"In 1980, in Moscow, I shared a room with Allan Wells, a fervently patriotic Scot, and me an equally patriotic Englishman. We never gave that a thought. The Olympics was and is far larger than that.
"I want to see young Scottish footballers have the chance to be part of it in 2012, and I rather fancy there will be many young Scots who would like to be part of it as well.
"We are committed to a GB football team. I have said it before: There will be a GB football team.
I'm not so sure that Allan Wells could give a tartan toss about a British team. In a 2000 Daily Mirror interview on whether there should be a Sporting Devolution and a Scottish team, Wells offered the following:
Wells said: "Nothing could compare to winning gold at the Olympics and I felt very proud to win it for Great Britain.
"But I'm a Scotsman first and foremost. That's my country and most Scots are deeply patriotic. It means everything to them.
"I would love to see more Scots on the medal podium and enjoying that success. It makes everyone feel so proud."
Hardly unequivocal. When I was a kid I was such a huge fan of Seb Coe that I whined on to my mum until she bought me the same Nike trainers that he ran in, much to her annoyance. But these days I think Seb Coe is a complete bell-end. His insistence on a British football team has nothing to do with football or the wishes of the fans, it is purely political and driven by his fanaticism for making the 2012 Olympics a success. He knows that it is football that will generate the huge crowds and interest that he wishes to see. The Olympics needs football, football does not need the Olympics.
Coe is aided and abetted by Lord Moynihan, who uses the same fatalistic language:
We must have a team at the 2012 Games, and we will have a team.
The Union flag fluttered in the away end at Hampden during a Scotland game for the first time since England last visited, back in 1999...Some of this lingering distaste was evident last night. "You're just a small part of England," sang their impressively vocal fans. There later came the perhaps more wounding "Are you England in disguise?" as Scotland struggled to break down their doughty opponents. "Are you Rangers in disguise?" was the predictable response from the Tartan Army.
In anticipation of a British team Gordon Brown has even approached a fellow Scot, and England hater, Alex Ferguson, to manage it:
"I have talked to him about it," Mr Brown said on BBC1's Olympic Breakfast.
"I think he would have to be approached formally by the relevant authorities but he is one of the people mentioned and he has not turned it down."
What the fuck? When did it become the business of the Prime Minister to appoint football managers?