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Class Warriors or Generous Men in Skirts? The Tartan Army in the Scottish and Foreign Press

Hugh O’Donnell

in From Tartan to Tartanry

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638772
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653539 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638772.003.0014
Class Warriors or Generous Men in Skirts? The Tartan Army in the Scottish and Foreign Press

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This chapter focuses primarily on press coverage of Scottish fans both in Scotland and in the four countries against whom Scotland played in the recent qualifying round for the 2010 World Cup: Iceland, Macedonia, the Netherlands, and Norway. However it also ranges more widely, in both time and space, in an effort to pin down what (if anything) the ‘Tartan Army’ might actually be, and whether there might, in fact, be more than one of them. It observes that the arrival of Scottish football fans in a foreign city is excellent news for local journalists. It notes that many — though by no means all — dress in an often incongruous variation on Highland dress. It further observes that the fans combine kilts, white socks, Timberland boots, T-shirts, and a wide variety of headgear ranging from tammies, glengarries, often with a feather, or some kind of accoutrement borrowed from opposing fans.

Keywords: Scotland; World Cup; Iceland; Macedonia; Netherlands; Norway; Tartan Army; football fans; Highland dress; kilts

Chapter.  6796 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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