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From Monday 31st October Radio Scotland will be broadcasting a series of programmes on Scotland's sporting history. A Sporting Nation will focus on the social nature of sport in Scotland - how the sports were popularised, the social background of the participants in various sports, the effect sport has on its fans.

The programmes, presented by Richard Gordon, will be broadcast on Radio Scotland on five consecutive Mondays at 11.05am. You can listen to the programmes live at the Radio Scotland site or on demand here.

Programme One, 31 October 2005: Football
Scotland without football is unimaginable. From the terrific feats of the Wembley Wizards in 1928 and Celtic's European Cup victory in 1967 to the desperate events at the World Cup in Argentina in 1978, football affects the mood of the nation. We look at the highs and lows over the past 130 years and assess the impact of football on the country and its occasionally fanatical supporters.

Programme Two, 7 November 2005: Rugby
The game in Scotland is at a crossroads. Presenter Richard Gordon and his guests reflect on the great triumphs of the past, and whether Scotland's international rugby team will ever be great again.

Programme Three, 14 November 2005: Golf
The game Scotland gave the world was once dominated by home-grown talent. Richard Gordon traces the game's roots and the contribution the country has made to the sport. He also looks at the re-emergence of Scottish players on the worldwide circuit.

Programme Four, 21 November 2005: Boxing
Richard Gordon takes a ringside seat for his examination of boxing. Scotland has a remarkable history of producing great boxers, from Benny Lynch in the 1930s to Scott Harrison in the present day. Richard explores the legacy of these men, and tells the amazing story of our forgotten world champion, Johnny Hill.

Programme Five, 28 November 2005: Athletics
Richard Gordon looks at Scotland's athletics achievements over the years.

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