With Scotland’s UEFA Nations League campaign away to a winning start, now is a good time to reflect on matches down the years. James Grapsas, a Scotland enthusiast based in Australia, recently published a book on point: A Modern History of Scotland International Football Matches. Craig Brown wrote the book’s foreword. The book is an eBook with the potential to publish an updated version in print form in the foreseeable future.
The book was published shortly before the Belgium friendly at Hampden. It covers Scotland’s football history from mid-1987 to mid-2018, spanning 268 internationals, including the May 2002 game against a Hong Kong League XI and the interrupted match against Spain in November of that year. The book includes profiles of numerous leading internationals over the last 30-odd years: Paul McStay, Ally McCoist, Andy Goram, Gary McAllister, Colin Hendry, Barry Ferguson, Christian Dailly, Darren Fletcher, James McFadden, Scott Brown, and many more. Scotland managers in the period are also profiled. For the statistically-minded, the book also features an array of tables and lists of statistics and records.
A Modern History of Scotland International Football Matches is recommended reading for football followers, particularly those eager to see Scotland return to the international tournament stage after a 20-year hiatus.