Scotland legend James McFadden nets Golden Can

James McFadden will always be remembered for his goal against France, and has now been honoured with a Tennent's Golden Can

Published 1st Sep 2017
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Ten years ago next month, Scotland football hero, James McFadden, brought the Tartan Army to its feet when he smashed in a 30 yard goal against France in Paris, during a Euro qualifying match.

Ahead of Scotland’s crucial World Cup qualifiers against Lithuania and Malta, Tennent’s Lager have served the man himself the latest of its Golden Can awards.

Scotland’s favourite pint is calling on all football fans to rally behind the team and spur them on through these vital two matches as we look to qualify for Russia 2018.

James’ iconic goal proved that when times are tough, nothing is impossible. The strike has since gone down as one of the all-time great Scotland goals and marked James’ place in Scottish sporting history.

As a brand that’s engrained in Scottish heritage and culture, the Golden Can award is presented to those who have made their own significant contribution to the country through, music, arts and sport.

McFadden earned his first Scotland call up in 2002 at the age of just 19, scoring his first international goal against the Faroe Islands in 2004.

James went on to represent his country 48 times in total, netting 15 goals in the process.

Enjoying a club career that spanned 17 years, James scored 78 times over 380 games. His career started at Motherwell before going on to play for Everton, Birmingham City, Sunderland and St Johnstone.

He finally hung up his playing boots back where it all began at Motherwell at the end of the 2016/17 season.

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Picture: James McFadden with his Gold Can, Andy Barr

James McFadden joins a growing list of Scottish cultural and sporting Golden Can recipients who have taken their place in Tennent’s Lager history.

The list includes Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh; actors Karen Gillan and Martin Compston,; and music stars Biffy Clyro; Franz Ferdinand; Mogwai; Hudson Mohawk and Jackmaster.

Tennent’s Golden Can awards Scots who make an outstanding contribution to culture and sport as part of its ongoing Here to Serve campaign.

Scotland’s favourite beer is always open to suggestions from the public on who deserves to be served the coveted award, asking folk to get in touch through social media.

Alan McGarrie, Head of UK Brand Marketing at Tennent’s, said: “Tennent’s Lager is a long standing supporter of Scottish football and as the official beer of the Scotland National Team, and the county’s favourite pint, we thought it was only right that ahead of Friday and Monday’s vital qualifiers, we acknowledge an icon of the sport.

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"Some of James’ goals will live on in the memory of the Tartan Army forever, perhaps none more so than THAT goal against France 10 years ago. I’m sure a pint of Tennent’s or two were enjoyed that night.

We wish the Scotland team the very best of luck as we cheer them on in the games against Lithuania and Malta over the next few days.

"As always, let us know on social which Scottish hero should be awarded a Golden Can next.”

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