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Scottish influence on Catalan and Spanish football

EDM (Early Day Motion) 397: tabled on 28 April 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 12 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House welcomes the 125th anniversary of the first ever match between teams from different parts of Spain which took place on 25 April at the Velanova Velodrome between a team made up of Scottish factory workers from the Coats industrial colony at Borgonyá, and a team of players which would go on to help form the modern day FC Barcelona; recognises that the Scottish team was composed of players mainly from the Paisley area, with a teamsheet of Cochrane (captain), Paton, English, Munro, Lyies, Gerard, Cooper, Al. Nicol, A.Tong, H. Tong, Rushtong & King (sub) and that their team, Association Torelló, would go on to become the current club CD Borgonyá; notes that the current club continue to honour their Scots heritage with a small saltire on their black and white jerseys, the only two colours in which the factory thread was dyed, and the same kit design that Paisley team St Mirren play in; acknowledges that around 100 people attended the match, which resulted in a victory for the Barcelona select side; celebrates the Scottish influence on Catalan, Spanish, and wider global footballing history; and wishes CD Borgonyá the best of luck when football matches are resumed.