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10 minutes ago, ArabGaz said:

The Greece and Finland home matches for the Euro 96 qualifiers were my first two Scotland games. I can vaguely remember that the old South Stand at Hampden was still on the go at the time.

Ditto, remember going for a curry on Aikenhead Rd before the game as it made it easier for my dad and his mates to have a few pints and get me in somewhere when the licensing laws for under 18s merely being in pubs were far more strict than now. 

The thing that strikes me looking back on the clip below is how shite the floodlights are compared to now, Mccoist nearly disappears into pitch black 

 

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17 minutes ago, ArabGaz said:

The Greece and Finland home matches for the Euro 96 qualifiers were my first two Scotland games. I can vaguely remember that the old South Stand at Hampden was still on the go at the time.

I was at the Greece game.

Quite a lot of the stand was cordoned off.

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35 minutes ago, Thistle Bonnet said:

My recollection is that in the Switzerland game Gough claimed that the ball took an awkward bounce off a water sprinkler head and he misjudged the flight. He handled the ball and was sent off.

Craig Brown was Assistant Manager when we were thrashed by Portugal. He was given a lift to the stadium by Bobby Robson who was manager of Sporting Lisbon at the time. Brown passed on this local knowledge from his "taxi driver" - maybe Robson's insight was worthless or Gough dismissed it but we were an absolute shambles and fortunate just to lose five.

 

Craig Levein went off injured

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16 hours ago, craigkillie said:

We played Bosnia in Euro 96 qualifying

Apologies for pedantry, but it was Euro 2000. We beat them at Ibrox in a game I recently saw a picture of myself and my dad at, but have absolutely no recollection of attending. Weird as I was 15 at the time, and usually have a good memory for these things.

11 hours ago, Fuctifano said:

Ditto, remember going for a curry on Aikenhead Rd before the game as it made it easier for my dad and his mates to have a few pints and get me in somewhere when the licensing laws for under 18s merely being in pubs were far more strict than now. 

The thing that strikes me looking back on the clip below is how shite the floodlights are compared to now, Mccoist nearly disappears into pitch black 

 

This was a fucking brilliant night. What a noise for the goal.

I was at a couple of the USA 94 home qualifiers and the Germany friendly at Ibrox at that time, but the Euro 96 campaign was my first time going to every home game. Kept that up into the mid-2000s. This is still one of my favourites.

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I went to 3 of the WC 98 qualifiers at home, my first Scotland games, and we won all 3.

1-0 v Sweden at Ibrox

2-0 v Austria at Parkhead

2-0 v Latvia at Parkhead

Glorious.

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37 minutes ago, VincentGuerin said:

Apologies for pedantry, but it was Euro 2000. We beat them at Ibrox in a game I recently saw a picture of myself and my dad at, but have absolutely no recollection of attending. Weird as I was 15 at the time, and usually have a good memory for these things.

 

Nah no worries, was doing it off the top of my head. I should have thought about it a bit more, because they wouldn't have been playing in Euro 96 qualifying on account of being in the middle of a massive war at the time.

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I think I was at a 0-0 draw vs Portugal that was played at Ibrox around 1993? 

It was that interesting I'm not really sure of my attendance or the scoreline.

Think we played Italy and got the same result in the same venue and campaign.

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I went to 3 of the WC 98 qualifiers at home, my first Scotland games, and we won all 3.
1-0 v Sweden at Ibrox
2-0 v Austria at Parkhead
2-0 v Latvia at Parkhead
Glorious.
Those were my first three as well.
What a time!
In the years since it has often felt like bait and switch
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Below is a rough guide to when we last played each of the UEFA nations, only input year rather than exact date, obviously we didn't play Denmark chronologically between Czechia and England at the Euros.

I've counted the Kirin Cup and Carling Cup as tournaments, if you don't then we last played Bulgaria competitively in Euro 92 qualifying and NI in the 1980s.

Wild that we've never played Hungary in a qualifier, 9 friendlies dating back to their peak in the 1950s.

If anyone has a better ideal how to paste directly from Excel into here without the formatting going to hell then let me know.

 

 

 

Opposition

Last Competitive Game Tournament Last Friendly
 Armenia 2022 Nations League n/a
 Republic of Ireland 2022 Nations League 2003
 Ukraine 2022 Nations League n/a
 Austria 2021 WC 2022 Qual 2022
 Croatia 2021 Euro 2020 Groups 2008
 Czech Republic 2021 Euro 2020 Groups 2016
 Denmark 2021 WC 2022 Qual 2016
 England 2021 Euro 2020 Groups 2014
 Faroe Islands 2021 WC 2022 Qual 2010
 Israel 2021 WC 2022 Qual 1986
 Moldova 2021 WC 2022 Qual n/a
 Serbia 2020 Euro 2020 Playoff final n/a
 Slovakia 2020 Nations League n/a
 Belgium 2019 Euro 2020 Qual 2018
 Cyprus 2019 Euro 2020 Qual 2011
 Kazakhstan 2019 Euro 2020 Qual n/a
 Russia 2019 Euro 2020 Qual n/a
 San Marino 2019 Euro 2020 Qual n/a
 Albania 2018 Nations League n/a
 Lithuania 2017 WC 2018 Qual n/a
 Malta 2017 WC 2018 Qual 1997
 Slovenia 2017 WC 2018 Qual 2012
 Georgia 2015 Euro 2016 Qual n/a
 Germany 2015 Euro 2016 Qual 1999
 Gibraltar 2015 Euro 2016 Qual n/a
 Poland 2015 Euro 2016 Qual 2022
 North Macedonia 2013 WC 2014 Qual n/a
 Wales 2013 2014 WC Qual 2009
 Liechtenstein 2011 Euro 2012 Qual n/a
 Northern Ireland 2011 Carling Cup 2015
 Spain 2011 Euro 2012 Qual 2004
 Iceland 2009 WC 2010 Qual n/a
 Netherlands 2009 WC 2010 Qual 2021
 Norway 2009 WC 2010 Qual 2013
 France 2007 Euro 2008 Qual 2016
 Italy 2007 Euro 2008 Qual 2016
 Bulgaria 2006 Kirin Cup 1978
 Belarus 2005 WC 2006 Qual n/a
 Latvia 2001 WC 2002 Qual n/a
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1999 Euro 2000 Qual n/a
 Estonia 1999 Euro 2000 Qual 2013
 Sweden 1997 WC 1998 Qual 2010
  Switzerland 1996 Euro 96 Group Stage 2006
 Finland 1995 Euro 96 Qual 1998
 Greece 1995 Euro 96 Qual n/a
 Portugal 1993 WC 1994 Qual 2018
 Romania 1991 Euro 92 Qual 2004
 Luxembourg 1987 Euro 88 Qual 2021
 Andorra Never n/a n/a
 Azerbaijan Never n/a n/a
 Hungary Never N/A 2018
 Kosovo Never n/a n/a
 Montenegro Never n/a n/a
 Turkey Never n/a 1960
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It is completely bizarre that we’ve never played a competitive match against Hungary or Turkey. The others a bit more understandable because they are either minnows who didn’t bother with football until the 90s (Andorra) or they’re relatively newly independent countries full stop (Azerbaijan, Montenegro and Kosovo) 

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14 hours ago, Self-raising Lazarus said:

We haven't played Azerbaijan, would I be right in saying?

Other teams I've never seen us play (since 2004) I haven't seen mentioned:

Latvia

Greece

Bosnia

Kosovo

Romania

 

Depends whether 'since 2004' means you wanted 'from 2005' or not, but this happened.

I thought we'd played them in a friendly, but I also thought it was a lot more recent than this!

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26 minutes ago, TheScarf said:

That's the match where John Kennedy was out for about 3 year the rest of his life afterwards.

Fixed that for you.

1 hour ago, Fuctifano said:

 

 

Below is a rough guide to when we last played each of the UEFA nations, only input year rather than exact date, obviously we didn't play Denmark chronologically between Czechia and England at the Euros.

I've counted the Kirin Cup and Carling Cup as tournaments, if you don't then we last played Bulgaria competitively in Euro 92 qualifying and NI in the 1980s.

Wild that we've never played Hungary in a qualifier, 9 friendlies dating back to their peak in the 1950s.

If anyone has a better ideal how to paste directly from Excel into here without the formatting going to hell then let me know.

 

 

 

Opposition

Last Competitive Game Tournament Last Friendly
 Armenia 2022 Nations League n/a
 Republic of Ireland 2022 Nations League 2003
 Ukraine 2022 Nations League n/a
 Austria 2021 WC 2022 Qual 2022
 Croatia 2021 Euro 2020 Groups 2008
 Czech Republic 2021 Euro 2020 Groups 2016
 Denmark 2021 WC 2022 Qual 2016
 England 2021 Euro 2020 Groups 2014
 Faroe Islands 2021 WC 2022 Qual 2010
 Israel 2021 WC 2022 Qual 1986
 Moldova 2021 WC 2022 Qual n/a
 Serbia 2020 Euro 2020 Playoff final n/a
 Slovakia 2020 Nations League n/a
 Belgium 2019 Euro 2020 Qual 2018
 Cyprus 2019 Euro 2020 Qual 2011
 Kazakhstan 2019 Euro 2020 Qual n/a
 Russia 2019 Euro 2020 Qual n/a
 San Marino 2019 Euro 2020 Qual n/a
 Albania 2018 Nations League n/a
 Lithuania 2017 WC 2018 Qual n/a
 Malta 2017 WC 2018 Qual 1997
 Slovenia 2017 WC 2018 Qual 2012
 Georgia 2015 Euro 2016 Qual n/a
 Germany 2015 Euro 2016 Qual 1999
 Gibraltar 2015 Euro 2016 Qual n/a
 Poland 2015 Euro 2016 Qual 2022
 North Macedonia 2013 WC 2014 Qual n/a
 Wales 2013 2014 WC Qual 2009
 Liechtenstein 2011 Euro 2012 Qual n/a
 Northern Ireland 2011 Carling Cup 2015
 Spain 2011 Euro 2012 Qual 2004
 Iceland 2009 WC 2010 Qual n/a
 Netherlands 2009 WC 2010 Qual 2021
 Norway 2009 WC 2010 Qual 2013
 France 2007 Euro 2008 Qual 2016
 Italy 2007 Euro 2008 Qual 2016
 Bulgaria 2006 Kirin Cup 1978
 Belarus 2005 WC 2006 Qual n/a
 Latvia 2001 WC 2002 Qual n/a
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1999 Euro 2000 Qual n/a
 Estonia 1999 Euro 2000 Qual 2013
 Sweden 1997 WC 1998 Qual 2010
  Switzerland 1996 Euro 96 Group Stage 2006
 Finland 1995 Euro 96 Qual 1998
 Greece 1995 Euro 96 Qual n/a
 Portugal 1993 WC 1994 Qual 2018
 Romania 1991 Euro 92 Qual 2004
 Luxembourg 1987 Euro 88 Qual 2021
 Andorra Never n/a n/a
 Azerbaijan Never n/a n/a
 Hungary Never N/A 2018
 Kosovo Never n/a n/a
 Montenegro Never n/a n/a
 Turkey Never n/a 1960

Calling the Carling Cup and Kirin Cup "competitive" is a reach!

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I seem to remember us always drawing a Baltic nation in qualifying from approximately 1996 through to about 2006? 

 

In my head we are rarely drawn against Portugal - and I guess that's another strand; competitive fixtures vs friendlies 

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