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Scotland World Cup ambitions end

Posted in World Cup 2010 with tags on September 10, 2009 by Tartan Army Soldier

It happened again. Scotland are out of the World Cup.

We made our way to The Three Kings in West Kensington. The pub was absolutely heaving with fellow Scots looking to see our team secure a chance of qualification. And we all know how it ended – typically!

Scotland played their socks off. The scoreline didn’t do them justice, but it was too little too late. Had the y payed that well against Norway at Hampden, or even in Oslo, we’d have had at least a couple more points. But no, again it was a last match scramble that went the wrong way.

Brown and McFadden keep Scotland’s World Cup hopes alive

Posted in World Cup 2010 with tags , on September 5, 2009 by Tartan Army Soldier

Scott Brown celebrates

Scotland celebrate taking the lead against Macedonia

Scott Brown and James McFadden have helped keep Scotland’s World Cup qualification hopes alive. With two second half goals they have kept Scotland in sight of next year’s World Cup finals.

By a strange twist of fate I watched the match in a pub in Knebworth. There was some other nonsense on TV elsewhere in the pub, but it seemed that football was being given precedence over anything else and, as it should be, that meant the Scotland game was being shown on the big screen.

I was the only Scot there, but it seems a few local Englanders were also interested. It turned out they had bet money on the outcome. Most had bet on  a draw. Normally that would annoy me but after Norway’s first win in the competition I can’t say I blame them for doubting a Scottish win. A few others had more faith in the home team. Anyhoo, to cut a long story short, I am happy to say those betting against recent form ended the day richer.

Next match, am off to Rob Roy’s in Paddington. Another 2-0 result will do just fine:)