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A Complete Record to 1994
(Foreword by Alex Ferguson)

signed by the author, Clive Leatherdale

by Clive Leatherdale (1994) Paperback. 210x140 mm
2nd Edition. First published in 1986 by John Donald
256 pages. Illustrated
ISBN 1-897850-50-6

"A lively, highly readable narrative." British Book News.
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Foreword by Alex Ferguson
The Qualifying Rounds
No.1 v NORTHERN IRELAND (a) Belfast
No.2 v WALES (h) Hampden
No.3 v ENGLAND (h) Hampden

The Qualifying Rounds
No.4 v NORTHERN IRELAND (a) Belfast
No.5 v WALES (h) Hampden
No.6 v ENGLAND (h) Hampden
The World Cup Finals (Switzerland)
No.7 v AUSTRIA Zurich
No.8 v URUGUAY Basle

The Qualifying Rounds
No.9 v SPAIN (h) Hampden
No.10 v SWITZERLAND (a) Basle
No.11 v SPAIN (a) Madrid
No.12 v SWITZERLAND (h) Hampden
The World Cup Finals (Sweden)
No.13 v YUGOSLAVIA Västerås
No.14 v PARAGUAY Norrköping
No.15 v FRANCE Örebro

The Qualifying Rounds
No.16 v REPUBLIC OF IRELAND (h) Hampden
No.17 v REPUBLIC OF IRELAND (a) Dublin
No.18 v CZECHOSLOVAKIA (a) Bratislava
No.19 v CZECHOSLOVAKIA (h) Hampden
No.20 v CZECHOSLOVAKIA (play-off) Brussels

The Qualifying Rounds
No.21 v FINLAND (h) Hampden
No.22 v POLAND (a) Katowice
No.23 v FINLAND (a) Helsinki
No.24 v POLAND (h) Hampden
No.25 v ITALY (h) Hampden
No.26 v ITALY (a) Naples

The Qualifying Rounds
No.27 v AUSTRIA (h) Hampden
No.28 v CYPRUS (a) Nicosia
No.29 v WEST GERMANY (h) Hampden
No.30 v CYPRUS (h) Hampden
No.31 v WEST GERMANY (a) Hamburg
No.32 v AUSTRIA (a) Vienna

The Qualifying Rounds
No.33 v DENMARK (a) Copenhagen
No.34 v DENMARK (h) Hampden
No.35 v CZECHOSLOVAKIA (h) Hampden
No.36 v CZECHOSLOVAKIA (a) Bratislava
The World Cup Finals (West Germany)
No.37 v ZAÏRE Dortmund
No.38 v BRAZIL Frankfurt
No.39 v YUGOSLAVIA Frankfurt

The Qualifying Rounds
No.40 v CZECHOSLOVAKIA (a) Prague
No.41 v WALES (h) Hampden
No.42 v CZECHOSLOVAKIA (h) Hampden
No.43 v WALES (a) Anfield
The World Cup Finals (Argentina)
No.44 v PERU Córdoba
No.45 v IRAN Córdoba
No.46 v HOLLAND Mendoza

The Qualifying Rounds
No.47 v SWEDEN (a) Stockholm
No.48 v PORTUGAL (h) Hampden
No.49 v ISRAEL (a) Tel Aviv
No.50 v NORTHERN IRELAND (h) Hampden
No.51 v ISRAEL (h) Hampden
No.52 v SWEDEN (h) Hampden
No.53 v NORTHERN IRELAND (a) Belfast
No.54 v PORTUGAL (a) Lisbon
The World Cup Finals (Spain)
No.55 v NEW ZEALAND Malaga
No.56 v BRAZIL Seville
No.57 v SOVIET UNION Malaga

The Qualifying Rounds
No.58 v ICELAND (h) Hampden
No.59 v SPAIN (h) Hampden
No.60 v SPAIN (a) Seville
No.61 v WALES (h) Hampden
No.62 v ICELAND (a) Reykjavik
No.63 v WALES (a) Cardiff
No.64 v AUSTRALIA (play-off h) Hampden
No.65 v AUSTRALIA (play-off a) Melbourne
The World Cup Finals (Mexico)
No.66 v DENMARK Neza
No.67 v WEST GERMANY Querétaro
No.68 v URUGUAY Neza

The Qualifying Rounds
No.69 v NORWAY (a) Oslo
No.70 v YUGOSLAVIA (h) Hampden
No.71 v CYPRUS (a) Limassol
No.72 v FRANCE (h) Hampden
No.73 v CYPRUS (h) Hampden
No.74 v YUGOSLAVIA (a) Belgrade
No.75 v FRANCE (a) Paris
No.76 v NORWAY (h) Hampden
The World Cup Finals (Italy)
No.77 v COSTA RICA Genoa
No.78 v SWEDEN Genoa
No.79 v BRAZIL Turin

The Qualifying Rounds
No.80 v SWITZERLAND (a) Berne
No.81 v PORTUGAL (h) Ibrox
No.82 v ITALY (h) Ibrox
No.83 v MALTA (h) Ibrox
No.84 v PORTUGAL (a) Lisbon
No.85 v ESTONIA (a) Tallinn
No.86 v ESTONIA (h) Aberdeen
No.87 v SWITZERLAND (h) Aberdeen
No.88 v ITALY (a) Rome
No.89 v MALTA (a) Valletta

Appendices 1 – Clubs supplying players in World Cups 1950-1994
2 – Scotland World Cup goalscorers 1950-1994
3 – Scotland World Cup goalkeepers 1950-1994
4 – Scotland World Cup captains 1950-1994
5 – Scottish World Cup appearances from Scottish,
English, and overseas leagues 1950-1994
6 – Scotland’s full World Cup record 1950-1994
7 – Scotland appearances and goalscorers 1950-1994
8 – Results of World Cup finals 1930-1990


It is a great pleasure to be asked to write a Foreword for a book which embraces the magic and achievements of Scotland’s World Cup history. It is a success story which must not be devalued. For a small country of five million people we have managed to compete in seven World Cup finals going back to Switzerland in 1954, Sweden in 1958, West Germany in 1974, Argentina in 1978, Spain in 1982, Mexico in 1986 and Italy in 1990. These achievements make this book a collector’s gem.
As a small boy with heroes of these earlier sojourns, I well remember the humiliation by Uruguay by 7-0 in Switzerland when the players of that era were household names: Tommy Docherty, Willie Fernie, Jimmy Davidson, and Johnny McKenzie, and when they were beaten 7-0 I just couldn’t believe it. It is interesting to note that Scotland took only thirteen players to the World Cup finals in 1954, and only a trainer (no manager) in 1958, and when you think of the number of players we take now, plus technical and medical staff, it shows how much the game has advanced from those early days. In 1958 we did not reach beyond the first stage in a group which consisted of Paraguay, France and Yugoslavia. A small insight into the planning of those days was that Archie Robertson, then a player, was actually doing the spying on the opponents in the World Cup and no doubt this contributed later to his success as a manager.
We then had a big lapse and it wasn’t until 1974 in West Germany that we managed to reach the finals again; here we set something of a record by not losing a game in the World Cup finals yet still being knocked out. Of that team, Kenny Dalglish was an emerging international and the great Denis Law was reaching the twilight of his career; it was to be his last appearance in a Scotland jersey. So as one great player came, another went. The manager at that time, Willie Ormond, proved that the gift of balancing and picking players was as important as any aspect of management.
1978 was again a World Cup year and we were rather downcast. I felt that the manager, Ally MacLeod, did a great job in giving hope to the people. Unfortunately, that hope did not materialise and Ally was left to face the disappointment. However, sometimes progress is made through failure and if Argentina was to be a lesson then it was surely a watershed for Scottish international football, because the next man brought a humility and orderliness to the job which was just a part of himself.
Jock Stein was Scotland’s most successful club manager of all time and it was only fitting that he should eventually attain the highest position in football – manager of the national team. And, as expected, he once again proved how good he really was by taking them to two World Cup finals – Spain in 1982 and Mexico in 1986. I had the great pleasure of working with him for a year until that tragic night in Cardiff and found him to be the most humble of men. Considering he had achieved such success, he was always reluctant to discuss or elaborate upon any of his achievements, always turning the conversation to his players who, he said, made his success. Jock Stein had the quality of greatness. Few people have it. In Jock’s time he was prepared to recognise a home based player and if you examine his teams in the period he was manager you will appreciate that he did a lot for Scottish football.
I felt the 1986 campaign was a qualified success for Scotland, but that was the end of an era really. Souness, Dalglish, Willie Miller, Davie Cooper – players of that calibre are not easily replaced. This loss of players of such vast experience and international stature created a tremendous void. I was aware that, losing so many great players, we were destined for a barren period. This isn’t in any way a criticism, but a fact.
Andy Roxburgh replaced me. Initially he was hampered by a lack of big club experience and this gave him some problems early on. He certainly made the best of the resources he had available and earned respect by his honest and open approach to management.
1990 opened with a disappointing loss to Costa Rica – typical Scotland. We redeemed ourselves with good performances against Sweden and Brazil. The process of laying the foundations for a good team is cyclical; experienced players finish their playing days and new ones replace them.
The Scottish football scene has always been distinguished by the enthusiasm of the support from the fans, even for a new team going through a rebuilding process. This was typified by the tremendous support in the European Championship of 1992, when the team and its supporters were acclaimed for their good behaviour and nature – a fantastic tribute.
The 1994 World Cup campaign fell a bit flat. The five goals we conceded against Portugal stands out as a low point. No team is going to make it to the finals if they give away five goals in a qualifying game. When I saw the qualifying pool for 1994 I feared that Scotland would not make it. There were too many grey areas and unfortunately I was proved right.
Despite the disappointment of missing USA ’94, there are many reasons for optimism for the future. Exciting players such as Duncan Ferguson of Rangers and Gary McAllister, who has distinguished himself as a midfield player of international stature and has been rewarded with the captaincy of his country. There is a genuine opportunity for a fine team to grow and develop together.
I could go on and on and wax lyrical about all of the great players we have had and all the great names that Scotland have played in the past, but the best piece of advice I can give you is to read the book which will fully elaborate the achievements of Scotland in World Cup football.

Alex Ferguson
Old Trafford, April 1994

The Scottish Football Association