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 todoesn’t just end there.
The Mission: Impossible 2, Taken 3 and Hitmantook part in a BBC ‘Dougray Scott: Bringing ‘, 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 whileclaim to be home of the , the real 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 airin 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 athat 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.
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 topwhistler 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 theJohn, who was 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. 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.”
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