Tartan Pride

In 1872 Scotland played England in the first international football match in the world, creating the genesis for a story of emotional, cultural and historical significance that continues to resonate in Scottish society in 2014.

Broadcast on BBC ALBA in 2015.

On the 18th of November 2014 the world’s oldest international football fixture was revived when the Scottish national side faced England in a friendly football match, the first to be played in Scotland in fifteen years! Once an ever-present of the football season, the annual Scotland-England showdown was first staged at Hamilton Crescent cricket ground in Glasgow in 1872. Tartan Pride captures the rebirth of the fixture and celebrates the event’s social significance by revisiting its comprehensive history.

The film, presented by football broadcaster Alex O’Henley, documents the rich testimony of celebrated individuals such as Denis Law, Tommy Docherty, Gordon Strachan, Gordon McQueen, Joe Jordan, John Robertson and John Collins as well as delving into the memories of the England side that played against some of our legendary Scots. We hear from Kevin Keegan and Terry Butcher and from celebrated academics and broadcasters.


Writer / Producer / Director: Margot McCuaig

Filmed: Neil MacConnell

Editor: Steven Meechan

Presenter: Alex O’Henley