Dundee City Councilor writes to SFA to demand more Scottish football matches be played in the city


A Dundee city councilor has written to the Scottish Football Association urging more international matches to be played in the city.

The move – by Labor’s Richard McCready – follows the international Under-21s that took place in Tannadice last week.

Councilor McCready attended both matches – the 2-1 victory over Kazakstan last Friday and the 2-0 loss to Belgium on Tuesday.

While acknowledging the recent success of the national team, he also pointed out that Scotland had not played a senior men’s international at Dundee since 1936.

Dundee City Councilor Richard McCready has written to the SFA to demand more Scottish football matches be played in the city.

In recent years, Scotland have played at Celtic Park and Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow as well as Hampden.

And they also played matches in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Kilmarnock.

Councilor McCready said: “It was great to get together at Tannadice to see two Scotland Under-21 international games last week.

“Although the results were mixed, it was great to see the SFA bring these games to Dundee. While Hampden is the birthplace of Scottish football, we have to recognize that the national team should be playing games across the country.

“I have written to the Scottish Football Association’s Managing Director Ian Maxwell thanking him for hosting these recent matches in Dundee and asking him to give careful thought to hosting other matches here in Dundee.”

He added: “These matches were an opportunity for many young people to see one of the national teams near them.

“It was great to see a lot of football teams meet outside the stadium before the game and go to the game together. Hosting international sporting events is good for the city.

“I want to support events that allow Dundee to showcase our city and put the city on the international map. I hope Dundee will be in the running to host future international men and women.

“I would also like to see Dundee host a Senior Women’s International. I know this is a big demand at a time when the senior men’s team is doing well, but I think it’s wrong that Dundee hasn’t hosted a senior men’s international game since 1936.

“I ask the SFA to consider coming to Dundee with a senior men’s international game at some point if Hampden is not available or if for some reason they expect participation to fit into Dens or Tannadice. “

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