Various Artists, Scottish World Cup Anthems

Chris Hunt

By Chris Hunt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
The Tartan Army receive their very own compilation of World Cup anthems

Scotland may not have much of a pedigree at World Cup level, but they can boast one of the great football records in the much loved "Ally's Tartan Army," a terrace chant turned into a Top Ten hit for comedian Andy Cameron in the months leading up to the 1978 World Cup. Team manager Ally MacLeod had proclaimed that Scotland would come home victorious and the entire population got behind the best group of players the country had ever sent to the finals. But their disastrous campaign was derailed by disputes over money, erratic decision-making by MacLeod and drugs disgrace for one of the team's brightest stars. In the face of such catastrophe, the abiding memory of Scotland's tournament would remain the success of its unofficial soundtrack, "Ally's Tartan Army." The album also contains the official songs of the 1978 and 1986 World Cup Squads, plus a selection of other Tartan Army tributes, including three more gems from Andy Cameron.