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DATABASES ......
 
A RECORD OF POST-WAR SCOTTISH LEAGUE PLAYERS
 
A RECORD OF PRE-WAR SCOTTISH LEAGUE PLAYERS
 
PRE-WAR SCOTTISH LEAGUE RESULTS, SCORERS, ATTENDANCES
 
SCOTTISH LEAGUE TABLES
 
BOOKS .....
 
THE GLASGOW CUP
 
50 YEARS OF SCOTTISH FOOTBALL
 
QUEENS PARK HISTORY (First 50 years)
 
FOOTBALL'S WHITE FEATHERS
 
THIRD LANARK HISTORY
 
VALE OF LEVEN HISTORY
 
HOW SCOTLAND WON THE WORLD CUP (Fiction)
 
SCOTTISH CUP FINALS
 
RAITH ROVERS HISTORIES ......
 
ALWAYS NEXT SEASON (125 years)
 
ROVERS RECALLED (Volume 2)
 
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SCOTTISH FOOTBALL  HISTORIAN

The quarterly magazine which celebrates the history and folklore of Scottish Football.

A comprehensive INDEX OF CONTENTS  all every issue of SCOTTISH FOOTBALL HISTORIAN, is available for £2 plus 70p UK p&p, or click here for the the contents FREE TO VIEW online. sfhindex

NEW LOOK - 32 pages, full colour photographs throughout

The latest edition is No. 153,  2nd of 2020, which includes articles on :

 

Scotland Internationalists from outwith the British Isles by Jim Stewart

On the Origin of Spiders [Queen’s Park] Part 2 by Richard Stacey

Non League Winners in the Scottish Cup Part 3 1946/7 to 19578 by Andrew Wilkie

Scotland Juniors’ First International in Leamington 1894 by Robert Bradley & Douglas Gorman

Twin Brothers in Scottish Football by Jim Stewart

The Brycelands from Greenock by Douglas Gorman

Wannabe Scotland Caps by Jim Stewart

Rotherham United’s 1968 Highland Tour by Peter Myers

Ladies “International” Football in 1881 by Forrest H C Robertson

Record Players’ Appearances per Season

Billy McPike’s Goalden Season for Irvine Meadow by Gordon McCreath

Glasgow v London Part 2 by Forrest H C Robertson

 

Obituaries of Allan Boyd, Bobby Brown, Ian Cumming, Douglas Dalgleish, Billy Hughes, Danny Masterton, Duncan McKay, George McMillan, Kenny Mitchell, Mick Monaghan Stan Park, Stan Quinn, Ally Smart, Tommy White, Ian Young, and others. 

 
Each edition comprises 32 pages and contains original research on the history of the game in Scotland, its  personalities, players, teams etc. ; reproductions of long-forgotten articles on Scottish Football History ; book reviews, obituaries, exchange of information, and news and views of interest to all those with an interest in the history of Scottish Football.

Each edition costs £2 plus 70p p&p (UK only) from John Litster,38 Lowther Road, Norwich, NR4 6QW. Please add a further 80p for postage to Europe, and an additional £1.30 per issue for airmail postage outside Europe.
Subscriptions may be for any number of issue, in multiples of the above amounts.

Cheques should be made payable to J. Litster.  Click for other payment methods

Further enquiries, please telephone 01603 449237 or email progm@hotmail.com

Back issues of every previous edition of the magazine are available  priced £2 plus postage. Please add sufficient additional  postage for Europe and outside Europe.

 

 

DATABASES ......

 

A RECORD OF POST-WAR SCOTTISH LEAGUE PLAYERS


VERSION 7 NOW AVAILABLE (1646-47 to 2017-18)

What's New ?    2012/13 and 2017/18 statistics, representative match appearances, more career details and notified errors corrected and many other statistics (notably dates of birth) added to existing records.

New features : Scottish Schools, Youth and Amateur Youth Caps.  BP/SFA Youth Cup finalists.   Scotland squad/reserve details up to mid 1970s.  Greatly enhanced Junior/Non League career information, including Junior Scotland appearances.  Every League club player's managers, cross-referenced.

For every player, with every Scottish League club, for every season from 1946/47 to 2017/18 inclusive, the following information, line-by-line, season by season :

Appearances, goals and substitute appearances in the Scottish League, Scottish League Cup, Scottish Cup, European Competitions, and all other major first team competitions (eg Texaco, Anglo Scottish, Spring Cup, B Division Supplementary Cup, Coronation Cup, European Super Cup, Challenge Cup, Summer Cup, etc etc, but excluding local cups.)   Included are details of representative match appearances at Scotland full, B, Under 21/23, Scottish League and International trial match levels, Schools and Youth internationals.

Where possible, date of birth, date of signing (plus previous club), height, weight and playing position are given, and it is possible to chart each player’s contribution to their clubs’ League positions and the latter stages of cup competitions.

If printed, this information would fill 4,000 pages, therefore it is only available in digital form, in Microsoft Office Excel spreadsheet format (readable on all spreadsheet platforms)

It can be supplied on CD Rom, USB memory stick, or via Dropbox 

at the price of £19.50, UK post free from 
John Litster, 38 Lowther Road,  Norwich NR4 6QW.  

Those resident abroad should add an additional £2 for Air Mail postage. Cheques payable to J Litster please, or for details of how to pay by bank transfer or Paypal, click payments

SEARCHING FOR A RELATIVE?   If you wish to obtain Scottish football career details of a relative, these will be provided FREE OF CHARGE.   Simply email progm@hotmail.com

 

A RECORD OF PRE-WAR SCOTTISH LEAGUE PLAYERS

Version 2 now available

Player by player, season by season, appearances and goalscoring records in Scottish League and Scottish Cup matches for every player between 1890 and 1946.

Included are the dates of signing, clubs signed from, summary information of playing careers of Scots outwith Scotland (principally in England) and, where known, dates of birth and death.

Also included are representative appearances - full Scotland caps, international trials, Scottish League ‘caps’, Inter-Association matches, war-time internationals, Amateur internationals etc.

Junior Cup finalists are included, and there are details of Scots’ managerial careers.

Data includes all three Third Division seasons in the 1920s, and most of the war-time seasons (which will be completed in a subsequent upgrade)

Available on CD Rom in Microsoft Excel format

If you prefer (or do not have a CD Rom on your computer) the down-loadable package may be emailed to you.

£19.50, UK post free, from
John Litster, 38 Lowther Road, Norwich NR4 6QW. 
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PRE-WAR SCOTTISH LEAGUE RESULTS, SCORERS, ATTENDANCES

 

From 1890 to 1939, for every Scottish League match, correct dates, results, and goalscorers.  Attendances are also given, where published.

This listing includes 122 changes of venue from previous publications ; 9 changes in results ; 60 changes in scorelines ; and 116 changes in dates from previous versions.

Full details of all expunged records are included, and most abandoned matches.

The three Third Division seasons of the mid 1920s are included.

The information is provided on CD Rom, in Microsoft Office Excel spreadsheet form, at the price of £19.50, UK post free, from John Litster,
38 Lowther Road, Norwich, NR4 6QW.

If you prefer (or do not have a CD Rom on your computer) the down-loadable package may be emailed to you.

Cheques payable to J. Litster.  Those resident abroad, please add £2 for Air Mail.
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SCOTTISH LEAGUE TABLES

Why do you need yet another version of this, there have been several books published before ?   Yes, but they are all wrong !

All previous books have included the consequences of errors in the data from which they were compiled.  These include changes of venues, where home and away teams were reversed, nine changes in results which affect the placing of teams ; 60 changes in scorelines which affect goals totals (and, for most teams, changed milestone events, 1000th goal scored, 2000th goal conceded etc).

Full details of all expunged records are included.

Included on the CD Rom is a Word document detailing all changes made to previously published data, involving around 300 matches.

 

The information is provided on CD Rom, in Microsoft Office Excel spreadsheet form, at the price of £5, UK post free, from John Litster,
38 Lowther Road, Norwich, NR4 6QW.

If you prefer (or do not have a CD Rom on your computer) the down-loadable package may be emailed to you.

Cheques payable to J. Litster.  Those resident abroad, please add £2 for Air Mail.
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BOOKS .....

 

 

A GREAT ADDITION TO SCOTTISH FOOTBALL HISTORY

 

 

THE GLASOW CUP by Forrest H.C. Robertson

 

150 page illustrated history with

facts and figures

 

The Glasgow Cup, in its heyday before the Second World War, attracted attendances larger than those for the corresponding League games between the six clubs who competed for the impressive Victorian trophy.   Even as late as the 1970s, matches between Rangers and Celtic in the competition drew crowds of between 32,700 and 70,500.

 

The early-season competition took precedence over League matches in the eyes of its participants, and a comprehensive history is long-overdue.   Forrest Robertson’s 150 page softback book gives a full statistical and narrative account of the Glasgow Cup’s long history

£9 plus £1.90 UK p&p from John Litster, 38Lowther Road, Norwich, NR4 6QW   Postage and packing to Europe is £5.00, elsewhere abroad is £8.     Cheques payable to J.Litster.    Payments may be made by paypal or direct electronically - click on payments for further details

 

MUST-READ BOOK FOR SCOTTISH FOOTBALL FANS

 

50 YEARS OF SCOTTISH FOOTBALL

 From Baxter to Balde, from The Beatles to Bankruptcy
1963 to 2013 described and remembered by John Litster
(It was nearly called Fifty Shades of Green and Blue !)

In 306 pages of text, Scottish football historian and former football club administrator John Litster describes his 50 years of watching Scottish football, his studies of the way the game has developed and is operated, and the changes he has noticed since he attended his first football match on 26th October 1963.

He describes the new experiences he encountered as grounds were visited for the first time ; history-changing matches were attended ; great players and teams were seen ; notable careers were started, and ended.  There is coverage of the new influences in the game (agents, internet, television, the Bosman rule, all seated stadia etc) and the waning of the old (Saturday night sports papers, terraces, native Scots in top division and international teams etc)

First hand accounts of several key incidents in the game contribute to this picture of changing times - St Johnstone’s surprise sacking of Alex Totten, Graeme Souness’s row with a tea lady, when Fergie thought Hearts had won the League, and several others.

These stories, personal observations, opinions, constructive criticism and human interest stories are interwoven with a history of Scottish football from 1963 to 2013, packed into 306 pages of text - there are no statistics or photographs.

 £10 plus £3 UK p&p from John Litster, 38 Lowther Road, Norwich NR4 6QW   Postage and packing abroad is £7.     Cheques payable to J.Litster
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HISTORY OF QUEEN’S PARK FOOTBALL CLUB
1867-1917 by Richard Robinson

 
PRESENTLY OUT OF STOCK


Original copies of this book, published in 1921, now sell for well in excess of £200.  Now followers of Queen’s Park, and students of the history of Scottish football, can purchase this first hand account of the first half century of Scottish football history, for “less than a tenner”.    The entire contents of this remarkable book have been faithfully reproduced in a 300 page, softback version.


Richard Robinson wrote the first history of Queen’s Park Football Club to mark the club’s Jubilee in 1917. It was published in 1921, and over the decades, the few remaining copies of the book have become very rare, and expensive to purchase.   The contents of the book provide a unique and fascinating account of the first five decades of organised football in Scotland, and, to a degree, throughout Britain ; told by a pioneering football writer from personal recollection, and with access to original documents and records.

Topics covered in detail include the birth of the Scottish Cup, the formation of the Scottish Football Association, the establishment of international football, the formation of the Scottish League and introduction of professionalism    The book also provides a detailed and authoritative account of the first five decades of the famous football club, and its equally renowned stadia.

This reproduction is designed to allow 21st century football enthusiasts and historians to enjoy the unique insights provided by the original book, at an affordable price.


Available priced £9.99 plus £2.51 UK p&p (= £12.50) from John Litster, 38 Lowther Road, Norwich, NR4 6QW.  Send a cheque, postal order, or for alternative methods click on payments

 

FOOTBALL'S WHITE FEATHERS

 

Scottish Football’s Battle for Survival during the early months of the First World War.  
By John Litster

The story of the Footballer’s Battalion in the 1914-1918 Great War is well known, but its formation, and subsequent decimation in the conflict, is merely the tip of an iceberg on which professional football in Scotland came close to being broken up in the early months of the First World War.

In over 100 pages of narrative, Scottish football’s reaction to the outbreak of war is described, followed by the huge public outcry for football to be stopped as it was allegedly preventing young men from volunteering for the slaughter on the Western Front.   Football’s climb-down, along with the public relations triumph of the formation of McCrae’s Battalion, is described in great detail, as are the consequences for Scottish football from the disruption of the war years.

Also included are comprehensive statistics from 1914-15 season; full results and scorers, match-by-match appearance grids for all First Division and (uniquely) Second Division clubs, and a detailed analysis of what the First World War did to the footballing careers of the Scottish League players of 1914-15.

Reproduced within the book’s 160 pages are the contents of the 1918 booklet “The “Hearts” and the Great War” by John McCartney

£10 plus £1.60 UK p&p from John Litster, 38 Lowther Road, Norwich, NR4 6QW   Postage and packing to Europe is £5.30, elsewhere abroad is £8.     Cheques payable to J.Litster.    Payments may be made by paypal or direct electronically - click on payments for further details

 

THIRD LANARK
Life and Death of The Hi-Hi
by John Litster

The story of how a club died, tracing the roots of the problems which culminated in the extinction of Third Lanark in 1967, told in one half of this major book.

The other half tells of the club’s history ; formed in 1872, twice winners of the Scottish Cup, Scottish League Champions in 1904, and a power in the Scottish game over its first half century.
  

Also told is the story of the two Cathkin Parks, hosts to Scottish Cup Finals and International matches before the First World War.

Statistics include results, scorers (for both teams) and attendances for all League, Cup and local cup ties, and season-by-season summary statistics for appearances in League and Scottish cups.

250 large pages, hardback, dust-jacket.  £25 (including UK postage) from
John Litster, PM Publications, 38 Lowther Road, Norwich, NR4 6QW.

 

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Third Lanark was one of the top clubs in Scottish football for the first 50 years of its existence.  Formed in 1872, Thirds were founder members of the Scottish Football Association and the Scottish Football League, whose championship they won in 1904. They were twice winners of the Scottish Cup, and their last two grounds, both called Cathkin Park, hosted Scottish Cup Finals and Scotland international matches.


In its last decade, the club played in a Scottish League Cup Final and finished third in the First Division, scoring 100 League goals in the process. This distinguished history, and the impressive list of Scottish international footballers to have played for the club, make it all the more bewildering that they were allowed to die in 1967, in their 95th year.


Their death has been popularly attributed to the actions of their majority shareholder for the last five years of the club’s existence, but the reason for the club’s demise is not quite as simple and as straightforward as the mismanagement by one man.


The seeds of the club’s destruction were sewn as far back as the very early years of the 20th century, and the confluence of events which eventually led to its extinction include decades of disharmony amongst shareholders and in the boardroom, the cost of purchasing (the second) Cathkin Park, the expense of developing it as a modern ground which could hold over 40,000 spectators for Glasgow derbies, the financial burden of full-time football and the difficulty in replacing top class players who either retired, or were transferred for substantial fees.


While these undercurrents were loosening the foundations of the famous old club, the club’s loyal band of supporters were watching the ups and downs of its playing fortunes.


Both stories, on field and off, are told concurrently in the pages of this book. Also included are full statistics of matches played in League and Cups, and the players who played in them.   Initially a story of endeavour and success, it has the saddest possible ending nearly a century later.  The book explains how and why this happened, and gives the reasons why the club which launched the careers of Jimmy Brownlie, Jimmy Mason, Jimmy Denmark, Jimmy Carabine, Ally McLeod, Bobby Mitchell, Ronnie Simpson, and the famous forward line of Goodfellow, Hilley, Harley, Gray and McInnes, is no longer with us.

 

The Boys from Leven's Winding Shore :
A History of Vale of Leven Football Club

 by John Weir 


108 pages detailing the birth, successes, failures and death of one of the foremost clubs in 19th Century Scottish football. Illustrated, with statistics and features never before published.
The definitive history of former Scottish Cup winners and members of the Scottish Football League, Vale of Leven  
Available from John Litster, PM  Publications, 38 Lowther Road, Norwich, NR4 6QW
priced £4.95 plus 90p postage.

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A GREAT NEW NOVEL FOR SCOTTISH FOOTBALL FANS

 

HOW SCOTLAND WON THE WORLD CUP

A novel by John Jackson

 

The ultimate feel-good book for every Scot

It is Wednesday February 7th 2018, and St Johnstone manager Jimmy Murray is watching a Scottish Cup replay between Hearts and Dunfermline Athletic.   As he is leaving the stadium he has two conversations which start a sequence of events over the next 151 days which will change his life - and the lives of every Scot - and the course of World Football History.    The twists and turns of how Scotland won the 2018 World Cup are thrillingly described in this 260 page softback novel.

£9 plus £2.80 UK p&p from John Litster, 38 Lowther Road, Norwich, NR4 6QW   Postage and packing to Europe is £7.00, elsewhere abroad is £11.     Cheques payable to J.Litster.    Payments may be made by paypal or direct electronically - click on payments for further details

 

HOW THE CUP WAS WON

A History of Scottish Cup Finals in words and statistics
by Forrest H.C. Robertson

From 21st March 1874 at 1st Hampden Park, Crosshill, to 17th May 2014 atCeltic Park, each Scottish Cup Final is described by a match report, and detailed match statistics, many of them published for the first time.   Included are the full names of participating players, non-used substitutes, referees, umpires and linesmen and kick off times.

Following the narrative, the data is then summarised and highlighted, providing a complete alphabetic list of players of have appeared in Scottish Cup Finals, and lists of players who have made most appearances in finals, scored most goals, played for different clubs in finals etc.   Highlighted are fastest goals, latest goals, youngest and olders players, penalties, free kick goals, hat-tricks, own-goals, venues, sendings off, referees, relatives, colour clashes etc.  Also included are lists of captains and managers of the Cup Finalists.

In short - everything you ever wanted to know about Scottish Cup Finals will be contained in this 160 page book.   
A fascinating read - and a great reference book.

THE BOOK HAS SOLD OUT, but a PDF version is available for £5 from John Litster, 38 Lowther Road, Norwich, NR4 6QW    This can be sent via Dropbox, on CD Rom (add £1 for p&p, £5 abroad) or on a returnable USB Stick (add £2)

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RAITH ROVERS HISTORIES ......

 

 

ALWAYS NEXT SEASON

125 Years of Raith Rovers Football Club

The 384 page hardback book celebrating 125 years of Raith Rovers, has SOLD OUT and there are no plans for a reprint.

Instead, the entire contents of the book, including all illustrations, and complete statistics from 1883 to 2008, and original page layouts, are available on a CD Rom, in PDF file format.

If you prefer (or do not have a CD Rom on your computer) the down-loadable package may be emailed to you.

This CD Rom may be purchased for £15, inclusive of UK postage, from the author and publisher,
John Litster, 38 Lowther Road, Norwich, NR4 6QW

Purchasers who live abroad should add an additional £1 for postage and packing. 
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ROVERS RECALLED Volume 2
The second book of 100 pages of Raith Rovers images and photographs, complete  with explanatory text. £7.95 plus £1 postage

The above are  available from John Litster, 38 Lowther Road, Norwich, NR4 6QW

I have a vast range of Raith Rovers programmes, handbooks, photographs and other memorabilia for sale.  Some of them are listed elsewhere on this website (click here), but if you have any specific requirements, please contact John Litster at the above address, by email progm@hotmail.com or telephone 01603 449237.

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