Faroe Island 1 Orkneys 2; Almost 40 Years Ago, the Little Orkney Islands Sent a Team of Local Fishermen, Sailors and Tradesmen to Tackle the Faroe Islands. They Won 2-1 and Went on to Lift the North Atlantic Cup . . . How Alex McLeish Would Settle for the Same Scoreline as Scotland Try to Bury the Ghosts of Past International Nightmares

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Faroe Island 1 Orkneys 2; Almost 40 Years Ago, the Little Orkney Islands Sent a Team of Local Fishermen, Sailors and Tradesmen to Tackle the Faroe Islands. They Won 2-1 and Went on to Lift the North Atlantic Cup . . . How Alex McLeish Would Settle for the Same Scoreline as Scotland Try to Bury the Ghosts of Past International Nightmares


way intimidated or overawed by the prospect of playing the Faroes, said Wood. ?After all, they regularly took on Highland League opposition and gave as good as they got. Yet, the fact that the victory of 68 is still recalled so many years on is indicative of its importance to the islands. A similar result for the Scots would suffice.

?There was great camaraderie between the boys, Kemp added. But we all played for different teams in Orkney and had only really been training for about four weeks before the game, running together and things.

?We played on a cinder pitch and that gave us the impetus to win. It really bucketed down with rain before the game and the ball bounced really slowly.

That suited us fine because it was like that in Orkney the whole time.

?That won the game for us because in Orkney we liked a slide tackle and in those conditions it was easier. Mind you, by the end of the game our knees were pouring with blood.

?It was worth it, though. For all of us it was a big adventure because they had a bit of a stadium for us to play in and to us it felt like playing an international at Wembley.Jimmy Davies, a retired former assistant manager with Orkney Ferries, also played in both games in the Faroes. Retired in the village of Finstown, the conditions 39 years ago stood in stark contrast to those other Scottish footballers were sampling as they conquered Europe.

He said: ?It was like quarry dust we were playing on. We had never played on anything other than grass. It was a whole new experience.

?We had to get passports to go over there because very few of us had travelled abroad.The North Atlantic Cup made a significant impact on the lives of all who participated. For the fishermen, sailors and tradesmen of Orkney it was a lifechanging experience. Lifelong friendships were forged and the talk four decades on is of a long-overdue reunion.

I stayed with a fellow called Finn Dam and his wife Fanny when we were over there

there were no hotels

and we I've been friendly ever since,a?" Davies said. a??Finn has visited me twice on his own and the last time was for his 70th birthday when we had a wee celebration.

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