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Scottish Influence in Danish Football.

The Scandinavian country of Denmark are a fast, footballing team, who will go into their World Cup Finals matches high on confidence. The history of football being developed in the Northern Europe nation points towards the presence of Scottish individuals and football clubs.

The Scottish influence of Denmark reveals a James Young Smart, born in Dundee on 18 March 1862, the son of a jute mill manager, and former player of Strathmore FC-founded in 1877, left his native Scotland to play football as he was the top scorer in Denmark’s first league tournament in 1889-90, with 12 goals for KB who finished second behind Akademisk.
Whilst Smart’s presence and flare was important, the country would accelerate the introduction of Association football after a visit from Queen’s Park.
Queen’s Park were invited to a Festival for the purpose of popularising and improving football in Denmark; where already there were quite a number of good clubs.
The men in the black and white hoops were the first club to visit Denmark in 1898; making it the first recorded time a Scottish club visited continental Europe. The Spiders were invited to give an exhibition of football with a Danish select team at the International Festival of Sports and Gymnastics (Den Internationale Gymnastik- og Idrætsfest). Their short passing game made a big impression on local enthusiasts, leading to football taking off in the country.
Indeed, Scotland international David Mitchell, who had also captained Rangers, was commissioned to coach the Danish FA team (DBU) when Queen’s Park returned to Copenhagen in 1900. Queen’s Park’s early visits to Denmark seemed to have helped to affirm the perceived positive contributions of amateurism by strengthening Denmark’s incongruous relationship with British professional football.
As well as the regular visits of Queen’s Park, Hearts would visit Denmark in 1912 and Rangers would also tour to Denmark one year later.

Above: A cartoon in the Scottish press of Queen’s Park’s tour to Denmark.

Above: Queen’s Park Squad photo in Denmark 1898.

Scottish Influence in Argentina and Iceland

Two other nations, Argentina and Iceland, will kick-start their World Cup journey today in Russia. Similar to other nations, history reveals that in both of these countries, when football was being introduced, it was, once again, Scottish participation that was deemed influential.

The decedents of a Mr. James Brown, one of the original Scottish settlers to Argentina in 1824, would have a significant impact on football in the country. Seven brothers and a cousin, all grandchildren of James Brown, would play for Argentinean clubs. Six of them would also play for the Argentinian national team. The most famous was Jorge Gibson Brown who captained Argentina from 1908 to 1913. A subsequent descendant of the Brown dynasty was Jose Luis Brown who scored one of the goals as Argentina won the World Cup in 1986.

Above: Jose Luis Brown

Another Scot, Alexander Watson Hutton, dubbed ‘the father of Argentine football’, introduced football at the St Andrews Scotch School in Buenos Aires in 1882. Two years later he established the Buenos Aires English High School and a former pupil’s team was founded in 1898; which became known as the Alumni Athletic Club. Alumni would win 10 out of 12 Argentine League titles between 1900 and 1911. After serving as a successful administrator and referee, Hutton re-established the Argentine Association Football League in 1893, becoming its President.
In addition, in 1891, an Alec Lamont, a head teacher from St Andrews, set up the Argentine Association Football League, the earliest known league out-with the United Kingdom. Five teams originally took part with two teams called St Andrews and old Caledonians vying for the title on 13 points apiece. A play-off was ordered and St Andrews won the match 3-1. The league stopped after just one season but was restarted by Scottish School master Alexander Watson Hutton in 1893.

 Above: Alexander Watson Hutton

As international football matches were established between Argentina and Uruguay, Glasgow tea magnate, Thomas Lipton, donated the Copa Lipton trophy in 1905 for competition between both nations. The trophy was contested between the countries 29 times between 1905 and 1992. Watson Hutton’s son, Arnold Hutton, starred for Alumni and scored in Argentina’s 2-0 Copa Lipton win over Uruguay in 1906.
More so, 1901, two Scot’s, William Leslie and his brother George, whose family originally came from Glasgow, lined up for Argentina in an unofficial match against Uruguay in Montevideo. The brothers helped the Argentina side win 3-2 and the following year, Willie was picked to play in the first official international match between both nations- with Argentina winning 6-0. The two brothers were also associated with the Lomas Athletic Club in Argentina- which won the first official league title of 1893. They also played in ‘ex-pat’ matches which involved teams representing Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland. Similar to Hutton, Willie later became a referee and, in 1907, was elected Vice President of the Argentine FA.

In terms of the Scottish influence in Iceland, the year 1895 seen the owner of the Isafold printing company in Raykjavik writing to the Scottish Typographical Association asking for a qualified printer and demanding that the chosen candidate ‘must be a strict temperance man’. The person chosen for the post was a Mr. James Ferguson, a skilled printer and keen athlete from Glasgow. On arriving in Reykjavik, Ferguson soon became involved in sports and introduced local enthusiasts to gymnastics and football. He founded the Reykjavik Gymnastic Club; also organising and encouraging football activity. The game swiftly took root and, in 1899, Iceland’s first football club Fotbaltafelag Reykjavikur was formed.


Scottish Influence Implementing Football in Australia and France

France and Australia kick off their Russia 2018 World Cup campaign today. An interesting coincidence is that the football structure in both countries was constructed with the help of Scottish immigrants.

Indeed, Scottish immigrants had an influential role in promoting football in Australia during the 1880’s. The Scots were particularly prominent in the establishment of the Anglo-Queenland Football Association at Brisbane in 1884. Early teams within this Association included clubs with Scottish names- such as St Andrews FC, Rangers FC and Queens Park FC. An addition, an early football club in Sydney was called Caledonians. In New South Wales, Minmi Rangers were founded by Scots, during the year of 1884, and would dominate the early years of the Newcastle and District League. They would be the most successful club in the competition in the 1880s and 1890s, winning the premierships of 1887, 1888, 1889, 1891, 1892 and 1893. At the time, the Gardiner Cup was, from 1885 to 1928, the biggest prize in New South Wales football. Minmi 3-0 triumphed in the final against Sydney namesakes, Pyrmont Rangers. Another club called Balgownie Rangers, who are Australia’s oldest existing Association football club at 135 years old, was founded in 1883 by Peter Hunter, a miner who had played junior football back in Scotland.






Above: Peter Hunter

This was also the case for Australia’s opponents today, France. Scottish residents in Paris helped advance the Association game during the late nineteenth century. Gordon F.C., dating from 1891, was essentially a French club with Scottish heritage while, in the same year, two founding members of White Rovers FC were Scots by name of McBain and McQueen. More so,  Frenchman Charles Bernat, who helped to establish Club Francais in 1892, had played football during his time studying at St Joseph’s College in Dumfries.
Very interestingly, it was a whisky magnate Scot called Thomas Dewar who donated the Coupe de Sheriff in 1899 as a competition open to all clubs. More so, Scottish clubs would tour the country such as Rangers (the Scottish club) who visited France on tour in 1923, while Scottish coaches made the journey to coach football. An example being Scottish manager Billy Aitken who coached a number of French clubs during the 1930’s.

Scottish Influence on Russian Football

Did you know that the formation of  Russia’s football was aided by Scots?

Yes, it’s true. St Petersburg had a thriving football community by the 1890’s which included a club called the ‘Scottish Circle of Amateurs’. A team of Scots from the Sampson Weaving Mill formed Nevka FC, named after a local river, and won the inaugural St Petersburg League Championship in 1901. Arthur MacPherson, would play an influential role. A Russian/Scot born in St Petersburg in 1870 after his grandfather Murdoch MacPherson emigrated from Perth in the late 1830s. A timber merchant to trade,  he twice became chairman of the St Petersburg Football League and would also become the first President of the Russian Football Union when that body was established in 1912.

MacPherson, a keen rower, also led the All-Russian Union of lawn tennis clubs from 1908 until the revolution and organised the first international tennis tournament in Russia. In 1911 he was elected a member of the Russian Olympic Committee.

It was alleged that MacPherson was arrested by the Bolsheviks following the October Revolution in 1917 and imprisoned; reporting he had been shot for serving British interests but he had been taken from St Petersburg to a Moscow jail for several months, where he contracted typhoid. His body is buried in the Smolensk Lutheran Cemetery in St Petersburg in a humble plot for a Scottish and Russian sporting giant.

Above: Arthur MacPherson

In addition, in 1910, another Scot from Montrose called John S Urquhart organised and encouraged football at Reval (Tallin) in Estonia and would later promote the game in the Russian city of Smolensk.


Ibrox 1945: When Rangers tackled the might of Moscow Dynamo

This article was constructed and written by two of our Museum staff members: Graeme Ross and David Sands.

It was the most keenly anticipated match in Scotland since the outbreak of World War Two. The crack Russian side Moscow Dynamo, with their revolutionary passing and movement game, which became known as Passvotchka, against the might and power of Rangers.

At a distance of 72 years, with wall to wall European matches on television almost 24/7, it is difficult to appreciate the interest engendered by Moscow Dynamo’s British tour in November 1945. The Second World War had recently ended and although the west and east stood on the cusp of the Cold War, there was still a fair amount of affection amongst the British public for our war-time allies.

For Scottish football fans used to so much thin gruel during the war years this was a sumptuous feast, too attractive to miss. Consequently, 90,000 fans turned up at Ibrox on 28th of November for the last match in the Russians’ four-match schedule.

The tourists were undefeated so far, having drawn 3-3 with Chelsea, thumped Cardiff 10-1, and defeated Arsenal 4-3 in a farce of a match played in thick fog. As much for propaganda purposes than anything else, they were determined that this state of affairs should continue. For Rangers’ part, they were tasked with saving the reputation of British football.

The Russian party had arrived in Glasgow on the Monday before the match, and almost immediately became embroiled in an argument over Jimmy Caskie, who Rangers hoped to sign from Everton.

Dynamo were still bristling over Arsenal’s use of six guest players including the two Stans, Mortensen and Matthews, and insisted that a list of 18 players be submitted, from which Rangers’ side would be chosen. Caskie’s name wasn’t on the list, and the Russians, fearing a repeat of the Arsenal fiasco refused permission for him to play. The row threatened to cancel the match, until Rangers backed down. Scottish revenge was swift and ruthless, however.







Dynamo Moscow train at Ibrox.

The Russian party spent the Tuesday evening at the La Scala cinema watching a Donald Duck and Sonja Henie double header, and in our own propaganda move, this was preceded by a cruise down the Clyde where, just by chance, views were afforded of the might of British sea power in the form of 45,000 ton battleship Vanguard.

The morning of the match saw a repeat of the fog that had bedevilled the Arsenal match, but it lifted in time for the kick off and fans were queuing three hours before kick-off. The black market in tickets saw stand briefs with a face value of 21 shillings sell for as much as £10, and by kick off time 90,000 fans were inside Ibrox.

Nine-year-old David Sands had ensconced himself at the trackside wall adjacent to the players’ tunnel for the best view of the players as they entered the field. He shouldn’t have been at the match of course, it was a school day, but his wise and understanding parents decided that their son would benefit from a different kind of education for one day only.

Seventy years later, David recalls the excitement and the mixture of emotions around the match. “My father had secured two tickets, but my excitement was tempered by the concern that the game was being played on a Wednesday afternoon when I should have been at school. For the one and only time however, my parents decided the game was a historical occasion and as such, also educational, seeing real Russians and all that. The only time you saw football on film was on Pathe News at the pictures. Of course, seeing Dynamo’s first three games, although very little of the Arsenal match was seen due to fog, heightened the expectation of seeing them play Rangers.







The teams shake hands before kick-off.

“I was desperate to boast to my schoolmates but was sworn to silence about the reason for my absence from school. A great debate amongst youngsters was the shorts worn by Dynamo featuring the distinctive white band around the thighs, one of the popular theories being it allowed them to find a teammate with a pass without having to look up at their jersey.”

The first surprise of the day – the crowd were treated to an elaborate warm up routine by the Russians, was quickly followed by Rangers’ choice of strip. With Dynamo wearing dark blue jerseys, Rangers donned Queens Park style thin blue and white hoops. The Dynamo side included famous goalkeeper ‘Tiger’ Khomich, the wonderfully named winger Archangelski, and Konstantin Beskov who, as Dynamo manager would cross swords with Rangers in the 1972 Cup Winners’ Final.

The sniggers from the crowd at the sight of Rangers’ iron-man captain Jock Shaw being presented with a bouquet of flowers had barely died when Dynamo opened the scoring after just two minutes when inside right Kartsev drilled a twenty yard free kick past Jerry Dawson. Almost immediately however, Billy Williamson was felled in the penalty area, but Dynamo’s goalkeeper ‘Tiger’ Khomich saved Willie Waddell’s spot kick, knocking the ball onto the crossbar. Dynamo dominated the rest of the half. Their subtle, speedy and attractive style allied to their interchanging forwards was too much for Rangers. In 24 minutes Dynamo went 2-0 ahead with a goal that encapsulated Passovotchka. Seamlessly turning defence into attack, Dynamo passed their way up field until Kartsev shot low and hard past Dawson. For David Sands, the game was not going to plan.

“For a youngster who saw Rangers as invincible, the game hadn’t followed the script, with the great Jerry Dawson picking the ball out of the net twice, Waddell missing a penalty and ‘Tiger’ Khomich in the Dynamo goal was performing the acrobatics we had heard about.”








Khomich collecting the ball as Waddell chases it down.

Indeed, showman Khomich was distinguishing himself with some spectacular leaps and catches, but giant centre forward Jimmy Smith gave Rangers hope just before half time with a scrambled goal, and suddenly Dynamo didn’t look so comfortable. In the second half Rangers’ more physical approach unsettled the Russians further, and then came one of David Sands most vivid memories of the match.

“During the second half when Rangers were playing with more aggression, we saw something new, the game stopped and both teams made substitutions. After the Dynamo substitution the crowd were bewildered then amused by Torry Gillick running around counting the Dynamo players and pointing out to the referee that no player had left the park and they had twelve players.”

The sharp eyed Gillick may have been aware of allegations this tactic had been adopted in the dense fog against Arsenal, and there was retribution of a kind shortly afterwards, when George Young equalised after a dubious penalty award, given by the referee after consultation with his linesman. Both teams, honour intact, settled for a draw and the Russians quietly slipped out of the country the following day, returning as heroes to their homeland. For David Sands, the seven decades since this famous match have not dulled the impact it made on a generation of young fans.

“Suddenly in kickabouts, every young goalkeeper was rolling about like Tiger Komic, while it was inside forward Bobrov I wanted to play like and Rangers to sign.”

Rangers’ fans would have to wait over forty years for a player from the Soviet Union to sign for them, and it would be over a decade before European competition began in earnest, but for the 90,000 fans afforded a glimpse of this exotic, mysterious team, it was a memorable, unique experience that left them eager for more. The next step in David Sands’ education came the following day when he handed a sealed envelope to his teacher.

“My parents didn’t want to tell a lie, so it was a letter from them explaining that my absence was due to me attending the game. I don’t know if the teacher was a Rangers’ fan, but lucky for me, he understood, and I could tell all my mates where I had been, at last.”

Rangers: Dawson, David Gray and Sgaw, Watkins, Young and Symon, Waddell, Gillick, Smith, Williamson and Johnstone. Sub Duncanson for Smith.

Moscow Dynamo: Khomich, Radikorsky and Stankevich, Blinkov, Semichastny and Oreshkin, Archangelsky, Kartsev, Bescov, Bobrov and S. Soloviev. Sub Dementiev for Bobrov

115 Years of the Hampden Roar.

Yes Hampden Park is 115 years old today!

A million people have marched on the road to Hampden. Families and friends together have enjoyed glorious moments that last a lifetime, heartbreaking last minute goals and visions which, at times, are never easily erased. For generations of football fans, Hampden Park in Glasgow has been the home of Scottish football- a field of dreams shared by the masses. There was a time where Hampden was, quite simply, the biggest and best football stadium in the world. For a large part of the century, the greats of the world game appeared at the Mount Florida ground, amazed by the crowds in the terracing, with such passion and affections for clubs and country.

Hampden is also the oldest International football stadium in the world. Indeed, the origin of the name ‘Hampden’ takes many by surprise. The name comes from a English Parliamentarian Civil War soldier, John Hampden, who fought for the Roundheads in the 17th century. A terrace of houses bestowed the Hampden name which overlooked the 1st site of Hampden Park , down the recreation parks beside the Victoria hospital. The Queen’s Park committee felt the name appropriate and also for their second ground, which would later be renamed ‘Cathkin Park’; the future home of Third Lanark.

The popularity of football and the dominance of Queen’s Park allowed the committee of the Spiders to foresee correctly the success of what a new ground could bring.  In 1903, Queen’s Park bought the land in Mount Florida and built and new fortress. The opening match was on 31st October; a Glasgow derby Queen’s Park v Celtic.  Celtic’s bold bid to claim the win was halted by the passion and a revival of form that would see Queen’s Park run out 1-0 winners at their new home, in a truly spirited match. A taste of the many to follow on the new born turf. After the match the Evening Times gave its critique of the new ground stating:

“It is admittedly a ground for the greatest things, grand in conception and great in area, and only the greatest success can be deemed adequate reward for the enterprise which rendered such an enclosure possible.”

The Scottish Cup final would move in with Queen’s Park in 1904. Out of the 133 Scottish Cup finals, there have been 90 played at Hampden. Wonderful finals have been constested in the tournament, memorable ones that come to mind are Rangers v Dundee in 1964, Motherwell’s triumph over Dundee United in extra-time in 1991, and the underdogs of Gretna taking on the might of Premiership side Hearts to a penalty shootout to narrowly be beaten in 2006.

The Scottish FA too seen the vision of a potential, fantastic stadium which would be fitting to the national team. Scotland would begin to play home matches at Hampden’s new site in 1906. Since then, Scotland have played 246 matches at Hampden- winning 128 of them. Scotland fans have been through every human emotion known to man down Mount Florida way. The strong dominance over England in the early 20th century. The near miss against Czechoslovakia in the play-off for the 1962 World Cup finals. Joe Jordan’s header, against the same nation, to clinch qualification to the 1974 World Cup. Kenny Dalglish ruining Ray Clemence’s afternoon with his winner against England in 1976. Ally’s army seeing off the squad to Argentina in 1978. James McFadden’s countless moments of magic. Leigh Griffith’s spectacular free-kicks into the Auld Enemy’s goal. The so close, yet so far, matches halting progression to a major finals.

Kenny Dalglish scoring against England at Hampden in 1976.

The Scottish League Cup final would join in the party in 1947. Out of the 72 Scottish league Cup finals, 64 have been played at Hampden. Similar to the Scottish Cup, the League Cup has seen the unthinkable happen. Partick Thistle thrashing Celtic 4-1 in 1971, Livingston winning the trophy against Hibs in 2004, St Mirren defeating Hearts in the 2013 final and Ross County winning their first major trophy in 2016 after overcoming Hibs in the final.

In consecutive Saturdays in 1937, Hampden Park established two records which will never be surpassed. On 17th April 1937 the first all ticketed Scotland match attracted an attendance of 149,415- the British record for any match- who witnessed Scotland defeat England by three goals to one. A week later, in the final of the Scottish Cup, a crowd  of 146,433- a European record for a club match- observed Celtic beat Aberdeen 2-1, with an estimated 20,000  supporters locked outside. Indeed, the 1960 European Cup final would see a third record attendance to be broken at Hampden. The 127,621 people who witnessed Los Blancos win their fifth European Cup in a row, against Eintracht Frankfurt, would be the highest attendance in a European Cup final. Ten years later, a sublime European Cup semi-final match between Celtic and Leeds United, where Celtic would win 2-1, seen 136,505 people break the record for the highest attendance for a European Cup  semi-final crowd. Four momentous records in total that will never be broken.

Celtic v Leeds United at Hampden in 1970. 

Hampden has been privileged to host six European finals in total. Famously, in the Bayern Munich victory over Saint Etienne in 1976, the French were adamant that the old square goal-posts of Hampden denied them the trophy (they can now be found within the Museum of Etienne’s ground). One particular final which amazed the Glasgow spectators was the 1960 European Cup final between Real Madrid v Eintracht Frankfurt. Gento, Di Stefano and Puskas helped Madrid destroy Frankfurt 7-3; using such flair and skill never seen before. The fortunate record 127,621  crowd witnessed sheer greatness from start to finish. The greatest game in football history. A game that changed football forever- played right on Hampden’s doorstep.

Football stadia was moderising and the old Hampden evolved, like many other stadiums, in an operation which went underway in the 1990’s. Until then League Cup, Scottish Cup and Scotland games were held in different venues. In 1999, an all seated Hampden Park emerged, bagging a category Four Status from UEFA with its impressive world class facilities, including state of the art dressing rooms,  hospitality suites, the Sports Medicine Centre and the Scottish Football Museum. The 2002 UEFA Champions League final was given to Hampden. A revamped look but simply business as usual. Another great European final where Real Madrid would edge Bayer Leverkusen with a moment of sheer world class. Zinedine Zidane’s impossible volley in front of the east stand will be remembered forever. That the World’s greatest player should score one of the game’s greatest goals for the world’s greatest club at the world’s greatest and oldest international football stadium was pure theatre.

Paul McCartney entertaining the crowd at Hampden in 2010.

The 21st century has brought us new heroes and villains but the spectacular matches and moments have kept coming, not just from footballers; but from music stars, boxers, the Scottish Claymores and the fantastic athletes competing at the track events hosted at Hampden during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The Scottish Cup final continues to shine in the sun, the Scottish League Cup final still knows how to entertain those in the Hampden stands. Scotland may not have reached a major campaign during this new century but, despite this, Hampden has still seen such joy, passion and roar from the Scotland faithful.

James McFadden at Hampden.

There are many critics of Hampden. Though a lot of the criticism aimed at the National Stadium is unjustified. But, time and time again, the crowds and viewers are held enthralled, captured by its magic spell. Hampden Park has occupied a well managed, emotional place at the the heart of the Scottish game. To good days and bad days, to great games and big names, to historical cup success and monumental finals, to false hopes and broken promises. Hampden Park, thank you for entertaining us supporters and exceeding our expectations. Here is to you, Hampden, the most historical stadium in world football.

Hampden Park as an Althetics  arena for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.


Lisbon Lions Team to be Inducted Into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame

The Scottish Football Museum and Scottish Football Hall of Fame Committee can reveal the Celtic team which won the European Cup in 1967 (famously regarded as the Lisbon Lions) is to be inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame at the upcoming dinner on 15th October 2017.

The Celtic side made history after becoming the first British team to win the European Cup back on 25th May, 1967; after beating Inter Milan 2-1, thanks to strikes from Tommy Gemmell and Stevie Chalmers, in the Estadio Nacional, in Lisbon.

The team, managed by the great Jock Stein, is also regarded as possibly the greatest ever British side from football fans across the globe, not for just winning the European Cup, but for orchestrating an incredible fast, attacking style of football which led to Celtic to win every competition they entered.

Indeed, eight out of the eleven men have already been inducted into the Hall of Fame since its beginning in 2004. Though this year marks fifty years since the famous European triumph, with this year’s dinner already paying tribute to the wonderful 1967 football season in Scotland, the committee decided it would only be be fitting to recognise the entire team who helped create one of the most romantic tales in football history.

Left: The victorious Lisbon Lions with the European Cup.

Jim Craig, on behalf of the Lisbon Lions said: “It is very humbling to be honoured in this way and we are delighted to receive this kind of recognition. It has been an emotional year for all the Lions and our families.  There have been so many wonderful tributes organised by Celtic and we have enjoyed so many fantastic moments as we have marked this special 50th anniversary year.”

“We are delighted now to also mark this very special year by entry to the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.”

Football fans from all over the world nominated players, managers and officials whom they thought should be recognised for their contribution to Scottish football. Then a panel of experts from football and the media considered the nominees and had the difficult task of whittling them down for inclusion this year. Further inductees will be announced at the dinner.








The Hall of Fame, situated in the Scottish Football Museum at the National Stadium, Hampden Park honours individuals who have made a significant contribution to Scottish Football.

The inductees are those truly great players, managers and officials who have reached the pinnacle of their profession and have made a significant contribution to Scottish football’s reputation through their skill, spirit and determination.

The last remaining tables for this year’s annual dinner on 15th October can be secured by calling 0141 620 4040 or visiting


New Exhibition. UEFA Women’s EURO 2017

The Museum’s latest exhibition is one that looks back to only last July’s 2017 UEFA Women’s EURO Championships.

In 2016, the Scotland Women’s National Team qualified for a major tournament for the first time in their history. The Squad, coached by Anna Signeul and captained by Gemma Fay, earned a place at the UFEA Women’s Euro 2017 tournament in the Netherlands.The qualifying campaign had taken the team to Iceland, Slovenia, Belarus and Macedonia.

Scotland were drawn in Group D, referred to as the Group of derbies, with England, Portugal and Spain. Scotland would kick off the their campaign against England- only to be beaten 6-0 by the Lionesses. The second match against Portugal would be unfortunate as Scotland came up short in a 2-1 defeat to the Portuguese. Although Erin Cuthbert would make history; becoming the first ever Scotland Women’s goalscorer at a major tournament.

In the final group match against Spain, in order to qualify, with England at that moment beating Portugal 2-1, Scotland would need to at least win 2-0 for any chance of progression to the next round. Despite the England score remaining the same, Caroline Weir’s only goal of the game was not enough and Scotland were out of the campaign.

Though the campaign was incredibly sore for our National Women’s team, qualification for the tournament and participation is one where everyone who was involved in the journey should look back with pride and see a legacy that will last forever.

Our new exhibition recognises this great achievement by Women’s team qualifying for the tournament in Holland- by displaying items from their Euro 2017 campaign.

The Edinburgh Academical Football Club- Celebrating 160 Years.

Some may question as to why a rugby club has its own exhibition in the Scottish Football Museum. Though, once the tale of Edinburgh Academical Football Club (EAFC) is shared, then people see why it is reasonable that the Museum’s latest exhibition on a rugby club is relevant to the game of football.

The Edinburgh Academical Football Club were formed in 1857 by former pupils and those who held close connection to the school. The club is the oldest ‘football club’ by any code in Scotland (160 years old this year). EAFC were formed before the football split as to what determines a football club and a rugby club. The club was initially formed to play football and then, in time, adopted ‘Rugby rules’ which were based on those formulated at ‘Rugby School’. Accies are the second oldest rugby club in the world; behind Trinity College in Dublin, plus the members who helped form the club would also be instrumental in constructing and formatting of the RFU, the SFU and IRFB.

Accies played their first ever match against students from University of Edinburgh on Boxing Day 1857, this is regarded as the first ever rugby match played in Scotland and also the first inter-club match in the world.

Indeed, the very first rugby international match took place at Raeburn Park on 27th March 1871. A Scotland team, made up of eight EAFC players, would play England. Scotland would be victorious in this game-winning by two tries and a goal to England’s single try.

Interestingly, JH Clayton, who represented England in the first ever international match, too has a connection with Accies; for his great, great, great grandson, Jack, currently plays for the Edinburgh side.

More than 120 EAFC players have represented the Scotland Rugby team; more than any other club in Scotland in stat terms, that is one in ten players selected for national duty has played for EAFC.

Richard McBrearty, the Museum Curator, shared “As the oldest surviving Scottish football club of any code, the history of Edinburgh Accies is inextricably linked to the origins of modern football. It is exciting for us to host an exhibition celebrating the 160th anniversary of this significant club.”

Commenting on the new exhibition in the Scottish Football Museum, EAFC President, Frank Spratt, said: “We are delighted to be given a place in the National Football Museum in our 160th season. We are deeply proud of our shared football heritage, as well as our own place in rugby history. The exhibition is a fitting tribute to our Club, as well as showcasing some important artefacts that will contribute greatly to the success of the MoIR.”


All the Scottish Internationalists that Have Played for Each English Premier League Club.

The English Premier League makes its anticipated return this evening. Scotland supporters, as well as Gordon Strachan and co, will be keeping a close eye on the Anglo-Scots when playing for their football clubs.

Very recently there has been one particular inquiry from members of the football public; wondering how many Scotland Internationalists have played for the each English Premier League club.

After considerable research, the following reveals the up to date figures of:

-The number of Scottish International players who have who have played for these English clubs.

-The period of time when the players represented Scotland while at these clubs.

-How many caps they won and goals scored for Scotland while playing for each club.

-The total of Scotland appearances and goals contributed from each of these club.

Arsenal FC

1. Charlie Nicholas, 1983-1987, 13 caps, 3 goals.

2. Alex Forbes, 1950- 1952, 9 caps.

3. George Graham, 1971-1971, 8 caps, 1 goal.

4. Archie MacAuley, 1947-1948, 6 caps.

5. Frank, McLintock, 1964-1971, 6 caps.

6.  Alex James, 1929-1932, 4 caps, 1 goal.

7. David Herd, 1958-1961, 5 caps, 3 goals.

8. Tom Fitchie, 1905-1906, 3 caps, 1 goal.

9. James Sharp, 1907-1908, 3 caps.

10. Tommy Docherty, 1958-1959, 3 caps.

11. John Ure, 1963-1967, 3 caps.

12. Willie Harper, 1926, 2 caps.

13. John Henderson, 1958, 2 caps.

14. Robert Wilson, 1971, 2 caps.

15. Robert Templeton, 1905, 1 cap.

16. John Graham, 1921, 1 cap.

17. James Logie, 1952, 1 cap.

18. George Wood, 1982, 1 cap.

Total: 73 caps, 9 goals.


AFC Bournemouth

1. Matt Richie, 2015- 2016, 10 caps, 3 goals.

2. Ryan Fraser, 2017-present, 1 cap.

Total: 11 caps, 3 goals.


Brighton Hove and Albion FC

1. Gordon Greer, 2013-present, 11 caps.

2. Craig Mackail-Smith, 2011-2012, 6 caps, 1 goal.

3. Craig Conway (on loan from Cardiff), 2013, 2 caps.

4. Liam Bridcutt, 2013-present, 1 cap.

Total: 20 caps, 1 goal.


Burnley FC

1. Graham Alexander, 2007-2011, 10 caps.

2. John Aird, 1954, 4 caps.

3. Adam Blacklaw, 1963-1965, 3 caps.

4. Steven Fletcher, 2009-2010, 3 caps.

5. Chris Iwelumo, 2010, 2 caps.

6. William Morgan, 1967, 1 cap.

7. Steven Caldwell, 2009, 1 cap.

Total: 24 caps.


Chelsea FC

1. Eddie McCreadie, 1965-1969, 23 caps.

2. Craig Burley, 1995-1997, 20 caps.

3. Charlie Cooke, 1966-1975, 14 caps.

4. John Spencer, 1994-1996, 13 caps.

5. Gordon Durie 1987-1991, 12 caps, 2 goals.

6. Pat Nevin, 1986-1987, 6 caps.

7. Steve Clarke, 1987-1994, 6 caps.

8. David Speedie, 1985-1986, 5 caps.

9. John Jackson, 1934-1935, 4 caps.

10. Robert Campbell, 1950, 3 caps, 1 goal.

11. Bobby Evans, 3 caps.

12. Tommy Law, 1928-1930, 2 caps.

13. Tom Boyd, 1991, 2 caps.

14. Warren Cummings, 2002, 1 cap.

15. John Cameron, 1909, 1 cap.

16. Angus Douglas, 1911, 1 cap.

17. Hugh Gallacher, 1934, 1 cap.

18. Peter Buchanan, 1937, 1 cap, 1 goal.

Total: 118 caps, 4 goals.


Crystal Palace FC

1. James McArthur (2014-present), 15 caps, 3 goals.

2. Barry Bannan, 2013-2015, 7 caps (excluding one cap earned when on loan at Bolton in 2015).

3. Dougie Freedman, 2002, 2 caps, 1 goal.

4. David Hopkin 1997, 2 caps.

Total: 26 caps, 4 goals.


Everton FC

1. David Weir, 1999-2007, 43 caps, 1 goal.

2. James McFadden, 2003-2012, 33 caps, 13 goals.

3. Gary Naysmith, 2000-2007, 32 caps, 1 goal.

4. Steven Naismith ,2012-2015, 26 caps, 4 goals.

5. Scot Gemmill, 1999-2003, 13 caps, 1 goal.

6. Graeme Sharp, 1985- 1988, 12 caps, 1 goal.

7. Stuart McCall, 1990-1991, 11 caps, 1 goal.

8. Don Hutchison, 1999-2000, 10 caps, 1 goal.

9. Asa Hartford, 1979-1981, 8 caps, 1 goal.

10. Pat Nevin, 1989-1992, 8 caps, 1 goal.

11. Bobby Collins, 1958-1959, 6 caps, 3 goals.

12. Bruce Rioch, 1977, 6 caps.

13. John Collins, 1998-1999, 6 caps, 1 goal.

14. Tory Gillick, 1937-1938, 5 caps, 3 goals.

15. Alex Scott 1963-1966, 5 caps.

16. John Bell, 1896-1898, 3 caps, 1 goal.

17. George Wood, 1979, 3 caps.

18. Ian Wilson, 1987, 3 caps.

19. Duncan Ferguson, 1994-1997, 3 caps.

20. Alex Young, 1905-1907, 2 caps.

21. Neil McBain, 1923-1924, 2 caps.

22. James Gabriel, 1960-1963, 2 caps.

23. Alex Young, 1961-1966, 2 caps, 2 goals.

24. John Robertson, 1898, 1 cap.

25. George Wilson, 1907, 1 cap.

26. George Brewster, 1921, 1 cap.

27. Alex Troup, 1926, 1 cap.

28. James Dunn, 1928, 1 cap, 1 goal.

29. John Thomson, 1932, 1 cap.

30. Alex Parker, 1958, 1 cap.

31. John Connelly, 1973, 1 cap.

32. Andy Gray, 1985, 1 cap.

Total: 253 caps, 36 goals.


Huddlesfield Town FC

1. Alexander Jackson, 1925-1930, 14 caps, 8 goals.

2. Denis Law, 1958-1959, 6 caps, 1 goal.

3. David Steele, 1923, 3 caps.

4. Paul Dixon, 2012-2015, 3 caps.

5. Jordan Rhodes, 2011- 2012, 2 caps.

6. James Watson, 1953, 1 cap.

Total: 29 caps, 9 goals.


Leicester City FC

1. Matt Elliot, 1997- 2001, 18 caps, 1 goal.

2. David Gibson, 1963-1964, 7 caps, 3 goals.

3. Callum Davidson, 2000-2004, 5 caps.

4. Paul Dickov, 2002-2004, 5 caps, 1 goal.

5. Andrew Aitken, 1910-1911, 3 caps.

6. Frank McLintock, 1963, 3 caps, 1 goal.

7. Gary McAllister, 1990, 3 caps.

8. Ian Wilson, 1987, 2 caps.

9. John Paterson, 1920, 1 cap.

10. John Duncan, 1925, 1 cap, 1 goal.

11. John Anderson, 1954, 1 cap.

12. John Sinclair, 1966, 1 cap.

Total: 50 caps, 7 goals.


Liverpool FC

1. Kenny Dalglish, 1977-1986, 55 caps, 14 goals.

2. Graeme Souness, 1978-1984, 37 caps, 2 goals.

3. Billy Liddell, 1946-1955, 28 caps, 6 goals.

4. Stephen Nicol, 1984-1991, 27 caps.

5. Alan Hansen, 1979-1987, 26 caps.

6. Thomas Younger, 1956-1958, 16 caps.

7. Ian St John, 1961-1965, 14 caps, 8 goals.

8. Gary Gillespie, 1987-1990, 13 caps.

9. Alexander Raisbeck, 1900-1907, 8 caps.

10. Charlie Adam, 6 caps.

11. Danny Wilson, 2010-present, 5 caps, 1 goal.

12. Thomas Lawrence, 1963-1969, 3 caps.

13. John Wark, 1984, 3 caps.

14. Kenneth Campbell, 1920, 2 caps.

15. Donald McKinlay, 1922, 2 caps.

16. James McDougall, 1931, 2 caps.

17. Ronald Yeats, 1964-1965, 2 caps.

18. Frank McGarvey, 1979, 2 caps.

19. George Allan, 1897, 1 cap.

20. Hugh Morgan, 1899, 1 cap.

21. William Dunlop, 1906, 1 cap.

22. Thomas Miller, 1920, 1 cap, 2 goals.

23. Andrew Robertson, 2017- present, 2 caps, 1 goal.

24. John McNab, 1923, 1 cap.


Total: 258 caps, 34 goals.


Manchester City FC

1. Asa Hartford, 1975-1982, 36 caps, 3 goals.

2. Willie Donachie, 1972- 1978, 35 caps.

3. Denis Law, 1960-1974, 11 caps, 2 goals.

4. James McMullan, 1926-1929, 8 caps.

5. Robert Johnstone, 1955-1956, 4 caps, 2 goals.

6. Paul Dickov, 2000, 3 caps.

7. George Stewart, 1907, 2 caps.

8. George Livingstone, 1906, 1 cap.

9. Matthew Busby, 1933, 1 cap.

10. James McLuckie, 1933, 1 cap.

11. John Plenderleith, 1960, 1 cap.

Total: 103 caps, 7 goals.


Manchester United FC

1. Darren Fletcher, 2003-2015, 66 caps, 5 goals.

2. Denis Law, 1962-1972, 35 caps, 25 goals.

3. Martin Buchan, 1972-1978, 32 caps.

4. Brian McClair, 1987-1993, 26 caps, 2 goals.

5. William Morgan, 1972-1974, 20 caps, 1 goal.

6. Joe Jordan, 1978-1981, 20 goals, 2 goals.

7. Luigi Macari, 1973-1978, 18 goals, 2 goals.

8. James Holton, 1972-1974, 15 caps, 2 goals.

9. Arthur Albiston, 1982-1986, 14 caps.

10. Jim Leighton, 1988-1990, 14 caps.

11. Gordon McQueen, 1978-1981, 13 caps, 2 goals.

12. Gordon Strachan, 1985-1987, 13 caps, 2 goals.

13. Alex Forsyth 1973-1975, 6 caps.

14. Pat Crerand, 1963-1965, 5 caps.

15. Jimmy Delaney, 1947-1948, 4 caps.

16. George Graham, 1973, 4 caps, 2 goals.

17. Michael Stewart, 1998-2005, 3 caps.

18. Thomas Miller, 1921, 2 caps.

19. Alexander Bell, 1912, 1 cap.

20. Neil McBain, 1922, 1 cap.

21. Francis Burns, 1969, 1 cap.

22. Stewart Houston, 1975, 1 cap.

Total: 314 caps, 45 goals.


Newcastle United FC

1. Robert Moncur, 1968-1972, 16 caps.

2. Hugh Gallacher, 1926-1930, 13 caps, 19 goals.

3. Kevin Gallacher, 1999-2001, 9 caps, 1 goal.

4. Andrew Aitken, 1901-1906, 8 caps.

5. Peter McWlliam, 1905- 1911, 8 caps.

6. Frank Brennan, 1946-1954, 7 caps.

7. Roy Aitken, 1990, 6 caps.

8. Wolfrid Low, 1911-1920, 5 caps.

9. Matt Ritchie, 2016-present, 4 caps, 1 goal.

10. Grant Hanley, 2016-present, 4 caps.

11. Alexander Higgins, 1910-1911, 4 caps, 1 goal.

12. James Hay, 1912-1914, 4 caps.

13. Robert Templeton, 1902-1904, 3 caps.

14. James Howie, 1905-1908, 3 caps, 2 goals.

15. James Smith, 1973-1974, 3 caps.

16. Stephen Caldwell, 2001, 3 caps.

17. Ronald Orr, 1902- 1904, 2 caps, 1 goal.

18. Andrew McCombie 1905, 2 caps.

19. Robert Ancell, 1936, 2 caps.

20. Thomas Pearson, 1947, 2 caps.

21. Robert Mitchell, 1951, 2 caps, 1 goal.

22. Anthony Green, 1972, 2 caps.

23. R.S. McColl, 1902, 1 cap.

24. George Wilson, 1909, 1 cap.

25. James Lawence, 1911, 1 cap.

26. William Cowan, 1924, 1 cap, 1 goal.

27. Neil Harris, 1924, 1 cap.

28. Robert McKay, 1927, 1 cap.

29. James Boyd, 1933, 1 cap.

30. Thomas Craig, 1976, 1 cap.

31. Stephen Glass, 1998, 1 cap.

Total: 121, 27 goals.


Southampton FC

1. Neil McCann, 2003-2005, 10 caps, 2 goals.

2. Nigel Quashie, 2005, 5 caps.

3. Danny Fox, 2011, 3 caps.

4. Stephen Crainey, 2004, 2 caps.

5. Chrisitian Dailly, 2007, 1 cap (on loan from West Ham).

6. John Robertson, 1899, 1 cap.

7. Ian Black, 1948, 1 cap.

Total: 23 caps, 2 goals.


Stoke City FC

1. Charlie Adam, 2012- present, 9 caps.

2. Thomas Hyslop, 1886, 1 cap.

3. William Maxwell, 1898, 1 cap.

Total: 11 caps.


Swansea FC

1. Stephen Kingsley, 2016-present, 1 cap.

Total: 1 cap.


Tottenham Hotspur FC

1. Colin Calderwood, 1995-1998, 32 caps, 1 goal.

2. William Brown, 1959- 1965, 24 caps.

3. Steven Archibald, 1980- 1984, 22 caps, 3 goals.

4. David MacKay, 1959- 1965, 18 caps, 4 goals.

5. John White, 1959- 1964, 18 caps, 1 goal.

6. Alan Gilzean, 1965- 1971, 17 caps, 8 goals.

7. Gordon Durie, 1991-1993, 13 caps, 2 goals.

8. Neil Sullivan, 2000-2003, 13 caps.

9. Richard Gough, 1986- 1987, 8 caps.

10. Alfie Conn, 1975, 2 caps.

11. Alan Brazil, 1983, 2 caps, 1 goal.

12. James Robertson, 1964, 1 cap.

Total: 170 caps, 20 goals.


Watford FC

1. Ikechi Anya, 2013-2016, 21 caps, 3 goals.

2. Maurice Johnston 1984, 3 caps, 1 goal.

3. Don Cowie, 2009-2011, 3 caps.

Total: 27 caps, 4 goals.


West Bromwich Albion FC

1. James Morrison, 2007-present, 45 caps, 3 goals.

2. William Johnston 1977-78, 13 caps.

3. Darren Fletcher 2015-present, 12 caps.

4. Graham Dorrans, 2008-2015, 10 caps.

5. Asa Hartford, 1972, 6 caps.

6. Scott Dobie, 2001-2004, 6 caps, 1 goal.

7. Craig Beattie, 2007-2009,  3 caps, 1 goal.

8. Nigel Quashie, 2006-2007, 3 caps.

9. Derek McInnes, 2002-2003, 2 caps.

10. Bobby Hope, 1968, 2 caps.

11. Matt Phillips, 2017- present, 2 caps.

12. Douglas Fraser, 1968, 2 caps.

13. Sandy McNab,1939, 1 cap.

Total: 107 caps, 5 goals.


West Ham United

1. Christian Dailly, 2001-2008, 40 caps (excluding extra cap earned when on loan with Southampton in 2007), 5 goals.

2. Don Hutchison, 2001-2003, 10 caps.

3. Ray Stewart, 1981-1987, 10 caps, 1 goal.

4. Frank McAvennie, 1985- 1986, 4 caps, 1 goal.

5. Robert Snodgrass, 2017, 3 caps.

6. John Dick, 1959, 1 cap.

Total: 68 caps, 7 goals.