You Couldn't Make It Up!

by Jack Little

Ever the showman, Bertie Auld played the numbers game at Easter Road for Thistle's Scottish cup-tie against Hibs on 4/3/1978. This was in the days when shirt numbers were strictly 1-11 with 2 subs. He announced Bobby Houston and Ally Love as substitutes (Nos 12 and 14) but played them from the start. The nominal Nos 6 and 7 (John Craig and Jim Melrose) were on the bench. Craig eventually came on. The effect this had is inconclusive. It was a 0-0 draw but Thistle won the replay 2-1.

Publishing date An original Thistle Archive publication, 07-Sep-2020.
Latest edit date Latest edit version 02-Jun-2020.

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