A Sporting Nation

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20060724

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A look at the highs and lows of Scottish football over the past 130 years, with an assessment of the impact of football on the country and its occasionally fanatical supporters.

20060727

Scotland has produced great boxers from Benny Lynch in the 1930s to Scott Harrison now.

Richard Gordon explores the legacy of these men, and tells the amazing story of Scotland's Johnny Hill.

20060728

From the days of famed strongman Donald Dinnie, or Olympic Gold winner Wyndham Halswelle, to the successes of Liz McColgan, Scottish athletics has a distinguished history.

Richard remembers some of these figures, and explores whether there's any truth in the theory that the Scots are intrinsically better suited to individual events than to team games.

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A reflection on the great triumphs of the past in Scottish rugby, the impact of professionalism, and whether Scotland's international rugby team will ever be great again.

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Tracing the roots of golf and the great advances in technology pioneered by Scots, highlighting the recent resurgence of great Scottish players.

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In a new five part series, Richard Gordon celebrates sport in Scotland - the people, the places, the laughter and the tears.

The first in this series looks at football - Scotland without it is unimaginable.

From the terrific feats of the Wembley Wizards in 1928 and Celtic's European Cup victory in 1967 to the desperate events at the World Cup in Argentina in 1978, football affects the mood of the nation.

We look at the highs and lows over the past 130 years and assess the impact of football on the country and its occasionally fanatical supporters.

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Rugby in Scotland is at a crossroads - Richard and his guests reflect on the great triumphs of the past, the impact of professionalism, and whether Scotland's international rugby team will ever be great again.

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Richard Gordon celebrates sport in Scotland.

This week, take a ringside seat for his examination of boxing.

Scotland has a remarkable history of producing great boxers, from Benny Lynch in the 1930s to Scott Harrison in the present day.

Richard explores the legacy of these men, and tells the amazing story of our forgotten world champion, Johnny Hill.

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From the days of famed strongman Donald Dinnie and Olympic Gold winner Wyndham Halswelle to the successes of Liz McColgan, Scottish athletics has a distinguished history.

Richard remembers some of these figures, and explores whether there's any truth in the theory that Scots are intrinsically better suited to individual events than to team games.