Archive for October, 2007

SFA opposing a British Olympic soccer team

Posted in England, FIFA, Scotland Squad, UEFA on October 31, 2007 by Tartan Army Soldier

I can harldy believe what I just read! The British Olympic Association are keen to field the abomination that would be a Great British team at the London 2012 Olympics. I am however glad to see that the SFA are not even entertaining this notion. They (and the Welsh FA) have refused to even discuss the matter.

On this matter I support the SFA 100%. Any movement towards a British team should be opposed with vigour. Despite assurances that this would be a one-off situation I don’t trust UEFA and FIFA enough for them not to use such a union as the perfect excuse to push for a permanent British team. As Craig Brown said this would be the “the thin edge of the wedge”.

If anyone knows how we can best express our anger at this crazy notion please leave a message for all to read.

FIFA Rankings – Scotland rise and close in on England

Posted in Euro 2008, FIFA on October 24, 2007 by Tartan Army Soldier

I’ve just caught up with the new FIFA rankings, and it looks good. Scotland are up one place to 13. Having beaten Ukraine 3-1 at Hampden, Scotland are now in their highest position since FIFA published their rankings. Interestingly, this puts the Scotland team within two places of England. If Scotland beat Italy in the coming Euro 2008 match it’s not impossible that Scotland will pass the ‘Auld Enemy’. 🙂

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Scotland v Italy – ticket sales update given by Scotland Supporters Club

Posted in Euro 2008 on October 24, 2007 by Tartan Army Soldier

I just received an email from the Scotland Supporters Club. And the news doesn’t look good for fans who aren’t members.

Between Debenture sales and applications by SSC members, approximately 35,000 tickets have been sold for the Scotland v Italy match already. And demand by SSC members for tickets remains high. It has therefore been decided that the remaining tickets are not going to put on sales to the public. Remaining tickets will be on sale to Supporter Club members, away fans, youth groups and media.

Sales of the remaining home tickets (to SSC members) will open at 9.00 am on Saturday November 3. The ticket hotline number is 08700 12 16 23. Tickets will be restricted to one per SSC member.

If I wasn’t a member of the Scotland Supporters Club I would be well p***ed off.

Depressed at Scotland’s defeat in Georgia

Posted in Euro 2008 on October 18, 2007 by Tartan Army Soldier

I am almost speachless. How on Earth did Scotland manage to play so rubbish? Maybe we missed out on a desrved penalty, which may have turned the games, but in all painful honesty I think the best team won.

The evening started oh so well – England lost 🙂 And with recent Scottish victories, it would have been a fool who would have bet against Scotland. Spirits were high and the bar, packed as ever for a Scotland game, was rampant with expectation. Then the players took the field in that maroon disaster of a strip. And they played similarly.

It pains me to write any more. From what I understand the only other team capable of losing to Georgia has been the Faroes. Scotland should have taken all 3 points, but didn’t. 😦 We were, and are, well pissed off!

Rob Roy Bar for Georgia v Scotland

Posted in Euro 2008 on October 15, 2007 by Tartan Army Soldier

We’re off to the Rob Roy bar this Wednesday to watch the Georgia v Scotland game. We had some discussion about the choice of venue this time. We considered the Sports Cafe. However, after seconds of consideration we ruled that out, because we reckon it’s pish. We also thought about going to the new Scottish pub in Brixton, Hootananny. However our sources – other Tartan Army footsoldiers – reckon, from experience on Saturday, that the Rob Roy is still the place to go. So that’s where we’ll be.

With a six o’clock kick-off, the 6 of us will be taking a half-day or finishing work early. Drinking starts 5.00-5.30. Best national team in Britain take the pitch 30 minutes later. If you’re in London, we hope to see you there.

James McFadden and Co. do Scotland proud – Scotland 3-1 Ukraine

Posted in Euro 2008 on October 14, 2007 by Tartan Army Soldier

What a match! What a superb result! McLeish’s Scotland team (Fadd’s Army) gave us another victorious display, showing just why Scotland are sitting on top of Euro 2008 Group B. They were outstanding, again.

We were in the North Stand (where else?). Settling in, after Flower of Scotland, we were looking forward to a good match. And we didn’t have long to wait. Kenny Miller headed the ball from a McFadden free kick into the net putting Scotland into the lead after only 3 minutes. Outstanding! Then Lee McCulloch converted another McFadden ball 7 minutes later, shooting into the net from 16 yards. Even better.

Unfortunately, the next goal was not Scotland’s. Seeing a momentary chink in Scotland defence, Ukraine’s Andriy Shevchenko blasted the ball into Scotland’s goal. 2-1. Ukraine were back in with a chance. We were aghast!

Despite a heated end to the first half, and some dubious refereeing decisions, Scotland’s efforts didn’t seem to wain. They powered on. Then, deservedly Scotland scored their third. Provider of the first two goals, James McFadden, put paid to Ukraine’s chances in the 67th minute. Collecting a Hutton cross, McFadden drilled the ball past Ukraine’s keeper, Shovkovskiy, to give Scotland a 2 goal lead. And we went mental! 3-1 to Scotland, and that was how it ended.

Then, celebratory beers at Buddha. Brilliant.

Next stop Hampden, Scotland v Ukraine

Posted in Euro 2008, Tartan Army on October 12, 2007 by Tartan Army Soldier

Here we go, another Scotland game and nearing the climax of Euro 2008 qualification.

Am off to Glasgow in a couple of hours with one of my brothers. Then, tomorrow, it’s off to Langside to meet up with everyone else, collect the tickets, grab a beer or two and then make our way to Hampden.

It’s going to be a Hell of a game! With the French and Italians nipping at our feet we have no room for complacency. Plus, Ukraine may still be able to qualify, if they win all their matches, so they are going to be playing with a passion. But, we came up trumps in Paris, so we know that as long as our defence do their job in typical (superb) fashion and we keep pushing up the front Scotland can come out ahead once again. Cannae wait!

Afterwards, we party. 🙂