S10E35 Luke Shanley – the only TA in Belgrade

Scotland’s memorable playoff victory over Serbia, which sealed a first qualification for a major finals since 1998, missed just one thing – the Tartan Army. Whilst no fans were allowed to travel to Belgrade, one lucky paid up member of the Scotland Supporters Club was able to be there in his work capacity to witness the penalty shootout win which secured a spot at the delayed Euro 2020.

Sky Sports reporter Luke Shanley was the man who made every Scotland fan jealous by being in Serbia for the match. He shared his experience with Good John in what it was like to report on the build up to the game, watch from the sidelines in the rain as Scotland put us all through the emotional turmoil to get the job done, and giving the immediate post-match interviews, including one with a rather emotional Ryan Christie who summed up just what it was like to end more than two decades of pain.

As a result of being in Serbia, Luke has had to quarantine for 14 days, but it was well worth it. He’s now looking forward to the Euro’s and what Sky might do in the build up to the Finals, with hope he can get into Hampden and Wembley as a fan. He also had a very interesting wildcard for who should pen the Scotland Euro 2020 song!

Luke also penned a diary on his trip, which you can read via the Sky Sports website

(Acknowledgements for the intro and outro audio goes to the Scottish Football Association)

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