Scotland vs England: Five classic matches


Glenn Moore
Saturday 15 November 2014 20:05

Glenn Moore looks back in time to some classic encounters between the Auld Enemies.

McPhail’s late goals break Hearts of Oak

17 April 1937: Scotland 3 England 1

In front of a crowd of 149,415 – still a record for an international in Europe – England walked out to “Heart of Oak”, the Royal Navy march, not “God Save the Queen”. They led through Southampton’s Fred Steele but Preston’s Frank O’Donnell levelled before Rangers’ Bob McPhail snatched two late goals. England did not lose again in Scotland for 25 years.

Bobby Charlton nets from Tom Finney’s pin-point cross

Charlton leaves an indelible mark

19 April 1958: Scotland 0 England 4

England’s first match after the Munich Air Disaster in which Duncan Edwards, Tommy Taylor and Roger Byrne, who had played in the previous match, perished. A survivor, Bobby Charlton, made his debut and scored. So did Blackburn’s Bryan Douglas and West Bromwich’s Derek Kevan (twice) as England won comfortably.

Centenary party gets the cold shoulder

14 February 1973: Scotland 0 England 5

Invited to celebrate the Scottish Football Association’s 100th anniversary, England proved rude guests, instead commemorating captain Bobby Moore’s 100th cap by thrashing their hosts. After a Peter Lorimer own-goal, Allan Clarke, twice, Mick Channon and Martin Chivers took advantage of some dire defending on a frozen pitch.

Clemence clanger is sweet revenge

15 May 1976: Scotland 2 England 1

To Hampden Park’s delight Scotland gained revenge for the previous year’s 5-1 drubbing at Wembley, with the winner coming after goalkeeper Ray Clemence somehow allowed a tame shot from Kenny Dalglish through his legs. Don Masson had previously cancelled out Mick Channon’s early goal.

Scholes paves way with double strike

13 November 1999: Scotland 0 England 2

Drawn together in a play-off to reach Euro 2000, England took a decisive first-leg lead, courtesy of a volley and a header from Manchester United’s Paul Scholes. Five players apiece were booked, including Scholes for his opening-goal celebrations. Scotland won 1-0 in the return at Wembley, but it was not enough.

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