When hearing the roar of the Hampden Park crowd, you know you are in a special venue. Scotland is one of the most significant teams in international football having played the first ever international match against England in 1872. Known as the "Tartan Army", the Scottish supporters are renowned for their passion, singing, and unrivaled support when their heroes grace the Hampden Park turf. The 51,866-capacity stadium reverberates with some of the best football songs during Scotland international matches and being present on these occasions is an unforgettable experience. Don't miss the next Scottish international with Scotland Tickets on StubHub!
Scotland Football Background and History
Between 1872 and 1989, Scotland played England annually is what is considered the greatest rivalry in football. However, the country's largest victory on the international stage came across another neighbor. In 1901, Scotland hammered a pre-independent Ireland 11-0 at Hampden Park. The famous stadium had a capacity of 100,000 at the time, by far the largest in the world. Further increases in capacity throughout the following decades led to the stadium hosting a record attendance for a European football match when Scotland met England in 1937. An official attendance of 149,415 attended that match. However, safety regulations led to a reduction in capacity to 81,000 in 1977 and to the current capacity of 51,866 in 1999. The stadium lends its name to a colloquial term, the Hamden Roar, which is used to describe the distinctive noise created by the crowd when Scotland score a goal.
Competitively, Scotland have never won a major international tournament. In fact, they have never surpassed the group stages of either the World Cup or the European Championships throughout their history. They do, however, boast a number of competitive international honors including 41 British Home Championship titles, 17 of which were shared, one Rous Cup in 1985, and one Kirin Cup in 2006.
Scotland Football Records
Scotland's long history has been littered with record-breaking achievements. From being the joint-oldest international football team to their record 11-0 victory over Ireland, Scotland's football side have racked up a number of achievements. Only one player has ever earned over 100 caps for the Scottish national football team. Kenny Dalglish appeared for the Scottish side a record 102 times between 1971 and 1986. Dalglish also shares the title of all-time top goalscorer for Scotland with Denis Law who managed to make it to 30 goals in just 55 appearances for Scotland. Other legends made on the Hampden Park turf include Ally McCoist, Joe Jordan, and Jim Leighton. Experience the Hampden Roar and spot the next Scottish superstar with Scotland Tickets for their next match.