|Denis Law - Scotland's greatest export|
Then what of those who made their way in the county game? FB can recall in his lifetime Brian Hardie, Willie Morton, and Dallas Moir all taking the trip south. Hardie was by some way the most successful playing nearly 20 seasons for Essex and forming for some of that time a formidable opening partnership with Graham Gooch. The others had shorter stays.
Perhaps there are more players of Scottish origin in the county ranks now than at any time - John Blain, Qasim Sheik, Kyle Coetzer, Callum Macleod, Nav Poonia, Josh Davey have all been on county books. Dewald Nel has been with Worcester and Kent but injuries have interrupted the impact he has been able to make. Is this the beginning of an export trade? One thing is certain - if Scotland is to achieve the ambition of some to gain full county status, then we need to produce more players at this level. This export trade needs to grow.
FB would be pleased to hear from his readers about any obvious names his failing memory has overlooked.