Scotland and Me: Brazil at France ’98

“The world may not be shaking yet, but you might prove them wrong. Even long shots make it.” Momentous. That’s the word I used to describe our Euro ’96 game between Scotland and our eternal rivals England, which in fairness was very much more momentous for us than it was for them. The English marched […]

Scotland and Me: England at Euro ’96

If the Costa Rican defeat at Italia ’90 permanently shattered any dreams I had of our national team being world beaters, then our resounding Euro ’92 victory over The Commonwealth of Independent States, coupled with good showings against the reigning European & World champions, left me anticipating a future where Scotland would regularly qualify for […]

Scotland and Me: The CIS at Euro ’92

The lost to Costa Rica at Italia ’90 was a blow even bigger than the discovery six months later that it had been my Uncle Tommy in the Santa costume all along. What a double dunt; Scotland’s soul crushing loss to the Central Americans and the confirmation of my ever growing fear that Mr Claus […]

Scotland and Me: Costa Rica at Italia ’90

At the time of writing I have just over fifteen years of secondary school teaching under my belt, mostly as an RME/RMPS specialist. As a consequence I’ve spent a lot of time retelling the dramatic tale of The Buddha’s life, have endlessly debated the morality of topics like capital punishment and delivered assemblies about a […]

Mixing it up with Maritimo

“Das Ilhas as Mais Belas e Livres” I can really consider myself lucky during the current coronavirus pandemic. So far, touch wood, neither myself or any of my family have fallen foul of the illness and due to being a teacher I’ve been working throughout, after a fashion, therefore my bank balance hasn’t suffered due […]

Aberdeen vs Bayern: My Greatest Game

I am often asked “What’s the greatest game you’ve ever been to?” and when considering the answer I think beyond my travels as The Fitba Nomad and consider every game ever attended over a lifetime as a football fan. So far that footballing lifetime covers a thirty year period and it would actually be rather […]

The Fitba Nomad End of Season Awards 2020

Coronavirus has seriously screwed up the end of the footballing season but for me I was almost done anyway, my third campaign cut short with only three games left. All Scottish football was closed down on Friday 13th of March, twenty four hours before I was due to travel to Beith Juniors for their SJFA West […]

New Dawn at New Dundas

“The name’s Rose, Bonnyrigg Rose” The week before I pay any club a visit I engage in a period of historical research and one area always delved into is a side’s famous ex-players. This afternoon I travelled to Midlothian where Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic might very well just lay claim to the most iconic name ever to […]