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Matthias Sindelar: The Paper Man | @RichEvansWriter

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A member of the 1930s Wunderteam who died in mysterious circumstances shortly after Austria was annexed by Nazi Germany,  @RichEvansWriter  tells the story: When considering footballers in wartime, it is important to remember those who, though not directly involved, have been affected by the spectre of conflict. Matthias Sindelar – The Paper Man – arguably falls into this category; though global war had not yet been declared when he passed away, debate still rages as to whether he was an early victim of the Nazi war machine.   Matthias Sindelar - an Austrian great More than any other player of his generation, he embodies the embryonic idea of Total Football. The system – as masterminded by Hugo Meisl and Jimmy Hogan - was a victory of brains over brawn; beauty over brutality. It is perhaps the attractiveness of the playing style he helped to instigate which has made the poignancy of his loss endure.  As an aside, Ernst Happel - who coached in the Netherlands in the late 1960s and early

Rod of the Rangers | @AlexHTheMAX

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He's a Celtic fan right down to the tracksuit he wears when he fills in the potholes outside his mansion so his Ferrari remains undamaged but Sir Rod Stewart in a RANGERS strip? @AlexHTheMAX   tracks down the evidence that led Rock Royalty to Rangers not once but twice! Many people have asked the question over the years "what is the deal with Rod Stewart and Celtic anyway?". The veteran rocker told radio station TalkSport earlier in the year that, although he was brought up in London, his Edinburgh born father was a Hibernian fan, and young Rod was raised on tales of Hibs as the first British club to play in the European Cup (reaching the semi final) and the "famous five" Hi-bees forward line of Smith, Johnstone, Reilly, Turnbull and Ormond. In the early 1970s, Stewart played Glasgow at the height of his fame and was invited by a couple of Celtic players who attended his gig in the city to train with them the next day at Parkhead. Stewart turned up the next mor

The Ups and Downs of Scotland's Pyramid | @AlexHTheMAX

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A new Scottish League club could emerge in the summer as the 2021/2 season reaches its closing stages north of the border.  @AlexHTheMAX  reveals the historic new name that could be on your Acca next season while reminding us a long running Scottish League side will be fighting for its historical place in the SPFL in May 2022 also. Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic have already claimed the play off spot from the Lowland League, whilst four genuine contenders continue to jostle for the Highland League title in the other 5th tier division of the Scottish pyramid system. One club from Fraserburgh, Brora Rangers, Buckie Thistle and Brechin City will represent the Highland League in this season's end of campaign play offs. Fraserburgh would give Scotland's Buchan coast a second league team if successful, following near neighbours Peterhead (elected to the SPFL in the late 1990s), into the Scottish League. Fraserburgh (stripes) beat Dundee in the 1959 Scottish Cup Buckie Thistle have claimed w

QUIZ: The Great Scotland Kit Quiz

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We're still hoping Scotland v Ukraine at Hampden in the World Cup play off goes ahead but with all that's happening currently the situation regarding that match remains "fluid" to say the least. Ukraine have requested to postpone the match and who really knows how World Cup qualifying will be affected between 24th March and now, we're hoping, ofcourse, for a positive outcome and GAME ON. A personal opinion by the writer here but what a celebration of football and freedom it would be if both teams could play in Glasgow on 24th March knowing Ukraine have been given a free pass to the World Cup finals later in the year and Scotland were guaranteed a final play off game v Austria or Wales away! While you ponder that suggestion let's forget the horror of war, if only for a short time, to test your knowledge of Scotland kits, and not just the famous Dark Blue either, with a series of questions compiled by @AlexHTheMAX . (Answers below) Question 1; This away shirt wa