The Absolute Game Remembered – 8

January 16, 2011

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Dundee, East Fife and Partick Thistle get the up close treatment. There’s a history of black players playing in Scotland (including Gil Heron of Celtic and Third Lanark, father of American singer Gil Scott Heron), a review of Jimmy Johnstone’s autobiography, an analysis of Falkirk’s tactics utilising enormous Crawford Baptie as a target man (see helpful and detailed diagram below), a look at TV coverage of Scottish football (it was a different age then, of course, pre-satellite and cable TV and pre-wall-to-wall coverage) and the usual round up of reviews and snippets of news, including a scale-map of ‘the sociologically-minded visitors guide to Pittodrie Stadium (home of Dick Donald’s wallet)‘.

Here’s the Baptie diagram (the black circle at the centre is Crawf – the straight lines are the angles at which the ball leaves his head) – the first time I ever went to Brockville I was accompanied by my youngest brother who was highly amused to hear big Crawf referred to as a ‘gorrillephant’ by one of the frustrated punters in front of us –

baptie

Elsewhere, Mad Mac adopts the alter ego of A. Grumblepuss, fictitious manager of a fictitious division two side (“Our league form continued to be indifferent……with bad luck again playing its part. While travelling to Alloa, for example, the team bus ran out of paraffin, and the players were forced to hitch a lift from a passing milk float. Arriving at Recreation park 35 minutes late, and exhausted from helping with deliveries…….“).

The letter writers are still on about Willie Johnston, this time as a player for Vancouver Whitecaps – Willie goes to take a corner kick. A spectator hands him a can of beer, which he downs before scoring directly from the corner.

And there’s an entry for ‘the picture tells a thousand words’ competition featuring former Aberdeen stalwart, Doug Rougvie, in his new Brighton strip –

nobo

………..meanwhile chez moi, I am on the 10th draft of what I hope will be my first (only) contribution to TAG – bashing it out two-fingered on an old manual typewriter – it’s much more difficult than it looks – see the results in TAG 9…….

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