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Footie legend preps care home residents for battle with ‘auld enemy’

Euros at Croftbank – L-R – Jim Kennedy Alan Rough and Eddie Craig. Pies-min

Scottish football legend, Alan Rough, visited residents in Renaissance Care’s Croftbank House Care Home ahead of tonight’s clash between England and Scotland at Euro 2020.

Alan, who played in two World Cups and boasts 53 caps for Scotland, joined football fans in the Uddingston care home to discuss the Czech result and their hopes for the Scotland v England match.

The residents were reminded of some of their favourite football memories from over the years as they tucked into pies, donated by Pie Sports, and washed them down with an ice-cold pint.

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The visit from former goalie, known as Roughie to football fans across the nation, was a dream come true for resident Jim Kennedy (85) (pictured left with Alan centre) who has always followed Alan’s career, from his Partick Thistle days to his last match with England over 40 years ago.

Jim, who enjoyed a short career as striker for Partick Thistle in the 60s, enjoyed Alan’s stories from the 1977 Scotland v England game which saw Scotland fans storm the pitch after winning 2-1.

The game went down in Scottish football folklore, and Jim still counts it as one if his most memorable moments of all time.

Jim said: “When I think of Scottish football, that game is still what comes to mind. Roughie was in goals and fended off the English side helping us win our first game in 10 years at Wembley.

“It’s been a difficult year and I know the team will be feeling the pressure on Friday, but we’re behind them all the way. I can’t wait for another pie and a pint on the night – it feels like being back in the stands when I was younger.”

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