long gone are the days when sports could be categorised according to season football, rugby, cricket and the rest have gone the way of soft fruit and are now available year round. However, after a long summer of transfer dealings, even the most dedicated football fan could be forgiven for wondering which players will be playing where as the league programme gets ready to kick off on 10 August.

Rangers’ cheque book was first out of the starting blocks with a series of audacious, but ultimately unsuccessful bids for some of the biggest stars in the italian Serie A. In the end, the Scottish Champions had to settle for lower profile signings in the shape of German midfielder Jorg Albertz, for whom they paid Hamburg over £4 million, and the Swedish internationalist Joachim Biorkiand.

Celtic more or less managed to avoid signing difficulties, bringing rated England ‘B’ internationalist Alan Stubbs from Bolton at a cost of £3.5 million, while italian midfielder Paulo Di Canio was obtained from Serie A champions, A.C. Milan, for only £1 million. On the minus side, however, the Bhoys lost the services of John Collins. Frozen out of the first team toward the end of last season, Collins made the most of the Bosman ruling with a free move to Monaco after his contract ran out.

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between European clubs, had an unfortunate impact on other Premier Division teams. Motherwell lost the services of Rob McKinnon; Hearts failed to persuade Allan Johnstone not to follow Collins into French football; and Dundee United couldn’t hold on to their talented utility player Christian Dailly or unsettled striker David Hannah.

Similarly, Aberdeen waved goodbye to Gary Smith, but made an early move to sign Bulgarian internationalist ilian ltiriakov. Meanwhile, Raith Rovers will struggle to maintain their form after their former manager Jimmy iiichoi scooped three of their best players - Steve Crawford, Jason Dair and Dave Sinclair - for Millwall. (John Richardson)

The new season gets underway on Sat

10 Aug.

Events are listed alphabetically by sport. then by day. Fixtures are correct at time of publication, but may be affected by weather. Sports listings compiled by Brian Donaldson.

Saturday 27

I Scottish Hationai Championship Final Loch Leven. Lochaber. For details call the Scottish Anglers National Association on 0131 339 7280.


Saturday 27

I Ben Rinnes Five Tops Hlli Race Dufftown. For information call the organisers on 0i 309 673953.


Sunday 28


I Dundee Dodgers v Ciasgow Comets Downfield Park. Dundee.

I Edinburgh Reivers v Tayside Cobras Jack Kane Sports Centre. 208 Niddrie Mains Road. Edinburgh. 669 0404. For further information call the British Baseball Federation (Scottish Federation) on 0l382 668420.

Saturday 27/Sunday 28

I The Champion of Champions Bowling Competition St Vincent‘s Bowling Green. St Vincent's Crescent. Glasgow. 9.30am. This unique ladies' singles event sees competition between players from both private and public bowling greens around Scotland. Nominated players from the Scottish Ladies‘ Public. Scottish Women's and Glasgow Women’s Bowling Associations battle it out. For further details call 0l4l 287 5 MO.

Thursday 1-Saturday 3

I LCL Pits National Bowls Championships Ayr Northfield Bowling Complex. Ayr. For details phone the Scottish Bowling Association on Oi4l

22 I 8999.


Saturday 27


I Arbroath United v Aberdeenshire Lochlands Cricket Ground. Arbroath. lpm.

I Carlton v West Lothian Grange Loan. Edinburgh. lpm.

I Grange V Strathmore Raeburn Place. Edinburgh. lpm.

I Prestwick V iieriot’s FP Prestwick Oval, Prestwick. lpm.

I Strathmore v Freuchie Lochside Road. Forfar. lpm.

I Watsonians v Grange M yreside Road. Edinburgh. lpm.

For full details on the Scottish Cricket League. call the Scottish Cricket League Committee on 0l3l 538 l652.

Thursday 1

I Scotland V Pakistan Grange Cricket Club. Raeburn Place. Edinburgh. l().45am. The touring Pakistan side visit Edinburgh for this one-day clash. See Hit List.

Saturday 3


I Freuchie v Arbroath United Cricket Ground. Freuchie. lpm.

I Heriot’s FP V Crange Goldenacre. Edinburgh. lpm.

I Prestwick V Carlton Prestwick Oval. Prestwick. lpm.

I Vlatsonians v Strathmore Myreside Road. Edinburgh. lpm.

I West lothian v Aberdeenshire Boghail. Linlithgow. lpm.

For full details on the Scottish Cricket League. call the Scottish Cricket League Committee on (H31 538 l652.


Saturday 27

I Scottish Dlympic Time Trial Championship Wallacehill Cycling Club. East Ayrshire. Noon. This event is 50K for men and 25K for women. More information is available from the organisers on 0|563 527879.

Saturday 27

I TSB Grand Prix Series Ho 3 Bellahouston Park. Glasgow. 2.30pm. This event sees juniors and juveniles pedalling round five laps of the track. Call the organisers on 0l4i 509 66 I 9 for further details.

Monday 29—Saturday 3

I Scottish Amateur Championship Dunbar Golf Club. Dunbar. For information on the week's happenings call the Scottish Golf Union on 0l3l 339 7546.



I Highland Games For details on specific events and times. give the Scottish Games Association a ring on 0i463 783040 and have a glimpse at The Lixr‘s Days Out section.


Sunday 28

I Auto Trader British Touring Car Championship Knockhill Racing Circuit. by Dunfermline. 9.30am. BMW. Audi. Ford and Vauxhall will be displaying their vehicles with a number of ex-Formula l drivers expected to be at the wheel. For more information call the venue on Oi 383 723337.

Catch the best Sport this fortnight

it CRICKET III Scotland V Pakistan The touring Pakistan team take a break from their Test Match duties with England to take on the Scots in a SO-overs-a-side clash. The tourists are packed with top names such as Waqar Younis. Salim Malik. Aamir Sohail and captained by Wasim Akram. For the Scots‘ part. this will be good preparation for their visit to Lords to meet the MCC on 7 and 8 August. Ring the Scottish Cricket Union on 0| 3| 3i7 7247 for more information. Grunge C ricker Club. Ruebum Place. Edinburgh. Thurs /. [0.45mn. KICK BOXING rrI WKD Cruiserweight Championship Scotland‘s top rnartiai arts personality Duncan Airiie James defends his world title in Liverpool where he meets the number two and local hero. Chris Wright. He goes into battle with thoughts of stardom in his mind. attempting to pitch himself into the Hollywood action movie world. His efforts have also been honoured with entry ‘nto the World Martial Arts Hall Of Fame in Florida as the first Scot to become kickboxing world champion. For further details call Thistle Promotions International on 014! 332 0300. Event»: Park Sports Centre. Liver/mo]. Sun I I.


Sunday 4

I Hood Graham Trophy lnverleith Park. Edinburgh. For information on this event call 0i506 656633.

Friday 26-Sunday 28

I City of Aberdeen Horse Show Loanhead Equestrian Centre. Aberdeen. Starts 3pm Fri. 9.30am Sat/Sun. The main events are the Grand Prix. the North-East Senior Championship and the second round Grade C. which ofTers a route into the Horse Of The Year Show for the victors. More information from the organisers on 0l224 3 i4775.


Saturday 27—Sunday 4

I Bank of Scotland Scottish Hard Court Championships The Games Club. Broughty Ferry. The top male and female seniors and juniors clash in Broughty Ferry. For details on the draw and times call the Scottish Lawn Tennis Association on0l3i 225 I284.

as The List 26 Jul-8 Aug i996