NOW YOU KNOW: John played second fiddle to Ronnie...

JOHN FALLON was the only Lisbon Lion not to play in the 1967 European Cup final when he was the unused substitute goalkeeper (at that time the only permitted substitute was for the goalkeeping position)...

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John Fallon and goalscorer Bertie Auld hold aloft the cup after Celtic's 1-0 win over St Johnstone in the 1969 League Cup Final at Hampden
John Fallon and goalscorer Bertie Auld hold aloft the cup after Celtic's 1-0 win over St Johnstone in the 1969 League Cup Final at Hampden

P MURRAY (Hamilton) – I remember watching John Fallon play in goal for Celtic in the League Cup final of 1969. John obviously had to play second fiddle to Ronnie Simpson for much of his career, but I thought he was an excellent goalkeeper and I wonder if you could provide me with details of his Celtic career.

John joined Celtic on December 11, 1958, and made his first-team debut in a 1-1 draw with Clyde on September 26, 1959.

As you say, his appearances were restricted because of the consistent brilliance of Simpson, but he did still amass an impressive number of games for the top side.

In the league he played 114 times, 14 Scottish Cup, 36 League Cup and 20 European matches, giving a total of 184 first-team games.

He had a pretty good success rate with a total of 61 shut-outs. Later in his career, he had short spells at Motherwell and Morton.

SANDY (Nairn) – The publicity surrounding the Elgin City match postponement with Rangers last year has prompted my family to recall a relative scoring for Elgin City in a cup-tie at Ibrox in the 1940s. Do you have any record of such a match and if a player called Logie scored?

This was a Scottish Cup-tie on January 22, 1949, in which Rangers progressed with a 6-1 victory.

The Elgin goal was, indeed, scored by John Logie, who was listed at outside-left for Elgin.

Records show he was an Elgin player for six seasons, 1948/49 till 1953/54, leaving briefly when he signed for Hearts in 1951 only to return to Elgin the same year.

BOB GILMOUR (Maryhill) – At this time of year, match postponements are a common feature of our game. I was wondering if you could tell me the game that was cancelled most often?

With undersoil heating and other pitch protection devices in common use, multiple post-ponements are now unusual.

Not so in earlier times! Although it is difficult to find exact records of postponed dates, many people suggest that the Inverness Thistle v Falkirk game of 1979, which was postponed 29 times, holds the unfortunate record.

Most researchers, however, seem to agree that the record should go to the Airdrieonians v Stranraer match of 1963.

Originally scheduled for January 12, it was eventually played on March 11, at the 34th attempt, giving a total of 33 postponements.

When the cup-tie was eventually played, the Diamonds recorded a 3-0 win.


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