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Scotland Game 1 2004

Saturday the 10th of July was an extra special day for a group of Scotland football fans of all ages. In the first event of it’s type, made possible by main sponsors BT and in association with the SFA, Football Aid was proud to stage it’s first ever International event at the home of Scottish football, Hampden Park.

The day itself saw two adult games, featuring teams of extremely proud (and no doubt nervous) Scotland fans wearing the official Home and Away Scotland kits do battle on the hallowed turf. These teams were Captained and Managed by ex-Scotland legends Danny McGrain, Gordon McQueen, Gary McAllister, John McGinlay and Tosh McKinlay. A special thanks must also go to SPL referee John Rowbotham for taking charge of the afternoon game. After getting prepared in the official changing areas, the teams enjoyed the thrill of the “Hampden Roar” in the tunnel, before striding onto the pitch cheered by their friends and family. They then experienced the honour of singing the Flower of Scotland accompanied by two young pipers. Amazingly, after the emotion of the build up both games managed to live up to their billing, with the morning game finishing an exciting 5-4 victory to the Home team and the afternoon game ending in a deserved 2-2 draw. Full match reports are included in the news items below.

In addition to the adult games, Scotland stars of the future featured in two 7-aside games for boys and girls under-14 years of age. In an extra thrill for the boys and girls taking part, these games were overseen by two players from the under-17 Scotland women’s team.

All these games were played in a fantastic spirit and we’re sure that everyone involved will feel an extra special satisfaction from the fact that over £20,000 was generated in bidding, ticket sales and donations. The media were also very well represented at the event, with the Sunday Post there to follow the progress of their competition winner and other print media attending. National TV coverage was even achieved with Sky Sports News interviewing players and featuring footage the same evening.

A big thanks has to go to sponsors BT, the SFA, Hampden Park and all their staff including Physio Jim Fallon, the Referees and their assistants, the mascots, the pipers and of course the Captains and Managers on the day who gave up their time to make the event so special for the undoubted stars of the day – the fans, who dug deep into their pockets and travelled from all over the globe to live their dream and become Scotland Players for a day!