BASKETBALL Friday 28—Sunday 30
I invitation Tournament Ainslie Park Leisure Centre (Fri 28, 6—10pm) and Meadowbank Sports Centre, London Road (Sat 29, lOam—lOpm and Sun 30, 10am-7pm), both Edinburgh. Six teams: two English, three Scottish and one Dutch, plus two as yet unconfirmed, will compete. Another four teams will be battling it out in the junior tournament.
I Rece Days Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, Shawfield Stadium. Rutherglen Road, Glasgow. There are ten races in each meeting, starting at 7.45pm. £2.
I Race Days Tuesday, Thursday and
Saturday, Powderhall Stadium, Beaverhall Road, Edinburgh. Each meeting includes 10 races, starting at 7.30pm. £2.50 Stand; £1.50 Ground. Race programme free with admission.
FOOTBALL Saturday 22
I Dunlennllne v Dundee Utd East End Park, Halbeath Road, Dunfermline. 3pm. United will be without their new-found striker Paddy Bonner who skilfully dribbled into his own penalty area to set up the Tangerines‘ opening goal against Celtic. The very young Christian Dailly will be more than adequate cover, however.
I Hearts V Motherwell Tynecastle Park, Gorgie Road, Edinburgh. 3pm. Couldthis be the beginning of a Hearts‘ revival? Joe Jordan appears, at last, to be makingthe right kind of impact on his squad of players.
I Rangers v Aberdeen lbrox Stadium. Glasgow. 3pm. After their recent woeful performance against Hearts at Tynecastle the Dons will be desperate to try and halt Rangers‘ glide toward the League Championship. They may well be too late. I St Johnstone V Celtic McDiannid Park, Perth. 3pm. Have the Saints shot their collective bolt too early? Can they still pull off the occasional upset? Or can St Nicholas come good for Christmas?
I St Mirren v Hibernian Love Street. Paisley. 3pm.
I Ciydebanlt v Ayr Utd Kiibowie Park, Clydebank. 3pm. The Bankies are only just coming back down to earth after their 5-2 victory over recent leaders, Airdrie.
I Dundee v Drechln City Dens Park, Sandeman Street, Dundee. 3pm.
I Falklrk V Airdrie Brockville , Falkirk. 3pm. Falkirk fans complained in droves (actually one did) when this page neglected to include them in a list of likely candidates to ascend to the Premier. Well, today they (he) get(s) their (his) chance to gloat if Falkirk do the business.
FIRST DIVISION FOOTY
So Iarewell then Alastair Macleod. ‘Dch, well y'know’ — that was your catchphrase. So would run E.J. Thribb's obituary oi the ex-Scotland manager, who resigned irom Ayr United last week. Despite his having revitalised the side in recent seasons, United's board were unwilling to extend his contract, due to expire in June. A charismatic iigure with a great enthusiasm tor the game, he will doubtless shrug oil this setback the way he has others, with a gallant ‘Dch well,’ etc.
Ayr approached his erstwhile prodigy atAberdeen, Willie Miller. However, the recently retired Mr Miller declared himseli Ilattered, but prelerred to say no. II that is really the case, then he must be easily iiattered. Whoever does take over laces the prospect oi getting Ayr out oi their current lowly spot in the toughest league in the land.
Meanwhile, the game oi musical chairs at the top oi the First Division continues. Currently it's Falkirk who are sitting pretty. Their 3-0 victory over Brechin last Saturday just edged them ahead oi Hamilton. The baying pack
behind, led by Airdrie and Haith Rovers, includes eight teams separated by only six points. Just at the iringes oi this group lie Morton who, inspired by their17-year-old prodigy Alan Mahood, thumped three past Meadowbank Thistle on Saturday. Though they have the most ground to make up the Division Is still wide open and it would be a loolish pundit who placed any money on the outcome at this stage. With the Premier League Championship looking increasingly likely to wind up at lbrox again, the First Division iixture list looks comparatively very attractive. (Ross Parsons)
I Hamilton v Meadowbank Thistle Douglas Park, Hamilton. 3pm.
I Kilmamock V Fortar Athletic Rugby Park , Kilmarnock. 3pm.
I Morton V Clyde Cappielow Park, Greenock. 3pm.
I Partick Thistle v Haith Rovers Firhill, Firhill Road, Glasgow. 3pm.
I Albion Rovers v Dueen oi the South Cliftonhill, Coatbridge. 3pm.
I Alloa Athletic V East File Recreation Park, Alloa. 3pm.
I Dumbarton v Montrose Boghead, Dumbarton. 3 m.
I East Stirling v Stirling Albion Firs Park, Falkirk. 3pm.
I Stenhousemulr v Cowdenbeath Ochilview Park, Larbert.
I Celtic V Hearts Celtic Park, Gallowgate, Glasgow. 3pm.
I Dundee Utd V Hangers Tannadice Park , Tannadice Street, Dundee. 3pm. Another tough ﬁxture for Rangers, however, if they take full points from this one the competition can more or less kiss the title farewell.
I Hibemlan v St Johnstone Easter Road Stadium, Albion Road, Edinburgh. 3pm. I Motherwell v Dunlennline Fir Park, Motherwell. 3pm.
I Airdrie V Partick Thistle Broomﬁeld, Airdrie 3pm.
I Ayr Utd V Morton Somerset Park, Somerset Road, Ayr. 3pm.
I Clyde V Kilmamock Firhill, Firhill Road, Glasgow. 3pm.
I Meadowbank Thistle v Dundee Meadowbank Stadium, London Road, Edinburgh. 3pm.
I Raith Rovers V Falkirtr Stark‘s Park, Pratt Street, Kirkcaldy. 3pm.
I Hibernian V Hearts Easter Road Stadium, Albion Road, Edinburgh. 3pm. After the last Easter Road derby, when a football match spontaneously broke out
amidst the ﬁghting, Hibs will be hoping to give a better account of themselves on the ﬁeld.
I Hangers v Celtic lbrox Stadium, Glasgow. 3pm. The final in a series of three important matches for Rangers which may prove crucial in deciding where the championship flag will be unfurled. Needless to say, Celtic will not be anxious to help their great Glasgow rivals in their quest to retain the championship.
I St Mirren v Motherwell Love Street, Paisley. 3pm.
I St Johnstone v Duniennilne McDiarmid Park, Perth. 3pm.
I Airdrie V Hamilton Broomfield, Airdrie 3pm. It‘s derby day in the first division as well and Airdrie will be desperate to recapture some of their early season‘s form and put one over on their near neighbours.
I Ayr Utd V Kllmamock Somerset Park, Somerset Road, Ayr. 3pm.
I Clydebank v Morton Kilbowie Park, Clydebank. 3pm.
I Dundee v Halth Rovers Dens Park, Sandeman Street, Dundee. 3pm.
I Partick Thistle V Clyde Firhill, Firhill Road, Glasgow. 3pm. A home fixture for both sides, this derby holds a special place in the hearts of those who follow the underdogs with a devotion that occasionally borders on the obsessive. Will this be Thistle's year? Unlikely. And it's even less likely to be Clyde’s.
I Alloa Athletic v Stenhousemulr Recreation Park, Alloa. 3pm.
I Cowdenbeath v East File Central Park, Cowdenbeath. 3pm.
I East Stirling v Dumbarton Firs Park, Falkirk. 3pm.
I Queen’s Park v Albion Rovers Hampden Park, Glasgow. 3pm.
FIRST DIVISION I Meadowbank Thistle v Falkirk
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