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"They Think 'Why Are We Playing These Plebs?'" - Legendary Scottish Coach Attacks England Fans

"They Think 'Why Are We Playing These Plebs?'" - Legendary Scottish Coach Attacks England Fans
By Conor Neville
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Several decades ago, the left-wing writer and literary critic Philip Toynbee delivered possibly the most scathing ever assessment of Twickenham regulars.

"A bomb under the west car park at Twickenham on an international day would end Fascism in England for a generation," he said.

Heavy stuff. An avowed Marxist, Toynbee was a likely figure to deliver such a verdict. (His daughter Polly is a columnist with the Guardian).

Jim Telfer hasn't recommended any militant or terrorist action. But the legendary ex-Scottish player and coach has no time for the place. He hates it and paints an unkind portrait of the home supporters.


Rugby Union has not traditionally been the sport of choice for Scottish Nationalists. But Telfer said that if any Scot ever thought about wanting separation from England, they should travel south and spend 80 minutes in the crowd at Twickers.

They'll be banging the drum for Indy Ref 2 well before the final whistle. Telfer spoke to the London Times;

Twickenham I find intimidating. The whole atmosphere is intimidating, there's so many of them, three tiers of them.

If you ever think about wanting separation from England just sit 10 minutes in Twickenham and listen to them.

They think they're superior and a lot of them will come from the south-east, bags of money and bags of this and bags of that. They don't appreciate the other team.

As Balls has noted before, a French crowd would a children's nativity play if they deemed that it didn't meet the requisite standard. But Telfer prefers the booing of the French crowds to the lofty and sneering dismissiveness of the Twickenham crowd.


In France, they boo the other team, in Argentina they boo the other team, in England, it's just disdain - "Why are we playing these plebs?"

I don't like Twickenham; a concrete jungle, nothing attractive about it at all.

Expect the SNP to be bulk buying tickets for the next England-Scotland match for the purposes of dispensing them among wavering voters.


Not content with referencing Scottish independence, Telfer was off referencing Donald Trump. England's bullish coach reminds Telfer of the new American President.

Eddie Jones doesn't want to beat teams, he wants to demolish them, which I find a bit disappointing.

The way he speaks, it's a bit like Donald Trump. He wants to be the big man, you know?

His goal is to win the World Cup in 2019 and so far it's gone well, but I think he could be a little more circumspect, show a bit more respect for the opposition.

He doesn't seem to show much respect and it could come back to bite him.

Read more: The Scots 'Look At Ireland With Great Envy. They Have Done For 16 Years'

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