DIARY: Putting the tartan army to one side to fight the 2006 cause for England

A Scotsman helping England to win the World Cup 2006 bid may seem as likely as David Beckham contributing an article to the Times Literary Supplement. But Gearald mac Griogair says that when he removes his tartan bonnet he is just a PR man with a story to tell. And that story involves the continuing sophistication of security at English football stadia - a vital part of the Football Association’s bid.

A Scotsman helping England to win the World Cup 2006 bid may seem

as likely as David Beckham contributing an article to the Times Literary

Supplement. But Gearald mac Griogair says that when he removes his

tartan bonnet he is just a PR man with a story to tell. And that story

involves the continuing sophistication of security at English football

stadia - a vital part of the Football Association’s bid.



Mac Griogair has managed to push the profile of client BSB Electronics,

which manufactures electronic access control systems, in the trade

press.



’The media has a responsibility to set a positive agenda,’ he says

hopefully.



Regardless of the debate’s merits, it is still a strange position for a

Scot to be in. He admits: ’I wear two caps.’



But even with the tam-o’-shanter pulled over his eyes, mac Griogair said

he wants the ’auld enemy’ to host the 2006 tournament. With bids from

South Africa and Germany, this is by no means a sure thing.



However, fans of the ’beautiful game’ know that, wherever it is held,

Scotland will qualify comfortably and then fail to proceed beyond the

first round, probably losing 1-0 to the Cayman Islands.



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