Scotland

The 50th anniversary of Celtic’s historic European Cup

This day in football history On 25 May 1967, Celtic became the first British club to win the European Cup, beating Inter 2–1 in Lisbon. Notably, 14 of Celtic’s 15 players and coaches were born within 10 miles of Celtic Park. Inter won back-to-back European Cups in 1964 and 1965, then defeated defending champions Real Madrid in …

When a Scottish international was (briefly) lost at sea

This day in football history On 15 May 1974, Scotland midfielder Jimmy “Jinky” Johnstone had to be rescued by the Coastguard after a prank went wrong. Johnstone and a few teammates were out in the early hours of the morning in Largs, a town on the Firth of Clyde, about 33 miles from Glasgow. They had beaten …

The first substitution in international football

This day in football history On 15 April 1889, goalkeeper Sam Gillam became the first substitute in international football when he came on for Wales in a match against Scotland. While substitutions had been used informally at the club level for several years, the rules for international football at that time prohibited them for any reason, …

When Andrew Watson became the first black international footballer

This day in football history On 12 March 1881, Queen’s Park fullback Andrew Watson became the world’s first black international footballer when he received his first cap for Scotland. Born in British Guiana as the son of a Scottish sugar planter, Watson (pictured, center) enrolled at the University of Glasgow, where his studies included math and …

When Andrew Watson became the first black international footballer

This day in football history On 12 March 1881, Queen’s Park fullback Andrew Watson became the world’s first black international footballer when he received his first cap for Scotland. Born in British Guiana as the son of a Scottish sugar planter, Watson (pictured, center) enrolled at the University of Glasgow, where his studies included math and …

When Rangers beat Celtic for their first Scottish Cup

This day in football history On 17 February 1894, Rangers won their first Scottish Cup, beating Old Firm rivals Celtic 3–1. They currently have 33 Scottish Cups, while Celtic have 36. Rangers and Celtic had already played once that season in the league, with Rangers winning by the comfortable margin of 5–0 thanks in part to …

Goalkeeper receives marching orders for ‘having a pee’

Amateur footballer is the latest in grand tradition of players relieving themselves during a match (Shettleston Juniors/Facebook) Shettleston Juniors FC goalkeeper Gary Whyte was shown a red card in his side’s 1–0 win against Shotts Bon Accord in the Scottish amateur ranks on Saturday. The reason? For taking a leak behind his own net during the …

Rod Stewart brings some flair to the Scottish Cup draw

You don’t enlist a flamboyant rockstar if you want a normal draw (Sky Sports) When you’ve been a performer for as long as Rod Stewart has, you know that when someone asks to have Rod Stewart take part in their event—even if it’s just the Scottish Cup draw—they want the full Rod Stewart experience. So instead …