Terry Butcher on England versus Scotland: We've sorely missed our battles against the Auld Enemy – Terry Butcher


Before my final game in 1989 I learned that Rita, my wife, was pregnant with our third child, Alistair, and decided to creep out of the Marine Hotel in Troon to ­celebrate with the ­legendary British Lion, Gordon Brown.

It was only three days prior to the match at Hampden, but I was on an even bigger high on ­Saturday as England ­triumphed and Rod ­Stewart and Billy ­Connolly sat behind Rita crying into their beers!

Playing Scotland at Wembley always evokes unique memories: A sea of ‘Lion Rampant’ and St Andrew’s flags, ­hundreds of bagpipes ­playing inside and outside the ground, begrudgingly watching the Scots take over the home of football.

As an Englishman living and working north of the border for over 22 years, I know that there still is a great passion and desire to beat the English. At ­anything.

Scotland is a proud ­nation and the victories at Wembley in 1981 and 1977 in particular still ­remain as battle honours to those fans that brought back nearly all of the pitch and goals to Scotland.

They’ll be no pushovers under Gordon Strachan. Time to turn back the clock on Wednesday – let’s hope that it won’t be ­another 14 years before the next instalment.


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