I Sport ls listed as diary: by sport, then by day, then by event.


I Scotland V Sweden Meadowbank Sports Stadium. London Road. Edinburgh. 4pm. With the National League commencing on the 15th. this should whet the appetite.

CRICKET Saturday 2


I Ayr v Clydesdale Cambusdoon. Alloway. 1.15pm.

I Ferguslle v West of Scotland Meikleriggs. Paisley. 1.15pm.

I itllmamock v Uddingston Kirkstyle. Kilmarnock. 1.15pm. Because there is no promotion or relegation in this league. Kilmarnock will be looking for their first victory of the season simply for the purposes of salvaging some pride.

I Drumpellier v Greenock Langloan. Coatbridge. 1.15pm. Greenock travel to Langloan needing only two points to win their fourth title since 1982.

I Kelbume v Poloc Whitehaugh. Paisley. 1.15pm.


I West Lothlan v Fifeshlre Boghall. Linlithgow. West Lothian. 1pm. Bottom club. Fifcshire. have struggled throughout the season. and there is little to suggest that this fixture will be any easier for them.

I Stirling County v Foriarshlre Williamfield. Stirling. 1pm.


I MGI Area Championship Final Titwood. Beaton Road, Glasgow. 1 lam. Poor weather has meant that this fixture. originally scheduled for August 13. has been rearranged more times than a boxer's nose. Therefore. strenuous efforts to appease the rain gods will be needed if Edinburgh and Strathclyde West are to complete the 6()-over match.


I Race Days Tuesday. Thursday and Saturday. Shawfield Stadium. Rutherglen Road. Glasgow. There are 10 races on a Tuesday. I 1 on a Thursday and 12 on a Saturday. Tuesday and Thursday meetings begin at 7.45pm; Saturday‘s starts at 7.30pm.


I Race Days Tuesday. Thursday and Saturday. Powderhall Stadium. Beaverhall Road. Edinburgh. There are 10 races on Tuesday and Thursday. 12 on a Saturday; starting at 7.30pm for Tuesday and Thursday. 7. 15pm for Saturday.

FOOTBALL Saturday 2


I Clyde V Ayr United Firhill Park . Glasgow. 3pm. Because the national side are ofro play Yugoslavia on the 6th. there are no Premier Division fixtures this weekend. which means that the smaller teams have an opportunity to grab the limelight. and perhaps good attendances. The question is. though. who supports Clyde.especially since they do have not a ground toeall

their own?

I Albion Rovers v Clydebank Cliftonhill Park. Coatbridge (10mins Coatdyke station). 3pm. Albion have made a reasonably good start following their promotion last season. and Clydebank came close to defeating Ilibs in the Skol

Cup last week. so it's not unreasonable to

hope that this match could be very entertaining indeed.

I Falkirk v Meadowbank Brockville. Falkirk ( 100 yards from Grahamston station). 3pm.

I Morton V Airdrie Cappielow Park. Greenock (5 mins from Cartsdyke station). 3pm.


I Dumbarton v Berwick Rangers Boghead. Dumbarton (10mins from Dumbarton East station). 3pm.

I Stenhousemuirv Montrose Ochilview Park. Larbert. 3pm.

Tuesday 5


I Partick Thistle v Raith Rovers Firhill Park. Glasgow. 7.30pm.

I Clydebank v Clyde Kilbowie Park. Clydebank. 7.30pm.

Following their victory in the Isle of Man Festival during the close season. a resurgent Motherwell. normally reckoned to be relegation candidates. are threatening to play attacking football.

I Rangers v Aberdeen lbrox Stadium. Glasgow (2 mins lbrox underground). 3pm. Over the last couple ofseasons. these two adversaries. when pitted against each other. have played more than their fair share of brutal football. leaving both teams physically and pschologically scarred. No doubt. the players' nerves will be on edge again. but perhaps they will be able to control their more pugnacious inclinations by dwelling on the commercial profile adopted by Rangers‘ in-house catering facilities. lfAberdeen choose to bite back on the culinary front. perhaps they should launch a Sneldersburger.

I Hlbemian v Dundee United Easter Road Stadium. Albion Road. Edinburgh. 3pm. lfChairman. David Duff. honestly believes that Hibs are capable of finishing in the top four by the end of the season . then a victory against Dundee United isa prerequisite for these dreams to be fulfilled.

I SI Mirren V Celtic Love Street. Paisley (5 mins from Gilmour Street station). 3pm. Having offloadcd so many players (and their bib shirt) during the close season. St Mirren look more vulnerable than usual. I Aidrie V Falkirk Broomfield Park. Airdrie. 7.30pm.

I Meadowbank v Forlar Meadowbank Stadium. London Road. Edinburgh. 7.30pm.

Saturday 9

PREMIER LEAGUE I Dunfermllne v Motherwell East End Park. Halbeith Road. Dunfermline. 3pm.


As witnessed at the recent derby matches, especiallythe Old Firm encounter at Parkhead, that palliative oi the people, opium of the masses, despository for unfulfilled dreams, namely football, is quite definitely back with a vengeance.

It takes on another role as five Scottish teams ready themselves for matches in the three European competitions: the European Cup, the European Cup Winners' Cup and the UEFA Cup. None of the two-leg first round ties will be without difficulty, with the Rangers' meeting against Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich, perhapsthe toughest oithem all.

In the Cup Winners' Cup, Celtic play Yugoslavs Partisan Belgrade, and in the UEFA Cup, Aberdeen take on Rapid Vienna, Dundee United are against Glentoran and Hibernian play Hungarians Videoton. With Scotland‘s allocation of places in European competition about to be slimmed next year to four teams, and with Hearts and Motherwell showing early form, perhaps three of the country’s five representatives on the continent this year might find this season to be their last in European football for a little whileto come.

Undoubtedly, Hibs are the most vulnerable ofthe five. After an eleven-year absence from European competition, their dalliance might be short-lived if the Hungarians play to their reputed form. With a pedigree which includes reaching the semi-final oi the inaugural European Cup in

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season 195 Napoli in the 1967-68 season, the current team are to some extent hostages to the fortunes of their predecessors.

Managing Director, Jim Gray, inevitably believes otherwise. ‘There’s no point in barking back to the 70s,’ he says, “since the club was allowed to lose its success in the late 70s and early 803. We have to regain that and then consolidate it. Even though the squad might still require one or two new players, the team at present are fresh enough to respond to the challenge against Videoton, who are a well-balanced team with two Hungarian and two Yugoslavian internationalists. When Hibernian plays to its potential, it plays well. A performance like that against Hearts in the derby would not be good enough to survive in the Premier League, never mind make progress in the UEFA Cup, but everyone knows that we can play much betterthan that.‘ (Mike Wilson)


I Clyde v Alioa Firhill Park. Glasgow. 3pm.

I Morton v Meadowbank Cappiclow. Greenock (5 mins Cartsdyke station). 3pm.

I Falkirk V Ayr United Brockville. Falkirk (100 yards Grahamston station). 3pm. SECOND DIVISION

I Dumbarton v Stranraer Boghead. Dumbarton (10mins Dumbarton East station). 3pm.

I Kilmarnock v Cowdenbeath Rugby Park, Kilmarnock ( 10 mins from Bus station). 3pm. Who would have thought it. Kilmarnock in the Second Division. Very disappointing for a team. who. in season 64-65. won the old First Division championship.

I East Stirling v Stenhousemuir Firs Park. Falkirk. 3pm. A derby match ofsorts. and tell me. are there old steam locomotive engines still situated on the other side of one of the perimeter fenees'.’

Tuesday 12


I Hibemlan V Videoton Iiaster Road Stadium. Albion Road. Edinburgh. 7.30pm. See panel.

Wednesday 13

EUROPEAN CUP I Glasgow Rangers v Bayern Munich lbrox Stadium. Glasgow. 7.30pm. See panel.

Monday 11

I Hamilton Park Bothwell

Road.l lamilton. Easy access by the M8. M74 and A74. Club £l().paddoek £4.50 (paddock concessions available). This flat meeting begins at2. 15pm.


I Scottish Motor Racing Club Championship Knockhill Race Circuit. by Dunfermline. Fife. The big event of the year at Knockhill. For the start time and prices. phone 0383 731788.



I Glasgow Tigers v Mildenhall Fen Tigers Shawfield Stadium. Ruthcrglen Road. Glasgow. 7.30pm. Mildenhall is perhaps better known for its US Air base. but the Fen Tigers do have the distinction ofbeing the only side in the National League who have two Danes in their side (both from the British League). One. Preben Eriksen. has a reputation for being a little crazy. perhaps in the same mould as Berwick's Rob Grant.


I Edinburgh Belmont Monarchs v Mildenhall Fen Tigers Powderhall Stadium. Beaverhall Road. Edinburgh. 6.30pm.

Friday 8

I Glasgow Tigers v Newcastle Diamonds Shawfield Stadium. Rutherglen Road. Glasgow. 7.30pm. Having secured their only away victory of the season so far at Newcastle. the Tigers have a chance to score their first double win. The Diamonds. new to the National League. have old hand. Rod Hunter. still winninga lot of points for them.

I Edinburgh Belmont Monarchs v Rye House Rockets Powderhall Stadium. Beaverhall Road. Edinburgh, 7.15pm. Danish star. Jens Rasmussen. makes his first appearance at Powderhall. on the eve of the National League Riders‘ Championship at Coventry. in which Edinburgh's Les Collins starts as one of the favourites.

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