Select stars of yesteryear

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Today’s Stornoway Gazette sport picture of the day is a shot of the Lewis Select which beat Ross County 7-5 on Christmas Day, 1946.

In what was arguably the greatest result and comeback in the history of the Select the match took place on Christmas Day on a frozen solid pitch. There had been a hard frost followed by heavy rain making the pitch in bad shape, frozen solid with a thin covering of mud and sand.

The conditions and big stage of the match looked to be too much in the early stages for the Select as they found themselves staring down the barrel of defeat as they fell 4-1 behind.

But the Leodhaisachs – led by the ‘Point Express’ John Murdo ‘Stoodie’ Mackay fought back in emphatic style despite missing an early spot-kick.

By half-time the Lewis Select had fought back to 4 - 3 and with the second-half just six minutes old, Lewis were level.

Later ‘Stoodie’ slammed in a hat-trick to take his match total to FIVE and sink the Highlanders on their own patch and leave them with nothing to cheer on Christmas afternoon.