Brothers Jim and Tommy McLean were well known throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s for their footballing exploits.
Jim, of course, as a player and coach with Dundee before crossing the road to Tannadice.
There, he scaled great heights with Dundee United, with a league title, two League Cups and a European Cup semi-final achievement.
Tommy won the league as a player with Kilmarnock, then won umpteen trophies with Rangers during his years at Ibrox.
However, as most of you may be aware, there is a third brother — and he is the subject of a pub debate involving reader Dan Watson.
“My argument is that Willie McLean played with or managed more clubs than his brothers Jim and Tommy put together,” he stated.
“Can you list them all to settle this argument, please?.
“My friends are really adamant about this.”
Jim played for four clubs — Hamilton Accies, Clyde, Dundee and Kilmarnock, before coming back to Dens Park as a coach. He then joined Dundee United as manager.
Jim’s tally is five clubs.
Tommy played for just two — the aforementioned Killie and Gers.
He then went into management with Greenock Morton, Motherwell, Hearts and Raith Rovers, before joining Dundee United, where Jim was chairman at the time.
Tommy’s tally is seven clubs.
Willie played just one game for Hamilton, then joined Airdrie, Sheffield Wednesday, Alloa, QOS, Clyde, Alloa again, then Raith Rovers.
In management, he ran Queen of the South, Motherwell, Raith Rovers, Ayr United and Morton.
Willie’s tally is 13 clubs.
So, it would seem for argument’s sake that Jim/Tommy amassed 12 clubs to Willie’s 13.
However, Willie being employed on two occasions each by Alloa, Raith and QOS may provide fuel for Dan’s argumentative friends.
A couple of wee snippets emerged during research.
Willie spent two years at Hillsborough with Sheffield Wednesday but didn’t make one first-team appearance for the Owls.
Tommy’s time as manager of Raith Rovers lasted just six days. Reports at that time suggested the move to United came “amidst substantial acrimony”.
Willie and Tommy also had spells with other clubs as youth coaches and trainers.
* AT the end of a piece on Jerry Kerr (BwB, July 19), I gave out a further snippet of information I had ‘come across’.
That bit of info from an internet site suggested the legendary Dundee United manager’s real Christian name was Jasper, with Jerald being his middle name.
My source for the ‘latest piece’ on Jerry was his son Gil, with me just adding Jasper at the end after I came across it on the internet.
I did suggest I was dumbfounded that I hadn’t heard of it before . . . and it turns out that is because it is not true!
When we recently met, Gil completely rubbished the Jasper theory.
“I don’t know where you got that from?” said Gil. “His real first name is actually John, with Jerry just a nickname.
“He didn’t even have a middle name.”
With no greater reference than a member of family, I am delighted to stand corrected.