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I’ve no idea what the gong looks like that messrs Zidane, Desailly, Deschamps and co picked up at France 98 but here’s an image of my winners medal from that World Cup. OK so it’s actually a souvenir key-ring fob that was given out to perhaps five or ten thousand of us, but hey it was a big squad we had back then.The squad was of course the Tartan Army, and the ‘medal’ was for being voted the friendliest fans of the tournament.

I wonder how many of us have held on to our award, an award that no England [or Russian, or Serbian or Greek] fan is ever likely to win.Isn’t it just typical that we never got a chance to defend our title at Japan/South Korea 2002?

Robert Marshall

First posted on Facebook April 27th, 2015