It is now 25 years since a crowd of 21,868 at Hampden Park said cheerio to the German Democratic Republic [aka East Germany]. On 25th April Scotland played an Italia 90 warm-up game against the former Communist/Totalitarian state and duly lost 0-1 thanks to a penalty converted by Thomas Doll.
East Germany would play only two more matches – against Brazil and Belgium – before re-unification with the west.Manager and style guru Andy Roxburgh gave a debut cap to Gary McAllister that day whilst Craig Levein won cap number two.
Alex McLeish skippered the side whose forwards Gordon Durie, Mo Johnston and substitute Ally McCoist all failed to penetrate a footballing ‘Berlin Wall’.Not to worry though as the previous month we had defeated World Cup holders Argentina 1-0 in another Italia 90 warm-up at Hampden.

Robert Marshall

First posted on Facebook April 26th, 2015