20 Greatest Scotland vs. England Moments

Mark Jones@@Mark_Jones86Featured ColumnistNovember 17, 2014

20 Greatest Scotland vs. England Moments

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    Tuesday night will see Celtic Park play host to the latest instalment of the oldest international fixture in the world, as Scotland face England for the 112th time in 142 years of competition.

    With the pair well placed in their Euro 2016 qualification groups—and Scotland feeling particularly good about themselves following Friday night's win over the Republic of Ireland—it promises to be an intriguing evening in Glasgow.

    To get you in the mood for the clash, here are 20 great moments from the rivalry.

The First International Football Match in 1872

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    Hamilton Crescent in Partick, Glasgow, entered football folklore on November 30, 1872 when it hosted the first international football fixture ever played.

    Four-thousand people watched Scotland and England play out a goalless draw, with the Scottish side made up entirely of players from Queen's Park, who were then Scotland's premier club.

    These days, Hamilton Crescent is still the home of the West of Scotland Cricket Club.

Oval Thrashing Amid Early Scottish Dominance

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    Five months after Hamilton Crescent, England won the next meeting, 4-2, but then Scotland won nine of the next 11 fixtures over the following 10 years.

    Those wins included a 7-2 success at Hampden Park in 1878 and an impressive 6-1 away victory at the Oval three years later.

    These days, the Oval is of course well known as one of international cricket's top venues, but Scotland's national football team will always have their own piece of history there.

The 'Wembley Wizards' Hammer England in 1928

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    The British Home Championship began in 1884 and meant that matches between the old enemies began to have a little more meaning, with one of Scotland's most famous victories in the competition coming in 1928.

    Huddersfield Town forward Alex Jackson grabbed three goals and Preston North End's Alex James scored two as the Scots blew away England, 5-1, on their own turf, with the team going on to be dubbed "The Wembley Wizards" back in their homeland.

7 Up for England in 1955

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    Following the Second World War, England began to enjoy more dominance over their rivals and recorded a 7-2 win at Wembley in 1955.

    Wolves icon Dennis Wilshaw managed four goals, with Bolton's Nat Lofthouse (these days immortalised in a statue outside the Macron Stadium) and future England manager Don Revie also getting themselves on the scoresheet.

England Reach Cloud 9 in 1961

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    Even better was to follow for England at Wembley six years later, when the hosts hammered nine goals past unfortunate Scotland goalkeeper Frank Haffey, who emigrated to Australia soon after.

    A certain Bobby Robson opened the scoring for the hosts, with Jimmy Greaves grabbing a hat-trick, Bobby Smith and Johnny Haynes scoring two apiece and Bryan Douglas hitting the other goal in a 9-3 success, which remains the biggest in the long history of this fixture.

Baxter Secures Scottish Success at Wembley

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    Just two years after that 9-3 hammering, though, Scotland were in the middle of a three-game winning run against England, with the second of which undoubtedly the sweetest.

    Left midfielder Jim Baxter scored both goals—the second a penalty past debuting England goalkeeper Gordon Banks—to secure a 2-1 success that won them the Home Championship, a feat made even more impressive by the fact that the Scots were reduced to 10 men at 0-0 when left-back Eric Caldow broke his leg.

England Warm Up for World Cup Success with a Hampden Classic

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    There were, of course, more famous England victories in 1966, but a few months before the World Cup was won, Alf Ramsey's men edged out the Scots in a 4-3 thriller at Hampden Park.

    Geoff Hurst and Roger Hunt were working on their partnership ahead of the summer tournament and each scored in the first half, with Denis Law pulling one back for the hosts.

    Liverpool's Hunt scored again to make it 3-1, before Jimmy Johnstone scored twice for Scotland either side of a Bobby Charlton strike for the visitors, who held on to win.

Scotland Stun the World Champions at Wembley in 1967

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    In what many consider to be Scotland's greatest win over England, the visiting Scots won at the home of the world champions less than a year after their 1966 success.

    England were unbeaten in 19 games and lost to a Scotland side featuring four players who would go on to lift the European Cup with Celtic just months later.

    Denis Law, Bobby Lennox and Jim McCalliog struck for the visitors, with Jack Charlton and Geoff Hurst's strikes for the hosts proving to be mere consolations.

Kenny Dalglish Embarrasses Ray Clemence at Hampden

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    A year before he'd join him at Liverpool, Kenny Dalglish heaped embarrassment on England goalkeeper Ray Clemence in a Home Championship game in 1976.

    Mick Channon opened the scoring for the visitors before Don Masson equalised for Scotland, who won the game, 2-1, courtesy of a weak effort from Celtic's Dalglish squirming through the body of Clemence and into the net.

Scotland Fans Invade Wembley in 1977

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    A year later Scotland recorded another 2-1 win, this time at Wembley, as Gordon McQueen joined Dalglish on the scoresheet to deliver a memorable victory.

    This match is more often recalled, though, for the scenes at the full-time whistle as Scotland's fans invaded the pitch at the home of English football, creating some of the most memorable scenes ever witnessed in this rivalry.

Richard Gough Wins the Rous Cup in 1985

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    By 1985 the Rous Cup was formed to replace the Home Championship, and it was Scotland who won the inaugural competition.

    Richard Gough, then of Dundee United, grabbed the only goal at Hampden Park as Scotland won 1-0 against Bobby Robson's men.

Peter Beardsley's Magical Wembley Winner

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    At Wembley three years later, Peter Beardsley's fine early goal settled the contest, as the Liverpool man put his side's shock FA Cup final defeat against Wimbledon a week earlier behind him.

    Beardsley, one of England's best players in the 1980s, dummied a Gary Stevens throw-in, received a clever pass from John Barnes and dinked a the ball over Jim Leighton to score what proved to be the only goal of the contest.

    Who says English players have no flair?

Steve Bull Gets His Golden Moment

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    Steve Bull was a well-respected forward for Wolves in the lower leagues, and after two 50-plus goal seasons helped his team to consecutive promotions, he was rewarded with an England call-up.

    Great storytellers will know what happens next: Bull scored on his debut against Scotland at Hampden Park after coming on as a substitute, grabbing the second goal in a 2-0 win.

Uri Geller and David Seaman Combine to Frustrate Gary McAllister

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    Our next three moments all occured within about three minutes of each other, as England took on Scotland at Wembley in the group stage of Euro 96.

    The half-time introduction of Jamie Redknapp had livened England up, and they took the lead through an Alan Shearer goal before a Tony Adams foul on Gordon Durie gave the Scots the chance to equalise from the penalty spot in the 76th minute.

    Step forward Scotland captain Gary McAllister. As he ran up to strike the ball, it noticeably moved on the penalty spot—with television spoon-bender Uri Geller famously claiming that he was responsible from his position above Wembley in a helicopter—and David Seaman kept the kick out. It was a pivotal moment.

Gazza Becomes a Goalscoring Icon...

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    Just seconds later, an England break ended with Paul Gascoigne scoring one of the all-time great England goals to kill off Scotland's chances.

    Previously remembered for his tears during the World Cup semi-final in 1990, Gazza was always seen as one of the best England players of his generation, and he brilliantly flicked the ball over defender Colin Hendry and volleyed home.

    It was one of the all-time great Wembley goals and sparked an iconic celebration.

...And He Re-Introduces the World to the Dentist's Chair

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    After the goal, Gascoigne re-enacted the "dentist's chair" as he lay on the ground and got his team-mates to squirt water bottles into his mouth.

    The celebration was a reference to front-page tabloid stories on the eve of the finals, when England players were photographed being strapped to a chair and getting alcohol squirted into their mouths in Hong Kong.

    It was yet another moment that saw Gazza get taken into the hearts of a nation. 

Scholes Stuns the Scots in a European Championship Play-off

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    Scotland and England were drawn together in a play-off to reach Euro 2000, but the two-legged tie was pretty much put to bed by two Paul Scholes goals in the first half of the first leg at Hampden Park.

    A chest control and a cool finish from a Sol Campbell cross was followed 20 minutes later by a fine header from a David Beckham free-kick as Kevin Keegan's side put themselves in a commanding position to reach Belgium and the Netherlands, although the Scots weren't finished just yet.

Hutchison Keeps English Nerves Jangling

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    Four days later, many expected England to coast through the second leg at Wembley and book their place at the finals with a minimum of fuss, but Craig Brown's Scotland still had some fight left in them.

    Don Hutchison headed them back into the tie six minutes before half-time, but despite the Scots pushing and pushing for the second strike that would have taken the tie to extra time, England held on and won 2-1 on aggregate thanks to those two Scholes goals at Hampden.

    They celebrated more with relief than joy.

It's Miller Time at Wembley

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    Fourteen years passed without the two rivals meeting—the longest gap between the fixture—but when it did return, we witnessed a fine game at Wembley in August 2013.

    James Morrison and Theo Walcott traded early goals before Scotland retook the lead with this fine turn and shot from Kenny Miller.

    Collecting Alan Hutton's pass, the well-travelled forward spun away from Gary Cahill and cracked home a low effort past Joe Hart to put the Scots 2-1 up, but England were ready to fight back.

Rickie Lambert's Instant International Impact

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    Danny Welbeck soon levelled for England when he headed home a Steven Gerrard cross. England's winner came in barely believable circumstances when international debutant Rickie Lambert headed home a Leighton Baines corner with his first touch in international football.

    For Lambert, who had risen up through the ranks of the game after being released from Liverpool as a teenager, it was almost the perfect fairy-tale moment of his varied career, and it was just the latest in a series of instances that makes this rivalry so special.


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