Regrettably, despite the best efforts of the 2008 Bid Team
and many avid supporters throughout the Tartan Army, Scotland
and Ireland failed to win UEFA approval in the bid to host
the 2008 European Championship Finals.
Many thanks go from NATA to everyone involved in taking the
bid forward, particularly Tartan Army stalwarts such as Wee
John, Tam Ferry, Kenny Nicol, Hamish Husband and the entire
ATAC Committee, Davie MacDonald and many others whose names
I have forgotten or do not know. Without the original vision,
commitment, passion and drive of these and many other individuals,
the 2008 bid would never have got off the ground, let alone
have reached the chambers of power at UEFA.
Whilst the full story behind Scotland and Ireland's failure
to win the right to host the Championships is yet to surface
(but keep an eye on UEFA, the Scotland 2008 pages and the
TAMB for any information), we at NATA want to take the time
to recognise the hard efforts of the individuals above in
making the bid, if not the dream itself, a reality.
To all those responsible (you know who you are, even if
I've forgotten your names!), NATA (and the Tartan Army in
general) salute you. Thank you for giving us all so much hope,
and do not lose heart.
Paul & NATA, 12th December
Monday 9th December 2002
Keepin' it fresh, NATA Online now had two brand new sections
for your delight and delectation - and best of all, we need
YOUR input to help them grow. Check out the Tartan Army Look-alikes
and the Tartan Army Quotes sections and email us with any
suggestions (or complaints, if you take yourself far too seriously!).
This is in addition to all the usual gems you'll have come
to know and love us for:
The Tartan Army Look-alikes is a brand new page highlighting
what you've always thought but been too polite to say! It
may have a slight NATA bias at the moment, but that's where
you come in!
Also brand new to NATA is You Said What? A Colemanballs
for the Tartan Army generation - the pick of the quotes
from the most recent trips. There may only be a few at the
moment, but from small acorns...
The Portugal diary account weighs in at another 3,000
words plus, but then you wouldn't expect anything less now,
And as ever, it's illustrated with a glut of photos -
91 in total: here (42 of Porto Sat-Mon) and here (49 Braga
The T-shirts page has been updated with the latest fashions
- see the Braga special here
And a timely update has been carried out on the Travel
details page, including Turkey info (for the "Future
You can now get NATA Online on the move on your mobile
phone with the new NATA WAP site (go to http://tagtag.com/nata,
but not here, you fool! On your phone!). It's only just
begun, but expect a pared down version of the real site
with details of recent updates and a link to the Ananova
section on Scottish football news.
Finally, doesn't anyone care about the future of Scottish
football? VOTE NOW in the NATA poll, and don't have me tell
With no games for a few months (lack of annual leave has
ensured that there will be no NATA representation in Mainz)
means that I can now have a crack at the Korea and Hong Kong
updates, so watch this space (but don't hold your breath!)
- expect some more updates to the two new pages in the coming
weeks as well. There is also the small matter of a reconnaissance
trip to Frankfurt in December to check out the city attached
to the airport that many of us know so well.
Cheers and Merry Christmas,
Paul & NATA
Sunday 10th November 2002
Just one week to Portugal and I'm still supposed to be off
the bevvy (and onions, and garlic, and curry, and...), however,
just like Don Hutchison, I'm itching to get back in to the
thick of things, so I may well be dipping a toe in the port.
What do you get if you give a sober man on a week-long
Tartan Army jaunt to Iceland a digital camera? Over 400
photos! Around a quarter of these are online, available
here (27 of Thurs & Fri), here (36 of Sat & Sun)
and here (55 of Mon - Wed)
The Iceland diary account is also up and running - it's
actually two separate articles pinned together (and is therefore
a wee bit tamer than usual). Don't worry though, the truth
will out eventually about the Bananaman and Nature Boy episodes,
let alone the hard work put in by the Inverness boys for
We have a brand new Poll on the most exciting upcoming
attacking talent in Scottish football - check out the results
of the away shirt vote on the Polls Archive page.
The Travel Page has been fully updated - the Trip Countdown
has been updated to reflect the Lithuania trip (it's a long
way away at the moment!), and the list of known and rumoured
fixtures has been brought up to date.
The T-shirts Page 2002 Trips Collection has been updated
with the Iceland slogans - modern technology enabled NATA
to model no less than four different designs - which one
is best? You decide...
NATA has teamed up with the oldest established Tartan
Army club, Lunnainn Albannaich, and we are now affiliated
in terms of membership enquiries and ATAC representation
etc - read more about this here.
I'll be doing my utmost to get a Portugal update on by Christmas,
but given I have my birthday, the Loony Alba St Andrews Night
and a trip to Edinburgh taking up three weekends out of four,
please don't be too disappointed. Remember, if you are looking
for something to read to keep you going, and the older diary
accounts don't appeal, why not see if you suggest any new
additions to the Travel Essentials on the Joy of Talc page?
Cheers, Paul (NATA Fat Man and
Wednesday 2nd October
Not a full update, but as a friendly has been arranged in
Portugal at the last minute, I felt it only right to get the
details on the Travel page. Whilst you're here, you may as
well check out the two new songs on the Songs Page (thanks
to Nigel Bruce for one of them).
Saturday 14th September
NATA are back with a vengeance - despite a well-publicised
illness to Paul (the ongoing stomach saga - see the Joy of
Talc pages - has come to head with some hardcore medication
and an instruction to stay off the bevvy for 2 months), the
site has been updated with a veritable feast of juicy morsels,
An epic (3,000 words!) Faroes diary account from the sober
pen of Paul - a long read but I hope you find it worthwhile!
No less than 88 photos from the Faroes trip, on not one
but two pages (taking the total photo count to well over
Ten photos from the Denmark home match have been added
to the Miscellaneous Photos page
As have 8 photos of Helen's victory in the ATAC Ladies
Penalty shoot-out (courtesy of ScottK)
The T-shirt page has been updated with the 2002 batch
to date, including our acclaimed Misbehavin' in Torshavn
The Travel details page has been updated, and the countdown
now points to the Iceland game
A brand new topical poll about Away shirts has been added
And to allow you to check out the results of previous
polls, a brand new page has been added to show all the previous
Topical Poll results
Due to the millstone hanging around my neck that is the
Korea and Hong Kong updates (see the News Archive page for
the saga of my hard-disk failure) I've decided to push on
with other updates with a view to updating the Far East details
in due course. The fact that I got a new digital camera before
the Denmark match, and still have no less than 10 developed
films to sift through from the Far East has also contributed
to this decision! However, in order to satisfy some of the
public demand to see photographic evidence of the trip, I've
taken the rare step of putting photos on the this page, as
a wee taster of what is to come.
In all honesty, it's unlikely that the site will see another
update until after Iceland, as I will be putting some time
into the Worthing FC Supporters Association web site that
I am also running, but please have a look around, vote in
the new Poll, and even sign the Guestbook.
Cheers again for everyone's
patience in waiting for this update, Paul
Thursday 1st August 2002
Excuses, excuses... a fatal hard-disk error 4 weeks ago
scuppered the update I was planning, so I'm afraid it's still
a wee while away, but fear not NATA Online will return! In
the meantime, I can reveal details of a very special new NATA
product on it's way - check out this link for the MUST HAVE
item in the North Atlantic.
Cheers, sorry about the delays,
and thanks for your patience,
Friday 28th June 2002
Hello, and apologies again for the late updating of the
site. The Far East trip was great, but I've been a wee bit
busy since I got back, and as a result the web site has had
to take a back-seat. I have been elected Chairman of the newly-formed
Worthing FC Supporters Association (you can see the WFC web
site here), and there's been a lot to do to get things off
the ground. In between this, we've squeezed in a trip to Perth
for the ATAC Sevens (where Ally Maciver won the joint Player
of the Tournament award whilst playing for NOSTA and Helen
won the Ladies Penalty Shoot-out for Loony Alba) and we're
squeezing in trips to London, Lille and Brussels.
Anyway, many great photos of the Far East have been taken
(mostly by ally on his shiny new camera) and I am in the process
of gradually formatting them in between everything else. Please
check back soon, when we hope to have at least some of the
Hong Kong photos
Hong Kong Diary
Upcoming travel update
And maybe even a new Questionnaire!
In the meantime, why not look over some old photos, read
about our past misadventures, or plan for a trip with this
list? You should also check out the excellent new Lunnainn
Sunday 12th May 2002
Well, a week turned into a month, but here's the new NATA
update. And just in time too, as I'm jetting off to Korea
tomorrow (complete with my freshly sprained ankle!) to watch
the 3 game Far East tour. So, here's the all-new NATA update,
just one game behind again (Aberdeen photos due when I get
back from holiday):
Paul's diary account of 4 days in Paris is now online,
An amazing 45 photos of Paris can be found here (Tues &
Thurs) and here (matchday), taking the amount of photos
on the site to just shy of 400!
The Joy of Talc page has had a new addition courtesy
of Paul's sleeping habits, plus an amendment to Loo Roll
entry (at the insistence of Bob, aka Tartan Army Casualty).
The words to the Don't bend down song, a catchy wee ditty
about a tefal-headed Swedish manager, are on the Songs page.
The travel page now reflects the upcoming Far East trip,
as well as the somewhat optimistic Brazil rumour.
The links page has also been updated with links to the
ATAC site, the new Black Earnside Tartan Army, the website
of the infamous "Black Douglas" (see Heids on
Sticks), and the holding page for the somewhat controversial
Internet Tartan Army (aka WEBTA).
When did you last send a Tartan Army Postcard?
And don't forget to vote in our highly topical poll about
favourite home shirts.
That's all from us for the time being. After Korea/Hong Kong
I hope to bring you the usual mix of photos and tales, along
with some photos from Aberdeen and a new questionnaire (remember
them? You can look over the old ones here).
Monday 8th April 2002
Apologies for a reduced update for now, but a bout of food
poisoning on my return from France, coupled with a hefty chest
cold, have combined to limit my creative output for the time
being. The France photos are here and will be scanned shortly,
so I hope to have a further update next weekend.
For the time being, check out:
The diary account of the trip to Bath for the U-17 match
14 photos from that very game.
Updated information on Away Travel, with details of the
Hong Kong/Korea rumour
And lastly, friendlies notwithstanding, the Countdown
has been switched to the Faroe Islands match
Please check back in a week or so to see photos from Paris,
a Paris diary account, and updates to the Joy Of Talc and
T-Shirt Gallery pages.
And lastly, NATA will be in Aberdeen on the 16th, with Paul
& Helen flying Easyjet from Luton and looking forward
to a "Leo Sayer" with Ally & Sue. The Inverness
Boys will be joining the proceedings early afternoon.
Monday 4th March 2002
Less than a month to Berti's first game in France (check
the exact time left on our new-fangled countdown), and Paul
and Helen are planning a wee warm-up on Friday 8th March in
Bath for the Scotland U-17 match with Lithuania, along with
representatives from Loony Alba and the Wee Midges and Swindon
Tartan Armies. Speaking of travel, the poll results are in
- 56 people voted, with Germany coming out on top with 29%,
Iceland and France close behind in joint second with 25% each,
Lithuania capturing the imagination with 16% and puffin-fanciers
bringing up the rear with 5% for the Faroes - take the new
Back to the front, a bumper update this month, featuring
We now have dates for the qualifying games, along with
some sketchy travel plans, on the Travel Page
Also check out the Travel Rumours section for speculation
on possible games against China, Morocco, Norway and Nigeria
The Fat Man is in the chair for this month's NATA questionnaire,
where he reveals a disturbing fascination with Jenny Agutter.
The "Song That Shall Not Speak It's Name" now
boasts an amazing 50 verses (split into 3 sections), and
has it's own page here.
The Links Pages has been updated, specifically with links
to ATAC (The Association of Tartan Army Clubs), The Wee
Midges TA and the Pompey TA
Two new photos have been added to the Latvia home gallery
(inc Billy McNeill in action and Rich actually smiling)
And last, but not least, we took delivery of a new batch
of NATA badges at HQ this week, in time for the France trip,
as supplied by Black Dragon Badges. See them here, or read
more about them and their predecessor on the T-Shirt Gallery
Tune in again early April to get the lowdown on France,
a possible new-look TA listings (postponed from this month
due to technical difficulties), and various other morsels
of information. Between now and then (in fact, in the next
few days) the site is due to get it's 5,000th hit, which is
not bad for a wee Tartan Army from a Hampshire village!
Cheers, Paul & NATA.
Monday 4th February 2002
So, it's sunk in that there'll be no sun, sand and sangria
in our Qualifying group, as we await our Northern European
tour. A preview of the destinations, along with a bit of rumour-mongering,
can be found on the vastly-improved Travel Page.
The results of January's new manager poll are in, with Nevio
Scala (now Shakhtar Donetsk's manager) a firm favourite with
40% of the vote. Jim Leishman came in second with 23%, the
Troussier (20%), Vogts (10%) and Craigy Brown (8%). Unsurprisingly,
Rioch and Graham failed to catch the imagination and scored
zero! Check out the new poll above.
Also, the questionnaires have now become bi-monthly, as we'll
run out of interviewees too quickly at current pace.
So, all in all, this update brings you:
22 photos of the madness and mayhem surrounding the Latvia
And 15 photos of the trip to Prague to see what might
have been - Czech Republic vs Belgium, Nov 2001
Travel previews on all 4 destinations, along with speculation
surrounding an April friendly
A new poll - "what trip are you most looking forward
to?" - see above
Friday 25th January 2002
The draw for the Euro2004 Qualifiers was made today, with
Scotland drawn in Group 5:
The dates for these matches will not be known for a few
weeks, and NATA Online will be updated as soon as they are
known. In the meantime we will have a preview of each destination
from next Sunday night (3rd February) on the Travel Details
First thoughts from NATA: Expensive!
Happy Burns Night to all!
Monday 7th January 2002
Welcome back to the "all-new for 2002", re-launched
Netley Abbey Tartan Army Online web site.
We're back with big plans for the future, with regular updates
(at least one per month) and a whole host of new features.
To kick-off the New Year, we have set up a Tartan Army Postcard
page, where you can send your friends TA images with your
We will also have topical polls (see above), with at least
one per month - hopefully this month's question will be resolved
sooner rather than later by the SFA!The Travel Details page
now boasts a countdown to the kick-off of the next game (currently
believed to be the France away match).
Other additions since the last update:
Meet NATA - it's the turn of Sue (aka The Sick Chick)
to sit in the NATA hot-seat.
Four members of NATA went to Prague to see the Czech
Republic v Belgium play-off. Read all about it here (photos
to follow in February's update)
As we've moved web-space provider, we've also moved Guestbooks
- please sign the new one here. The 2001 Guestbook can still
be seen here.
Another 6 Brussels photos have turned up and been added
to the Belgium 1 gallery
And two odd photos have been added to the Miscellaneous
Please check back early-February for the next update, which
Photos from the Prague 2001 trip
Photos from the Latvia home game
A brand-new Topical Poll
News and reaction to the Euro2004 Qualifying Draw (due
on Burns Night, 25th Jan)
And a new Monthly Questionnaire from another member of
Please Note: Links within this
page have been removed as the Jan 2003 update will have rendered them