I Race Days Tuesday. Thursday and
Saturday. Shawfield Stadium. Rutherglen
Road. There are ten races in each meeting. starting at 7.45pm. £2.
I Race Days Tuesday. Thursday and Saturday. Powderhall Stadium. Beaverhall Road. Each meeting includes ten races. starting at 7.30pm. £2.5(IStand; £1 .50 Ground. Race programme free with admission.
I Celtic v Dunlennline (‘cliic Park. Glasgow. 3pm. Relying on Celtic todo anything has become somewhat problematic of late. although they should be able to dispose of Iain Munro‘s dispirited side who look like spending most of next season struggling against relegation.
I Hibernian v Dundee United Easter Road. Edinburgh. 3pm. United are in the Cup Final again. and considering they haven‘t won at llampden in living memory. they might be tempted to rest a couple oftheir fragile young things for this undcmanding game.
I SI Mirren V Rangers Love Street. Paisley. 3pm. Can Rangers continue their desperate attempt to throw away the Lcague'.’ Surely not against the unambitious Paisleyites.
I Airdrie V Clyde Broomfield Park. Airdrie. 3pm. Promotion looms for Airdrie. although they have been known to throw away games at the worst moments. They should be able to beat Clyde and gain another two points.
I Clydebank v Kilmarnock Kilbowie Park. Clydebank. 3pm.
I Hamilton V Haith Rovers Douglas Park. Hamilton. 3pm.
I Partick Thistle v Falkirk Firhill Park. Glasgow. 3pm.
I East File v Cowdenbcath Bayview Park. Methil. 3pm
I East Stirling v Queen at The South Firs Park. Falkirk. 3pm.
I Stenhousemuirv Queen's Park ()chilview Park. Larbert. 3pm. Top of the table clash for two sides vying for the remaining promotion position.
I Dunlermline v Motherwell East End Park. Dunfermline. 3pm.
I Hearts V Celtic Tynecastlc Park.
T Edinburgh. 3pm. My God. Hearts scored
four goals in a game recently. Perhapsthis promises great things with even the outside hope of a European place ifthey can dispose of Celtic.
I Hangers v Dundee United lbrox Stadium. Glasgow. 3pm. Dundee United have been accused of ‘lying down‘ at lbrox previously. but no doubt they will be keen to help Aberdeen's title hopes with a good result against the leaders.
I SI Mirren V Aberdeen Love Street.
Paisley. 3pm. Saints entertain (if that‘s the
right word) the renascent Dons who creditany didn‘t give up when it seemed Rangers had the title sewn up.
I Alrdrie V Forlar Athletic Broomfield Park Airdrie. 3pm. A vital home game for Airdrie. with the opportunity to secure a place in the Premier League next season. I Ayr United v Meadowbank Thistle Somerset Park. Ayr. 3pm.
I Clyde v Kilmamock Firhill Park. Glasgow. 3pm.
I Clydebank v Hamilton Kilbowie Park. Clydebank. 3pm.
DISASTER FOR scorLNo
1. . . Scotland Keeper. Andy Goram. hopingto keep a clean sheet againstthe might olSan Marino
0n1 May, Scotland head out to San Marino (look it up in the atlas) lorthe latest game in their hitherto successlul European Championship campaign. It’s a match lraught with potential humiliations. Scotland are no stranger to those of course. When it comes to the big games, the boys in blue can usually put up a plucky display, but when called upon to dispose of ‘minnows‘ things have a tendency to go wrong, as a briel delve into the archives shows. Cue swirling mist as we go back in time to . . .
1) Oslo 1954: Norwayt Scotland 0. Norway at the time were rated slightly worse than the Galapagos Islands, but nevertheless managed to overcome a talented Scottish side demoralised by the high liquor prices in Oslo.
2) Aarhus 1959: Jutland 3 Scotland 3. A hard-lought draw lor Scotland against the mighty Juts, who were inspired by their supporters' dolelul chants ol ‘We are Jutland, no one likes us, we eat
3) Ankara 1960: Turkey 4 Scotland 2. Scotland once more lound travelling disagreed with them and the Turks (never a great lorce in world or even Turkish lootball) duly treated them worse than a batch ol Kurdish relugees. 4) Cordoba 1978: Scotland 1 Iran 1. Still reeling lrom a 3-1 deleat by Peru, Ally MacLeod’s boys got their perms even more bedraggled against pre-Ayatollah Iran. The Scots persuaded the Iranians to score a lreak own goal early on to make a game ol it, but law were smiling at the end, and the team was jetting out ol Argentina soon alterwards.
5) Luxembourg 1987: Luxembourg 0 Scotland 0. The Luxembourgeois scored their lirst point in European competition with this plucky draw against a Scottish side deluded into believing the ludicrous maxim ‘There are no easy games in Europe nowadays’.
6) Genoa 1990: Costa Hicat Scotland 0. Juan Cayasso slipped his marker and scored the goal that ellectively ended Scotland's interest in ltalla '90 despite brave struggles against supposedly tougher opposition. (Trivia lans: Hescale Costa Rican coltee is not desperately popular north ol the border.) 7) San Marion 1991: San Marino ? Scotland ?. So what’s it to be then? Comtortable victory and two more points towards qualilication, or sneaking into Thurso airstrip the next day alter being beaten by a nation at whose existence most at us were unaware, with a team made up ol butcher’s boys and part-time pasta chels. San Marino have lost all their games in olticial competition so lar, but that has to end sometime . . . (Tom Lappin)
I Morton v Falkirk Cappielow Park, Greenoek. 3pm.
I East File V Alloa Bayview Park . Methil. 3pm.
I Queen‘s Park v Montrose llampden Park. Glasgow. 3pm. It’s been a long time since Queen's Park were anything but an amusing statistic in the history books. but they have an outside chance ofgaining promotion this season.
I Stenhousemuirv StranraerOchilvicw Park. Larbert. 3pm.
I Stirling Albion v Cowdenbeath Annfield Park. Stirling. 3pm.
HOCKEY Saturday 20/Sunday 21
I Joint Cup Finals Peffermill. Edinburgh. Events start at 10am on Saturday with various finals for reserve sides. On the Sunday the main finals take place with the women first at lpm. Hyndland take on Western Klick Photopoint forthe Women‘s National League Trophy. At 3pm Western take on Edinburgh Civil Service for the main men's trophy. the Scotsman Cup.
Friday 19/Saturday 20
I Ayr Ayr Racecourse. 2 Whitletts Road. Ayr. Club £8. Eglinton £5. National Hunt racing from Scotland‘s premier track. culminating in the Scottish Grand National on Saturday afternoon. See preview.
I Hamilton Park Races Hamilton Park Racecourse. Bothwell Road. Hamilton. Club£l(). Paddock £5 (£3). 2. 15pm. Expect some big fields for a popular ﬂat meeting at the Hamilton track.
I Scottish Senior. Intermediate and Junior Championships Kirkcaldy Ice Rink. Kirkcaldy. Fife. l()am—6.3()pm. Individual Scottish skaters. aspiring John Currys or Robin Cousinses. compete on the ice for the national titles.
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SPEEDWAY Friday 19
I Edinburgh Gull Monarchs v Hungary Powderhall Stadium. Beaverhall Road. Edinburgh. An international challenge match. with Monarchs taking on the Magyars. who are one ofthe up-and-coming countries in world speedway. and finished third in last year‘s World Pairs Final. 7.15pm.
I Glasgow Tigers v Hungary Shawfield Stadium. Rutherglen Road, Glasgow. 6.30pm. The Glasgow team have their turn against the Boys from Budapest.
I Edinburgh Gull Monarchs v Glasgow Tigers Powderhall Stadium. Beaverhall Road. Edinburgh. 7.15pm. Monarchs beat Tigers in the Easter Cup challenge match a couple of weeks ago. and the Glasgow club will be keen to gain their revenge in this Gold Cup tie.
IGlasgow Tigers v Edinburgh Gull Monarchs Shawfield Stadium. Rutherglen Road. Glasgow. 7.30pm. There‘s a strange kind of symmetry to these speedway fixtures. is there not? Another trans-M8 Gold Cup clash.
STOCK CAR RACING Saturday 20
I Racing Racewall. Cowdenbcath. 7pm. Formula 2. Saloons, Bangers and Minis are on the tarmac for a variety ofraces from the Fife track.
I Racing Racewall. Cowdenbcath. 7pm World Championship qualifying rounds.
I Racing Knockhill Racing Circuit. by Dunfermline. 2pm. Formula 2s. Hotrods and Saloons in action in more suspension-shaking competition.
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