Saturday, Powderhall Stadium, Edinburgh. Each meeting begins at 7.15pm. with 10 races on Mondays and 12 on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


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FOOTBALL Saturday 24


I Hum V MOIIIOIWOII Tynecastle Park. Gorgie Road, Edinburgh, 3pm. This is likely to be X-certificatc stuff, iftired, hackish diatribes about the two sides' supposed animosity towards each other are to be believed. Certainly, ifJimmy Douglas (insert a ‘buster' and you should know who I mean) could trace some Scottish ancestry, then it's probably the case that a long lost heavyweight cousin played in defence for one of the two.

I SI MINOR ti Clydebanlt Love Street. Paisley (5 mins Gilmour Street station), 3pm.

I Cowdenbeath v Ounlennllne Starks Park, Kirkcaldy. 3pm. A rearranged venue for this all-Fife tic.

I Hibemlan v East Flle Easter Road Stadium, Albion Road, Edinburgh, 3pm. In the past decade or so, Hibs have had one or two problems against East Fife. In 1973, John Brownlie‘s very promising future at full-back effectively vanished as a result of a broken leg against the Fifers‘ player, Printy, and in January 1984 Hibs were embarrassed by a replay defeat in the Scottish Cup.

I Stirling Albion v Caledonlan Brockville, Falkirk (100 yards Grahamston station), 3pm. Another Cup fixture to be played at a rearranged venue. This time, it is because Stirling‘s all-weather pitch is not an eligible playing surface in cup competitions. indeed, there is the possibility that the Scottish League might instruct the club to replace it with a natural surface (a ploughed field will probably suffice) or move to anotherlocation. FIRST DIVISION

I Clyde v Ralth Rovers Firhill Park, Maryhill, Glasgow (from Hope Street, buses nos 60,61 and 66). 3pm.


I Oueen's Park v Stenhousemulr Hampden Park, Glasgow (5 mins Mount Florida and King's Park stations), 3pm.


TENNENT'S SCOTTISH CUP, 41h ROUND I Celtic v Rangers Celtic Park. Gallowgate, Glasgow, 3pm. Two ofthe smaller sides in the competition are ‘honoured‘ by having their fixture rearranged (fitting neatly into most people‘s church-going obligations) and televised live by STV. If Rangers are stalking a league and cup double, then Celtic are operating a ‘shoot to miss‘ policy. See panel.

Tuesday 27


I East Stirling v Montrose Firs Park, Falkirk (5 mins Grahamston station), 7.30pm. As a result of Stirling Albion's defeat of East Stirling in the 3rd Round of the Cup, their 4th Round match at the weekend has led to this league fixture being shifted.

I Oumbarton v Kllmarnoclt Boghead. Dumbarton (Dumbarton East station). 7.30pm.

Saturday 3

PREMIER LEAGUE I Hum Y MOIIIOIWOII Tynecastle Park, Gorgie Road, Edinburgh, 3pm. Againi?


At test! To the dismay ol Old Firm tans and the unbounded loy ol punters everywhere, the big two Glasgow sides will lace each other in the lourth round oi the Scottish Cup. Until this year, there seemed more chance at Ian Ferguson lolnlng Mensa or M Billy McNelll surviving 24 hours without using the words ‘Verra verra', than there was at the two clubs being drawn against each other in the cup.

The beliel that Celtic and Rangers manage to avoid each other In the Scottish Cup Is no mere myth spread by less successlul teams. Oi the lllteen occasions that they have both made It through to the semi-Ilnals sInce1946, they have only been drawn against each other twice. A twist at late so improbable that even Thomas Hardy would have been ashamed oi It.

Naturally, the SFA have always maintained that it was divine intervention which separated the teams. Ol course they deny the fabled hot and cold balls that, according to lollrlore, are used when making the draw. To your average punter however,

it appeared ratherthat it was a complete lack ol balls on the part at the SEA (tearing a llnai without either) that kept the teams apart. Although, Rangers' recent insistence on going out in the third round to teams like Hamilton Accles haven't helped their chances at playing their great Glasgow rivals.

Celtic's season is slipping away last and their tans, huddled round the bedside alternately muttering words ol condolence or rolling against late and Jack ‘Blscuit Tln' McGlnn, will be praying lor signs M a revival. Meanwhile, the ‘Gers can do little wrong at the moment. McCoIst and the chameleon-like Johnston are looking particularly sharp while ‘Smaclt-man’ has made a big Impact In midfield. Yet, Celtic are notoriously hard to beat when on their uppers. So, all they need to do is get a man sent oil early on and we could have a great match on our hands. (Ross Parsons)

Celtic v Rangers, Celtic Park, Glasgow, 25 Feb, 3pm. Match coverage live on Scottish.

I Celtic v Dundee United Celtic Park, Gallowgate, Glasgow, 3pm.

I Ounlermllne v Aberdeen East End Park. Halbeath Road, Dunfermline. 3pm.

I St erren v Hibemlan Love Street. Paisley (5 mins Gilmour Street station), 3pm.


I Particlt Thistle v Clyde Firhill Park. Maryhill, Glasgow (from Hope Street, buses nos 60, 61 and 66), 3pm.

I Clydebanlt v Ayr United Kilbowie Park. Clydebank (2 mins from Singer station), 3pm.

I Meadowbank Thistle v Morton Meadowbank Stadium, London Road, Edinburgh (from Princes Street, buses 26. 86,85,4.44,15),3pm.

I Albion Rovers v Alrdrie Cliftonhill Park. Coatbridge (10 mins Coatdyke station). 3pm. A derby match which Airdrie will need to win if they are to maintain their bid for promotion (and justify their recent £200,000 expenditure on Clydcbank‘s Owen Coyle and Fulham‘s John Watson). SECOND DIVISION

I Kilmarnoclt v East Stirling Rugby Park,

Kiimarnock (5 mins Kilmarnock station),

3pm. Despite the arrival ofex-Celt, Tommy Burns, Kiimarnock do not look set for an immediate return to First Division football. This is a match they must win, though they haven't performed too creditably against the lowly Firs Park side in recent encounters.

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

I Stenhousemulr v Cowdenbeath Ochilview, Larbert, 3pm.

I Stirling Albion v Montrose Annfield Park, Stirling, 3pm.

HOCKEY Saturday 24


I Guytech v Gordonlans Meadowbank Sports Centre. London Road, Edinburgh, 12.30pm

I Kelbume v Grange Linwood Sports Centre, Linwood, 2.30pm.

NATIONAL LEAGUE. DIVISION ONE. WOMEN I Hyndland v Boroughmulr Linwood Sports

Centre. Linwood, 4pm.

i Saturday 3

f I Grange v Aberdeen Mary Erskine 3 School, Ravelston Dykes Road, Edinburgh, 2.30pm.


NATIONAL LEAGUE, DIVISION ONE. WOMEN I Guytech Western v BoroughmulrStepps Playing Fields, Millerston, Glasgow, 12.30pm.

I Moray House v Hutchesons Moray House, Cramond Campus, near Edinburgh, 2.30pm.


I Ayr Raiders v Durham Wasps Ayr Ice Rink. Limekilns Road. Ayr, 7pm. Durham will be hoping to reverse the 8-6 defeat suffered at the hands of Ayr on 10 Feb. However, with places for the play-off looking very tight at the moment, Ayrwill have to withstand the combined skills of Koznevkov and co if they are to reach Wembley.

I File Flyers v Nottingham Panthers Kirkcaldy Ice Rink, 7. 15pm.

Sunday 4

I Murrayfield Racers v Ayr Raiders Murrayfield Ice Rink, Riversdale Crescent, Edinburgh. 6.30pm.


I Scottish League Cup Final Ardrossan Indoor Bowling Club, 150 Glasgow Street, Ardrossan, 2pm. Winners of sections A and B in Division One this year, namely Prestwick and Blantyre, compete in this play-offmtttch.

RUGBY Saturday 24

McEWAN'S NATIONAL LEAGUE. DIVISION I I Stuarts-Melville v Melrose Inverlcith, Ferry Road, Edinburgh, 2.30pm.

I Glasgow HIgh/Keivlnslde v Heriots Old Anniesiand. Crow Road, Glasgow, 2.30pm.

I Boroughmulr v Edinburgh Acads Meggctland, Colinton Road. Edinburgh, 2.30pm.

McEWAN'S NATIONAL LEAGUE, DIVISION 2 I Corstorphlne v Glasgow Acads Union Park, Carricknowe Parkway, Edinburgh, 2.30pm.

I Edinburgh Wands v Preston Lodge Murrayfield, Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, 2.30pm.

I Musselburgh v Currie Stoneyhill. Musselburgh, 2.30pm.

I Hlilhead/Jordanhlil v Kllmamocit Hughendon, Glasgow, 2.30pm.

Wednesday 28

I Edinburgh Under-21 v South Under-21 Meggctland, Colinton Road, Edinburgh, 2.30pm. The North and Midlands v Glasgow Under-21 match is taking place at Cupar. Fife.

VOLLEYBALL Saturday 24


I So Ragazzl v Bellshill Cardinals St Ninian‘s High School, Rouken Glen Road. Eastwood, Glasgow, 2.30pm.

I Elliott Sports Jets v Team Novasport OV Ainslie Park Sports Centre, Pilton Drive, Edinburgh. noon.


I Glasgow Bannerman v Oeloltte Hazlehead Bannerman CEC, Glasgow Road, Ballieston. Glasgow. 2.30pm.

: I Elliott Sports Jets v Grangebum Coaches

Ainslie Park Sports Centre, Pilton Drive,

Edinburgh, 2.30pm.

i Saturday 3

ROYAL BANK NATIONAL LEAGUE. MEN’S DIVISION ONE I Airdrie v Bellshill Cardinals Columba

Sports Centre, Coatbridge, 2.30pm.

Saturday 24

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I Edinburgh Musselburgh Racecourse, Musselburgh. Club £8, Paddock £4

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I Kinleith Plant v Elliott Sports Jets Tynecastle High School, McLeod Street, Edinburgh, 12.30pm.

I Airdrie v Oeloltte Hazlehead Columba Sports Centre, Coatbridge, 12.30pm.

I Provincial insurance v Falltlrit Tynecastle High School, McLeod Street. Edinburgh.

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