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Croatia v Scotland live at Legends

Croatia v Scotland will be live in the Football Factory at Legends, with a 2.15pm kickoff this Friday (7th). Sorry I forgot to post this earlier!

Legends is on W 33rd between 5th and Broadway. Close to almost every subway, Penn Station, and the PATH. No excuses!



NYC Scotland 2 – 3 NYC Holland

Some Dutch people

This is what Dutch people look like

A clinical NYC Holland side gained revenge for their nation’s 1978 World Cup humiliation at the hands of Gemmell, Dalglish, and co. with a 3-2 win over NYC Scotland in Brooklyn on Sunday.

And just like in their previous game against England, it was generous defending that was the downfall of the Scots on a sweltering sunny day.

The Dutch had done their homework on Scottish football: coach Iwan Vandervinne said they had watched several youtube reruns of that bit in “Trainspotting” where Archie Gemmell scores just as Mark Renton is having it off.

But in the first minute it was more like 1982 vs. Russia than 1978 vs. Holland when two right-footed defenders playing on the left side of defence combined in tragic fashion to leave Mick Soepboer with an easy one-on-one against a helpless Malky Anderson.

After this shaky start the Scots came strongly back into the game, steadied by the presence of big Adam “Mitch” Mitchison at the back alongside half-his-age-but-twice-as-good-looking Calvin Moyes.

Soon the Scottish midfield started moving the ball around the field and behind the Dutch defence, and Scott Cowan earned a deserved equaliser as he finished a fine passing move with a left-foot strike across the goal.

The Scots fairly dominated the play for a while but didn’t convert this into clear-cut chances or goals, so the teams went into half-time level.

The Dutch regrouped somewhat during the break, but the Scottish side still had the better of the play and this time converted it into a lead as Glen Reid tucked one past the keeper from the edge of the box.

But the Scots failed to hold on to the advantage, with some skilful work by the Oranje select ending with a tasty Hans Ingram strike to level the score.

Play opened up as both teams tired. Scotland had a few near-misses, but right at the death a failure to properly clear a Dutch corner left Nick Jansen with the ball at his feet a few yards out – and he tucked it away for a 3-2 win to the Oranje.

“We willen klompen en jurk in oranje te dragen,” said NYC Holland coach Vandervinne, who was wearing some kind of bionic knee implement during the match. “Kaas is onze favoriete eten en we ook graag pottenbakken en tulpen. Maar we houden niet van Duitsers!”

“I don’t stereotype people,” said NYC Scotland president Colin Reid. “But we played some real Dutch-style total football out there and deserved at least a draw against this race of giant blond Europeans.”

After the game, both squads headed to the nearby Isle of Skye pub (*) where the Scots explained how Dennis Bergkamp is named after Denis Law and that Queen’s Park invented the passing game in the 19th century, while the Dutch talked about their plans to visit Brazil for the World Cup next year.

NYC Scotland: Malky Anderson, David Sheridan, Mark Wilson, Calvin Moyes, Adam Mitchison, Alex Pole, Scott Cowan, Glen Reid, David Laird, Scott Lamont, Robbie Weir, Rory McCann, Mike McLaren, Niall Gordon.

Next up for NYC Scotland is a pair of games against Argentina and Uruguay on Randalls Island Field #74 from 3pm to 5pm on Sunday 9th June.


(*) The Isle of Skye is a great Scottish pub in Williamsburg (Driggs Av b/w N 9th and N 10th). We’re having a quiz night there on Thursday 13th – come and enter!

ScotBarNY Cup

The Time: 8pm, Friday 5 April

The Place: Bushwick Inlet Park, N 10th St & Kent Avenue, Williamsburg (many thanks to the New York Coed Soccer League for donating the field time)

The Match: West of Scotland v East of Scotland

The Prize: The 2013 ScotBarNY Cup.

Salt-n-Vinegar v Salt-n-Sauce. Weegies v Watsonians. Airdrieonians v Aberdonians. Honest Men v Fifers.

Yes, battle lines have been drawn for the 2013 ScotBarNY Cup. It’ll be that eternal Scottish battle, West v East, played out on the hallowed soccer fields of Williamsburg.

Last year's victors

Last year’s victors… Scotland demolished the “Rest of World” 8 to 0. Just like the good old days.

And this year there’s more than pride at stake.

This match is the first trial for potential Scottish superstars to strut their stuff and get in the NYC Scotland squad for the Cosmos Copa, New York’s own soccer World Cup – organized by the famous New York Cosmos of Pele, Beckenbauer, and Chinaglia fame.

The NYC Piper, Jerry Dixon, will pipe the teams on to the field and provide some half-time tunes. (Many thanks to ScotBarNY for sponsoring the piper and providing the trophy.)

Turn up for a cracking match of football, and of course drinks afterward in a nearby hostelry. 

If you’re interested in playing (or trying out for the Copa squad) contact

Serbia v Scotland Live at Legends

Tuesday 26 March, 3.30pm kickoff (not 4.30 as I said earlier).

Live in the Football Factory at Legends, 6 W 33rd St b/w 5th Avenue and Broadway.


Scotland v Wales Live @ Legends

Friday 22nd March, 4pm kickoff.

Live in the Football Factory at Legends, 6 W 33rd St b/w 5th Avenue and Broadway.

Let’s get revenge over that diving cheat Bale.


Scotland v Estonia, Live on Wednesday

The first chapter in Wee Gordon Strachan’s ginger march to Brazil/France/Russia/13 cities in Europe/Qatar/etc will be shown live in the Football Factory, downstairs at Legends Bar, West 33rd Street between 5th and Broadway.

2.45pm kickoff, Wednesday 6th February.

Here’s something you’ve probably not seen: Strachan talking last year about youth coaching and the importance of teaching values.

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Wales and Belgium Games

Both games will be shown live at Legends Bar, West 33rd Street between 5th and Broadway.

vs Wales @ 2.45pm on Friday 12 October

vs Belgium @ 2.45pm on Tuesday 16 October

To get you in the mood, enjoy the latest tune from the Tartan Specials, formed in New York and now “The World’s Leading Scottish Football-Themed Rock and Roll Band” (their words not mine!).


Macedonia game, Mary Chain, Irvine Welsh

Great week for Scottish culture in New York:

Scotland-Macedonia 3pm Tuesday -> will be on with audio at Legends, E 33rd b/w 5th + Broadway. Also on if you can’t get out of work.

Scotland’s greatest ever band (aka The Jesus and Mary Chain) playing Irving Plaza on Thursday & Friday.

Irvine Welsh at Barnes & Noble on Friday evening promoting Skagboys, his new Trainspotting ‘prequel’.


The Road to Rio: Scotland v Serbia, Scotland v Macedonia

Both games will be shown at Legends Bar, West 33rd Street b/w 5th Avenue and Broadway.

Scotland v Serbia @ 10am on Saturday 8th.

Scotland v Macedonia @ 3pm on Tuesday 11th.

This is just the first step on the road to…

Maracana Stadium

See Darren Fletcher lift the World Cup here in 2014. Probably.