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The Guardian's Jonathan Wilson's personal account of the power of football memories.

– : Jonathan Wilson
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It ended in glorious failure, but a 2-2 draw with Dundee United in a packed Cappielow in 1996 will live long in the memory

– Morton: Jonathan Mitchell
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The memory can play tricks, but witnessing a Willie Miller rollicking at close quarters sears itself on a young mind forever...

– Aberdeen: Kenny Hodgart, South China Morning Post
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Maurice Johnston set to re-sign for Celtic, the only team he ever wanted to play for

"Mo, Mo Super Mo, Super Maurice Coyne." Being called Maurice in Glasgow turns from a blessing to a curse thanks to a certain blond striker

– Celtic: Maurice Coyne, Daily Mail sports sub
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Former Dons player Eddie Thomson was a hard man on the pitch and a true friend off it...

– Aberdeen: Bryan Cooney, Sunday Herald
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A gutted Raymond Domenech is faced with a grinning Scottish hack the morning after Faddy's cracker

– Scotland: Ewan Smith, freelance sports journalist
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An OMG moment before they existed from @georgina_turner

– Tottenham Hotspur: Georgina Turner
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James McFadden cures a broken heart in Paris

– Scotland: Ronnie MacKay
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Paul Hughes' dad was not slow to point out his son's shortcomings as a footballer. But The Sun's football writer has his old man to thank for turning him onto a career in journalism instead

– : Paul Hughes
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A father give his son this sporting life

– : Dave Hannigan
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Was this the greatest comeback of all time?

– Liverpool: Matt Leslie
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Teddy Jamieson recalls an unlikely hero in Northern Ireland. Teddy is the author of Whose Side Are You On: Sport, the Troubles and Me

– : Teddy Jamieson
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A 400-mile trek to Wembley in a battered Austin A40 ... madness, right? Well, not if a 3-2 victory over the Auld Enemy and some Jim Baxter ball-juggling lies in wait. Brian Scott's memory is still fired by that famous victory over England in 1967

– Scotland: Brian Scott, The Daily Mail
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A pivotal game in the First Division title race falls on Paul Forsyth's birthday, and his beloved St Johnstone throw a party just for him. Even Dougie Donnelly is invited

– St Johnstone: Paul Forsyth, Scotland on Sunday
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For Mark Wilson, the pain of following Scotland has its roots in the summer of 1982, when he learned that sometimes your father really does know best

– : Mark Wilson, Daily Mail
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proof that claudio caniggia really did play for dundee

Alan Pattullo recalls watching Claudio Caniggia on a smuggled television at school, and then following his career all the way to his team, Dundee, by which time he has a chance to interview the great man - if he can catch him

– Dundee: Alan Pattullo, The Scotsman
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Nakajima huddles beneath his Gers duvet cover

Do the Japanese eat dogs? Certainly not. Daisuke Nakajima, intrepid Shunsuke Nakamura correspondent, is offended, amused and then finally comes to terms with the weirdness of Scottish football

– Celtic: Daisuke Nakajima
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Albert Kidd ruined Hearts fan Euan Crumley's ninth birthday. But, 12 years later, Stephane Adam gave him the gift that keeps on giving

– Hearts: Euan Crumley, Mail on Sunday
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Mike Aitken gets his hands on the Cup Winners' Cup

A glorious night in Gothenburg in 1983 prompts esteemed Scotsman sportswriter Mike Aitken to abandon his objectivity and join the party

– Aberdeen: Mike Aitken, The Scotsman
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A trial match for Glasgow and District terrifies Richard Wilson, who would rather be at home, watching the game with his dad

– : Richard Wilson, The Herald
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The summer of 1982. Great football teams compete for the World Cup, and one 11-year-old experiences a state of footballing nirvana he will spend a lifetime in search of, all the while wearing his lucky Naranjito belt

– : Douglas Alexander, chief sports writer, Sunday Times Scotland
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scotland fans are impressed during a scouting mission at Espana 82 (copyright: The Herald)

A young Graham Hunter takes on the world at Spain '82. Like a footballing Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, except with slightly more debauchery

– : Graham Hunter, Sky Sports
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denis law shares alan campbell's dread at chances missed against zaire

A 20-year-old Scot sits with his head in his hands and the foreknowledge that beating Zaire by only two goals will not be enough at the 1974 World Cup. But it is the three-month trans-continental hitch-hiking adventure that got him there that remains with Alan Campbell

– : Alan Campbell, freelance sports journalist
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michael dawson introduces spurs' new signing, ollie graham

Barry Graham only made his seven-year-old son a Junior Spur to try and steer him toward his dad's club. Now here he was, running out onto the pitch with Michael Dawson as the cameras rolled...

– Tottenham Hotspur: Barry Graham, sports journalist, Daily Mail
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The Dundee team that reached the semi-final of the European Cup stole the hearts of most who saw them. Patrick Barclay also lost the banner he took to Dens Park when his team, inspired by the great Alan Gilzean, crushed Cologne 8-1

– Dundee: Patrick Barclay, chief football writer, The Times
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Willie Mills, the Aberdeen legend © The Herald

An incredible tale of how the last years in the life of an Aberdeen great of the 1930s intersected with a journalist who would become the chief chronicler of the club in the modern era

– Aberdeen: Charlie Allan, sports editor, Evening Express
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Simon Stainrod, A.K.A. God, in action for Falkirk © The Herald

Watching Simon Stainrod was the closest many Falkirk fans came to God in the early 1990s. How do you explain that to a hotel receptionist in Sheffield?

– Falkirk: Brian Marjoribanks, sports journalist, Scottish Daily Mail
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The great, young Ajax team of Louis van Gaal is remembered, uniquely, through a dark prism of Goya's crafting, as Madrid is conquered by Kluivert, Overmars, Davids and Litmanen

– Ajax: Gary Keown, sports writer, Daily Express
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Lisa Gray is (almost) touched by the hand of god

Even battle-hardened football journalists are transformed into autograph-hunting fans in the presence of greatness, and a scrawled signature on a shorthand notebook by Diego Maradona is proof of it

– : Lisa Gray, sports journalist, Press Association
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Father and son share a moment after their only match together at St Mirren's Love Street stadium, a remarkable victory over Rangers. Son vomits down father's back. Son falls asleep

– St Mirren: Graeme Macpherson, sports journalist, The Herald
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Motherwell's Tom Boyd celebrates the historic victory (copyright: The Herald)

Scott Burns follows Motherwell from Aberdeen to the final of the 1991 Scottish Cup, begging lifts, catching the odd game on Sky and joining up with the uncle responsible for his lifelong addiction

– Motherwell: Scott Burns, sports writer, Scottish Daily Express
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Newcastle United fans are tricked by the Rotterdam police's cunning beer-based ruse, but end up high on the kind of excitement exclusive to members of the Toon Army

– Newcastle United: Gavin Berry, sport journalist, Daily Record/Sunday Mail
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Mark Falco scores Rangers' first © The Herald

A cardboard sign, with a felt-tip scrawl: NEED ONE TICKET. But it's a European Cup night and Ibrox and everyone says there's no chance getting in. Well, maybe not no chance...

– Rangers: Scott McDermott, football journalist, Daily Record / Sunday Mail
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Still doing if after all these years: Clontarf 2011. Greig junior and senior (centre left and right)

Doesn't everyone's dad play fives at the age of 66, not only keeping up with but taking the names of men half his age? Martin Greig is starting to suspect the old boy could be a bit special...

– : Martin Greig, freelance sport writer
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If you can survive an eight-foot drop onto the concrete concourse around the Brockville pitch and the crowd-surfing title celebration that follows, you get to be a Falkirk supporter for the rest of your life

– Falkirk: Neil White, freelance sports journalist
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The King and I: Sullivan and Dalglish reflect on victory

From writing about the Celtic youth team to crossing for Kenny Dalglish to head home, all in the space of a week? It can be done. Just ask Stephen Sullivan

– : Stephen Sullivan, FIFA journalist
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Denis Law is congratulated by an ecstatic fan © The Herald

1967 and all that. Ron Scott joins the exodus to Wembley and comes back with no sleep, a winning bet and memories he will never lose

– Scotland: Ron Scott, chief football writer, The Sunday Post
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Strachan. McGrain. Friel. Goal. It is the greatest commentary Arthur Montford never gave

– : David Friel, freelance sport journalist
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Ally McCoist finally meets his match when one-on-one with a mysterious goalkeeper at Hampden. Well, that's how Steve Donn remembers it

– : Steve Donn, sports writer, Scottish Daily Mail
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Zinedine Zidane's Hampden goal was perfection, and it happened 50,000 times in a second. Simon Buckland describes the version that is his alone and forever

– Real Madrid: Simon Buckland, freelance sports journalist
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Colin Orr explains why years of mediocrity following St Mirren are a price he is willing to pay for one glorious season of Tom Hendrie's total football

– St Mirren: Colin Orr, Greenock Tele and St Mirren FC website
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celtic's finest hour - rodger baillie has a backstage pass

Rodger Baillie's career in football journalism spans more than 50 years and placed him in the victorious Celtic dressing room after the 1967 European Cup final. Here is what he saw...

– Celtic: Rodger Baillie, football reporter
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Gordon Dalziel and his cup-winning nose

Raith Rovers beat Celtic to win the League Cup and the moment is chronicled in gloriously partisan fashion by John Greechan for the Fife Free Press

– Raith Rovers: John Greechan, chief sports writer, Scottish Daily Mail
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Danny Stewart and Uncle Duncan, SuperDon

On the road with Aberdeen and Uncle Duncan: card-sharking, can-swilling, Fruit Club-throwing, gob-absorbing hero of Dan Stewart's youth

– Aberdeen: Dan Stewart, football writer, The Sunday Post
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The legendary Eusebio scores against Celtic © The Herald

It is 1970 and as the ball crosses the goal-line and the referee blows for full-time, Glen Gibbons is in a press box full of journalists who don't know if Celtic have just beaten Benfica in Portugal or not. It all turns on the flip of a coin. Or two

– Celtic: Glenn Gibbons, sports writer, the Scotsman
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Rob Robertson sees the solemn impartiality of the press box suspended for one international correspondant when Ryan Giggs scores the greatest goal in the history of the FA Cup

– Manchester United: Rob Robertson, sports journalist, Scottish Daily Mail
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Owen Coyle and Airdrie in European action © The Herald

The first, last and only European adventure of Aidrieonians remains a vivid memory for Graeme Kirkwood, long after the UEFA flag was removed from its post at Broomfield

– Airdrie United: Graeme Kirkwood, The Sun
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George Best: the genius in flight © The Herald

Ewing Grahame remembers the errant genius of George Best and wonders why he once turned down the chance to meet his hero

– : Ewing Grahame, freelance sports journalist
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Zidane lights up Hampden and wins the European Cup for Real

Football can provide moments that will be remembered as long as the game is played. When Zinedine Zidane scored a perfect volley in the Champions League final at Hampden, John McGarry knew he had seen one of them

– Real Madrid: John McGarry, football writer, Daily Mail
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Tony Hamilton takes Billy McNeill back to Lisbon.

Tony Hamilton takes the great Billy McNeill back to the Estadio Nacional in Lisbon to relive Celtic's finest hour

– Celtic: Tony Hamilton, The Celtic View
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Billy Bremner is carried shoulder high after victory against the Czechs

How can a match where you can barely see the action, in which the identity of the goalscorer is shrouded in mystery and your life is at risk with every surge of the Hampden crowd be the one that lives longest in the memory? Kevin McCarra explains

– Scotland: Kevin McCarra, chief football writer, The Guardian
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Kenny Millar and Kenny Miller

Meet Scottish football's most devoted family and discover how a six-hour drive to watch a youth team pre-season friendly in the Highlands can end up taking you all the way to the World Cup

– Hibernian: Kenny Millar, The Sunday Post
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