Watch: 'Toepokes and Tragedies' - Scots band creates song to spur Scotland onto victory in Euros

Scots band Rudebeard has released a song, Toepokes and Tragedies, to try to spur the Scotland national football team onto victory in the European Football Championship this summer.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 4:45 pm

"It’s been 22 years since Scotland has qualified for a major tournament and it’s pretty exciting to think that the Tartan Army could soon be belting out our song,” said Rod Drysdale, vocalist with Fife-based Rudebeard.

Drysdale, from Glenrothes, wrote Toepokes and Tragedies over 20 years ago after Scotland was narrowly defeated by Brazil in the opening game of the 1998 World Cup.

“The idea was to dust the song off and re-release it whenever we qualify, which hasn’t happened since – until now,” he said.

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Rudebeard, from left to right: John Macfarlane, Becky Verdon, Gordon Davidson, Ali Hendry, Rod Drysdale, Graeme Mearns and Adam Lawson. Picture: Contributed

"We sent a copy of the song to the SFA when Scotland were taking part in the Euro 2000 qualifiers and Craig Brown, the team’s manager, got in touch with us to say that he played it to the team before their defeat at Wembley to the England squad.”

Rod, who supports Hibs as well as the national team, said the song was a ‘labour of love’ and hopes that Toepokes and Tragedies will find a special place in the hearts of Scotland supporters.

His band formed in 2018 as a Ska group, inspired by Two-tone bands such as Madness and The Specials.

"The song is definitely a labour of love,” he said.

“We are not trying to make any money from it and it is for zero profit, we just want it to be in the hearts and minds of the Tartan Army when Scotland play.

"Throughout Covid there has been some crazy results for the underdogs in football and I wouldn’t rule anything out when it comes to Scotland – there is no expectation for us so there is no reason that we couldn’t pull it out of the bag.

"We will be playing England at Wembley which will be a tough match, but we always turn up against them so everything is up for grabs.

"If Scotland qualifies for the World Cup in Qatar in 2022 we’re going to shoot a new desert themed video for the song.”