WILLO TALK: Andy Murray – the Scot’s a true Brit

Great Britain's Andy Murray in action against Germany's Benjamin Becker during day one of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 24, 2013. See PA story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No video emulation. No use with any unofficial third party logos.
Great Britain's Andy Murray in action against Germany's Benjamin Becker during day one of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 24, 2013. See PA story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No video emulation. No use with any unofficial third party logos.

WE’VE had some canny dust-ups with the Jocks over the years.

It was this week in 1314 that the Battle of Bannockburn took place.

I’m not really clued up on that one, it was never really mentioned much in my history lessons.

But according to Google, it got underway on June 24 and lasted a couple of days before the Jocks chased our lads back over the border.

Our neighbours still regale in that victory to this day, and mention it when they sing Flower of Scotland before football games or after a skinful of beer.

Fast forward through history and we’ve had a few more ding-dongs with the Scots, though recent form suggests we’ve got the upper hand.

I remember Gazza sending the Tartan Army home from Wembley back in 1996 with their tails between their legs, and also recall the Jocks having to play the proud American Mel Gibson as a ringer in Braveheart after finding out Sean Connery was busy.

Those two instances apart, the rivalry isn’t as strong as it used to be.

We can go up there on holiday without getting any chew and they’re more than welcome to come down here and enjoy our holiday hotspots like Blackpool any time they want.

As long as they don’t bring those dodgy Scottish tenners.

Anyway, on the anniversary of Bannockburn, wouldn’t it be nice if we could forget all about our cross-border rivalry for a fortnight or so?

Let’s stretch the hand of friendship over Hadrian’s Wall and all unite as one to get behind our boy Andy Murray at Wimbledon.

After years of being let down by Tim Henman and to a lesser extent the Canadian Greg Rusedski, surely this is the year Murray can end the British jinx and lift the famous trophy before a jubilant crowd on Centre Court a week on Sunday.

He warmed all of our hearts with a display of True Brit Grit to win gold in the Olympics and he filled us with a sense of British pride when he won his first Grand Slam at the US Open.

The bookies aren’t often wrong and they reckon Murray is one of the favourites to win in South London if he gets the luck of the draw.

I’m as patriotic as they come, but it would make me even more proud to be British if our lad gets the glory.

However, I’m telling you now if he gets beat off some big-serving Thai ladyboy ranked 483rd in the world in the early rounds then Scotland are welcome to him.