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Fitba 150

Event at Hampden Celebrating 150th Anniversary of the First International Football Match Share Tweet by Fraser Cairns During the 2014 World Cup, I stood at

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Hampden, Glasgow

2002 Scottish Cup Final

As the sun shown on the pristine Hampden turf, a far cry to what it had been when the same two sides had met earlier in the season, it was evident from the early stages that this Rangers side were bang up for the challenge.

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What Euro 2020 Qualification Meant To Us

“The near misses, the humiliations against minnows, the surprising wins and the shite managers have all contributed, to an extent, towards us eventually reaching a first major competition since the 1998 World Cup in France.”

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Dundee Derby

Fraser is joined by Ross Kilvington to discuss two articles which were published on The North Section, which covered Dundee’s 1962-63 European Cup run and the managerial career of Jim McLean.

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Rangers v Ajax

Rangers v Ajax – January 1973

With the seal of approval from Ajax and Rangers, the idea was put to UEFA but an endorsement was not forthcoming. There was still interest in the tie being played, even without the backing of UEFA and De Telegraaf even procured a trophy for the winners, grandly titled “The Super Cup of Europe.” The match was on.

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A History Of Scottish Football

Scotland was one of the earliest footballing nations, with Glasgow club Queen’s Park early leaders of the game. More clubs developed in Scotland, causing the beginning of the first major competitors in 1873, the Scottish Cup, after that the founding of the Scottish Football League in 1890. With the official approving of expertise, the Old Firm of Rangers and also Celtic became dominant in Scotland, although other clubs have enjoyed success during certain periods.

The Scottish Cup

Although it is the 2nd oldest tournament in association football history, after the FA Cup, the Scottish Cup trophy is the oldest in association football and is likewise the oldest nationwide trophy on the planet. It was first presented to Queen’s Park, who won the final match of the inaugural competition in March 1874

League Championship

A Scottish football league system was first developed in 1890, when the Scottish Football League (SFL) was formed. Typically the league had a 2 divisional structure (Divisions One and Two) in between which clubs were promoted and relegated at the end of each season. By the mid-1970s, this organisation was perceived to be stagnant, and it was decided to split into a three divisional structure: Premier Division (previously Division One), First Division (previously Division Two) and a recently added Second Division. This system entered into force for the 1975– 76 season. This setup continued up until the 1994– 95 season, when a four divisional structure was presented, together with a new Third Division, with all four departments including ten clubs.

The League Cup

The Scottish League Cup is a football competition available to all Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) clubs. Initially held in 1946– 47, it is the oldest nationwide League Cup in existence. The competition had a straight knockout format however became a group and knockout competition from 2016– 17.