Category Archives: International

Why Strachan and the SFA were right to end their partnership
By J Bleasdale |

BRUSSELS, October 2012. Scotland are limping to a 2-0 defeat in Belgium in the final game of the despairing Craig Levein reign when the Tartan Army unfurl a banner entitled “Strachan: Save Our Scotland!” They got their wish in January 2013 when the SFA appointed the former Celtic, Coventry, Southampton and Middlesbrough Manager as Levein’s [Read more]

The Tenth post-Mortem into another failed campaign
By J Bleasdale |

ON last weeks Scottish Football Forums podcast, I predicted that one of the likely scenarios from Scotland’s remaining two World Cup Qualifying matches was that we’d beat Slovakia to give ourselves a chance of the playoffs – then blow it by failing to beat Slovenia. Unfortunately, my prediction was spot on! This isn’t something I [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: The last time we qualified for the World Cup
By J Bleasdale |

TONIGHT, Scotland face Slovakia in a must-win match to keep alive their playoff ambitions for a second bite at World Cup Qualification – and bring to an end a twenty year wait to play in a major international tournament. In a campaign that began disastrously, with just four points from the first four matches, Gordon [Read more]

Football Aid 2018 – England vs SCOTLAND International Fixture
By C Adey |

How would you like to ‘Live The Dream’ by taking part in a truly memorable 90 minute match and represent Scotland in the oldest international fixture in world football? Well now’s your chance as Football Aid – www.footballaid.com – are offering Tartan Army fans the unique opportunity to play for Scotland in an epic Auld [Read more]

Will the Scotland turnaround be complete or is it another false dawn?
By J Bleasdale |

TWELVE months ago, it looked like the Road to Russia was shut on Scotland. Two appalling results, a lucky home draw with Lithuania and a resounding 3-0 thumping in Slovakia, put the Scots World Cup Qualifying campaign in serious jeopardy and looked as though was going to push Manager Gordon Strachan out of a job. [Read more]

Throwback Thursday – Scotland v Lithuania 2007
By J Bleasdale |

SCOTLAND go into Fridays match with Lithuania knowing that their World Cup hopes hangs firmly in the balance. A diabolical start to the campaign, including a very fortunate draw between the two at Hampden, means that Gordon Strachan’s men are playing catchup in the group as they aim to get in the playoff position in [Read more]

Scotland v England review
By J Bleasdale |

THERE are many words that could sum up the drama that unfolded at Hampden on Saturday. At the start, there was excitement as kick off approached in this Auld Enemy World Cup qualifier. Frustration at an inept first half performance where Scotland were fortunate to still be level. Hope when Leigh Griffiths’ first free kick [Read more]

Strachan’s Softies sent home the think again as the Road to Russia gets set to close
By J Bleasdale |

THIS TIME – that was the battlecry from the SFA’s marketing department to promote the World Cup Qualifying campaign, a bid to end two decades of waiting since our last major tournament appearance. Well, “this time” is heading swiftly towards the same as every other time we’ve attempted to qualify for a major finals since [Read more]

England v Scotland – Wembley Woes or Winners?
By J Bleasdale |

WHEN the World Cup Qualifying draw in St Petersburg last year threw together the Auld Enemy, the cheers could be heard loud and clear from Thurso to Gretna as Scotland fans got the game they wanted – their fiercest rivals in a competitive double header that could lead to the Worlds greatest sporting event. Over [Read more]

Throwback Thursday – Scotland v Lithuania
By J Bleasdale |

TWO days to go before Scotland’s second World Cup Qualifier against Lithuania at Hampden, where Gordon Strachan’s side will be aiming for a morale boosting win ahead of the trip to Slovakia next Tuesday. Although this is the first World Cup clash between the sides, there have been four previous Hampden clashes between the sides [Read more]