Edinburgh | Eddie Turnbull of Hibernian was the first British player to score in the European Cup (see July 27). Yet due to arcane bylaws of the Scottish Football Association, his nine appearances for Scotland, including the 1958 World Cup finals in Sweden, remain mere historical footnotes. Until the 1970s Scotland’s international players were only capped when playing another member of the Home Nations; thus, other players find themselves in Turnbull’s predicament, including Stewart Imlach. Imlach’s son Gary has asked, in his well-received book My Father and Other Working Class Football Heroes, for his father to receive a posthumous cap for his four appearances. Lawrie Reilly, who played with Turnbull on the Hibernian front line and 38 times for Scotland, has joined the call. “It’s an incredible situation when you think that today players come off the bench for ten seconds, often just to waste time at the end of a game and they receive a cap, that’s something I think should also be looked at.”
Update: See 12 Feb 2006 for news of a Scottish Football Association policy reversal.