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1) Scotland have played at eight World Cup finals but have actually qualified for nine.The team qualified for the 1950 World Cup in Brazil but as Scotland were not the British Champions, the Scottish FA opted not to take part.


2) The attendance record for a game at Hampden was set at 149,415 during a clash between Scotland and England in 1937, still a European record to this day.


3) Although famed for dark blue shirts, Scotland played in the primrose and pink racing colours of Archibald Philip Primrose, or Lord Rosebery, at least nine times between 1881 and 1951.


4) The biggest win in the history of the National Team was an 11-0 victory over Ireland in 1901.


5) The biggest defeat in the history of the National Team was a 7-0 loss to defending World Cup champions Uruguay during the 1954 World Cup finals.


6) The first ever Scotland team was made up entirely of players from Queens Park F.C.


7) The largest crowd Scotland have played in front of outside of Glasgow was 130,000 in the Maracana stadium, Rio de Janeiro v Brazil.Scotland lost 1-0 to an 80th minute goal by Jairzinho.


8) Kenny Dalglish is the only male player to exceed 100 caps for Scotland, eventually winning 102 in total.


9) Kenny Dalglish and Denis Law are joint top scorers for Scotland with 30 goals each, but Hughie Gallagher is the most prolific goal scorer in Scotland’s history, scoring 23 goals in 20 games, an average of 1.15 goals a game.He also holds the record for most goals scored by a single player in a match, scoring five in a 7-3 victory over Northern Ireland in 1929.

10)Between 1872 and 1929 Scotland only played against the ‘Home Nations’ of England, Wales and Ireland and lost just 2 of the first 43 internationals played.


11) The man who scored Scotland's first international goal was born in India. His name was Henry Renny-Tailyour and was born in 1849. He was also a noted runner and played first class cricket and represented Scotland at football and rugby.


12) Jimmy Murray of Hearts was Scotland’s first player to score at a World Cup. His goal came during the 1958 World Cup held in Sweden. The goal earned Scotland a 1-1 draw with Yugoslavia.

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