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‘The proudest moment of my mother’s life was when I played for Ireland’ – the Scottish men who played in green

Identity and finding a football home key elements to the story of the Irish in Scotland, and is felt by players in both green and blue

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Bernie Slaven in action for Ireland during a friendly against Wales at Lansdown Road in 1990. Photo: Sportsfile

Bernie Slaven in action for Ireland during a friendly against Wales at Lansdown Road in 1990. Photo: Sportsfile

Bernie Slaven in action for Ireland during a friendly against Wales at Lansdown Road in 1990. Photo: Sportsfile

It’s a scene that’s been played out countless times outside football grounds across the world.

Son emerges after playing a match to meet his dad, and they chat about the game, where the son, playing in his home town in his native country against a rival, has lost, with fatal implications for their qualification hopes in a major competition. This is no pre-season friendly or underage blitz.


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