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The BBC's James Cook
Heads held high - Scottish fans return
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Thursday, 18 November, 1999, 11:24 GMT
Cheers and tears for Scotland
The Tartan Army: Still singing

Scotland supporters heading home from London say they did not know whether to laugh or cry after their team's 1-0 victory over England.

Many a tartan-clad fan has admitted doing both after their team was denied a place in the Euro 2000 finals because of England's 2-0 victory in the first leg.

After the game Scottish supporters stayed behind in the stadium to cheer their team and tears were seen in the eyes of even the burliest fans.

Loyal Scotland followers, gathering at Euston station to catch northbound trains, say they out sang the England supporters.

"The atmosphere was electric," one fan told the BBC.

It was also a night of mixed emotions for England fans.

This was only the second Wembley defeat for England in any major qualifying competition.

39 arrests

Immediately after the final whistle, England fans in central London poured out of West End pubs and headed for Trafalgar Square.

The flag of St George was hoisted but by midnight most fans had gone home.

The second leg has been described by fans and police as a largely peaceful and friendly affair.

There was some isolated trouble, with 56 supporters injured and 39 arrested in central London.

The Metropolitan Police had adopted a policy of "zero tolerance" towards hooliganism and they say it seems to have paid off.

"The number of arrests was comparatively small," said a spokesman.

"The vast majority of fans enjoyed the match in a responsible and good-natured way.

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