It’s quite touching how fans of less able football teams try to make up
for inherent lack of talent by brow-beating the opposition and generally
making lots of ugly noise.
Last Saturday, in the tense build-up to the England versus Scotland Euro
96 match, Douglas McArthur, the professional Scot at the helm of the
Radio Advertising Bureau, circulated an internal memo to ‘the confused
English supporters’, teaching them the words to the Scots anthem, Flower
Having secured an invite to the match from Capital Radio, he then mailed
all fellow guests the same song sheet.
Upon arrival at Wembley, he once again dished out copies of the anthem’s
lyrics to his nonplussed hosts and administered a lorry load of tartan
badges bearing the slogan, ‘There are two kinds of people - people who
are Scottish...and people who wish they were Scottish’.
In the interest of balance, we have issued a similar, perhaps less
poetic, circular featuring other equally memorable lines. It goes
something like: ‘Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough’ and
‘2-0, 2-0, 2-0, 2-0’.