Tartan Pride

Craig Brown promotes Tartan Pride
Craig Brown promotes Tartan Pride

A new documentary exploring the history of Scotland versus England football matches will be shown tomorrow (Thursday) at 9pm on BBC ALBA.

Produced by purpleTV, and funded by MG ALBA, Tartan Pride looks at the game’s cultural and psychological significance to the nation.

The hour-long film is as much about the nation of Scotland as it is about football, and looks at why this particular game is traditionally so emotionally, culturally and historically important.

Major stars from both sides of the border appear in the programme including Denis Law, Terry Butcher and Kevin Keegan, sharing fascinating insights into what it’s like to represent their country in such an important fixture.

Tartan Pride director Margot McCuaig said: “Scotland is defined by its strong narratives and Tartan Pride reflects this tradition, portraying the endearing elements of Scottish popular culture through the rich resource of the country’s wonderful sporting heritage.

“At purpleTV we thrive on storytelling and appreciate the commitment BBC ALBA affords to documentaries like Tartan Pride, films that resonate with the nation.”

A special screening took place at Glasgow Film Theatre last week in front of 100 guests including former Motherwell manager Craig Brown (pictured) who was the last man to lead Scotland to victory over the English inthe Euro 2000 play-off.

However, it was an earlier trip to Wembley that came to mind from his time as assistant to Andy Roxburgh.

Craig said: “I remember when we played England at Wembley in 1988, we were losing 1-0 to a Peter Beardsley goal and Andy told me to tell Tommy Burns that he was going on.

“Tommy is the only player I’ve ever seen in tears before he was about to go on. He was really emotional about it and playing for Scotland that day clearly meant so much to him.”