Never Mind the Tartan Army: The Ultimate Scottish Football Quiz Book

Never Mind the Tartan Army: The Ultimate Scottish Football Quiz Book

by David Potter


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Never Mind the Tartan Army: The Ultimate Scottish Football Quiz Book by David Potter

Who scored a hat-trick on his debut for Scotland and was never chosen again? Who created the Hampden Roar? What was the game that never was in Estonia? Here is the ultimate quiz book on Scotland’s national team. Informative and fun, this is the perfect companion for those long car journeys to Inverness or Aberdeen or nights down the local. An ideal gift for Tartan’s fans of all ages, here’s the chance to test fellow supporters on World Cups, famous games against England, favorite managers, and cult heroes, including R.S. McColl, Jimmy Quinn, Jimmy McGrory, and Kenny Dalglish. Cryptic to convivial, get your Tartan thinking caps on—it’s quiz time!

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ISBN-13: 9780750960731
Publisher: History Press Limited, The
Publication date: 06/01/2015
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

David Potter is a retired teacher who has followed Scottish soccer since 1954, and has written several books on the history of the game.

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Never Mind the Tartan Army

The Ultimate Scottish Football Quiz Book

By David Potter

The History Press

Copyright © 2015 David Potter
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-7509-6344-2


Round 1


Scotland is fortunate in that our 'auld enemy' is not really an enemy at all. Other nations throughout the world are amazed at the amount of rhetoric and claptrap that Scotsmen and Englishmen can hurl at each other, in politics as well as football, without anyone getting shot! Admittedly, there have been a few 'nanas' on either side who used to indulge in the sport called football hooliganism, but all that proves is that the educational system on both sides of the border has a bit to go yet. There remains, in fact, a great deal of mutual respect for both nations, who together have won wars and built empires. Nevertheless, we do want to beat them!

1 The first five Scotland v. England internationals in England were played in 1873, 1875, 1877, 1879 and 1881 on a ground that is now famous for cricket. Which English county cricket club plays there now?

2 Why were games between Scotland and England played in England for three successive years from 1901 to 1903?

3 Until James McGrory in the 1930s, which Englishman held the world record for goal scoring?

4 Which famous Evertonian scored the 2 goals which beat Scotland 2–1 at Hampden in April 1927?

5 Which English goalkeeper had the same name (with a spelling variation) as a Scottish football team?

6 Which Englishman (who in later years lived in Edinburgh and supported Hearts) scored a late equaliser for England against Scotland at Hampden in 1956?

7 In Scotland's 3–9 defeat at Wembley in 1961, which Englishman scored a hat-trick?

8 When Scotland famously defeated England at Wembley in 1967, what was England's only change from their World Cup team of the previous year?

9 When Scotland beat England 2–0 at Hampden in 1974, which Englishman had the misfortune to score an own goal?

10 Which Englishman scored for England against Scotland at Wembley in April 1986, and then played a major part in Scottish domestic football for the rest of his footballing life?

11 Which Rangers player scored for England against Scotland at Wembley in 1996?

12 Who was the Scotsman who became assistant manager of England in 1996?


Round 2

World Cup 1954

This was Scotland's first venture in the World Cup. They, like the rest of the British nations, had scorned the three World Cups before the Second World War (a shame, because Scotland might well have won it!), then unaccountably said that they would only go to the 1950 World Cup in Brazil if they were British champions. They came second in the Home International Championship, and that was the position they reached in 1954 as well, but this time accepted the invitation. Even then it was a half- hearted, amateurish business with players having to train in public parks wearing their own kit, and for the games themselves Scotland's jerseys were the thick ones that did such a fine job in December but were less suitable for Central Europe in June! One of the players recalls hearing the advice coming from the touchline which was, 'Come on Scotland! Get stuck in!' But it was at least a beginning, and for many people, including this 5 year old, their first acquaintance with television and a country called Uruguay.

1 In the run-up for this tournament, Scotland played one nation home and away in May 1954. Who was this?

2 Scotland played another game during the run-up in the stadium of the most recent Olympic Games. Where was this?

3 Why were no Rangers players in the squad?

4 How many men were in the Scotland squad to travel to Switzerland?

5 The first game was a respectable 0–1 defeat. Against whom?

6 In which city was this game played?

7 In Scotland's section there were four teams, but they only played two games. Who was the team that Scotland did NOT play?

8 Who was Scotland's team manager who announced before Scotland's game with Uruguay that he was resigning?

9 In these circumstances, it was hardly surprising that Scotland were on the wrong end of a heavy defeat. What was the score?

10 Two future Scotland managers were in the team that lost. Who were they?

11 In what city was this game played?

12 Who eventually won the World Cup this year?


Round 3

Kenny Dalglish

Kenny Dalglish epitomised an era in Scottish football. Always the model professional – his name was conspicuously missing from those listed as troublemakers in Argentina in 1978 – Kenny was the man that most youngsters aspired to be. Often Scotland supporters felt that they didn't see him at his best, but one can still recall several brilliant goals. It was a shame that he did not do it more often, and it has to be admitted that he did have his disappointments with Scotland. There seems little doubt that Liverpool supporters saw better performances. How annoying!

1 How many caps did Kenny win?

2 In what year was he transferred from Celtic to Liverpool?

3 On what ground did he make his Scotland debut?

4 What team did he support as a boy?

5 Against whom did he play his last international on 12 November 1986?

6 How often did he win the European Cup as a player for Liverpool?

7 Which two English teams, other than Liverpool, did he manage?

8 He was interim manager for Celtic for a brief spell in 2000. In that time Celtic won the Scottish League Cup. Who did they beat in the final?

9 Against whom did Kenny score in the 1982 World Cup finals in Spain?

10 He signed for Celtic in 1967 but was farmed out to a junior team. Which team?

11 What was unusual about the goal that he scored against Ray Clements at Hampden in 1976?

12 How many goals did he score in total for Scotland?


Round 4

The Nineteenth Century

We have cause to curse John Logie Baird and others for being so slow to invent television, videos and DVDs. Their tardiness has denied us the opportunity to see in action the valiant Scotsmen of the nineteenth century. This is a shame, for Scotland regularly beat England in 'The International' as it was called, and frequently deployed a weakened team to contemptuously beat Ireland and Wales. Without a shadow of a doubt, Scotland was the best footballing nation on the globe and would remain so well into the twentieth century. Pity it all went wrong, isn't it?

1 Where was the world's first international match played on 30 November 1872?

2 All Scotland's players came from one team. Which team?

3 Scotland's first trip to Wales was in 1877. They won 2–0, but at which ground?

4 In 1878, Scotland beat England 7–2 at the original Hampden Park. What feat did John McDougall of Vale of Leven achieve in this game?

5 What unparalleled feat did Scotland achieve from 1880 to 1884?

6 In 1888, Scotland played their first home international outside Glasgow. Where?

7 In 1892, Tynecastle hosted its first international in a snowstorm. Who were the opponents?

8 In 1893, Scotland lost 2–5 to England at Richmond in London. Which future Queen of Great Britain was in attendance?

9 On 21 March 1896, Scotland defeated Wales 4–0 at a ground called Carolina Port. In which Scottish city is this ground?

10 On 4 April 1896, Scotland defeated England 2–1 at a dangerously overcrowded Celtic Park. What was significant and controversial about the make-up of the Scotland team?

11 Which Queen's Park player with the nickname of 'Toffee Bob', and whose name still appears frequently on British High Streets and retail centres, scored regularly for Scotland in the 1890s?

12 In what position did the legendary Ned Doig of Arbroath and Sunderland play?


Round 5

Celtic Players

Often myths were circulated about Celtic players not being welcome to play for Scotland. This was sheer rubbish, but the selectors did nothing to dispel this rumour by ignoring the player featured in Question 4 whose total of caps seems grossly inadequate for his talents. The constant barracking of Celtic players like Jimmy Johnstone and Davie Hay by the less than well educated of the Rangers supporters didn't help either. It was a minority but an embarrassing one, which has now thankfully disappeared.

1 Who was the Celtic player who went missing in 1895 before the 0–3 defeat at Goodison Park to England?

2 Which two Celtic players scored the goals that beat England 2–0 at Hampden in April 1910?

3 In which city did John Thomson make his international debut for Scotland?

4 How many times did Jimmy McGrory play for Scotland?

5 Which three Celtic players played in the 1958 World Cup finals?

6 Which Celtic player was sent off in the World Cup game v. Czechoslovakia in May 1961?

7 Who in 1967 became the first Celtic player to score at Wembley?

8 How old was Ronnie Simpson when he made his international debut?

9 Who captained Scotland for the last time in the World Cup game against New Zealand in June 1982?

10 Which Celtic player was badly injured (contributing to a premature end of his career) after only 18 minutes of a friendly against Romania in March 2004?

11 Who is Celtic's most capped player for Scotland?

12 Which former Celtic player is the nephew of a former Scotland manager?


Round 6

World Cup 1958

This was the World Cup for which all four British nations qualified. Sixteen teams were involved in the finals. This meant four groups of four, which meant a British team, a Western European team, an Eastern European team and a South American team in each group. It would be nice if it were so simple now! Scotland's run-up to the finals was chaotic and included a 0–4 hammering from England at Hampden in the rain in April. The answer to Question 5 (below) explains why Scotland were deprived of the manager of their choice, but does not explain why they failed to approach anyone else when Scott Symon of Rangers, Jimmy McGrory of Celtic or Tommy Walker of Hearts might have done the job on a temporary contract. Not surprisingly, managerless Scotland failed to live up to the expectations of the fans, more and more of whom now had televisions and could see the games, although, in practice, no Scotland game was shown live.

1 In one of Scotland's best ever performances, they beat Spain 4–2 at Hampden Park on 8 May 1957 in a World Cup qualifier. Which Dundee-born Blackpool player scored a hat-trick?

2 Why did the televising of Scotland's qualifier against Switzerland on 19 May 1957 from Basle cause some controversy in certain parts of the country?

3 Three days later, Scotland beat the World Cup holders in a friendly. Which country was this?

4 Scotland qualified on 6 November 1957 at Hampden. Whom did they defeat that day?

5 A tragic event in Germany in February 1958 deprived Scotland of their manager in the World Cup finals. Explain.

6 In what country were the World Cup finals held?

7 Who was the goalkeeper and captain of the Scotland side?

8 Who was the South African-born left-back in the first game?

9 The first game against Yugoslavia was Scotland's best performance. What was the score?

10 Against which South American team did Scotland play in the second game? It was their only (to date) encounter with this country.

11 Scotland's left-winger in the last game was James Imlach. For which English club did he play?

12 Which country eventually won this World Cup?


Round 7


Complicated by the fact that there are actually two Irelands in football terms, Scotland's relationship with the place has always been complex. In the early days, Scotland were well ahead of Ireland, but this was because football in Ireland was not the obsession that it was in Scotland. One feels that both Irelands (the North and the South) should be handicapped by a weak domestic structure, but when their 'wild geese' come together for an international now there is a determination to succeed that Scotland would do well to copy.

1 In which year did Scotland first play Ireland?

2 Several times Scotland have played against Ireland at the home of Cliftonville. It sounds a very lonely place. What is it called?

3 In 1901, at Celtic Park, Scotland beat Ireland by a record score. What was it?

4 In what year did Ireland beat Scotland for the first time ever?

5 In 1920, Scotland beat Ireland 3–0 at Celtic Park. Who was the Celtic player who played for Ireland that day?

6 Who scored 5 goals for Scotland against Ireland in Belfast in 1929?

7 Which Celtic player, with the name of a bird, played for and captained Northern Ireland several times in the 1950s?

8 Who was the Northern Ireland Internationalist who scored Rangers' only goal in the Scottish League Cup final of 1957/58?

9 In what year did Scotland play Eire for the first time?

10 Which Scottish goalkeeper saved a penalty for Scotland in Belfast in October 1967?

11 On 1 June 1977, Scotland beat Northern Ireland 3–0. The Irish team contained two men who would in later years manage teams in Scotland. Who?

12 In what year was the British Home International Championship played for the last time?


Round 8


On Hampden's battlefield,
The results will be revealed,
The Saxon foe will yield,
And England's fate will be sealed!

Hampden (or the National Stadium, as some call it), may well have had its critics – and it certainly had its imperfections – but everyone over a certain age has his or her own memories of teeming terracings and pipe-band music (and usually loads of rain!) before the start of Internationals or Cup finals! It is now a very modern all-seater stadium with about a third of the capacity it once had, but one still cannot fail to be impressed by the sheer majesty of the grand old lady with its excellent museum and cafeteria. There has been quite a lot of football played there!

1 There have been three Hampdens. When was the ground on the current site opened?

2 What is the nearest railway station to Hampden Park?

3 In what year was the first Scotland v. England International played at the current Hampden Park?

4 In 1914, Scotland beat England 3–1 at Hampden. Which Rangers player has the honour of scoring the last goal in a Hampden International before the Great War?

5 In what year did Hampden see Scotland's first defeat to England at the ground?

6 What was the first Hampden Roar?

7 There was also at one point a Hampden Bowl. What was that?

8 What record did Hampden set up in April 1937?

9 When was the first International game at Hampden televised?

10 Since 1956, every Scotland v. England game at Hampden has been televised live, except one. In which year was the game not televised live?

11 During the 1950s and '60s, what was the official attendance limit for Hampden?

12 Renovations at Hampden took some considerable time in the 1990s, and Scotland had to play games elsewhere. Apart from obvious venues in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, where else did Scotland play some home games during this period?


Round 9

North of the Tay

It is often erroneously assumed that Scottish football centres on Glasgow and the immediate surrounding area. Not so! Tayside, Deeside and the Highlands – less densely populated areas than the Central Belt – have nevertheless produced many great players for their country, and provide a large amount of fans for the Tartan Army.

1 Which member of Hibs Famous Five spent his early years in Montrose and went on to win 18 caps for Scotland?

2 Who was the Coupar Angus-born man who scored the only goal in Scotland's 1–0 defeat of England in April 1964?

3 What was the name of the burly full-back who played for Aberdeen and earned 10 caps for Scotland in the 1920s?

4 Alec Troup, who earned 5 caps for Scotland, played for Forfar Athletic and Dundee before, during and after the Great War. To which English team was he transferred in January 1923 before returning to Dundee in 1930?

5 On Wednesday, 2 December 1936, Scotland lost 1–2 to Wales at Dens Park. But the crowd was buzzing with rumours about a major event that was soon to shake British society. What was the event?

6 Who was the Aberdeen player who scored a great goal for Scotland in the 1–1 draw with England at Hampden in 1956, and repeated the feat in 1960 when the score was the same?

7 Who is the only man to have managed both Scotland and Dundee United?

8 Who was the Dundee United forward who played 20 times for Scotland and had the nickname 'Luggy'?

9 Where was Peter Lorimer of Leeds United born?

10 Gordon Strachan played for two clubs north of the River Tay. Which two?

11 Willie Miller and Alex McLeish played together for a long time, both with Aberdeen and Scotland. Which of the two earned the more caps?

12 Which Scotland cap of the 1990s was born in Fort William?

CH[10 Round 10

World Cup 1974

Arguably, this was Scotland's best ever World Cup final campaign. They certainly returned undefeated and enjoyed universal support back home and even in England whose supporters (to a large extent) jumped ship and supported Scotland, their own team having failed to qualify. The team was tolerably well disciplined and well managed and only failed to qualify by a whisker. It might have been different if the manager had deployed either Denis Law or Jimmy Johnstone in the last game, who were both with the squad and might have been able to snatch a vital late goal through their sheer virtuosity.

1 Which country did Scotland beat twice home and away in their qualifying campaign in autumn 1972?

2 Scotland beat Czechoslovakia 2–1 in September 1973 to qualify for the finals. Who were the scorers?

3 Who was the manager?


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Table of Contents


Round 1 England,
Round 2 World Cup 1954,
Round 3 Kenny Dalglish,
Round 4 The Nineteenth Century,
Round 5 Celtic Players,
Round 6 World Cup 1958,
Round 7 Ireland,
Round 8 Hampden,
Round 9 North of the Tay,
Round 10 World Cup 1974,
Round 11 Wales,
Round 12 1900–1914,
Round 13 Denis Law,
Round 14 World Cup 1978,
Round 15 Picture Round,
Round 16 Edinburgh Players,
Round 17 1919–1939,
Round 18 World Cup 1982,
Round 19 Wembley,
Round 20 1946–1980,
Round 21 World Cup 1986,
Round 22 Rangers Players,
Round 23 Managers,
Round 24 World Cup 1990,
Round 25 1981–2000,
Round 26 European Championships,
Round 27 The Twenty-First Century,
Round 28 Anglo-Scots,
Round 29 World Cup 1998,
Round 30 Records,
Round 31 Newcastle United,
Round 32 Jock Stein,
Round 33 Gordon Strachan,
The Answers,
About the Author,

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