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Guelph’s Scottish footy fans open the European Cup in style

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Guelph’s Scottish footy fans open the European Cup in style

Scottish and German fans packed the Fat Duck Gastro Pub ahead of the first match of Euro 2024

Now, that is an entrance!

A slew of Scottish footy fans arrived with flags in hand, and a bagpiper leading the way at a Guelph pub Friday afternoon, in anticipation of Scotland’s opening contest at Euro 2024.

Rob Dickie with the Guelph Pipe Band played for the gathered audience outside the Fat Duck Gastro Pub on Kortright Road, and later moved inside where there was a mix of Scottish and German fans sitting in anticipation.

The Scots walked in as clear underdogs against the host Germany, but that clearly didn’t sully spirits as fans remained enthusiastic and hopeful for the result.

It didn’t start well. They trailed Germany 3-0 at the half.

Scotland and Germany are in a group with Switzerland and Hungary.

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Rob Dickie with the Guelph Pipe Band plays the bagpipes inside the Fat Duck Gastro Pub ahead of Scotland’s opening match at Euro 2024. Mark Pare/GuelphToday

Three years ago, Italian and English fans gathered at Fat Duck and the Italian Canadian Club and watched as Italy defeated England on penalty kicks.

Italy is in Group B with Spain, Croatia and Albania.

The Fat Duck is just one of a number of spots in Guelph who will be showing games, leading up to the Euro Cup final on July 14.

Scotland and Germany played the lone match on Friday.

Most days will feature three games, while the odd day will have two games on the pitch, typically taking place beginning at 9 a.m. and running through the late afternoon in Guelph.

More information about the tournament can be found on its website.

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