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  1. I'd replace Holton with Miller, and Morgan for Strachan. I might put Souness in for Lorimer, but leave the rest.
  2. I remember all of them back to Willie Ormond, but it's definitely Craig Brown for me: he got us to two tournaments with a much weaker selection of players than any of his predecessors. He would also have fostered team spirit, and, above all else, look to choose the best blend of players. If he had had the 74, 78 or 82 squads under his command at the time, we would have done better in each of those tournaments than we did with Ormond (my second choice) but Paw Broon would not have made the mistake of loyalty to Law in the first game and not playing Jimmy Johnstone in any); McLeod - he woul
  3. Nobody's mentioned Jim Duffy, an absolutely extraordinary sweeper in the 1980s.
  4. 2001 is a great film, though, isn't it? I saw it once in 70 mm in the cinema over 20 years ago and it was extraordinary as an audiovisual experience. Most of the "explanations" of what is supposed to be going on in it come from Arthur C Clarke, who co-wrote it and wrote the parallel novel. I was a Clarke obsessive in the 80s - as a reader - but I've always been wary of his take on it. Ultimately, Kubrick was the film-maker and wanted people to have a much more mysterious reaction to it than the hyper-logical and analytical Clarke. Kubrick told Michael Herr that he came up with the idea o
  5. Your research is genuienly awesome! I'm going more by memories of the period and I'm now inclining towards your way of thinking here, but with a couple of caveats, though: I do think the squad jersey numbers 1-11 in McLeod's reign were a genuine reflection of the intended first team, all going well. If you look at them, every other person from 1-11 was undoubtedly McLeod's preferred option in each position, so why should Buchan get Forsyth's number? Buchan had also been out injured for some months in the pre-World Cup period, ISTR, which must have influenced his caps in that time. F
  6. Did a quick search and I think McLeod's World Cup squad numbers prove Buchan was first team pick: 1 GK Alan Rough 2 DF Sandy Jardine 3 DF Willie Donachie 4 DF Martin Buchan 5 DF Gordon McQueen
  7. Good points, Orrapool, and I'd need to dig into this because I'm working from memory of those great days, but I do recall Buchan was injured for some months that season. I rated Tom Forsyth, too, though, a player who now seems forgotten, but the thinking in those days was that you would have one centre back who attacked the ball in the air and was a hard tackler and another who swept up on the ground and was maybe better ant building up from the back. McQueen and Forsyth played the former role normally for their teams and Scotland whereas Buchan was the cool footballing brain. To be hones
  8. I think Malcolm's hypothetical first choice defence with everyone fit would have been right, Orraloon: Jardine, McGrain, McQueen and Buchan, rather than your suggested Jardine, McGrain, McQueen and Forsyth. Buchan was the captain of Manchester United and McQueen's central defensive partner there. Buchan, along with McGrain and Jardine, had all been star defenders for us in the undefeated 74 World Cup and McLeod really thought the World of Buchan. I'd also argue that Tam Forsyth was a bit too similar in style to McQueen for the thinking of the time for them to make an ideal partnership. Most of
  9. Excellent article can be found here: http://inbedwithmaradona.com/retro/2014/9/17/a-lament-for-scotland-lost
  10. I admire them as people and as being able to please their fans, but I have never heard a single song by them I liked, or even found memorable, and, yes, I have seen them live (more than once, always at festivals admittedly). The brought 8 million pounds into ma hame toun, so I love them for that!
  11. Very, very good documentary, do, first of all congratulations to TV John and his team for making it so well.. I enjoyed it, but was also saddened by it, for various reasons: 1) I lived through that amazing period when we we contenders going in to the World Cups of the 70s, and suspect I'll never see anything like it again. In fact, I fear I'll never see us in a World Cup again. 2) I felt sorry for the McLeod family: Ally was a bright and very lovable man, and you wish they'd not have to go through his only being remembered for this. 3) Despite 2) The feeling that Ally, the
  12. Great, great player: I believe Forest fans have chosen him as the club's greatest ever player all three times they've been polled on the matter.
  13. John Collins was the best player in that side. The Levein of the mid 80s was on course to be one of our greatest defenders ever, but really bad injuries (in 86 and 87?) meant he was never the same again. Ferguson was not as good as legend would have it. Robertson was worthy of a good run in the Scotland team and with good service could have scored loads, but never got a sustained run. Boyd, of course, did have a long and pretty decent Scotland career, without being an all-time great. The rest - good club men.
  14. I was at the game and it was not so much an experimental line-up as cobbling together a working side from the people Roxburgh had available on the night. I already thought at the time that our decline as a nation producing great players was becoming evident, though: the guys in this line-up were all good club players, but few of them would make you think they could sustain a successful international career against top class opposition.
  15. The show didn't ask fans to vote for a captain, but I'm sure it would have been Bremner if it had.
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