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THERE THE role of Scots professional footballers in the transformation of the world game from a dribbling, kick and rush style favoured by the English to the shortpassing “scientific” game favoured by the Scots, can be shown in the career of one of the greatest Scotch Professors, John Harley. When Harley arrives in Montevideo, the Uruguyans are mesmerised by the man’s skills and recognise immediately that the older English style has given way to something vibrant and different….. “HARLEY CAMBIA LA FORMA DE JUGAR Harley changes the way we play, screams the heading in 100 Years of Glory - The History of Uruguyan Football….“[he was] the first foreigner to transform the Uruguyan style of play. He taught us how the ball should be passed at speed along the ground from front to back… and put a stop to the tradition of thumping long balls up the park”. What a perfect description of the scientific game, and what an immediate effect it had, for within twenty years of Harley arriving in the country, Uruguay had won the inaugural world cup of 1930. Sadly, at a time when we actually could have contested the latter stages of the world cup finals, we bided at hame, content to have a go at England in the British championships.

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iScot issue number 45 2018 124 pages of the best crack in Scotland and beyond. Featuring the very best of wordsmiths in Scotland today. Robbie Dinwoodie, Alyn Smith MEP, James Kelly (iScot goes Pop, Peter A Bell, Jason Michael McCann, Vivien Martin, Allan Martin, Paul Kavanagh’s Wee Ginger Dug, Blaze’s Page,Fiona Grahame of Orkney News, Moira Dalgetty, Bill Dale, Indy Lawyer, Ran Bruce’s Spider, Dave Bowman, Gordon Craigie, Major Bloodnok and the most excellent Billy Kay.