SCOTS SOCCER HOPES FROM, ER, SOMERSET; Teen Brothers Born in England

Sunday Mirror (London, England), April 17, 2005 | Go to article overview

SCOTS SOCCER HOPES FROM, ER, SOMERSET; Teen Brothers Born in England


Byline: By THOMAS SMITH

MEET the future of Scottish football - two brothers from the south of England.

Teenagers Scott and Jamie Laird were born in England, went to school in England and have lived their entire lives there.

But the footballing brothers couldn't care less about one day lining up alongside David Beckham and Co.

Instead, they have decided to swap the three lions of England for the lion rampant of Scotland.

Already, they are both captains of their respective Scotland youth sides and have become great hopes for our struggling national team.

Last night, their proud dad Craig said: "Despite their English accents, they are as Scottish as Billy Connolly and were only ever going to play football for Scotland.

"I think it's fantastic, but the neighbours don't like it when the boys cheer an England defeat."

Dad Craig and his family are originally from Glasgow. They moved south when Craig was only six months old after his dad got a job in a power station.

The family settled in Bridgewater, near Bristol in Somerset, but never lost their Scottish roots.

Holidays would often be spent with their family back in Scotland. Craig and his three brothers and sisters even tried to keep their Scottish accents. So when Craig met wife Wendy and the couple started a family, their children were always going to be Scotland rather than England fans.

All four boys have very Scottish names and even wear Scotland football kits to school, much to the annoyance of their classmates.

Despite constant teasing at school and from neighbours and friends, the Laird brothers are even brave enough to paint their faces with saltires when they cheer on their Scotland heroes.

Dad Craig, 42, explained how his sons found a path from Somerset to the Scotland national team. …

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