Events are listed alphabetically by sport. then by day. Sport Listings compiled by Tom Lappin.

CRICKET Saturdayl


I Stlrllng County v Flieshlre Williamfield. Stirling. lpm.


I Greenock v Clydesdale Glcnpark. Brisbane Street. Greenock. 1pm.

I Ferguslle v Uddlngston Meikleriggs. Paisley. lpm.

I West oi Scotland v Poloc Hamilton Crescent. Peel Street. Glasgow. 1pm.

I Drumpelller V Ayr Langloan. Coatbridge. 1pm.

I Ktlmamock v Kelbume Kirkstyle. Kilmarnock. 1pm.


I Edinburgh Acads v Stenhousemulr Raeburn Place. Stockbridge. Edinburgh.


I Watsonlans v Kirkcaldy Myreside. Colinton Road. Edinburgh. 1pm.

I Royal ngh v Freuchie Jock‘s Lodge. Edinburgh. 1pm.

I Grange v Carlton Raeburn Place. Stockbridge. Edinburgh. 1pm.

Saturday 8


I Stlrllng County v Ayrshire Williamfield Stirling. 1pm.

I Clackmannan County v Flieshlre The Arns. Alloa. 1pm.

I West Lothlan v Forlarshlre Boghall. Linlithgow. 1pm.


I Clydesdale v West Of Scotland Titwood. Beaton Road. Glasgow. lpm.

I Uddingston v Drumpelller Bothwell Castle Policies. Uddingston. 1pm.

I Ayr V Greenock C ambusdoon. Alloway. 1pm.

I Poloc v Kilmarnock Shawholm. Pollokshaws. Glasgow. lpm.

I Kelbume v Ferguslle Whitehaugh. Paisley. 1pm.


I Freuchle v Edinburgh Acads Public Park. Freuchie. lpm.

I Stenhousemutrv St Modans The Tryst. Larbert. 1pm.

I Carlton v Royal High The Pavilion. Grange Loan. Edinburgh. 1pm.

I Watsonlans V Herlots Myreside. Colinton Road. Edinburgh. lpm.

I Kirkcaldy V Grange Bennochy. Kirkcaldy. 1pm.

DIE— Glasgow

I Race 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 ten races. starting at 7.30pm. £2.50stand. Race programme free with admission.


Those of you with long and unforgiving memories will still be laughing at my iootball predictions at this time last year. So bizarre were my forecasts (Aberdeen tor the league!) that I was temporarily relieved oi my duties on grounds at suspected insanity. Undeterred, the patched-up crystal ball is back for the new season and the blurred images reveal a tamiliar story. Rangers will lilt the title, with Celtic their closest challengers. Rangers' combination of seasoned Intematlonals and strength In depth should cut a swathe through a distinctly interior Premier Division, in what looks

like being Its iinal year.

Fixture pile-ups should hinder any lengthy Scottish involvement In Europe, although tor the domestic cups there are a number oi useiul

. candidates capable oi raising their

game tor the knock-out Ionnat. Hearts’ trophy cupboard has Iain undisturbed longer than Tutankhamen’s tomb, but I fancy .Ioe Jordan’s canny purchases on a tight budget could strengthen the side suiiiciently to pick up some silverware.

Both oi the newly-promoted teams look out oi their depth. Simon Stalnrod's Dundee tioundered in the First Division, being promoted despite themselves, while Partick Thistle look like struggling to be anything more than the butt oi the usual old jokes. Then again. what do I know? (Torn Lappin)

League placings come May (just maybe)

FOOTBALL Saturdayi


I Dundee V Falklrk Dens Park. Sandeman Street. Dundee. 3pm.

I Hearts V Celtlc Tynecastle Park. Gorgie Road. Edinburgh. 3pm.

I Motherwell v Dundee United Fir Park. Motherwell. 3pm.

I Partick Thistle v Airdrle Firhill. Firhill Road. Glasgow. 3pm.

I Rangers v St Johnstone lbrox Stadium. Glasgow. 3pm. The champions open their campaign with a less-than-testing home game against Saints. Then again. they lost the corresponding fixture last year. See preview.


I Ayr V Duntermllne Somerset Park. Somerset Road. Ayr. 3pm.

I Cowdenbeath v Clydebank Central Park. Cowdenbeath. 3pm.

I Dumbarton v Stirling Albion Boghead. Dumbarton. 3pm.

I Hamilton v Meadowbank Douglas Park. Hamilton. 3pm.

I Morton v Kllmarnock Cappielow Park. Greenock. 3pm.

I Ralth Rovers V St Mirren Stark's Park. Pratt Street. Kirkcaldy. 3pm.

Tuesday 4


I Dundee v St Johnstone Dens Park. Sandeman Street. Dundee. 7.30pm.

I Motherwell V HIhS Fir Park. Motherwell. 7.30pm.

I Partick Thistle v Dundee United Firhill Park. Glasgow. 7.30pm.

I Rangers vAIrdrle lbrox Park. Glasgow. 7.30pm.

1) Rangers 7) Hibs

2) Celtic 8) St Johnstone

3) Dundee United 9) AIrdrie

4) Aberdeen ill) Falklrk

5) Hearts 11) Dundee

6) Motherwell 12) Partick Thistle FIRST DIVISION

I Ayr v Meadowbank Somerset Park. Somerset Road. Ayr. 7.30pm.

I Dumbarton v Kllmamock Boghead. Dumbarton. 7.30pm.

I Morton V Clydebank Cappielow Park , Greenock. 7.30pm.

I Ralth Rovers v Stirling Albion Stark’s Park. Pratt Street. Kirkcaldy. 7.30pm.

Wednesday 5


I Hearts V Falklrtr Tynecastle Park. Edinburgh. 7.30pm.


I Cowdenbeath v Dunierrnltne Central Park. Cowdenbeath. 7.30pm.

I Hamilton V St MIrren Douglas Park. Hamilton. 7.30pm.

Saturday 8


I Alrdrle V Dundee Broomfield. Airdrie. 3pm.

I Celtic v Motherwell Celtic Park, Gallowgate. Glasgow. 3pm.

I Dundee UId V Hearts Tannadice Park. Tannadice Street, Dundee. 3pm.

I Falklrk V Aberdeen Brockville. Falkirk. 3pm.

I HIbS V Rangers Easter Road Stadium. Albion Road, Edinburgh. 3pm.


I ClydebankvAyr United Kilbowie Park. Clydebank. 3pm.

I Dunierrnllne v Hamilton East End Park. Dunfermline. 3pm.

I Kllmamock v Ralth Rovers Rugby Park. Kilmarnock. 3pm.

I Meadowbank Thistle v Morton Meadowbank Stadium. London Road. Edinburgh. 3pm.

I Stirling Albion v Cowdenbeath Annfield, Stirling. 3pm.

I St MIrren v Clydebank Love Street. Paisley. 3pm.


I Alloa Athletlc V Berwlck Recreation Park. Alloa. 3pm.

I Clyde V Albion Rovers Douglas Park. Hamilton. 3pm.

I East Stirling v Montrose Firs Park, Firs Street. Falkirk. 3pm.

I Dueen's Park v Stranraer Hampden Park. Glasgow. 3pm.


I Games Meadowbank Stadium. Edinburgh. 1pm. Grandstand £3 (£1.50). ground £1 .50 (50p). Kilts. cabers and the like in the traditional games. featuring Highland dancing. heavy events. pipe bands and athletics. including the 100m sprint British professional championship. Teas and refreshments are available for sustaining spectators.

Friday 31

I Edinburgh Races Musselburgh Racecourse. Musselburgh. 2.15pm. Club £8. paddock £4. First race at 6.30pm. Six evening races along the flat at the seaside

SPEEDWAY Friday 31

I Edlnburgh Gull DII Monarchs v aerwlck Bandits v Glasgow Tigers Powderhall Stadium. 7.15pm. The first legofthe triangular Scottish Team Championship tc find the best side in the north. Edinburgh

' will start favourites although their

opponents have both shown marked improvement of late.


I Glasgow Clyde 2 Tigers v Edinburgh Monarchs v Rerwlck Bandits Shawfield Stadium. The final leg ofthe Scottish Team Championship tie. Tigers will be seeking revenge for Monarchs recent big win at Shawfield.

Friday 7

I Edinburgh Guli Dtl Monarchsv Long Eaton Invaders Powderhall Stadium. 7.15pm. An interesting Homefire League tie in prospect with the visitors led by Jan Staechmann with support from former Edinburgh rider Carl Blackbird, South African Dean Prinsloo and impressive Swede Rickard Hellsen.

Sunday 2—Sunday 9

I Scottlsh Grass Court Championships Craiglockhart. Edinburgh. Insufficient sponsorship means we‘re unlikely to see the sort of international names this tournament has occasionally attracted in the past. but the fact that it forms part of the British Tour should mean the presence of some of the better-known English names and a few from the Continent to challenge the top Scots.

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