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.
Scottish National Junior Badminton Championships Sat 11 & Sun 12. Meadowbank Sports Centre. London Road. Edinburgh. Find out the stars of the future with boys and girls singles. doubles and mixed doubles. Age categories are under l3s. 17s anti 2ls. For further details call the Scottish Badminton Union on 0141445 l2l8.
WORLD CUP QUALIFIER
Scotland v Latvia Celtic Park. Kerrydale Street. Glasgow. 3pm. Having switched the tie from Easter Road to Parkhead. the Scots have a potential 35.000 extra tongues lending their support. You would think they wouldn't need it. yet the memories of Peru. Iran and Costa Rica are still a bit on the fresh side. Willi Kevin Gallacber. Simon Donnelly (if picked) and the ever-reliable Ally McCoisl available. the win required shouldn‘t be a problem. Then again . . .
COCA COLA CUP SEMI FINAL
Celtic v Dunfermline lbrox Stadium. Edmiston Drive. Glasgow. 7.45pm. It‘s one up to the Pars in their meetings this season. but Wim Jansen‘s Celtic area far different proposition now to the one which succumbed at home on the second Saturday of the season. Yet. as many a pundit has dribbled over the years. just about anything can happen in a one-off semi.
COCA COLA CUP SEMI FINAL
Aberdeen v Dundee United Tynecaslle Park. Gorgie Road. Edinburgh. 7.30pm. A welcome distraction from the traumas of the league for the ‘New Firm‘. Could be the last chance saloon for Roy Aitken tonight after the recent calls for his head from a section of the Dons' faithful. while Tommy McLean probably has tnore to fear from his brother upstairs than the forgiving Arabs. Extra time and penalties written all over this one.
SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Aberdeen v Hibs Pittodrie Stadium. Pittodrie Street. Aberdeen. 3pm.
Dundee United v Motherwell Tannadice Park. Tannadice Street. Dundee. 3pm. Hearts V Celtic Tynecastle Park. Gorgie Road. Edinburgh. 3pm.
’ Kilmarnock v St Johnstone Rugby Park. Rugby Road. Kilmarnock. 3pm.
Rangers v Dunfermline lbrox Stadium. Edmiston Drive. Glasgow. 3pm. SCOTTISH FIRST DIVISION
Airdrie v Hamilton Broadwood Stadium. Cumbernauld. 3pm.
Falkirk v Morton Brockville Park. Hope Street. Falkirk. 3pm.
Raith Rovers v Partick Thistle Slark‘s Park. Pratt Street. Kirkcaldy. 3pm.
St Mirren v Ayr United St Mirren Park. Love Street. Paisley. 3pm.
Stirling Albion v Dundee Forthbank Stadium. Springkerse Industrial Estate. Stirling. 3pm.
Alfred Dunhill Cup Thu l6—Sun [9. The Old Course. St Andrews. If the drama of the European victory in the Ryder Cup has whetted your hunger for team golf. this sixteen nation challenge should keep you
FOOTBALL Fields Of Green/Blue
And True Edited by Roddy Forsyth Mainstream £9.99 each) **** As if Old Firm rivalry in the year of Ten/One In A Row wasn't heated enough, Roddy Forsyth will have started a few new pub arguments. This time though, Rangers fans will be pitted against fellow Teddy Bears while Tims will be wrestling with each other — 'why is that diddy in, when that legend isn’t,’ will be a typical refrain on scanning the names of the twelve men asked to pick their most memorable match. Someone i know even put a case forward for Gregor Stevens. I think he was joking. Leadership appears to be the over- riding link between those chosen with the majority having, at one point, managed or captained their side. There are even some candidates in there for future bossing —- take a bow, Dicky Gough; hiya, Mr McStay.
going. The Scots are joined by the likes of Argentina. England. France. Korea. South Africa and Chinese Taipei (formerly Taiwan) while the US will be hoping to regain the title.
Race Meeting Mon I3 & Tue 14. Ayr Racecourse. Ayr. 2.20pm. The final flat race excitement of the year. For runners and riders call the venue on 01292 2(i4l79.
Fife FIyers v Blackburn Hawks Sat 1 I. Fife Ice Arena. Kirkcaldy. 7pm. Murrayfield Royals v Fife Flyers Sun l2. Murrayfield Ice Rink. Edinburgh. 6.30pm. The Flyers have had the upper hand over their Edinburgh rivals this year — 23 for. one against in two clashes — but reven 'e can be Royals tonight.
Fife F yers v Slough Jets Sat )8. Fife Ice Arena. Kirkcaldy. 7pm.
Scottish Championship Motor Racing Sun 12. Knockhill Racing Circuit. by Dunfermline. lptn. The last event at Knockhill until December so make the most of it as the Scottish Formula Ford. Tarmac XR Challenge and Historic Ecosse lake the stage. For further information call the venue on ()l383 723337.
SRU LEAGUE TROPHY GROUP A
Currie v Gala Malleny Park. Balerno. 2pm.
Hawick v Heriots FP Mansfield Park. Hawick. 2pm.
Glasgow Hawks v Preston Lodge FP Old Anniesland. Glas yow. 2pm.
Melrose v Edinburg Academicals The Greenyards. Melrose. 2pm. Musselburgh v Kirkcaldy Stoneyhill. Musselburgh. 2pm.
SRU LEAGUE TROPHY GROUP B Boroughmuir v Kilmarnock Meggetland. Edinburgh. 2pm.
Dundee HSFP v Watsonians Mayfield. Dundee. 2pm.
.ledforest v West of Scotland Riverside Park. .ledbur 'h. 2pm.
Kelso V Pee Ies Poynder Park. Kelso. 2pm.
Stirling County v Biggar Bridgehaugh. Stirling. 2pm.
Many of the games will be landmarls for fans - Andy Goram picking Rangers' Battle of Britain triumph over Leeds; Billy McNeill‘s memories of ten-man Celtic beating Rangers 4-2 in '79 to clinch the title; Terry Butcher on the May day in 1987 when the Souness revolution was completed with their first League capture for nine years;
Danny McGrain recalling the bedlam as '
Celtic snatched the league away from Hearts in the final ten minutes of season 85/86.
Not that it’s all joy - Davie Provan discusses the ME which halted his glittering career; Derek Johnstone on the lbrox Disaster; Peter Grant recalling the Rapid Vienna scandal; the hedonistic lifestyle which came close to killing Jim ’Slim lim' Baxter.
It’s in the nature of these beasts that you are unlikely to spot someone coming out of the shop with~ a copy of both, but fans of the other will be able to find moments of genuine interest in their rivals’ musings. Coming through
SRU LEAGUE TROPHY GROUP A Gala v Edinburgh Academicals Netherdale. Galashiels. 2pm. Glasgow Hawks v Musselburgh Old Anniesland. Glasgow. 2pm.
Heriot's FP v Melrose Goldenacre. Edinbur h. 2pm.
Kirkcal y v Currie Beveridge Park. Kirkcaldy. 2 in.
Preston Lo ge FP v Hawick Pennypit Park. Preslonpans. 2pm.
High-steppin': Ally cCoist celebrates, being in the Rangers dream team
most pertinently is the understanding that, like the most inextricably linked of partners, they simply cannot live without one another.
Of the four stars. three are reserved for one of the books. For reasons of personal safety, l'm not saying which. (Brian Donaldson)
SRU LEAGUE TROPHY GROUP B
Biggar v Jedforest Hartree Mill. Biggar. 2pm. Kelso v Watsonians Poynder Park. Kelso.
Kilmarnock v Stirling County Bellsland. Kilmarnock. 2pm.
Peebles v Dundee HSFP Gytes Leisure Centre. Peebles. 2 m.
West of Scotlan v Boroughmuir Drumbrae. Glasgow. 2pm.
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