Scotland national football B team

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First international
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(Toulouse, France; 11 November 1952)
Biggest win
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(Cumbernauld, Scotland; 24 March 1998)
Biggest defeat
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(Birmingham, England; 6 February 1957)

The Scotland national football B team, controlled by the Scottish Football Association, is run occasionally as a second team for the Scotland national football team. During the period when Berti Vogts was manager of the national team, it was also known as the Scotland Future team.

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Scotland national football team Mens association football team representing Scotland

The Scotland national football team represents Scotland in international football and is controlled by the Scottish Football Association. It competes in the three major professional tournaments, the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Nations League and the UEFA European Championship. Scotland, as a country of the United Kingdom, is not a member of the International Olympic Committee and therefore the national team does not compete in the Olympic Games. The majority of Scotland's home matches are played at the national stadium, Hampden Park.

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Concept and history

Scotland B team line up ahead of a match against Finland B at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock. Scotland B national football team.jpg
Scotland B team line up ahead of a match against Finland B at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock.

A national B team is designed to give games to players who are being considered for call-up to the full national squad. Generally, the team plays in friendly matches against other international B teams. These games are often played at smaller venues than the full national team play at, with attendances generally under 10,000.

The team is also sometimes referred to as the Scotland Future team, [1] a concept initiated by Berti Vogts. The team competed in the Future Team Cup in 2002–03 [2] and from 2004 to 2006. [3] Following the departure of Berti Vogts in 2004, Scotland's next manager Walter Smith stated his intention to stop playing these matches due to fixture congestion and the number of player withdrawals. [4] Since 2006, there have been four official B internationals played by Scotland.

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The first Scotland B game was held on 11 November 1952 and was a 0–0 draw with France B in Toulouse, France. As of April 2019, the Scotland B side have played 27 games. The most recent match was against Northern Ireland on 6 May 2009. [5] The squad selection was restricted by two Scottish Premier League games being scheduled for the following day, and an upcoming Old Firm match. [5] George Boyd was added to the squad after his eligibility to play for Scotland was confirmed. [6] Six players withdrew from the original squad and four players were added to fill the gaps left behind. [7] Scotland B won the match 3–0 thanks to goals by Andy Webster, George Boyd and Leigh Griffiths. [8]

Toulouse Prefecture and commune in Occitanie, France

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The Northern Ireland national football B team is a secondary football team run occasionally as support for the Northern Ireland national football team. Primarily seen as a stepping-stone between the under-21 and full international teams, B team matches are also used to give a run-out for fringe players and to honour Irish League players who would not otherwise gain international recognition.

Tournament history

200203Future Team CupThird403156 [2]
200406Future Team CupFourth410358 [3]

Results and fixtures

DateOpponentsVenueScoreScotland goalscorer(s)Match Report
11 November 1952 France Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 0–0 [9] [10]
11 March 1953 England Easter Road, Edinburgh 2–2 Ian McMillan
Angus Morrison
[11] [12]
3 March 1954 England Roker Park, Sunderland 1–1 John Cumming [13] [14]
21 February 1955 Scotland A
Easter Road, Edinburgh 3–2 Johnny Davidson (2)
Tommy Gemmell
[15] [lower-alpha 1]
29 February 1956 England Dens Park, Dundee 2–2 Willie McCulloch
Jimmy Mulkerrin
[17] [18] [19]
6 February 1957 England St Andrew's, Birmingham 1–4 Ian Gardiner [20] [21]
28 April 1987 France Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 1–1 Gary McAllister [22]
27 March 1990 Yugoslavia Fir Park, Motherwell 0–0 [23]
24 April 1990 East Germany McDiarmid Park, Perth 1–2 Ray Stephen [24]
2 February 1994 Wales Racecourse Ground, Wrexham 1–2 Chris McCart [25] [26]
21 February 1995 Northern Ireland Easter Road, Edinburgh 3–0 Steven Tweed
Darren Jackson
Stephen Wright
10 October 1995 Sweden Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm 2–1 Duncan Shearer
Tom Brown
23 April 1996 Denmark Nykøbing Falster Stadium, Nykøbing Falster 0–3 [29]
24 March 1998 Wales Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld 4–0 Martin McIntosh
Alec Cleland
Paul Wright
Colin Cameron
21 April 1998 Norway Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh 1–2 Stephen Crawford [31]
17 December 2002 Germany Stadion am Bruchweg, Mainz 3–3 Kevin Kyle
Stephen Hughes
Bob Malcolm
[32] [33] [2]
25 February 2003 Turkey Atatürk Stadium, Antalya 1–1 Andy Gray [34] [35] [2]
20 May 2003 Northern Ireland Firhill Stadium, Glasgow 2–1 Don Hutchison
Kevin Kyle
[36] [37]
21 October 2003 Germany Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 0–1 [38] [39] [2]
10 December 2003 Turkey Tannadice Park, Dundee 1–1 Steven Caldwell [40] [41] [2]
7 December 2004 Germany Carl-Benz-Stadion, Mannheim 0–3 [42] [3]
19 April 2005 Austria Pappelstadion, Mattersburg 1–2 Craig Beattie [43] [3]
6 December 2005 Poland Rugby Park, Kilmarnock 2–0 Gary McDonald
Lee Miller
[44] [3]
15 March 2006 Turkey Caledonian Stadium, Inverness 2–3 Steven Naismith
Lee Miller
[45] [46] [3]
14 November 2006 Republic of Ireland Dalymount Park, Dublin 0–0 [47] [48]
7 February 2007 Finland Rugby Park, Kilmarnock 2–2 Shaun Maloney
Alan Gow
[49] [50]
20 November 2007 Republic of Ireland Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie 1–1 Steve Howard [51] [52]
6 May 2009 Northern Ireland Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld 3–0 Andy Webster
George Boyd
Leigh Griffiths
[53] [54]
  1. This was a trial preceding a scheduled 'B international' between Scotland and England due to be played in Glasgow a few weeks later, however that match was cancelled due to weather conditions. [16]

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  14. 1–1 Vs England in Friendly, FitbaStats
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  21. 1–4 Vs England in Friendly, FitbaStats
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  23. 0–0 Vs Yugoslavia in Friendly, FitbaStats
  24. 1–2 Vs East Germany in Friendly, FitbaStats
  25. Match Report Glasgow Herald, 3 February 1994 (via Partick Thistle History Archive)
  26. 1–2 Vs Wales in Friendly, FitbaStats
  27. 3–0 Vs Northern Ireland in Friendly, FitbaStats
  28. 2–1 Vs Sweden in Friendly, FitbaStats
  29. 0–3 Vs Denmark in Friendly, FitbaStats
  30. 4–0 Vs Wales in Friendly, FitbaStats
  31. 1–2 Vs Norway in Friendly, FitbaStats
  32. Kyle and Hughes show the Future’s bright, The Times, 22 December 2002]
  33. 3–3 Vs Germany in Future Cup, FitbaStats
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  35. 1–1 Vs Turkey in Future Cup, FitbaStats
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  43. 1–2 Vs Austria in Future Cup, FitbaStats
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