My first World Cup that I can really remember and I can completely agree with this. The expectation was enormous... the group stage a formality and then it was about how we performed against the bigger teams (ie our peers). It’s really not far fetched to think we could win it. Only 16 teams back then and we were probably in the top 6, I think we were 8-1 to win the cup. If it had been in Europe and we had us full strength team (ie Mcgrain and McQueen) every chance we could have won it. Our first 11 could have been...
Jardine Mcqueen buchan Mcgrain
Gemmil souness Hartford Robertson
Watching the Perú game, I remember it being a Saturday evening, we scored and my dad turned and said to me “watch this... we will score a few more now”. Genuine shock when we were pumped.
after this things were never the same... stein brought pragmatism, playing a solid 4-4-2, with usually a defender in midfield and often without wingers. We were making up the numbers.