S11E64 Euro 92 Throwback 3: The Home Nations – England and Scotland

Posted on by K Kujawa

We’re onto the penultimate episode of our Euro ’92 throwback series, and it’s onto the fortunes of the two home nations England and Scotland. In this episode, John Bleasdale talks to England striker Alan Smith, and leading Scottish Sports Writer Hugh MacDonald.

Alan talks about England’s tight qualifying group where they sneaked through ahead of Republic of Ireland by one point, and his part in the campaign with the winning goal against Turkey at Wembley. He then goes into detail about why this England side didn’t have the same expectation of winning the tournament, with injuries in certain areas playing a part, before analysing their sub-standard performances in Sweden, culminating in a 2-1 loss to the hosts that sent them home. Alan goes into detail about that substitution where he replaced Gary Lineker and how he felt at replacing a man he was expecting to partner, and also how the stick for manager Graham Taylor was over the top. It was a tournament to forget for England, added by the riots of a section of their fans, but for Alan it was still an honour to represent his country at a major tournament having missed out on Italia ’90.

Scotland were making their debut appearance at the European Championships, which was remarkable given they’d qualified for the previous five World Cup Finals. Hugh talks about the journey that took Scotland to Sweden, the team spirit forged amongst the group, spirited performances against the European and World Champions Netherlands and Germany, and rounding off the campaign with a resounding 3-0 victory over CIS. There might be a few plugs to John’s upcoming book thrown in along the way…

Music – “The Sesh” by PG Ciarletta (@PGCiarletta)
Intro – Paul Mitchell (@pwmcomms)

This podcast is sponsored by Supernova Terracewear, who are giving listeners of this podcast 10% off their next order. Visit www.supernovaterracewear.com and enter EURO92 in the discount code option when you checkout. We thank Supernova Terracewear for their continued support of the podcast.

Remember you can get free shipping and 20% off any product at uk.manscaped.com with the code SFF20. #ad

Thanks also to our other Fantasy Football Scotland prize sponsors: Surprise Shirts and Mind, Body and Sole UK.

Tweet us @sffpodcast
Instagram – sffpodcast
Facebook – Scottish Football Forums
Email – scottishfootballforumspodcast@gmail.com