ONE FLAG, ONE COUNTRY, ONE TEAM
This Saturday Scotland have a chance to get the campaign back on track. Despite everything that has been said and written, George and the boys can still make it to the play offs. Six points is the aim from the next two games, but we are not thinking beyond Macedonia and doing everything we can to get the victory.
That is why we are launching Saltire Saturday. In simple terms it means bringing a Saltire to the game, painting your face or putting a flag in your window on match day. But it means so much more than that.
Saltire Saturday is about showing everyone, all the critics, that whatever it takes, you will back the team. It is about
standing up and showing the world that we still believe. It is about shouting loud and proud that we know that it is going to be tough, but that we will play our part.
What has happened has happened, what has been has been. Saturday is all about the here and now. It is about making noise, it is about creating the type of atmosphere that football fans around the world know Hampden for. It is about making sure that the Macedonian team realise that they are not just playing against 11 men - they are up against an entire country.
We have the best supporters anywhere on the planet, everyone knows that. Saltire Saturday is our chance to reaffirm that. It is our chance to get the three points. Against Holland anything is possible. On Saltire Saturday we will give ourselves a fighting chance.
New Bus Service for Scotland Supporters
The Scottish FA and Citylink buses have announced the creation of Sportslink - a new service that will make it
easier for fans to follow Scotland at Hampden.
Operating out of 7 cities across the country, Sportslink buses will take supporters directly to Hampden for games and take them back home after the match.
The scheme comes on the back of feedback from Scotland
Supporters Club members who told us that travelling to games from across Scotland - particularly during the week - was often difficult.
You can find out all about Sportslink - and book tickets to take you to Hampden for the games against Macedonia and
Holland at www.citylink.co.uk/sportslink.php
Speaking at the launch, Scottish FA Chief Executive Gordon Smith said:
"This initiative couldn't have come at a better time. We
have two crucial World Cup games coming up and we are expecting full houses for both. Our supporters have shown time and time again that they will do whatever it takes to follow their team around the world. With Sportslink, it is even easier for them to follow their team at home."
The Tartan Marchers are now back in Scotland and making their way down from Aberdeen. You can read all about their journey, send them your messages of support or make a donation by visiting www.scottishfa.co.uk/supporters.
They will be special guests at our crucial World Cup Qualifier against Macedonia this weekend so lets give them a well deserved welcome home to remember as they lead the Saltire Saturday parade pre-match!
On the Ball with Donnelly
Sunday, 25 October 2009, 7.00pm
the Citizen’s Theatre, Glasgow
Dougie Donnelly will be testing the reflexes of some of
Scottish football’s leading figures as he quizzes them at this unique event. Will Gordon Smith, George Burley, Terry Butcher, and Mark McGhee be on the ball?
Following the interviews, the celebrity panel will be taking questions from the audience – a fantastic opportunity for football fans to put their burning questions to some of the top names in the game. There will also be a book signing with Terry Butcher and Gordon Smith at the end of the evening.
On the Ball with Donnelly will raise vital funds for the Scottish Huntington’s Association, the only charity in Scotland working solely with people affected by Huntington’s disease.
All tickets cost £15 and are available from the Citizen’s
Theatre on 0141 429 0022 or at www.citz.co.uk.