World Cup Wanderers: West Germany 1974

Ahead of this summer's competition in Russia, gets in the mood by reviewing all former editions of the biggest tournament in football and the World Cup Wanderers who were in action!

The start of the 2018 World Cup is now less that two weeks away as our preview series takes us back to West Germany 1974 in our latest edition.

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With England failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since they first competed in the competition in 1950, Scotland were the sole home nation present at the 1974 World Cup in West Germany.

Then on the books of Manchester United, future Wanderers winger Willie Morgan was the Whites' sole representative at the tournament. 

Handed his international debut in 1967, Morgan scored in his only international goal in the Tartan Army's maiden 1974 World Cup qualifier as they won 4-1 away at Denmark before picking up three victories from four to book their place at the finals.

Unused for Scotland's opening game against Zaire as they won 2-0, the winger completed the full 90 minutes for their second outing as they fought out a 0-0 draw with reigning world champions Brazil.

Needing to win their final group game against Yugoslavia to guarantee progress to the knock-out stages, Morgan kept his place as a late Joe Jordan strike earned a 1-1 draw.

But despite finishing level on points with Brazil and Yugoslavia, an inferior goal difference saw Scotland exit the competition at the group-stages courtesy of their rival's respective 3-0 and 9-0 victories over Zaire.

Morgan would never play for his country again, though he bounce back from Scotland's World Cup exit to help Manchester United win promotion to the First Division in 1975.

Enjoying a short stint with Burnley, he signed for Bolton Wanderers in March 1976 and was a vital figure as the Whites twice narrowly missed out on reaching the First Division before eventually winning promotion to the top-flight in 1978.

Twice enjoying summer stints in the NASL with Minnesota Kicks and Vancouver Whitecaps during the close-season, Morgan left the Trotters to join Blackpool in September 1980 before hanging up his boots after one season with the club.

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