Archive for September, 2008

Scotland v Argentina – Scheduled for November?

Posted in Friendlies with tags , on September 30, 2008 by Tartan Army Soldier

The SFA have, again, declared that Scotland will be facing Argentina later this year. Currently the match is planned to go ahead at hampden on 19 November, later this year. Tickets are priced a £30, which is a good bit cheaper than the £50 the SFA were previoulsy suggesting to charge for such an event.

SFA Report Scotland 9-1 victory in Macedonia

Posted in Scotland Squad, Tartan Army Abroad, Uncategorized, World Cup 2010 with tags , , on September 20, 2008 by Tartan Army Soldier

The SFA have reported on the recent Macedonia v Scotland match. It turns out that, rather than losing 1-0, Scotland actually romped home to a 9-1 victory.

Scotland win 9-1 in Macedonia

Scotland win 9-1 in Macedonia

Iceland 1-2 Scotland – Scotland back on form?

Posted in Tartan Army, World Cup 2010 with tags , , , on September 11, 2008 by Tartan Army Soldier

Result! A victory in Iceland:) Three points in the bag, and hopefully Scotland are back on the path to glory.

Another trip to the Famous 3 Kings in West Kensington. The place was mobbed! Irish, Germans, Finns, some Icelanders, a few of our friends from Croatia and one or two English. There was plenty going on, but we were obviosly focused on the Scotland game. OK, we were listening out a bit to the next room for Croat goals 😉

The Scotland start seemed a bit shakey. They had little rhythm and, although there didn’t seem any major danger of a Iceland goal, Scotland weren’t exactly in charge of the game. Then Kirk Broadfoot decided to put Scotland in charge, heading the ball firmly into the net. We were ahead!! The pub went mental!! Burley’s men then seemed to step up a gear, ensuring a 1-0 half-time lead.

The second half started and we were all on a high. Scotland continues to dominate and we were all fairly confident we were fgoing to hang on to the lead. Then, with justover 10 minutes gone in the second half Sigurdsson fouled McFadden to give Scotland a penalty. Nice:-) After a gut-wrenching moment when Sturluson saved the lacklustre effort Mcfadden made up for his mistake by pouncing on the rebound to put Scotland 2 goals ahead. Fantasitc!

Then another penalty. Unfortunately this one was for Iceland. Scotland captain, Stephen McManus, handled the ball in the penalty box, earning himself a red card, and a penalty for Iceland, which they easily converted. Iceland were back in the game.

Quarter an hour to go. The tension was immense. Could we hold on to the end? Luckily we did. Helguson came close to equalising, but his shot rebounded off Caldwell, giving Geroge Burley his first victory as Scotland manager.

Scotland are now placed second equal in World Cup Group 9 – a welcome improvement.

Macedonia 1-0 Scotland – Nightmare in Skopje

Posted in George Burley, Scotland Coach, Tartan Army, Tartan Army Abroad, World Cup 2010 with tags , , , , on September 8, 2008 by Tartan Army Soldier

What a nightmare! 1 game into the new World Cup championship and it isn’t looking too pretty. A 1-0 defeat at the hands of the not-so-mighty Macedonia puts Scotland at the wrong end of Group 9.

We had travelled far for this match. 2 of us flew to London, met 3 more in London, flown to Sofia and taken a taxi to Skopje – no mean feat. Although we had no tickets, we were looking forward to a good game, and a respectable result. And we would enjoy it with the 3000-strong Tartan Army.

Having found out where to buy tickets we readied ourselves for the game. The traditional march to the stadium was along the banks of the River Vardar – a reliably good-natured affair. Scotland and Macedianian fans joined each other in singing and friendly banter. Spirits were high as we approached the gates.

Then, tragedy. We were not allowed to enter the stadium. Everyone had reached the gates and was expecting to get in to see the match. The Skopje police had other ideas. Turned out in full riot gear, they didn’t want any of us inside, and they were ready for a battle should anyone have a problem with that! Polite words fail me.

Obviously there was pure no violence. We had been shafted, but there are better ways of dealing with this kind of problem. In the meantime we settled down to watch the game in one of the stadium-side bars. A TV screen and beers would have to suffice.

The match kicked off, and a second distaster. Macedonia opened the scoring in under 5 minutes. Macedoni’s Goran Maznov won a free kick when he fell (???) on the edge of the penalty area. Despite Scotland goalkeeper, Craig Gordon, brilliantly deflecting Sedloski’s effort the ball struck the post only for Naumoski to drill it into the net. Absolutely gutting!

Scotland tried to equalise. However their efforts were lacklustre. The 35oC heat probably wasn’t helping. Barry Robson’s 20th minute corner was squandered, then 10 minutes laterMcfaden hesitated at the edge of the box missing what could have been a great opportunity. The first half ended 1-0.

The second half was slightly better, but only because Macedonia didn’t score. We should have been awarded a penalty when Milosevski seemed to foul McFadden in the box. Unfortunately, the referee didn’t agree. And to be honest, we were pretty dire. Whetherit was the monster heat or lack of passion we didn’t seem likely to equalise. And the reast is history.

We returned to the city centre dejected, thoughts turning to Wednesday’s forthcoming clash with Iceland. And many beers were downed, sadly not in celebration.