The Land of Football
Glasgow - Stuart McCall
The latest film focuses on the importance of the return of fans to stadiums and the difference it will make as Scotland men’s return to the big stage for the first time in 23 years. Episode 3 travels to Glasgow, where presenter Jean Johansson meets football legend, Stuart McCall to hear first-hand the impact of hearing the fans cheers echo around the ground.
McCall, who made an appearance in 763 league games and 40 full international matches for Scotland, credits the crowds with helping him through his debut game for Rangers at Park Head.
“If you are hanging on, you need a goal or are shooting into your favourite end, the supporters get you through.”
Talking about how important it will be for the Scottish team to hear the crowd cheering during Friday’s Scotland versus England game, he said:
“The fans are everything. You can see in the last two weeks with the European Championships, playoffs and last league games, even though its limited capacity - its everything. The 2,700 fans going to Wembley will make themselves heard and it will be a great atmosphere.”
The Scottish FA recently launched a new strategic plan, The Power of Football, and through this mini-series we can showcase the many ways in which football inspires people in everyday life: boys and girls, men and women of all ages.
Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Executive said: “Qualifying for UEFA EURO 2020 gives us a real platform on which to strengthen the foundations of the national game. Football generates more than £1bn of social return on investment in this country and I’m pleased we can share the uplifting stories across the country during the tournament.”
“As we welcome visitors to Hampden Park - seven years since it was selected as one of the original 12 host cities - we urge everyone to savour the occasion and share special memories with friends and family that will last a lifetime.
The power of Scottish football will not only endure throughout UEFA EURO 2020, it will go much further beyond.”
Other videos in the series include:
- Finding out football fans hopes for the tournament at the most picturesque football ground in the world, Fort William.
- Getting the thoughts on the world’s oldest football from some of Scotland’s youngest fans in Stirling.
- Hearing from a true Scotland legend, and someone who has played in front of sell-out crowds – Stuart McCall, as he tells us how vital it is to have fans back in stadiums in Glasgow.
- Listening to fans of both Dundee and Dundee United, on how they put their rivalries to one side in support of the Tartan Army.
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