Blether: Willie Pettigrew won all games in a Scotland strip

A recent photo of Willie Pettigrew

Struan Banks, of Perth, puts forward Willie Pettigrew as the only player to have played more than four games for Scotland and remain undefeated.

It’s not something I can argue with as there are no lists of files which distinctively point out this feat.

Motherwell striker Pettigrew was capped five times for Scotland — all at Hampden Park — and the home side won the lot.

In 1976 against Switzerland, he was substituted by Rangers’ Bobby McKean but not before he scored the only goal of the game.

He then netted against Wales in a 3-1 win, and was substituted by Rangers’ Derek Johnstone during a 3-0 victory over Northern Ireland.

In 1977, he was in the team against Sweden which recorded a 3-1 success, then came on as substitute for Leeds United’s Eddie Gray as the Scots picked up a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Wales.

He scored 80 goals in just under 150 appearances for the Steelmen, prompting Dundee United manager Jim McLean to swoop to sign him in 1979 for £100,000.

Pettigrew played in the 1979 Scottish League Cup Final, scoring two goals in a 3-0 replay win against Aberdeen.

He was also in the United line-up which retained the trophy the year after against Dundee at Dens Park.

In 1981, he moved to Hearts, then also played for Morton and Hamilton.

n “WAS Forfar Athletic’s stand blown down twice in a matter of months?” was the one-line query in a note signed ‘Lucky Loon’.

A cutting from the time states the Station Park stand was blown down in November 1956.

When the building work was in striking distance of being completed, work was stopped during the 1958-59 season over the winter months.

However, on New Year’s Day 1959, another gale tore the roof off the stand.

It was decided ‘all hands to the pump to get the work completed’ and, by the time Rangers came on Scottish Cup business on January 31, 1959, the work had practically been finished.

The final touches were put on at a more leisurely pace after that.

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