NOW YOU KNOW: Frank scored all four goals against Celtic

FRANK McDOUGALL had a great goalscoring record during his career, but was forced to retire at the age of 29 on medical advice due to a persistent back injury...

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Aberdeen's Frank McDougall fires past Celtic's Pat Bonner, with Tom McAdam looking on despairingly, at Pittodrie
Aberdeen's Frank McDougall fires past Celtic's Pat Bonner, with Tom McAdam looking on despairingly, at Pittodrie

ANDY (Foxbar) – Did ex-Buddie Frank McDougall score all four in an Aberdeen victory over Celtic in 1985? Can you also tell me how many league goals Frank scored for each of his three Senior teams?

On Saturday, November 2, 1985, at Pittodrie, Aberdeen beat Celtic 4-1 and Frank did score all four of Aberdeen's goals.

At his first senior club, Clydebank, he scored 25 league goals. He then moved to St Mirren where he scored 43 league goals and then, at Aberdeen, he scored 36 league goals.

J FLEMING (Kilsyth) – I recently read that Bob McPhail had been inducted into the Scottish Football Museum's Hall of Fame. I know he had a remarkable record of appearances and goals for Rangers and I have tried to check on this, but the various sources give different total figures. Can you confirm the real statistics?

Your confusion is understandable as a number of different sources do, indeed, provide different statistics.

According to Bob McPhail's autobiography (written with Allan Herron) titled "Legend – Sixty Years at Ibrox", Bob made 354 league appearances for Rangers and scored 236 goals. In addition, he scored 45 goals in 107 cup ties for the Ibrox club.

These figures do not include wartime regional league games and Bob played in five of these games for Rangers, scoring two goals before joining St Mirren in the 19339/40 season.

R MACKIE (Glasgow) – Did a player called Hemple play for Celtic in the 1950s?

His name was Sam Hemple and he joined Celtic from junior side Rutherglen Glencairn in 1952.

He only played four first-team games for Celtic as he was up against John McPhail for the centre-forward position.

On December 26, 1953, he played in the game at Shawfield against Clyde and scored in a 7-1 victory for Celtic. The forward-line read: Higgins, Fernie, Hemple, Collins and Mochan.

The remaining six goals were scored by Higgins (2), Mochan (2) and Collins (2), who missed a penalty for his hat-trick.

DOMINO DEBATERS (Rutherglen) – Can you resolve a long-running debate in our local pub – did the great Bill Shankly play for a team called Glenbuck Cherrypickers?

The short answer is no. Bill did hail from the South Ayrshire village of Glenbuck and many sources suggest that he played for the local team – the Cherrypickers.

In fact, all four of his older brothers played for the team but, sadly, the closure of the local coal pit saw the team fold after the 1930/31 season, before Bill was able to play for them.

The village of Glenbuck had a population of only around 1000 but the team, which was formed in the 1870s and folded in 1932, still managed to produce around 50 players who went on to play professional football for clubs in Scotland and England.

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