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Part 3:
Scots Fans Head South

Football fans about to go to Wembley to watch an international game, Glasgow, c. 1935

A huge crowd of football fans gather at Glasgow to go down to Wembley, near London, in around 1935.

In 1936 around 30,000 Scots put a shilling a week into 'Wembley Clubs'. These were set up in pubs and clubs, and meant that people were able to save up slowly for the train fare. The heather and tartan show the patriotism that was at the heart of the popularity of this great event.

Wembley, built after the end of World War I (1914 - 1918), took over from Glasgow's Hampden Park as the home of international football in Britain. When Scotland played England there, many thousands of Scots travelled down by train to watch.

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