About the Danes

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - FORE! -

How did you feel about that? I was rag­ing be­cause the SFA had held a meet­ing and banned all five of us with­out invit­ing us to give our views. Most of the news­pa­per re­ports claimed the ban was be­cause all five of us had be­come in­volved in a drunken brawl, which was non­sense. I called SFA sec­re­tary Ernie Walker to say what they did must be against the rules – and he replied it wasn't be­cause they made the rules! I was so an­gry I told my fam­ily and friends I was quit­ting the game. I de­cided to wait un­til I had cleared my name and con­tacted a lawyer about tak­ing legal ac­tion against the SFA. I got a tele­phone call from one of their com­mit­tee say­ing if I dropped the case the bans on Arthur and I would even­tu­ally be lifted. The caller ad­mit­ted they knew Arthur and I had done noth­ing wrong but that they were un­der pres­sure to take stern ac­tion. I chose to go with that rather than the ex­pense of tak­ing the SFA to court. As promised, the bans on Arthur and I were lifted within a year. I played for Scot­land once more - un­for­tu­nately it was against Iran dur­ing our night­mare trip to the 1978 World Cup fi­nals.

Fletcher has won Cham­pi­ons League, English Premier League ti­tle and the FA Cup, but he still wants to ful­fil his ultimate dream and lead Scot­land to a ma­jor fi­nal.

The 27-year-old is un­der no il­lu­sions as to how dif­fi­cult qual­i­fy­ing for a big tour­na­ment will be.

“You dream of play­ing for your coun­try in fi­nals, whether it is a World Cup or the Eu­ros. I would hate it if when it is all over I never fea­tured in ei­ther,” he said.

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