Real Fife continued their support of the national team by taking both squads to the recent European Championship matches at Hampden Park. On the Saturday the 2000's squad all met up at 11.30 and piled into the cars for the short trip over to Glasgow. Arriving in Glasgow and safely parked up the kids then headed over to the stadium.
A great photo opportunity on the steps of the stadium were further enhanced when they were joined by Scotland legend Alan Rough. Roughie gladly posed for pictures (pictured, right) and signed all of the kids programmes. Then it was time for the Hampden pie before taking their seats. Another great chance for a pic as the kids went right down to the pitchside to pose again. As the atmosphere started building the singing started and the kids joined in at every opportunity.
The national anthem was sang by all, and they even knew the words. The kids were having a ball, shouting at the players, singing the songs and enjoying the delights of the Hampden caterers, thay had of course signed a disclaimer absolving the coach of all blame if they had a pie!!
The Tuesday night match was the turn of the 2001's and they couldnt have picked a colder wetter night. The journey to Glasgow took over 2 hours and the walk to the ground was made through battering rain. This however didn't lessen the kids enthusiasm for the match. A quick dash to the ground and we were under cover.
Again the delights of the snack bar were being sampled and the kids were soon settled down ready for the match. Like the 2000's on Saturday the 2001 kids sang the national anthem with gusto and they were all loving the cartoon on the big screen for The Tartan Army Boys. The Scotland goal had all the kids up and shouting and they were all enjoying the game. A mad dash again through the rain and a drive home saw the kids finally getting home about 11pm.
A great 2 matches for the players and their behaviour was excellent. They are now all looking forward to next years World Cup qualifiers.