Who are we?
History and a note from the founder
Phil Lawrence, an expat Scot from Aberdeen asked if his local team could play a Tartan Army team, in a kinda spoof of the real thing. We agreed, and a game was arranged, though we struggled to get players and in fact turned up with only 10. Despite this setback we played and won 4 – 3. After the game we decided why don’t we try and organise another at the next game which was in September in Valencia, I volunteered to get names and collate a squad via the Tartan Army Message Board.
The one rule we made that the guys who played in Tallin should get first refusal to play in the next game; some players were not able to make it and therefore a few new players were required.
The game took place in Benidorm and we ended up with a very large squad, 22 I think, although everyone got a game. The temperature was in the high 30’s, so it was just as well. Jim Quigg from the Celtic Tavern arranged the venue and the coach transport to the venue at Benidorm Football Club, though it was their training pitch.
We then decided this should be the norm for all games and so the legend was born. Along with one of our first overriding philosophies – everyone in the squad gets a game.
A few folk have come and gone over the years, and the number of players that have played has been around one hundred. As time has passed, we have developed into a more structured outfit, with club committee, team accounts, sponsorship, a Facebook presence, and now a new web site.
As previously mentioned, the philosophy of the TASFC is that all players in the squad get a game, and we have given those who have played before first option to play next game, although this cannot alway’s be guaranteed. We do try to have a few new faces in each squad wherever possible. To give everyone decent game time we decided to reduce the squad size to 18, with 16 outfield players and 2 goalkeepers.
At time of writing we have played over 30 games from places as far apart as Iceland, Moldova and Japan (four times over two separate trips),and just about everywhere inbetween. We have played rank amateur teams, right up to full professional. Our toughest game was against the Moldovan league outfit FC Dacia shortly after Schalke 04 had eliminated them from the Inter-toto Cup 3 – 1 on aggregate. TA Select held them 0 – 0 until ten minutes from the break, before eventually losing 11-0. Fortunately their team was weakened by the fact 3 of their players were in their senior and under 21 international squads!
Our other achievements include raising money for charities. In 2005 a total of €2500 was raised in conjunction with a Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal donation of €1000 for a children’s cancer unit in Milan. They named the unit Tartan Army Suite. More recently, we were invited to Cardiff to play against the Welsh football Supporters for a charity game in support of the former Welsh striker John Hartson, who at the time was being treated for cancer.
Since 2004, it is important to note the many friends we have made over the years, both in Scotland and from further afield; in my opinion this is the most important aspect of the TASFC, and it is with great pride and honour that I am apart of it. We would like to thank the Scotland Supporters Club and the Scottish Football Association; they have been very helpful in recent years by donating to us sets of strips and tracksuits. We also like to thank the the individuals who have sponsored us as this has allowed the club to run smoothly and make the experience more enjoyable, and as close to the real thing we can manage.
I hope long after I am gone the TASFC will still be going strong, and in the same format, with the same principles that it has maintained over the years.
In the meantime I welcome you to our new web site, I hope you find it informative, interesting and most of all fun.
I wish you welcome.