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The Magic of the (Scottish) Cup - Still alive in 2021!

There are Strollers, a Fairydean and a former club of 007 in the Scottish Cup Third Round in November. If you want to experience football with a feel of Brigadoon then definitely head north of the border for your cup ties says @AlexHTheMAX . If you have access to the BBC Scotland TV channel, you can see two of the teams currently in the Scottish pyramid clash on the evening of Monday 29th November. Brechin City (relegated to the Highland League from Scottish League 2 last season, and featured recently on our site ) play Darvel FC of the recently established West of Scotland football league (tier 5) in their televised match in the Scottish Cup 3rd Round (Premiership sides come in in Round 4). It's a big night for the former Scottish Junior side from Ayrshire, who are now pushing for league status, whilst former league side Brechin City are searching for a good cup run to match their bid for promotion back to League 2 at the first attempt. This writer felt a more deserving tie for th

Walter Smith - The Early Years

On 26th October 2021 it was announced Walter Smith, a Scottish football great, had passed away. Walter may now be no longer with us, but let's not forget his early years in Scottish football. @AlexHTheMAX explores his Scottish domestic (and American) football connections before he made it as a top manager. Cover star of (the now defunct) Football Scot in 1971 Most football fans will be well aware of the role the late Walter Smith played in management at Rangers, Everton and Scotland as well as an assistant boss at Ibrox under Souness, Dundee Utd (with Jim McLean) and at Man United with Sir Alex. However, Walter also made his mark in the Scottish game, albeit modestly, as a player. Walter Smith was born in Lanark but spent his formative years in Carmyle, Glasgow. He was signed for Dundee United by pipe-smoking manager Jerry Kerr from Scottish Junior side Ashfield Juniors of Glasgow in 1966. Walter was part of the 16-man squad that travelled to the USA after United were invited to p