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We Made Them Angry: Scotland at the World Cup Spain 1982

Tom Brogan

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From the publisher:

We Made Them Angry is the story of Scotland's journey to and participation in the 1982 World Cup in Spain. The task for Jock Stein's men was to exorcise the demons of the disastrous campaign in Argentina in 1978. With the final squad containing some of the finest footballers playing on both sides of the border, Scotland looked in fine shape to do just that.

But after a successful qualifying campaign, obstacles began to spring up. A ticketing disaster, a World Cup group draw fiasco, a threatened boycott of the tournament by the UK government due to the Falklands War, and of course there was no one better at beating Scotland than Scotland themselves. However, none of that would stop the Tartan Army from having a good time - not with Scotland stationed in the Costa del Sol.

The group provided three pulsating games where the Scots faced minnows in New Zealand (who provided a shock), the world's most exciting and glamorous team in Brazil (who received a fright), and a dramatic but calamitous exit against the Soviet Union.

The author:

Tom has written for Nutmeg magazine as well as football websites The Football Pink, In Bed With Maradona and Beyond the Last Man. He has also written sketches for Radio Scotland and has had scripts optioned by The Comedy Unit. Tom is also a playwright, regularly producing work to be staged at the Centre for Contemporary Arts during the Glasgow International Comedy Festival. You can find more of Tom's writing at tombrogan.co.uk.


22 x 14 cm
352 pages
April 2022