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Days of being Hungary for tour success; IF YOU KNOW THE HISTORY.

Byline: Jim Craig

JUST before and after the start of the 20th century, Scottish clubs began to head for the Continent on summer tours.

Aberdeen/Czechoslovakia, 1911. Celtic/ Austria and Czechoslovakia, 1904.

Cowdenbeath/Germany, 1928. Dumbarton/Norway, 1922. Dundee/ Spain, 1923. Hearts/Norway, 1912. Hibs/ Denmark, 1921. Motherwell/Spain, 1927. Partick Thistle/Norway, 1930. Queen's Park/Denmark, 1898. Raith Rovers/ Denmark, 1922. Rangers/Austria and Czechoslovakia, 1904. St Mirren/Spain, 1922. Third Lanark/Portugal, 1914.

The Rovers contingent enjoyed their Denmark tour so much they arranged one to the Canary Islands the following year.

Unfortunately their ship, the Highland Loch, got into difficulties in violent weather rounding Cape Finisterre and ran aground. The crew managed to get everyone off and they were picked up by another liner and taken to their destination.

The traumatic journey did not seem to affect the players too much as they won all four of their arranged matches!

It comes as something of a surprise that it was not until the summer of 1929 the national team first played Continental opposition, on a tour comprising Norway (7-3), Holland (2-0) and Germany (1-1).

In the 1930s, other matches were played abroad and at home - 1930 (France, A 2-0); 1931 (Austria, A 0-5); 1931 (Italy, A 0-3); 1931 (Switzerland, A 3-2); 1932 (France, A 3-1); 1936 (Germany, H 2-0); 1937 (Austria, A 1-1); 1937 (Czechoslovakia, A 3- 1, H 5-0); 1938 (Holland, A 3-1); 1938 (Hungary, H 3-1).

In the late 40s and early 50s, the most successful team was Hungary, our opponents this coming week. Any side that could beat England 6-3 away and 7-1 at home was all right by the crowd of boys that made up my school football team.

We were devastated twice in the World Cup in Switzerland in 1954, when Scotland were absolutely thrashed 7-0 by Uruguay and when our favourite Magyars lost 2-3 to West Germany in the final. Later that year, our support for Hungary dropped a bit when they beat us 4-2 at Hampden!

From then on, football became more global and Scotland went on to play countries from all over the world - against Zaire in 1974, Iran in 1978, New Zealand in 1982 and Japan in 1995.

These matches against Costa Rica and Hungary - and later in summer, Peru and Mexico - are friendlies. The results are not important, the performances are.

The crucial matches are later in the year against Albania and Israel in the Nations League. That might seem like a back-door into the 2020 European Championship finals but in our position, we must take advantage of every opportunity.

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Date:Mar 24, 2018
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