Dumfries’ battalion of the Tartan Army descended on The Crichton for a live screening of Scotland’s return to a top tournament after 23 years.

Almost 300 supporters filed into the fenced off area for beers, cheers and a few tears as the national team slid to a 2-0 defeat at Hampden against the Czech Republic.

However, the fans launched their own “Crichton Roar” in tribute to the team when they lined up for the Euro 2002 group D clash.

There was a rousing rendition of “Yes sir, I can boogie” five minutes before the start followed by a belting version of “Flower of Scotland” with every supporter on their feet while the teams lined up.

The football-in-the-park event was organised by Retro Productions and co-director Sandy Sweetman voted it a huge success .

He said: “We had 30 tables of six people and everyone paid a fiver to get in which included their first beer.

“We are running the summer garden event throughout the summer and as well as the football, we’ll screen the Formula One race plus the tennis at Wimbledon.”

The Tartan Army arrived in kilts, Scotland tops, See You Jimmy wigs and many were swathed in national flags for the occasion.

And they endured the customary roller coaster of emotions which accompanies following the Scotland team.

Expletives were shouted as decisions went against the team, heads were clutched in agony at the two goals plus hitting the crossbar and there were a few chants throughout the 90 minutes.

Among the first to file through to the event was Lee Clark, 25, from Dumfries. He said: “I was just a couple of years old the last time we played at a big tournament and obviously I don’t remember it. I just hope this is a good one for us.”

Now, tonight, it is the crunch clash with England.

All the seats are fully booked for the event at The Crichton and supporters will be geared up for the biggest game in years as Scotland battle to keep their Euro hopes alive.