One team in Tallinn: when Scotland kicked off against nobody – and still didn't win

Miroslav Radoman was a stickler for detail. The Yugoslav referee would, of course, treat this game like any other. And so it was that he and his two assistants took to the field at the Kadriorg Stadium, exchanged handshakes and formalities in the centre circle – coin toss included – before nets were checked and play could begin. 

Scotland duly kicked off their third game of World Cup 1998 qualifying on October 9, 1996; Billy Dodds, winning only his second cap, prodded the ball to new skipper John Collins, only for full-time to be declared three seconds later. Before the 600 or so jovial Scots on the terraces could finish their first chant, their full kit-clad heroes celebrated with mock glee and trudged back to the dressing room. 

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Joe Brewin

Joe was the Deputy Editor at FourFourTwo until 2022, having risen through the FFT academy and been on the brand since 2013 in various capacities. 

By weekend and frustrating midweek night he is a Leicester City fan, and in 2020 co-wrote the autobiography of former Foxes winger Matt Piper – subsequently listed for both the Telegraph and William Hill Sports Book of the Year awards.