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Scotland draw 2 – 2 with England

Posted in World Cup 2018 with tags , on June 20, 2017 by Tartan Army Soldier

Harry Kane was the toast of England, as he crushed Scotland’s World Cup hopes with an injury time equaliser.

An entertaining match seemed to be ending well for Scotland. England had opened the scoring with a strike from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 70th minute. However, Scotland sucessfully converted two free kicks in the 87th and 90th minutes. Leigh Griffiths scored first. Then, three minutes later, Griffiths repeated his efforts with what most of us expected was the match-wining goal. Sadly it wasn’t.

Three minutes of overtime were to be pivotal. An England free kick was deflected by Scotland keeper, Gordon. However the ball ended up in English possession, was crossed to Kane, who volleyed it from the six yard box into the Scottish goal.  We all watched, crushed. Nobody Scottish will be running out to book a holiday to Russia next year, short of a miracle. 😦

Scotland v England tickets go on sale to public

Posted in World Cup 2018 with tags , on May 9, 2017 by Tartan Army Soldier

Tickets for the Scotland v England World Cup qualifier got on sale to the public today.

The SFA have revealed that a limited number of tickets will be made available to the public for Saturday’s clash with the Auld Enemy. A statement by the SFA said ” “A limited number of tickets will go on sale tomorrow at noon to the general public for the Scotland v England match on Saturday 10 June, kick-off 5pm”. After sales tot the Scotland Supporters Club, the North and West stands have sold-out, leaving seats available in the William Hill and East stands. Prices are £45 and £60 respectively.

Tartan Army to be asked not to gather in Trafalgar Square

Posted in Tartan Army, Tartan Army Abroad, World Cup 2018 with tags , on September 28, 2016 by Tartan Army Soldier

The English FA will be asking Scotland fans not to congregate in Trafalgar Square on the day of the England v Scotland World Cup qualifier. However, they do have a good reason.

Typically, the Tartan Army would be expected to take meet en mass in Trafalgar Square. As much as the authorities would complain, it would be a fun and harmless affair. However, a clash with Remembrance Day commemorations means that the square will be unavailable to gathering fans.

The Royal British Legion has asked that football fans do not meet or celebrate in the square. However, like other members of the public, Scotland fans will be welcome to attend remembrance events and pay their respects to the war dead.

No doubt the Tartan Army will be able to make alternative plans. And every Scotland fan is an ambassador for Scotland, so we expect no trouble.

More info in The Scotsman.

Scotland drawn against England for World Cup 2018 qualifiers

Posted in World Cup 2018 with tags , on August 5, 2015 by Tartan Army Soldier

FIFA recently carried out the draw for the qualification stages of World Cup 2018. For UEFA teams that meant being drawn in one of nine groups of five or six teams. Scotland have ended up in Group F, which includes Slovenia, Malta, Lithuania, and Slovakia. More significantly, it also includes and the Auld Enemy, England.

This makes for an exciting qualification. Recent Scotland results in the Euro qualifiers suggest that they are on the rise, and that qualification may be within our grasp. So, with that in mind, I’m hoping for a long overdue qualification to the World Cup finals in 2018. And a good (crushing?) result against England on the way would be the perfect way to get there.

Scotland to face England at Celtic Park

Posted in England, Friendlies with tags , on July 16, 2014 by Tartan Army Soldier

The SFA have announced that Scotland will be hosting a friendly against the Auld Enemy later this year. The match will take place at Celtic Park and is scheduled for 18 November.

For many of us this will be seen as an opportunity to avenge the 3 – 2 defeat suffered at Wembley in August last year. Considering recent form of both teams, Scotland has every chance of getting a winning result. Tickets will be available as part of a six-game home package, for Scotland Supporters Club members only, and will be on sale from 12pm on Wednesday 16st July.

England v Scotland ends with 3 – 2 victory to England

Posted in Friendlies with tags , on August 17, 2013 by Tartan Army Soldier

It was a breathtaking 90 minutes. I’m absolutely gutted, but inspired by a great Scotland effort. Twice Scotland were ahead! But twice England equalised. Then, a third, and finally, a goal by England to sink our hopes for the evening.

We were in York. Scottish pubs seem to be non-existent there, so we headed to O’Neil’s with its bank if TV screens. Not surprisingly we were outnumbered. However, the atmosphere was one of good-spirited rivalry.

Scotland were on great form. From the start it seemed that Gordon Strachan continues to have a positive influence on the attitude and performance of the squad. So much so that it didn’t come as a huge shock when James Morrison put us 1-up against the English. A truly deserved goal! That would have been enough – a repeat of the 1999 result. But there was more to come.

There were four more goals. Sadly three of these were for England, and we came away second-best. Kenny Miller’s goal kept hopes of a victory alive, but sadly it wasn’t enough.

In summary I’d say it was a positive, respectable performance by Strachan’s Scotland. My be we didn’t win, but the team seem to moving in the right direction. Perhaps we can have a rematch next year, this time at Hampden. Let’s hope so.

Strachan names squad for England v Scotland match

Posted in England, Friendlies, Gordon Strachan with tags , on July 25, 2013 by Tartan Army Soldier

Gordon Strachan has named his squad for next month’s friendly against England.

There have been some notable changes.

Celtic trio Scott Brown, Charlie Mulgrew and James Forrest are back in the team as is striker Kenny Miller.

Brighton and Hove Albion pair Gordon Greer and Liam Bridcutt also return.

The full 29-man squad is:

Matt Gilks (Blackpool)
David Marshall (Cardiff City)
Allan McGregor (Hull City)

Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion)
Steven Hammell (Motherwell)
Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers)
Alan Hutton (Aston Villa)
Russell Martin (Norwich City)
Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic)
Andy Webster (Unattached)
Steven Whittaker (Norwich City)

Charlie Adam (Stoke City)
Barry Bannan (Aston Villa)
George Boyd (Hull City)
Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion)
Chris Burke (Birmingham City)
Scott Brown (Celtic)
Craig Conway (Cardiff City)
Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion)
James Forrest (Celtic)
Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United)
James McArthur (Wigan Athletic)
James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion)
Steven Naismith (Everton)
Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City)

Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic)
Kenny Miller (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers)