I I Shawlield Stadium Rutherglen Road. ! Greyhound racing takes place five nightsa I week and what better way to spend a fitte I eveningthan backing the odd dog. i Mondays ( 10 races). 'l’uesdays ( l 1 races). Thursdays( l 1 races). Fridays ( lllraces). ' Saturdays I 12 races). First race at 7.45pm 1 every evening except Saturday. when they I get out of their traps at 7.30pm. i
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I Powderhali Stadium Beaverhall Road. Racing three nights a week. Monday ( 10 races). Wednesday and Saturday( 12 races). Each meeting begins at 7. 15pm.
FOOTBALL I Saturday 15 I PREMIER LEAGUE I IHiberniaanearts Easter Road I Stadium. Albion Road. Edinburgh. 3pm. t The fixture. which at one point inthc i summer looked like it would never l happen. is on again. A chance for l libs I fanstoberate MrMerccerandfortheir Gorgie counterparts to realise just what a bad investment the li'ulle! nearly made.
I Rangers v Celtic lbrox Stadium. Glasgow. 3pm. The first of the big four league encounters matched only in passionate intensity by a Burton-Taylor breakfast row. (‘eltic‘s poor results oflate have made their close season spending seem futile while the embarrassment of riches at Ibrox means that no one will bat an eyelid when yet another Englishman appears on the box to say that they 'relish the chance to play in this unique atmosphere.'
I St Mirren v Mothenvell Love Street. Paisley. 3pm.
I St Johnstone v Dunlermline McDiarmid Park. Perth. 3pm.
I Kilmatnocit v Falkirlt Rugby Park. Kilmarnock. 3pm. It's always heartening to see some old crocks out in the autumn sunshine breathing in the fresh air.
I Morton V Hamilton (‘appiclow Park. Greenock. 3pm.
I Meadowbanlt Thistle v Raith Rovers Meadowbank Stadium. London Road. Edinburgh. 3pm. Raith cart now travel to Edinburgh with sortie confidence after gubbing Thistlc‘s near neighbours in the Skol (up.
I Particlt Thistle v Clydebanlt i-‘irhill. i-‘irhill Road. Glasgow. 3pm.
I Albion Rovers v Dumbarton ( ‘Iit‘tonhill. (‘oatbridge 3pm.
I East Stirling v Stranraer Firs Park. Falktrk. 3pm.
I Queen‘s Park v Cowdenbeath I lampden Park. Glasgow. 3pm.
I Stirling Albion v East File Annfield. Stirling. 3pm.
I Airdrie v MeadowbanltThistle Broomfield. Airdrie 7.30pm.
j ICIydebanlthilmarnock KilbowiePark. Clydcbank.7.30pm.
' llamilton.7.30pm. I Raith Rovers v FortarAthIelic Stark's
: Cliftonhill. Coatbridgc. 7.30pm.
1 Saturday 22
Since the storming success at last season’s Grand Slam victory, Scottish rugby has never had it so good. ‘An encouraging tour’ (Scottish coach lan McGeechan), to New Zealand saw the Scots side win all six provincial matches and only narrowly tail to overcome the mighty All-Blacks at Eden Park. A year before the World Cup comes to the Northern Hemisphere, interest in the sport in Scotland has
never been higher. Now, it remains to
be seen whether the current success can be consolidated in time torthe second Rugby World Cup which iticlts oil at Twicltenham on 3 October 1991. In the meantime the McEwan’s National League season gets under way on 22 September. Since the National Leagues were introduced in 1973-74 Hawlclt have led the Borders’ domination with a staggering ten lirst division titles. Indeed the only team to have prized the cup away from the steely grip of the south has been the great Heriots side oi 1978. Last year the Herioters and Edinburgh Academicals both ran Melrose close. Though the Green Yards’ side eventually took their first title with a point to spare and a game in hand. This season the Edinburgh sides seem to have the best chance ol catching a previously rampant Melrose team and it would at least help ease the monotony it either they or Glasgow High/Kelvinside can mount a convincing challenge to the stranglehold ol the south. (RP)
I Ayr v Particlt Thistle Somerset Park. Somerset Road. Ayr. 7.30pm.
I Clyde v Brechin City Firhiil. Firhill Road. Glasgow. 7.30pm.
I Falkirlt V Morton Brockviile. Falkirk.
I Hamilton V Dundee Douglas Park.
Park. Pratt Street. Kirkcaldy. 7.30pm. SECOND DIVISION I Albion Rovers v Stenhousemuir
I Alloa Athletic v Arbroalh Recreation Park. Alloa. 7.30pm.
I Cowdenbeath v East Stirling Central Park, Cowdenbeath. 7.30pm.
I Dumbarton v Stranraer Boghead. Dumbarton. 7.30pm. I East File v Queen oi the South Bayview Park. Methil. Fife. 7.30pm.
I Celtic V Hearts (’eltic Park. Gallowgatc. Glasgow. 3pm.
I Dundee Utd v Rangers 'l'annadicc Park. 'l‘annadicc Street. Dundee. 3pm.
I Hibernian V St Johnstone liastcr Road Stadium. Albion Road. lidinburgh. 3pm. I Motherwell v Dunlermline i~‘it- Park. .‘vitithcrwcll. 3pm.
I Airdrie V Ayr Utd B roomfield. Airdric 3pm.
I ltilmarnoclt v Morton Rugby Park. Kilmarnock. 3pm.
I Meadowbanlt Thistle v Clyde Meadowbank Stadium. London Road. iidinburgh. 3pm.
I Particit Thistle v Hamilton i-‘irhill. i-‘irhill . Road. Glasgow. 3pm. I Raith Rovers v Clydebanlt Stark's Park.
Pratt Street. Kirkcaldy. 3pm.
I East Stirling v Berwlclt Rangers Firs Park. Falkirk. 3pm.
I Queen's Park I! East File Hampdcn Park. Glasgow. 3pm.
I Stirling Albion v Albion Rovers Annfield. Stirling. 3pm.
Tuesday 25 SKOL CUP SEMIFINALS
I Celtic V Dundee Utd Hampan Park. Glasgow. 7.30pm.
I Rangers V Aberdeen ilampden Park. Glasgow. 8pm.
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‘ I Edinburgh Races Musselburgh Racecourse. Musselburgh. 2.15pm. (.‘lub £8. paddock £4. Six races along the flat at
the seaside racecourse.
Wed 19—Sat 22
I Ayr Races Ayr Racecourse. 2 Whitletts Road. Ayr. 2pm. Club £12. Eglinton £6
(£15 84 £7 on Fri). Six races will be run in each of the afternoon sessions.
I Hamilton Parlt Races Hamilton Park Racecourse. Bothwell Road. Hamilton. 2.15pm. (‘lub £10. paddock £5 (£3).
; Wed 26—Thurs 27
I Perth Races Scone Palace Park. Perth. 2.15pm. lialfa dozen races over the
RUGBY Saturday 22
McEWAN’S NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 1
I Boroughmuirv ltelco Meggetland. Colinton Road, Edinburgh. 3pm. Last year the visitors made a disappointing defence of their hard-won title, the rampant Melrose brushing all aside. This year Kelso should once again be up there challenging with the big boys of Borders‘ rugby.
I Edinburgh Wanderers v Currie Murrayfield. Corstorphine, Edinburgh. 3pm. The two raw recruits to the top division fight out this intriguing duel to get points against their name.
I Glasgow High/Kelvinside v Edinburgh Academicals Old Anniesland. Crow Road, Glasgow. 3pm. The old school tie.
I Heriot': FP V Gala Goldenacre. Bangholm Terrace. Edinburgh. 3pm. The only non-Borders‘ team to consistently challenge for the top spot in the division will once again be trying to wrest the title away from the south.
SEA ANGLING Friday 21$aturday 22
I Scottish International Team Championship: Firth of Clyde, various times and locations. Some of the most dedicated fishermen from lreland and Wales take on the local boys in this international fish-off.
I Edinburgh Monarch: v Mlddlesbrougtt Bears Powderhali Stadium. Beaverhall Road. Edinburgh. 6.30pm. The Bears are through to the semi-finals ofthe knock-out cup (after putting Edinburgh out in an earlier stage) and should provide stiff opposition tonight.
I Edinburgh Monarchs v ExeterFalcorte Powderhali Stadium. Beaverhall Road. Edinburgh. 6.30pm. Will the twice rained-offmatch finally go ahead? lfso the Edinburgh speedway fans will have a chance to welcome back that popular visitor Steve Regeling.
I Glasgow 261 Tigerstewcastie Shawfield Stadium. Rutherglcn Road. Glasgow. 7pm. £3.5()(£1.5()).Thc geordics. currently bubbling under at number ten. are desperate to get intothc top nine and make the play-offs. Meanwhile. Glasgow. who are lying fifth. have just lost top rider Kenny McKinna with a broken wrist.
I Glasgow 261 Tiger: v Hackney Shawfield Stadium. Rutherglcn Road. Glasgow. 7pm. £3.50 (2' l .50). The pearly kings of speedway conic up north to take on the Glasgow boys. Hackney however. are now without Dave Lawson who broke ltis thigh recently.
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