The U16 Scotland Squad of 1989 who reached the World Cup Final were reunited at Hampden Park yesterday.
A commemorative lunch was hosted by Chief Executive Gordon Smith and Scottish FA President George Peat for the players and backroom staff of the squad.
The management team at the time were Craig Brown, Ross Mathie and goalkeeping coach Alan Hodgkinson who all attended the event.
Craig Brown spoke to the squad of his memories of the tournament.
"In my time with Scotland I've been to five major Championships," he said.
"But I can honestly say that my time coaching you guys, and what we achieved, are my proudest memories of all.
"And that even includes the opening game against Brazil in 1998.
"You were a really talented bunch of players and a joy to work with.
"The buzz around Scottish Football we created with our performances in that Championship was just amazing.
"I'd like to take the opportunity to thank you all for what you achieved and to the Chief Executive for honouring us in this very special way.
"It's been fantastic to see you all again."
John MacLean, Philip Yeates and Stewart MacMillan were also part of the backroom staff but were unfortunately unable to attend the event.
The FIFA U16 World Championship matches were played in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Motherwell and Dundee between the 10th and 24th June 1989.
Scotland drew 0-0 with Ghana in their opening group game of the tournament. They then beat Cuba 3-0 before drawing with Bahrain 1-1 and qualifying in second place to the finals stage.
In the quarter-finals they beat East Germany 1-0
and also defeated Portugal 1-0 in the Semi's.
In the final against Saudi Arabia, in front of 50,956 fans, the young Scots led 2-0 at half time. But the Saudis drew level in the second half, forcing the game to extra-time and then penalties.
And, that's when hearts were broken as the Saudi's edged the shoot out 5-4.
Despite finishing second Scotland were commended by FIFA for their sporting performances which including waiting at the tunnel for half an hour after the presentation of the trophy to applaud the Saudi Arabians off the pitch.
And Goalkeeper Jim Will was also the first stopper to receive the Golden Boot award at a tournament, having only picked the ball out his net in open play 3 times.
Attending yesterday's lunch were:
Jim Beattie- played for Celtic, St.Mirren, laterly Finnish side MyPa 47 and is now a taxi driver in Glasgow.
Gary Bollan- played for Dundee United and Rangers amongst other clubs, and was coaching at Clyde until recently.
Eddie Conville- was with Dundee United before retiring from the game after a cruciate ligament injury. He's now a partner of a ceiling business.
Billy Dolan- Celtic Boys Club, St Mirren, then Albion Rovers and now works with South Lanarkshire Council.
Ian Downie- Aberdeen, Dunfermline, Forfar and is now a postman.
Craig Flannigan- Rangers, Clydebank, Partick Thistle and now works for the PFA as an education officer.
Scott Marshall- Arsenal, Southampton, a youth coach at Brentford & Chelsea.
Andy McLaren- Dundee United, Reading, Kilmarnock and won one full senior international cap.
Kevin McGoldrick- Greenock Morton, played some amateur football and now works in a tannery.
Tom McMillan- Dundee United and Arbroath and now owns businesses in Falkirk.
Neil Murray- Rangers, Grimbsy and Dundee United. Also played in France, Germany and Switzerland and now works as a Player's Agent.
Brian O'Neil- Celtic, Aberdeen and German side VfL Wolfsburg. Played at Preston North End under Craig Brown until 2005.
Players who couldn't attend the lunch were Kevin Bain, Martin Dickson, Paul Dickov, John Lindsay, David Hagen and Jim Will.
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