About the Danes
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.