Scottish players pose for the official team picture, 23 June at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard in Saint-Etienne, central France, before the 1998 Soccer World Cup Group A first round match between Scotland and Morocco.
Scottish players pose for the official team picture, 23 June at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard in Saint-Etienne, central France, before the 1998 Soccer World Cup Group A first round match between Scotland and Morocco.

22 things that didn't exist when Scotland last qualified for a major tournament

The last time the Scottish men’s football team qualified for a major tournament the world was a very different place.

Friday, 13th November 2020, 9:47 pm
Updated Friday, 13th November 2020, 9:47 pm

When Jim Leighton, Tom Boyd, Colin Hendry and company lined up against Brazil to open the France ‘98 World Cup, the game was watched almost exclusively on CRT television sets.

There were no streaming services, Sky Sports apps, or anything like that. The internet was in its infancy and if you wanted to rewatch the match, you’d need to set your VHS recorder.

Fans wouldn’t even have Googled for the results – the world’s number one search engine hadn’t been founded yet – and many still relied on Teletext and Ceefax.

On the day after the night before when Steve Clarke’s troops made history by becoming the first Scottish side to qualify for a major tournament in 22 long years, we take a look at 22 things that didn’t exist back in 1998.

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