Saturday, June 11, 2011

25 Years Ago: Mexico '86

1986.

When men were men. When shorts were short. And when a grocer's daughter from Grantham was lord and master of all she surveyed.

Younger readers might also need some reminding that back then Scotland played in World Cup finals. All the ruddy time.

A simple but surprisingly effective formula of having decent players in a smaller footballing world won us a regular seat at football's grand jamboree.

Once there we would mix incompetence with bravery before falling agonisingly short. But we damned well got there.

25 years ago we were in Mexico under the guidance of Aberdeen manager Alex Ferguson OBE. We were but 48 hours away from a clash with Uruguay that would decide our fate.

A predictably cruel fate.

More on the 1986 World Cup campaign here.

And below some snippets from a pre-tournament magazine.

Seriously, take a look at some of those shorts. Minimal.