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Events are listed alphabetically by sport. then by day. Sport Listings compiled by Alan Morrison.

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Glasgow t I Race Days Tuesdays. Thursdays and I Saturdays. Shawfteld Stadiunt. Rutherglett ; Road. Glasgow. Titere are ten races itt each nteeting starting at 7.45pm. I

Saturday 18


I Falkirk v Partick Thistle Brockville Park. Hope Street. Falkirk. 3pm. A vital one for the Bairns: if the disastrous start to the season is to be put behind thent. every home point Itas to count against those other potential candidates for the drop. a I Kilmarnock v Motherwell Rugby Park. ' Kilmarnock. 3pm.

I Raith Rovers v Aberdeen Starks Park. Pratt Street. Kirkcaltly. 3pm.


I Dumbarton V Clydebank Boghead Park. Miller Street. Dumbarton. 3pm.

I Dundee United v Dundee Tanttadice Park. Tannadice Street. Dundee. 3pm. The Dundee derby tttigltt have slipped down a division. but with both showing flashes of fornt. this is likely to be one of the best matches north of the border today.

I Hamilton v Airdrie Firhilt Park. Fit-hill Road. Hamilton. 3pm.

I Morton V St Mirren Cappielow Park. Sinclair Street. Greenock. 3pm.

I St Johnstone v Dunfenniine McDiarmid Park. Crieff Road. Perth. 3pm.

Sunday 19


I ilearts V Ribs 'I‘ynecastle Park. Gorgie Road. Edinburgh. 3pm.

I Rangers v Celtic Ibrox Stadiuttt. Edmiston Drive. Glasgow. 3pm.

Wednesday 22


I Rangers v Steau Bucharest Ibrox Stadium. Glasgow. 8pm. After the humiliation of the two Juventus games. Rangers are itt ntuclt need of a decisive win on the European stage to salvage


Saturday 25


I Aberdeen v Kilmarnock Pittodrie Stadium. Pittodrie Street. Aberdeen. 3pm. I Celtic V Hearts Celtic Park. Kerrydale Street. Glasgow. 3pm.

I llibs V Rangers Easter Road Stadium. Albion Road. Edinburgh. 3pm.

I Motherwell v Falkirk Firpark. Motherwell. 3pm.

I Partick Thistle v Raith Rovers Firttilt Park. Firhill Road. Glasgow. 3pm. FIRST DIVISION

I Alrdie v Dundee United Broadwood Stadium. Cumbernauld. 3pm.

I Clydebank v St Johnstone Kilbowie Park. Arratt Place. Clydebattk. 3pm.

I Dundee v Dumbarton I)cns Park. Sandeman Street. Dundee. 3pm.

I Dunfennline v Morton East End Park. Halbeath Road. Duttfermline. 3pm.

I St Mirren v Hamilton St Mirren Park. Love Street. Paisley. 3pm.

Sunday 26

COCA~GOLA CUP FINAL I Aberdeen V Dundee Hantpden Park. Glasgow. 3pm. See Hit List.


I invitation only,’ he says, ‘and there are 1 . I some for whom the E to G Is the ' .-’ f season highlight.’ Initiated 57 years " ‘1 I ago by the News at The World, the E

I to G symbolically links Scotland’s

i principal cities. ‘The runners used to i carry a baton that contained a

3 message to Glasgow’s lord Provost

é tradition is carried on still;

:4, ; Edinburgh’s Lord Provost delivers a . % message to the start - I think it’s the 3 ~ . i only time they ever talk,’ Goodwin

Scottish athletics starts and finishes with Liz McColgan’s trials and

' tribulations. With a couple of

, prominent exceptions, the media tend i to ignore the hundreds who turn out for their athletics clubs every

weekend: dedicated men and women

who compete at events up and down the country. In the autumn, there’s a

I long-established series of relay races —- on the road and over the country

. featuring many of those athletes and

" their respective clubs. It’s a series

' that culminates on Sunday 19

November with the Edinburgh to

Glasgow eight-stage road relay.

According to Brian Goodwin, Road

3 Race Secretary for the Scottish

: Athletics Federation, many Scottish athletics clubs treat the ‘E to G’ as I their unofficial national

championship. ‘Clubs compete by

jokes. The race originally started at St

Andrew’s House in Edinburgh and

; finished at Stirling’s Library, Glasgow.

. 3 These days, the gun goes off at the

1 gates of Fettes College and the race " i finishes at Crownpoint Stadium after ' ~- ' E covering eight stages of between five- You could be forgiven for thinking that

' and-a-half and seven miles in length. Barr’s lrn Bru pick up the tab; they provide funds to cover prize money I and all the organisation necessary to get 22 teams of eight runners safely from the capital to Glasgow in around : three-and-a-half hours. The Edinburgh club Leslie Deans

3 Racing has won the E to G for the past I

four years, and are out to equal Victoria Park’s long-standing record

: with a fifth win this year. Alan Robson,

: club secretary and himself an accomplished runner, is confident they can hold on to the title. ‘We’ve been untouchable this season,’ he says, ‘and if we win a fifth title, we’d hope to go on to beat Viccy Park’s - record in ’96.’ (John Richardson)

The Edinburgh to Glasgow Road Relay starts at Fettes College at 103m on Sun 19 and finishes at Crownpoint , Stadium at approximately 1.45pm.

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Sunday 26


I Murraytield Royals v Manchester Storm Murrayfield Ice Centre. Edittburglt. 6.30pm.

Tuesday 28

I Murrayfield Royals v Dumfries Vikings

Murrayfield Ice Centre. Edinburgh. (t.3()pnt.

“EEK—‘ "Sunday 19

I Senior Scottish Championships

Meadowbank Sports Centre. Edittburglt.

9am-5pm. Everyone from teenagers to the

top Scottish names in the sport will be getting to grips with each other at

Meadowbattk for one of the key events itt

the calendar. The knock-out competition works by weight category rather titan grade. and will begin at 9am. with the finals at around 4pm. depending on the entry numbers. Further details are available front the Scottish .Iudo Federation on 0131 317 7270.

Saturday 18


I Scotland v Western Samoa

Murrayfteld. Edinburgh. 2pm. See Hit List.

Sunday 19



I Hawick v Edinburgh Academicals

Mansfield Park. Hawick. 2pm.

I lleriots FP v Stirling County

Goldenacre. Edinburgh. 2pm.

I Melrose v Gala The Greenyards.

Melrose. 2pm.

I Watsonians v Boroughmuir M yt'esitlc.

Edinburgh. 2pm. Boroughmuir have held

on to the top spot iii the League. but it's

Watsonians. thanks to Andrew Garry and

; Jamie Watson. who have been putting tttost poirtts on the board. Even if it has no bearing on the championship itself. this is going to be one of the ntost entertaining games of the season.

' Saturday 25

SRU TENNENT’S NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 1 I Boroughmuir v lleriots FP Meggetland. Edinburgh. 2pm. I Edinburgh Academicals v Watsonians Raebum Place. Stockbridge. Edinburgh. 2pm. I Gala V Hawick Netlterdale. Galasltiels. 2pm. I Stirling County v Melrose Bridgehauglt f Stirling. 2pm. The defending champions won't have it easy. even if it is the last game of the championship and they're on home ground. particularly as Melrose itave conceded an admirany low number of poirtts this season.

i Catch the best Sport this fortnight.


I Scottish Championships The weigh-in for this Seniors competition takes place I0~I lattt. with the serious gruttting and groaning getting underway at noon. 'I‘wenty~one lifters from all over Scotland will be competing, and admission is free. Meadonv'mill Sports Centre, l’restmtpans, near Edinburgh. Sat 25. FOOTBALL

I Coca-Cola Cup Final: Aberdeen v Dundee Can the Dens Park team continue that strange Scottish tradition of underdOg glory? ()n present form, it certainly shouldn't be a one-sided Premiere v First Division affair. Who knows, Dundee’s Canadian chairman might even turn up for this one. l-{umpt/m Park. Glasgow. Sun 26, 3pm.

I Women’s International: Scotland v Belgium The Scottish wotttcn's squad's third outing itt the European Championship finds them up against their strongest opponent in a group that also contains Wales. the Republic of Ireland and the Faroe Islands. Having beaten the Earoes 7—1 in their first game (the Belgian team only managed a Z-I victory), the Scots could provide an upset. 'l‘iekets cost £3 (fl ). Love Street. l’itis‘it't'. 510‘ 26. 2pm.


I Scotland v Western Samoa With a new captain and three new caps; Scotland are facing up to the early stages oftransitiou. 'I‘hcir South Pacific opponents may have been rocked by recent defections to Rugby League. but they‘ll be giving the debuting Scots a tough enough baptism into the world of the full international. .‘IIto‘rut‘jiclti Stadium. Edinburgh. Sat [8. 2pm.


I Scottish Open Championship Players front a record 25 countries come to Glasgow for live days of sltuttlecock action. The qualifying rounds begin at around noon on Wed 22. moving through vario'as singles and doubles matches. with the semi finals on Sat 25 attd the finals on Stnt 26. Tickets are available front the venue, priced til-£3 depending on the day (juniors and ()Al’s half price). Details from Scottish Badminton Union on ()I4I 445 1218. Kelvin Hall Arena. Glasgow: Wed 22-3101 26.

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