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THE SCOTTISH SUN 🔵 I’m a Hollywood actor but I have connection to a record-breaking Scottish ref

DOUGRAY SCOTT grew up with football in his blood, having heard stories from his dad during his playing days at Queen’s Park.

But it took the Hollywood actor 58 years to discover his connection to the beautiful game doesn’t just end there.

Dougray Scott is football-daft and discussed his love for the game in the BBC documentary

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Dougray Scott is football-daft and discussed his love for the game in the BBC documentaryCredit: BBC
He presented the doc looking into the history and origins of football

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He presented the doc looking into the history and origins of footballCredit: BBC

The Mission: Impossible 2, Taken 3 and Hitman star took part in a BBC documentary ‘Dougray Scott: Bringing Football Home‘, which followed the actor as he embarked on a journey back in time to the origins of football and the long-lasting rivalry between Scotland and England.

In the doc, Dougray learns that while England claim to be home of the sport, the real history is actually very different.

It’s revealed that it would never have been the same without the Scots’ influence down south and that Scotland is actually the home of modern day football.

That’s because it’s where the passing game that we know today was first introduced.

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Footie-daft Scott, who immortalised the great Matt Busby in BBC’s United – a dramatisation and retelling of the shocking Munich air disaster in 1958 – was blown away by some of the revelations from various historians.

But he was particularly gobsmacked to find out that he is related to not one, but THREE former referees.

And one of them made history by officiating FOUR different matches between Scotland and England.

It’s a record that is still held to this day.

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His great uncles – James, Tom and John – all refereed at the highest level, but Tom was a step above the rest.

During his career which panned across 26 years between 1908 and 1934, he took charge of eight international fixtures – four of which were Auld Enemy clashes.

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He also stunningly took charge of 11 Scottish Cup finals, starting in 1910 with Dundee vs Clyde and finishing with Celtic vs Motherwell in 1933.

Tom followed in the footsteps of his elder brother James, who spent just two years as a top flight whistler between 1902 and 1904.

It was a short career at the top of the game but he has an ever-lasting legacy as one of the founders of Scotland’s first Referee Association in 1903.

Third referee in the family John, who was 10 years younger than Tom, spent four years in the first division in the 1920s.

Football historian Andy Mitchell uncovered the unbelievable story and discussed the referees with Scott during the documentary.

After being shown proof of his famous great uncles, the actor replied: “Did he really? That’s my dad’s uncle? That’s unbelievable. 

“I had no idea I had these connections to those early internationals. I’m even more invested in the rivalry than I thought. »

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He added: “Reclaiming Scotland’s place in the history of football suddenly feels personal.”

Dougray Scott caught with with footie historian Andy Mitchell

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Dougray Scott caught with with footie historian Andy MitchellCredit: BBC
The actor was shown proof of his great uncle as a referee

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The actor was shown proof of his great uncle as a referee
Mitchell created a family tree for Scott to look back in history

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Mitchell created a family tree for Scott to look back in history


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