Horse racing punters will appreciate Ken Smith’s piece in his diary in The Herald on a tale from Scots actor, John Cairney’s just published book about his lifelong love affair with Celtic FC: The Sevenpenny Gate.
Cairney recalls being Celtic’s celebrity team member on BBC sports quiz, Quizball.
There were graduates on the Celtic team, but Willie Wallace [former Celtic and Scotland star] had to make up the numbers after someone called off.
Wrote Cairney: “'Wispy' hadn’t opened his mouth, so we arranged to leave one question to him. It was: ‘Who or what is a Garryowen?'
“We all knew it was a kick in rugby, but looked at Wispy to respond.
“He gulped, pressed his buzzer, and whispered tentatively: ‘The racing correspondent of the Daily Record?’”
Garry Owen, of course, being a tipster on the Record …