Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Formidable Scots Queue Up for Another Trophy Raid; Barclay's Account

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Formidable Scots Queue Up for Another Trophy Raid; Barclay's Account

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Byline: Patrick Barclay

THE SCOTS used to invade Wembley by running on to the pitch, swinging on the crossbars and digging up the turf for souvenirs. Now they tend to occupy the dugout and leave with more acceptable trophies, like the Carling Cup.

Last year Alex McLeish, of the legion of Glaswegian managers, took Birmingham City to the national stadium to confound Arsenal. Now only Manchester City and Roberto Mancini can prevent a Glaswegian from lifting this season's first piece of silverware.

Dougie Freedman, 37, making an impressive start in management at Crystal Palace, takes a slender lead to Cardiff tonight and, if his men don't survive, those of Malky Mackay, another son of the the Glasgow area, will instead reach the final and face either Mancini's City or, perhaps more likely, the Liverpool of Kenny Dalglish.

The only Scot more decorated than Dalglish is, of course, Sir Alex Ferguson. But it is not as if he came from nowhere; Ferguson and George Graham, whose Arsenal were a formidable force, followed a line of great managers from Glasgow or thereabouts -- Matt Busby, Jock Stein, Bill Shankly. …

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