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Rangers v Germany In Pictures | @AlexHTheMAX

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It's Rangers v Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League final 2022 in Seville on Wednesday 18th May.  Here's some great Rangers v German opposition moments in pictures from  @AlexHTheMAX   1. Below: Eintracht Frankfurt stopped Rangers getting to the 1960 European Cup final at Hampden v Real Madrid (Eintracht won in the semi final on a 12-4 aggregate before going down to Real 7-3 in the Glasgow final). This was a chance for revenge for that competitive defeat a year later in a Challenge match to launch the Hampden Park floodlights. Eintracht won 3-2 in front of nearly 105,000 fans. 2. Below: The scene before the European Cup Winners Cup Semi-final, 2nd leg: Rangers v Bayern Munich, Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, 19th April 1972. Rangers won 2-0 for a 3-1 aggregate and it was then onto beat Moscow Dynamo 3-2 in the final in Barcelona. 3. Below: John Greig powers through v Bayern at Ibrox 2 years before the CWC last four win versus the same club. In 1972 Celtic lost to Inter Milan on pen

Cowdenbeat: A Farewell Concert At Central Park | @AlexHTheMAX

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A familiar Scottish League name have joined the ranks of football pools towns now in the 5th tier of the game north of the border. @AlexHTheMAX   witnessed history on May 14th, as Cowdenbeath were replaced by Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic in the SPFL in the Scottish Pyramid play-off final 2nd Leg at Central Park. Cowedenbeath had beenca mainstay of the lower reaches of the Scottish game since 1917. Read his story below...   Walking through the centre of Glasgow in a blue, albeit rugby style, shirt on the day Celtic are celebrating a Scottish League title might seem to many as negotiating a bit of a tightrope, but this was no act of Rangers blue nose defiance ahead of the Europa League final. While Glasgow was gripped with green and white mania on Saturday May 14th, as Celtic prepared for their triumphant final league game of the season at home to Motherwell, I was heading back to my home town in the east of Scotland by train looking for a blue and white miracle, that was about as far away fr

Cowdenbeath: The End or A New Beginning? | @AlexHTheMAX

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It is advantage Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic FC as the Lowland League (5th tier) Champions, who beat Highland League winners Fraserburgh to earn the right to play for a place in Scottish League 2 next season, start with a 3-0 lead at Cowdenbeath in the 2nd Leg of the Scottish Pyramid play off final on Saturday May 14th. The 141 year old Fife side, nicknamed The Blue Brazil, need a comeback worthy of Lazarus himself if they hope to preserve their 117 year league status, which started in 1905 with a 1-0 home win over Leith Athletic at their first home North End Park before a move to Central Park in 1917. @AlexHTheMAX   presents more pictorial history from Team 42 in this season's SPFL, who will either finish the weekend replaced by the Midlothian reds in League 2, or as the heroes of a third Pyramid play off win, which would see a great escape that would even better their last day aggregate wins over East Kilbride in 2017 and Cove Rangers a year later. Above, Bonnyrigg (in red) score thei

Bonnyrigg v Cowdenbeath history in pics | @AlexHTheMAX

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Scottish Lowland League Champions Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic FC (based near Edinburgh and formed in 1881) play Cowdenbeath FC on May 7 and 14 (the tie over two Legs then pens if an aggregate draw), for the right to be the new team in Scottish League 2 in season 2022/3.   Cowdenbeath (also formed 1881) are attempting a third great escape from the 5th tier Lowland League as team 42 in the SPFL after beating East Kilbride then Cove Rangers, all in the last five years, to preserve a Scottish League status that started in 1905. @AlexHTheMAX  gives us a pictorial history of Bonnyrigg and Cowdenbeath ahead of the historic matches at New Dundas Park and Central Park. 007 himself Sean Connery (above) played for Bonnyrigg between 1951 and 1953, and then turned down a contract at Manchester United in favour of an acting career. He's also listed under his real first name of T. Connery (Thomas) in this list of players released by Rose in 1953. (below). Looks like Mr Bond was a bustling 'Outsid

Hakoah Vienna | @RichEvansWriter

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The tragic demise of Austria’s most celebrated pre-war football club is a shocking reminder of the Nazi war machine’s ruthlessness.   @RichEvansWriter  tells the story: Today, the internet provides immediate news access to all and sundry; debate surrounding hot footballing topics spirals with the velocity of an aggravated tornado. It’s a turbo-charged state of affairs exacerbated by the Twittersphere - musings are crammed into confined character counts, and no sooner have remarks been issued then they are superseded by amended versions. At times, it can be a fickle, superficial maelstrom where only those who shout loudest are heard. Technology aside, it’s arguably a simple extension of yesteryear: in Britain, footballing wit has been bawled and barrelled across the smoke-fogged barrooms of boozers since time immemorial. Added to that, discourse concerning the beautiful game has stereotypically been the stuff of the tabloids; broad-brushed headlines have tended to trump minutiae and fi

The Crest Dissected: Dunfermline Athletic FC

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In a return to a favourite series of The Football History Boys, The Crest Dissected this time is written by  @AlexHTheMAX ,  in the shape of the story behind Dunfermline Athletic's interesting triangular effort that celebrates its 65th year this season. The current Dunfermline Athletic badge was designed in 1957 by Dunfermline High School Art Teacher, Colin Dymock and the 1957/58 season was a transitional one for the Fife side. The club won promotion after just one season in the old Scottish Division 2, following relegation from the top tier in May '57. They scorined a record 120 league goals in the process! The crest uses the lettering DAFC to represent the initials of the club name. Below, the lettering depicts the Malcolm Canmore Tower. The tower was adopted by the town of Dunfermline to be used for the Burgh Arms and old way seals. Malcolm Canmore was King of Scotland from 1057AD to 1093AD, and made his residence in Dunfermline within what is now Pittencrieff Park. The park

Fraserburgh: Setting Sail For The SPFL? | @AlexHTheMAX

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Fraserburgh FC have won the Highland League which now gives the Aberdeenshire club a chance to win entry into the SPFL next season.  @AlexHTheMAX  give us a potted history of the team that has its roots in Scotland's fishing community. The club from the North East coast of Scotland with the nickname 'the Broch' (burgh) were formed in 1910 and prior to that played as a select side made up of the best players from the local amateur league. The club's colours (consisting of black and white stripes), were acquired from a local fish merchant who had links with Newcastle United and the tradition has since been kept, with the traditional away kit consisting of a sky blue shirt, white shorts and sky blue socks.  Fraserburgh's first ever match was an away tie in the Scottish Qualifying Cup against fierce local rivals Peterhead, which Fraserburgh won 3–1. In their very first season they went on to win the local Aberdeenshire Cup, defeating Buckie Thistle at Pittodrie (Aberdee