Six nations, one Scottish dream down the years

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THEIR spirits were as jovial as their dancing as they took to the rugby pitch to celebrate Scotland’s 15-9 win over Wales.

Arms thrown in the air, their kilts waving in the wind, there was little that could have dampened the mood for these Scotland fans – pictured above – back in January 1984 as they danced a Highland fling at Cardiff Arms Park at the end of the gruelling game.

Scottish fans bring out the bagpipes and dance a Highland fling on the pitch to celebrate after the Wales v Scotland match at Cardiff Arms Park in January 1984

Scottish fans bring out the bagpipes and dance a Highland fling on the pitch to celebrate after the Wales v Scotland match at Cardiff Arms Park in January 1984

This weekend, with Six Nations fever at the maximum, there will be many Scotland supporters across the Capital hoping for similar scenes when their team takes on Ireland tomorrow at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Wales will also play Italy in Cardiff today, while England battle it out against France in Paris.

Back in February 1984 there was plenty for Scotland fans to cheer about at Murrayfield when their team thrashed England with an 18-6 win. Following the earlier win against Wales and triumphs over Ireland and France, Scotland completed the Grand Slam. Fans are pictured here – the score up in lights – with some waving a “Remember Bannockburn 1314” banner.

Through triumphs and defeats, rugby fans experience a whirlwind of emotions as they follow their teams. For many, it is a family affair with enthusiasts of all ages turning out to show support for their side.

These youngsters here celebrated the Scottish Calcutta Cup win against England in March 1990 with team manager Ian McGeechan at the Carlton Highland Hotel.

Scotland's Derek White, Finlay Calder and John Jeffrey line up in March 1990

Scotland's Derek White, Finlay Calder and John Jeffrey line up in March 1990

And in February 1976 a young Prince Andrew got his slice of excitement as he met players ahead of the Scotland v England Five Nations game.

Scottish fans 'Remember Bannockburn' as they celebrate an 18-6 win over England in February 1984

Scottish fans 'Remember Bannockburn' as they celebrate an 18-6 win over England in February 1984

team manager Ian McGeechan celebrates the 'Scottish Calcutta Cup win against England in the Carlton Highland Hotel in 1990

team manager Ian McGeechan celebrates the 'Scottish Calcutta Cup win against England in the Carlton Highland Hotel in 1990

Ian McLauchlan 'introduces Prince Andrew to Ian McGeechan and the rest of the Scotland team before the Scotland v England Calcutta Cup game at Murrayfield in February 1976

Ian McLauchlan 'introduces Prince Andrew to Ian McGeechan and the rest of the Scotland team before the Scotland v England Calcutta Cup game at Murrayfield in February 1976