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That ‘9l Cup win looked like it could spark a new I era for the Lanarkshire lads. but it was not to be. Acritnony over contracts undermined the team‘s fighting spirit that had been the vital factor in their ; Hampden success. Poor morale and the second-worst scoring record in the Premier League last season left them struggling near the foot of the table. They need

to find sotne new ideas. and preferably sotne new talent. or face the consequences.

league position: It

Other honours: A decent cup run or two.

Club catchphrase: In the circumstances Mr McLean has decided to vacate the manager‘s job.

In the close season. quotable and flamboyant manager Simon Stainrod didn't know whether he was coming or going. and there remains a suspicion that his talents might be better employed at a more

ambitious club. That said. Dundee are keen to emerge from beneath the shadow of their rivals over the road. and some impressive results last season suggested they could have the potential to be more than just another relegation zone struggler this year. Then again. why break the habit of a lifetime? League position: 7

Other honours: Dundee Cup (runners-up)

. lea ue osition: to Club catchphrase: Psst. fancy a merger”? g p

Other honours: Not just yet. . Club catchphrase: Dancing

I will be a problem. particularly as three young players ? have recently been sacked pending criminal charges. i Raith‘s promotion is a rare sporting highlight in

7 Kirkcaldy. a town hitherto notable only for .locky

i Wilson‘s prowess with a dart.

Celtic and Aberdeen: ooes either club have the resources to launch a concerted challenge to Rangers?

years. but they'll find it tough in the company of the big boys. Back in the 60s Kilmamock were one of Scotland’s most successful clubs. with impressive European runs. cup finals and even a championship triumph. Economic conditions make those achievements impossible to emulate in the 90s and Kilmamock's season looks like being a continuous struggle against the drop.

in the streets of Raith.


They ran away with the First Division last year. playing stylish open football. Whether they can continue to be so adventurous in the considerably more arduous Premier Division is open to question. Their promotion side has talent. but strength in tlcpth


league position: l2

Other honours: Dream on.

Club catchphrase: Remember l965.

Tommy Burns and his Celtic old pals act have achieved a notable feat in dragging Kilmarnock back i into the Premier Division for the first time in ten

A ttgust.

The Premier League programme kicks (if/"(m 7


Events are listed alphabetically by sport, then by day. Sport listings compiled by Tom lappin.

Saturday 31


I Ayrshire v Forrarshlre The Oval. Prestwick. lptn.

I Clackmannan County v Perthshire The Arns. Alloa. lpm.

I West lothian v Arbroath County Boghall. Linlithgow. lpm.

I Fireshire v Stirling County McKane Park. Dunfertnline. lptn.


I Clydesdale v Greenock Titwtxxl. Beaton Road. Glasgow. lpm.

I Uddingston v Ferguslie Bothwetl Castle Policies. Uddingston. lpm.

I Ayr V Orumpellier Cambusdoon. Alloway. lptn.

I Poloc v West or Scotland Shawholm. Pollokshaws. Glasgow. lpm.

I Kelburne v Kilmarnock Whitehaugh. Paisley. lpm.


I Corstorphine v Stenhousemuir Union Park. Carrick Knowe Parkway. Edinburgh. lpm.

I lleriots FP V Watsonians Goldenacre. Inverleith Row. Edinburgh. lpm.

I Edinburgh Acads v Freuchie Raebum Place. Stockbridge. Edinburgh. lpm.

I lloyal High v Carlton Jock's Lodge. Edinburgh. lpm.

I Grange v Kirkcaldy Raebum Place. Stockbridge. Edinburgh. lpm.

Saturday 7


I Ayrshire v Stirling County The Oval. Prestwick. lptn.

I Fileshire v Clackmannan County McKane Park. Dunfermline. lpm.


I Greenoclt V Ayr Glenpark. Brisbane Street. Greenock. lpm.

I Ferguslie v Kelburne Meikleriggs. Paisley. lptn.

I West of Scotland v Clydesdale Hamilton Crescent. Peel Street. Glasgow. lpm.

I Orumpellier v Uddingston Langloan. Coatbridge. lptn.

I Kilmarnock v Poloc Kirkstyle. Kilmarnock. lpm.


I Freuchie v Corstorphine Public Park. lireuchie. lptn.

I Stenhousemuir v Heriots The Tryst. Larbert. lptn.

I Carlton v Edinburgh Acads The Pavilion. Grange Loan. Edinburgh. lpm. I Grange V Watsonians Raeburn Place. Stockbridge. Edinburgh. lpm.

I Kirkcaldy V Royal High Bennochy. Kirkcaldy. lpm.


I Race Days Tuesday. Thursday and Saturday. Shawfteld 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. £2.50 Stand. Race programme free with admission.

Saturday 7

PREMIER lEAOUE I Dundee Utd V Aberdeen Tannadice Park. Tannadice Street. Dundee. 3pm.

I llibs V Partick Thistle Easter Road Stadium. Albion Road. Edinburgh. 3pm. I Kilmarnock v Dundee Rugby Park. Kilmarnock. 3pm.

I Motherwell v Celtic Fir Park. Motherwell. 3pm. Liam Brady‘s side open with a tricky away fixture against Tommy McLean‘s feisty battlers.

I nalth Rovers v St Johnstone Stark's Park. Pratt Street. Kirkcaldy. 3pm. A reasonably leisurely Premier League debut for Kirkcaldy’s finest. taking on perennial mid-tablers St Johnstone in one of those fixtures that will look a lot less intriguing at the tail-end of the season.

I Rangers v Hearts Ibrox Stadium. Glasgow. 3pm. The champions take on a Hearts side looking for a decent start to the season under new manager Sandy Clark. The Edinburgh side will be hoping to get into gear for their unexpected European campaign. and open up with a stiff test against the champions. who may well be blooding expensive signing Duncan Ferguson.


I Clyde v Morton Douglas Park. Hamilton. 3pm.

I Clydebanlt v Ayr United Kilbowie Park. Clydebank. 3pm.

I Falkirlt V Dunlennline Brockville Park. Falkirk. 3pm.

I St Mirren V Airdrle Love Street. Paisley.


I Stirling Albion v bumbarton Annfteld. Stirling. 3pm.


I Albion Rovers v Alloa Cliftonhill. Coatbridge. 3pm.

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

I Gueen’s Park V Fortar Hampden Park. Glasgow. 3pm.

Friday 30

I Edinburgh Musselburgh Racecourse. Musselburgh. Club £10. paddock £6. First

race 6.30pm. Evening flat racing from the twisting coastal course.

Saturday 7

I Ayr Ayr Racecourse. 2 Whitletts Road. Ayr. Club £10. Eglinton £6. First race 2.35pm. Flat racing frotn Scotland‘s premier track.


Friday 30

I Edinburgh Gull Gil Monarchs v Exeter Falcons Powderhall Stadium. Edinburgh. 7.15pm. Exeter have never won in Edinburgh. and tonight shouldn‘t be any exception. but they usually provide an entertaining encounter.


I Glasgow Altred McAlpine Tigers v Swindon Robins Shawfteld Stadium. Glasgow. 7.30pm. Their last encounter at Shawfteld was a memorable affair. with Swindon's Aussie Jason Crump always worth watching.

Friday 6

I Edinburgh Gull Gil Monarchs v Swindon Robins Powderhall Stadium. Edinburgh. 7.15pm. The first leg of :1 KO Cup semi-final. with the second leg to follow the day after. A possible final clash with Glasgow is at stake.

Sunday 8

I Glasgow Altred McAlpine tigers v Exeter Falcons Shawfield Stadium. Glasgow. 6.30pm. The entertaining. if weak. Exeter side will be led by Richard Green and Gordon Kennett. but don't expect any upsets.

TENNIS Sunday 1-Saturday 7

I Scottish Grass Court Championships Craiglockhart Sports Centre. Edinburgh.

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