YOUNG Jim Tolmie was in the news this week in 1981.

He had scored a brilliant goal for Greenock Morton against Clydebank in the Scottish Cup final replay to secure the Cappielow side’s place in the semi-final against Rangers.

And he was confident Morton could win through against the Glasgow club to its first post-war Cup victory.

Manager Benny Rooney agreed. He told the Evening Times: “I thought we were magnificent last night and I want to pay credit in particular to Tolmie and John McNeil who did no end of unselfish running.”

Elsewhere, Celtic manager Billy McNeill was making a ‘final check on young striker Charlie Nicholas” before deciding on the team which would face Partick Thistle at Parkhead on Saturday. Nicholas was recovering from a knee injury. (Interestingly, another player, the Times described him as ‘Celtic’s young starlet’ was proving a bit of a hit in the Scotland Under-18s team. Paul McStay had already represented his country at under-16 and under-17 level.)

Kathryn Smith from Cumbernauld had “reason to be pleased” with her performance at the West District’s swimming championships in Ayrshire, after completing a hat-trick of freestyle wins in the 200, 400 and 800-metre races.

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And the Kelvin Hall was gearing up for the sell-out basketball game between Scotland and England the following month.

“The sport is really booming in Scotland just now,” said our reporter. “Officials are confident all 2300 seats will be filled.”