Battle of Bannockburn anniversary: Ten memorable sporting moments when Scotland defeated England

The Battle of Bannockburn leads the way in the Scots' most famous defeats of the English, but they've also had success in the world of sport

The 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn has been remembered today as the Scottish recall Robert the Bruce's famous victory over King Edward II. 400 people joined the William Wallace Society in marching from Stirling Bridge the the battlefield to mark the occasion, which got us thinking.

The battle was not the only time the Scottish battered the English - especially on the sporting stage - so here are ten of the most memorable Scottish victories over the Auld Enemy.

Boxing

Jackie Brown vs Benny Lynch – 1935:

Benny Lynch remains Scotland’s only ever boxing world champion and his ascent to that status was made all the sweeter when he stole the title from an Englishman. The match was a one-sided affair and saw Brown knocked out in two rounds. In the short fight Lynch, then only 21, inflicted an impressive ten knock-downs on his opponent to seal his victory in style.

Football

England 2 Scotland 3 – European Championship Qualifier 1967:

The oldest international fixture in football history, dating back to 30 November 1872, was given added significance in this clash. Only a year after England had lifted the World Cup, Scotland went to Wembley and ended the Red and White Army’s brief world dominance. After the game Scotland became self-proclaimed ‘Unofficial World Champions’ which, according to then captain John Greig, was ‘as close as Scotland will ever get’ to success in football.

Darts

Jocky Wilson vs John Lowe – 1982:

Jocky Wilson became Scotland’s first ever World Darts Champion with this win over England’s John Lowe in 1982 and repeated the feat in 1989 with a tense victory over Eric Bristow, another Englishman. Wilson allegedly kept his nerve by drinking copious amounts of beer and ‘seven or eight vodkas’ before big matches. The troubled star suddenly retired from darts in 1995 and at the age of 46 moved into a council flat from which he barely left until his death in 2012.

Two-times world champion, Jocky Wilson, wins the 1989 Embassy World Darts Championship Two-times world champion, Jocky Wilson, wins the 1989 Embassy World Darts Championship Snooker

Stephen Hendry vs Jimmy White – 1994:

In this clash Scottish snooker Stephen Hendry cruelly denied Jimmy White his first World Championship. Despite beating White on three previous occasions, this victory remains memorable for the resilience Hendry showed in fighting back from 14-8 down to win 18-17. White actually led the deciding frame, but a missed shot on the black saw the tide turn tartan and inspired Hendry to victory.

Football

England 1 Uruguay 2 – World Cup 2014:

More a case of national bragging than an actual sporting achievement, but one Scottish fan was so delighted by England’s World Cup misfortune that he infiltrated the Uruguayan supporters in Sao Paolo to pose for pictures with the English opposition’s fans. To make his position clear, he was decorated with a Scotland flag and sported a tartan hat. It is also believed he was sat in the Italian section of the crowd in Manaus when England lost to Italy and, similarly to the myth of the Loch Ness Monster, he will now inevitably be sought out at every English defeat hereafter.

Tennis

Andy Murray beat Tim Henman – Wimbledon 2005:

2005 was the shifting point in British tennis. The unknown 18-year-old Scot, Andy Murray, beat England number one Tim Henman at the Swiss Open in Basel 6-2 5-7 7-6 (7-4). From then on it only got easier for Murray who so far managed to win two Olympic medals, two Grand Slams and became the first Brit in 77 years to have won Wimbledon.

Murray soon took the mantle from 'Tiger Tim' Murray soon took the mantle from 'Tiger Tim' London 2012

Last summer was particularly successful for athletes representing Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics as they came third in the medal table. There were, however, two parts of Britain much more successful than the rest of the United Kingdom: Yorkshire and Scotland. Scots managed to win 13% of the Team GB’s medals even though there was only 56 of them (10% of all Team GB athletes)

Rugby Union

In 1871 Scotland beat England in the very first rugby union international. It was played in Edinburgh in front of 4,000 spectators. Scotland scored two tries and a goal while England managed only one try. Since then Scotland won 42 times out of the 132 clashes between the two rivals, while 18 encounters ended in a draw in what is now famously known as the Calcutta Cup.

But there biggest victory in terms of impact came in the 2000 Six Nations Championship. With England going for the Grand Slam having overcome France in Paris and both Ireland and Wales at Twickenham, they travelled to Murrayfield confident of overcoming their old rivals. However, Duncan Hodge had other ideas, and his 19 points including a try was enough to overcome Martin Johnson's side and triupmh 19-13, sending the English home with their tails between their legs.

Football

Scotland 1-0 England – European Championship qualifying play-offs 1999:

In the Euro 2000 play-offs Scotland beat England at Wembley for the first time in 18 years. Don Hutchinson was the only goal scorer of the night. Despite the victory Scotland still failed to qualify to the tournament as they lost (2-0) to the Auld Enemy in the first leg of the play-offs and as a result 2-1 on aggregate.

Sir Chris Hoy admitted it was a strange feeling facing his Team GB team-mates Sir Chris Hoy admitted it was a strange feeling facing his Team GB team-mates Cycling

Sir Chris Hoy

At the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne Scotland beat England in cycling sprint. The two teams faced each other in the final. A big part of that success was Scotland’s pride Chris Hoy. “It was funny because your teammates for three-and-a-half years are all of a sudden your rivals,” said Hoy. The Scot thinks that their rivalry will now add the spice to the Commonwealth Games held this summer in Glasgow.

Sport
footballHe started just four months ago
News
Nigel Farage celebrates with a pint after early local election results in the Hoy and Helmet pub in South Benfleet in Essex
peopleHe has shaped British politics 'for good or ill'
News
One father who couldn't get One Direction tickets for his daughters phoned in a fake bomb threat and served eight months in a federal prison
people... (and one very unlucky giraffe)
Arts and Entertainment
Sink the Pink's 2013 New Year's Eve party
musicFour of Britain's top DJs give their verdict on how to party into 2015
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
(L-R) Amanda Peet as Tina Morris, Melanie Lynskey as Michelle Pierson, Abby Ryder Fortson as Sophie Pierson, Mark Duplass as Brett Pierson and Steve Zissis as Alex Pappas in Togetherness
TV First US networks like HBO shook up drama - now it's comedy's turn
News
i100
Travel
Pool with a view: the mMarina Bay Sands in Singapore
travel From Haiti and Alaska to Namibia and Iceland
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that? The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year

Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that?

The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year
Hollande's vanity project is on a high-speed track to the middle of nowhere

Vanity project on a high-speed track to nowhere

France’s TGV network has become mired in controversy
Sports Quiz of the Year

Sports Quiz of the Year

So, how closely were you paying attention during 2014?
Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry, his love of 'Bargain Hunt', and life as a llama farmer

Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry and his love of 'Bargain Hunt'

From Armstrong and Miller to Pointless
Sanchez helps Gunners hold on after Giroud's moment of madness

Sanchez helps Gunners hold on

Olivier Giroud's moment of madness nearly costs them
A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect