- Scotland and England is international soccer’s oldest rivalry.
- The two countries met for the first time since 1996 on Friday and Scottish fans took over London.
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When England and Scotland first played each other in a soccer match, there was uncertainty over fan interest. Both countries did not know if there was any demand amongst their supporters. The match ended up drawing more than 2,000 spectators and sold out the West of Scotland Cricket club on Nov. 30, 1872, setting international soccer’s oldest rivalry in motion.
On Friday, 149 years later, the bordering rival countries faced one another in the Group Stage round of the UEFA European Championships. It was the 115th meeting between the two countries and the first time they had met in a major tournament since 1996.
The match was held on Friday at Wembley Stadium in London and thousands of Scottish fans took over the UK’s capital city. Known as the ‘Tartan Army,’ they started partying before they even arrived in England on Thursday.
Match day eve.
Some traveled by plane, others by train.
Thousands of Scotland fans are ‘boogying’ their way to London ahead of Scotland’s #EURO2020 clash against England at Wembley on Friday. This was the scene on the @ABZ_Airport to @Gatwick_Airport @easyJet flight this morning. #SCO #eng #ENGSCO ⚽️
[📱Ruaridh MacVinish] pic.twitter.com/LXzaxmvCx1
— Ben Philip (@BenPhilip_) June 17, 2021
🏴 The Tartan Army packing out the train to London today!! pic.twitter.com/3WYBfZUy8y
— COPA90 (@Copa90) June 17, 2021
— Blair C Dingwall (@C_BDingwall) June 17, 2021
— David Tanner (@DavidTannerTV) June 17, 2021
Upon arrival, it was utter mayhem. Hundreds of Scottish supporters descended on Leicester Square and took over the park. They could be seen letting off flares and dancing in the streets into the early hours of the morning.
— Subject Access (@SubjectAccesss) June 17, 2021
A couple of thousand Scotland fans all around a single police van in Leicester Square. pic.twitter.com/qSQ0tjZJGz
— dan barker (@danbarker) June 17, 2021
— Kevin Jackson (@kevinnjackson) June 17, 2021
Scotland fan in London 🏴 pic.twitter.com/Izi3SLNKGv
— Casual Ultra (@thecasualultra) June 18, 2021
Meanwhile, Tartan Army members could be seen wearing kilts and playing bagpipes in Hyde Park and near the train station at King’s Cross Square. Pandemonium broke out across the city.
— Ronnie Charters (@STVRonnie) June 17, 2021
Scotland fans took over Hyde Park 🏴 We’ve got McGinn, Super John McGinnnnn… pic.twitter.com/7eW1dfrMmv
— Connor McLeod (@connormcleod_) June 17, 2021
Scotland fans having a great time in Hyde Park
— C_R_5 (@c_r_5) June 18, 2021
— The Scottish Sun (@ScottishSun) June 18, 2021
As the afternoon turned to evening and evening turned to night, rain began to fall. That didn’t stop the party.
— Däve Thömas (@Dave_Thomas_21) June 18, 2021
— Garry F McHarg (@gfmcharg) June 17, 2021
— Alex Wood (@AJ_Wood15) June 17, 2021
To say that the booze was flowing would be an understatement.
A Scotland fan crossing the road in London tonight… pic.twitter.com/MPjQoAqqRS
— Football Away Days (@FBAwayDays) June 17, 2021
Eventually, after hours of celebration, the crowd dissipated. But not for long.
Match day mayhem.
Match day saw the Tartan Army pick right back up where they left off more than eight hours ahead of kickoff.
— Kevin Jackson (@kevinnjackson) June 18, 2021
— James Gooderson (@JamesGooderson) June 18, 2021
🚨⚽️ | NEW: Scotland fans in Leicester Square
— News For All (@NewsForAllUK) June 18, 2021
Who on earth is left in Scotland? Amazing scenes in London's Leicester Square pic.twitter.com/OMU65lsLBF
— SteveSpCorner (@SteveRightNLeft) June 18, 2021
Leicester Square is absolutely rammed full of Scotland Fans, where is the English Equivalent? pic.twitter.com/4zTdNxsQDA
— Subject Access (@SubjectAccesss) June 18, 2021
Despite rain in the forecast all day, the Scottish supporters continued their takeover and made their presence heard.
"We've got McGinn!" 🎵
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) June 18, 2021
Singing in the rain .. bagpiper leads “Flower of Scotland” Leicester Square. pic.twitter.com/TNBbotw0qi
— Andy Lines (@andylines) June 18, 2021
Unless you are affiliated with England fandom, it’s hard not to love how Scotland has rallied around its team against one of the EURO 2020 favorites.
— Graeme McDonald (@gmcd78) June 18, 2021
Today we are all Scottish. Cheers.