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We're officially a diddy footballing nation.

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After years of fighting it this morning I have to admit we are a diddy footballing nation.

Our National association tried for years to get us there. Sending our National team out in Woolly Ski Jerseys because the World cup was in Switzerland. Using ridiculous names for our 4 top Leagues because our neighbours did. Cutting corners and keeping a bowl layout when upgrading our national Stadium. 

Our teams pandering to 2 teams even giving them the power of veto. Losing to teams from Wales Luxembourg Malta Gibraltar etc.

Our medias inability to look past the OF. ignoring every other club to tell us where the wife of the latest OF mega-signing gets her hair cut.

But this morning I read 65000 people paid through the nose to see their big teams playing a preseason friendly. Scotland's  biggest footballing crowd in 40 years was made up of fanboys. I thought our resident MacScouser was one off. But out there he's the majority. It's now official we are now in the same footballing backwaters as Singapore Qatar Ireland etc. and it was the fans that did it. To quote the original and best Taggart "I am Depressed"

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You missed out the extra 442 Al. Every man and his dog was there. I must admit I was very surprised too I watch a lot of Scottish football and just go to the odd Liverpool game but there were Liverpool shirts and Scottish accents everywhere. 

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You're talking about a club with a worldwide fan base and in particular has a strong tradition of Scottish players.

I was at the game and have no leaning to any English club, I took my son along for the spectacle. Just because Liverpool can sell out Murrayfield is not a reflection on our game but a reflection on how big and far reaching Liverpool is.

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It's nothing to do with a tradition of Scottish players, or a worldwide fanbase. However you want to dress it up it's simply the same thing that brings huge crowds to Ibrox and Celtic Park: gloryhunting.

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3 boys from the pub were there. 2 Dundee fans, one United. Two of those 'support' Chelsea. The other? Man U. The two Chelsea boys borrowed Liverpool tops off their mates.

If folk want to spend upwards of £40 to watch some of the worlds most technically gifted players play against Liverpool then that's up to them. Fools and their money. 

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It's absolutely pathetic and embarrassing for Scotland that so many fanboys appeared for that yesterday.

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9 minutes ago, Dele said:

3 boys from the pub were there. 2 Dundee fans, one United. Two of those 'support' Chelsea. The other? Man U. The two Chelsea boys borrowed Liverpool tops off their mates.

If folk want to spend upwards of £40 to watch some of the worlds most technically gifted players play against Liverpool then that's up to them. Fools and their money. 

Which ones brought the European Cup up with them Del ? :D 

I only paid £25 + £10 for the wee man delighted with that. 

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Just now, MixuFixit said:

What is this football related pish doing in GN

It's not real football though is it! Friday night on BBC the nation will get to see the Paul Paton masterclass. 

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The fact that this was the largest crowd for a football match in this country for about 30 years and it not only didn’t contain any Scottish teams but was played at the national rugby stadium should make the footballing authorities in this country hang their head in shame.
However it could be counter argued that there is a market out there if the product is right!!!

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Absolutely stunned that you get larger crowds in grounds with a larger capacity than you do at grounds with a smaller capacity. 

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I quite like it whenever Murrayfield has a chance to rub the SFA's nose in it for sticking with Hampden right enough.

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1 minute ago, MixuFixit said:

I quite like it whenever Murrayfield has a chance to rub the SFA's nose in it for sticking with Hampden right enough.

The SFA would still have a slight disadvantage in that it would still be showcasing Scottish football.

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Were there many complaints about the view from people behind the goals?

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Well, it could be worse. We could be "offically a diddy footballing nation"...

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Worth every penny to see Liverpool pumped by Napoli on Scottish soil imo.

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16 minutes ago, The OP said:

Absolutely stunned that you get larger crowds in grounds with a larger capacity than you do at grounds with a smaller capacity. 

Shocked that so may went to see a game involving the European Champions as well.

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Just now, welshbairn said:

Worth every penny to see Liverpool pumped by Napoli on Scottish soil imo.

Can’t help but think this was a missed opportunity for the Lolverpool squad if it had still been around wb. 

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24 minutes ago, Dunfermline Don said:

The fact that this was the largest crowd for a football match in this country for about 30 years and it not only didn’t contain any Scottish teams but was played at the national rugby stadium should make the footballing authorities in this country hang their head in shame.

Scottish football will have had literally hundreds of sold-out games in that 30 year period which could have sold 70k+ tickets. The fact that Murrayfield is a wee bit bigger than Celtic Park, Ibrox or Hampden doesn't make this particularly special.

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