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The Lost Final! Scotland – Champions of Europe 1982

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 1 In Finland came young Scots to play
Van Basten’s Dutch they’d slay
Nevin and Mackay thick in the play
Fused by Maestro Paul McStay

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Albania 3-0 the first game score
Turkey next shown the door
Dutch sent home with a score draw
Poland by two in the last four

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Game by game the boys did grow
With the Czechs a final show
Roxburgh and Smith drew the bow
To plot a winning trail to Glasgow

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Westwater, Livingstone, the dugout
McGivern in with a shout
Dobbin though an injury doubt
McInally suspended from the bout

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Rae, Beaumont, Dick… Mackay first drew
Rice… Nevin danced through for two
Rennie, Bowman, McGinnis, McStay the glue
It’s Philliben for the crew in Blue

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 number7
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Notes

The story of Scotlands triumph at the 1982 UEFA Under-18s European Championship.

Inspired by Pat Nevin’s fascinating BBC documentary

Led by Andy Roxburgh and the great Walter Smith, the competition was won by Scotland, their first tournament win at any international level.

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