THERE are many links between the worlds of horse racing and football.

Dermot Desmond and JP Magnier, Sir Alex Ferguson and Michael Owen are all involved in the sport of kings.

NELLY (Glasgow) asks: Did Shuggy Edvaldsson score at Ibrox on the same day Willie Carson won The Oaks on Dunfermline? Did Shuggy also score in an Old Firm Cup F inal? If so, full details please. Johannes Edvaldsson did not score at Ibrox on the day Willie Carson won The Oaks on Dunfermline. You may be thinking of a match somethree months later on September 10, 1977, when Rangers beat Celtic 3-2 at Ibrox with Edvaldsson scoring both goals for the visitors. The Oaks is run on the first weekend in June, which is outwith the football season.

However, Edvaldsson did score in an Old Firm cup final. This was the Scottish League Cup Final at Hampden on March 18, 1978, which Rangers won 2-1. Davie Cooper put Rangers ahead with a goal in 38 minutes. Edvaldsson equalised five minutes from time to take the match to extra time. Gordon Smith scored the winner for Rangers in the 118th minute.

SONNY JIM (Dumbarton) - Can you please give details of the match in which Dumbarton clinched promotion to the Premier Division? Dumbarton were promoted to Scotland's top flight for the only time since the re-construction of 1975 in season 1983/84. On April 28, 1984, the Sons clinched promotion with two games to spare thanks to a 2-2 draw against Clyde at Boghead. The Bully Wee led 2-0 with just over 20 minutes to go, but goals from Tommy Coyle and Albert Craig secured the point they required. The Dumbarton team was:

Carson, Montgomerie, M. McGowan, Burnett, (P.McGowan), McNeil, Clougherty, Ashwood, Craig, McCaig, T.Coyle, J.Coyle.

Dumbarton finished runners-up to First Division champions Morton that season.

BLUE AND WHITE HOOPS (Greenock) - In 1963 when Second Division Morton lost 5-0 to Rangers in the League Cup Final at Hampden, were they on a high-scoring home record at the time? You are correct. Prior to, and after the final, they scored 35 goals in six home games and, in between, beat Forfar Athletic 6-4 away from home. The run started with a 5-0 win over Third Lanark in a friendly, 8-1 over Brechin, 6-1 over East Fife, 7-1 over Berwick Rangers, 5-1 against Stirling Albion and lastly they beat Queen's Park 4-0.

CURIOUS (Glasgow) - Do you have any information on Tommy Kiernan, especially from 1946-47, playing football in Scotland? Tommy Kiernan, a talented inside-forward, was born in Coatbridge on October 20, 1918. He started his football career with Viewpark Celtic and Clydebank Juniors before joining Albion Rovers in 1938. During the war years he played on a loan basis for a number of English clubs including Brentford, Chelsea, Southampton, Spurs and Fulham.

On July 11, 1945, he was transferred from Albion Rovers for a fee of £4,000. He made a total of 32 first-team appearances for Celtic before joining Stoke City in 1947, for a reported fee of £8,000.

He then had spells at Luton Town, St Mirren, Gillingham and Barry Town before returning to Albion Rovers on September 23, 1952. He also had a spell as a player at Alloa and as a coach at Albion Rovers.

Although never capped at full international level, Tommy won a League cap against England at Hampden in 1947, unfortunately a 3-1 defeat.

BOB FLEMING (Linlithgow) - Could you tell me what the results were of Hibs and Hearts' matches on January 4, 1975 Both Edinburgh sides played in Premier Division matches that day. Hibs drew 2-2 at home to Partick Thistle, while Hearts drew 1-1 away to Kilmarnock.