Scotland fell to defeat to England and Japan in their opening group games, meaning they needed to beat Argentina. However, Shelley Kerr’s side surrendered a 3-0 lead against the South Americans in the final group game – that was not without controversy – and ensured they would be heading home on the plane earlier than hoped.
For Nick Docherty, though, it was an unforgettable experience.
He told the Falkirk Herald: “I was so proud. Being a parent and watching your son or daughter play at a World Cup – I don’t think there’s a better feeling than that.
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“There was a wee tear in the eye when the anthem came on before England. Since she was six years old she has dreamed of playing for Scotland at a World Cup and she’s now fulfilled that dream.”
Nick revealed he had to console Glasgow City full-back Docherty after the Argentina heartbreak.
He said: “She was in tears and I gave her a cuddle. I told her you get highs and lows in football and not to be too disappointed. They played third and seven seeds and had a great World Cup. There’s nothing to be disappointed about.”
He added: “People were coming up to me saying ‘you’re Nic Docherty’s Dad can we get a photo’. The support was excellent and the full country was behind them.”