16th November 2020 – Our Campaign Next Mission – Israel Game On The Telly
After Scotland’s Men’s Team greatest performance in a generation was shown live on television, inspiring an entire nation, The Hampden Collection continues its #OorLadsOorTelly campaign to push for all Scotland Matches to be broadcast on Free To Air Television.
On Thursday night, something happened. After Sky Sports fantastic decision to show Scotland’s Euro Championship Play-Off Final on Free To Air Channels, generations of Scots sat down in front of the box to watch their team achieve the unthinkable. 120 minutes of stress, tears, joy and happiness, stretched the Tartan Army to their limits until Marshall’s brilliant penalty save. Overnight, heroes were made with social media ablaze with fan’s videos of the Tartan Army hugging each other in their living rooms and songs not heard for a generation made their way back into the charts.
Yes, Sir, Scotland can boogie.
On Friday, Scots woke up to a nation still gripped in a Global Pandemic, but with something to cheer about. They discussed with their pals about the footy on the television and talked about their new ‘JFK’ moment. Where were you last night? ‘Have you booked your flights to London yet?’, became the question amongst seasoned Tartan Army soldiers and some new ones from a generation, which have never gone to a Men’s Championships.
Yes, Sir, we are off to Hampden and Wembley, for the Euros.
On 21st October 2020, we launched our #OorLadsOurTelly Campaign, which seeks to convince broadcasters to show the National Men’s Football Team on Free-To-Air TV. Success quickly followed with a national poll showing 92% of fans wants this, and we convinced Sky Sports to show it live. However, on Sunday, Scotland played again and suddenly, reality set in: why is it not on television for all to see? Fans from the age of 5 to 95 were left disappointed, and suddenly the mood had changed too.
Barry Kirk, Hampden Collection Chief of Comms, explains, “I was getting lots of texts and messages saying, “why do I have to listen to this on the radio?”. We needed to win one of our two next games to get us back into League A, and we should be able to get the whole nation behind us. Every game for Scotland’s Men and Women are important and at the moment only through BBC Alba are we able to follow Scotland’s Women’s National Team. If we want to follow the Men’s National Team, we have to fork out big money to watch them. For me, that is fundamentally wrong.”
Scotland Men’s team are on their way to Euro2020, and their game on Wednesday against Israel is massive. We will never stop campaigning until everyone in Scotland watch both their National Teams on Free To Air television. As the nation, which created the modern passing game of football, access to watching our heroes is a birthright, and everyone should have Free To Air access to it.
Barry continues, “There were many who thought we were wasting our time when we started our campaign. Now we have shown why it is so important. Scotland plays Israel on Wednesday night in another massive game, which hopefully gets us guaranteed play-off places for the next two major championships. We want it to be on Free-To-Air. We want to watch our heroes once again and more importantly, safe in the knowledge; everyone has access to it.”
Come on Scotland, let’s do this!
Our Campaign First Success – 7th November 2020
On 21st October 2020, we launched our #OorLadsOurTelly Campaign, which seeks to convince broadcasters to show the National Men’s Football Team on Free-To-Air TV. Over the last two weeks we have been campaigning hard and ran a poll in the Scotsman newspaper, whereby 92% of voters believed everyone should have access to view these matches.
Today we received brilliant news Sky Sports has listened and announced they are showing Scotland v Serbia, European Championship play-off Final, our most important match in 22 years, on Free To Air TV on Thursday night.
Barry Kirk, Hampden Collection Chief of Comms, explains, “This is a fantastic result for the campaign and for the nation as a whole! Our poll proved there was clear support to have the game on our Free To View TV and Sky have stepped in!”
This is the biggest of games for Scotland in a generation, and maybe, just maybe, give the nation a wee lift when we need it most during these difficult Covid times.
Barry continues, “This is a big first step towards returning our National Team to Free To View TV. Now the whole nation will support the team and watch in the safety of their own homes and maybe, just maybe we will finally get there.”
This is a brilliant first step in our campaign and we are off to a successful start. Times are changing.
Come on Scotland, let’s do this!
Our Campaign Speech – Launched on 21st October 2020
These are tough times. Unprecedented times. The strangest of times.
We are a group of eternal optimists at The Hampden Collection, who once again find ourselves dreaming. Dreaming of watching our National Men’s Football Team reaching their first major tournament final in a generation! Desperate for them to break the 22-year hoodoo circling above their heads.
On November 12th, Scotland play in a winner takes all play-off final against Serbia to qualify for the European Championships. Unfortunately due to these challenging times, the Tartan Army won’t be there to cheer their team on. In spirit obviously, but in reality, all we can do is stay at home to hope, dream, watch, cheer and cry.
Barry Kirk, Hampden Collection Chief of Comms, explains, “We can’t travel to the game. The Tartan Army is unable to muster its legions in the stadium, watch it in the pub or gather in homes. The world is in a tough place right now, and we recognise this is a necessity.”
We understand this is the case; however it highlights a core issue within Scottish Football. Scotland seems to be the only nation on Earth, which doesn’t show its own national football matches on its own national TV channels.
Barry continues, “With a game of this magnitude, unless we fork out a hefty subscription fee or a payment via pay per view channels, we will be unable to watch it live. We believe this is ridiculous, so we have started #OorLadsOorTelly campaign to try and right this ludicrous situation.”
We are campaigning to persuade the Television and Football Bosses, especially in times and circumstances like these, to show support for the nation and our national team. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to watch our national team play our national game, in our most crucial match, live on national television.
This is the biggest of games for Scotland in a generation, and maybe, just maybe, give the nation a wee lift when we need it most!
Come on Scotland, let’s do this!