needed cheer into post-war Britain and fell exactly a century on from the famous Great Exhibition of 1851.  Six years of ruinous World War had … Continue reading

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Claudio Marangoni – right man, wrong time

I have a lovely black and white picture taken on the banks of the River Thames. It shows Tottenham’s Argentinian World Cup stars Ricardo Villa and Ossie Ardiles. The players are kitted out in their strips and in the background … Continue reading

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