Top Five Scotland v England matches at Hampden

With the 114th Scotland v England game upon us, we look back at the top five ‘Auld Enemy’ clashes to be played at our historical National Stadium Hampden Park:

Scotland v England, British Championships, Hampden Park 09/04/1921

The 45th meeting between the two countries aroused as much interest as ever in Scotland; with a great 100,000 crowd present at the kick-off.

The game was marred by a gusting, strong wind blowing the ball at a fast rate over the hard turf. England played a fast, hard game but could not find a way to beat Jock Ewart. Majority of English attacks were snuffed out by a Scottish back-line of Stewart Davidson, George Brewster and James McMullen.

After 20 minutes, Scotland took the lead when the Aston Villa full-back, Smart, hesitated and gave away a corner.  Alan Morton hit the cross to the near post, Gough’s punch to the ball was missed, resulting in Andy Wilson to shoot home from a couple of yards.

The home side won the game in the second half. Morton attempted a difficult shot from the touch line, it was a shot which should have been collected by Gough but he let the ball through his hands and under the bar. England rallied but could not recover from the set-back and, in the 57th minute, went further behind. Alex McNab ran down the right wing and put a perfect cross which Andy Cunningham, standing perfectly positioned near the penalty spot met with his head. There wasn’t much force behind the Rangers’ forward header but the sad Gough dived too soon and the ball bounced over his left hand into the net. Beaten by a stronger side, England held on for over half an hour without conceding further goals.


Scotland v England, British Championships, Hampden Park 17/04/1937

Europe’s world record crowd of 149,415 were rewarded with a fine display. The first half was England’s by a mile. A tense crowd witnessed England playing some great football from right to left. Glasgow’s unanimous opinion was that the more talented team lost the match. England settled down to skid the ball sooner and better than the Scots. Stoke’s Matthews and Johnson thrilled the crowd with brilliant wing for ward raids. Johnston was unlucky not to have a penalty when Alex Massie brought him down when he was about to shoot from an ideal scoring position.

Despite all this England pressure, it was the home side who put the ball in the net first, but before the referee pointed to the centre, signalling a goal, the linesman’s flag went up and the referee reversed his decision. Five minutes before half-time England were rewarded for all their pressure and fine football with a magnificent goal. Barkas and Bray set the move going on  the left flank. Starling took Bray’s pass and placed the ball perfectly between Simpson and Anderson that Steele suddenly found himself unchallenged in a wide open space. He ran a few yards and shot past Jerry Dawson with a fine strike.

Scotland now shooting in the King’s Park end in the second half managed to level the game. The goal came after fine work from Massie of Aston Villa who passed the ball to his ex Hearts team mate, Tommy Walker, who in turn beat a man and slipped the ball to Frank O’Donnell finishing well. The play, the momentum and the roar from the crowd then on in drove Scotland towards a famous win.

The Scots took the lead when for the first time in the match, Young failed to clear properly and Bob McPhail scored from an unmarked  position. Two minutes from time McPhail scored again after confusion caused by Jimmy Delaney, leading to the Rangers forward to head in at the back post. Those who celebrated late into the evening of Saturday 17th April 1937 couldn’t possibly imagine how many momentous events, disastrous and calamitous would engulf the world before they could enjoy another carefree, after-match celebration following a visit by England to the national stadium.


Scotland v England, Hampden Park, British Championships 11/04/1964

The early chances in the game, during a wet stormy afternoon, fell to England. Liverpool’s talisman Roger Hunt would fail to hit the target early one chances arose.

And it was Jim Baxter and Denis Law began to take command of the midfield, whilst Willie Henderson was giving Ray Wilson all sorts of problems. The Scottish crowd as usual were behind their team but despite virtually non-stop attacks on the England goal the teams went in level at half time. This was mostly down to the superb defending by Bobby Moore and Maurice Norman.

As the second half unfurled, Baxter began to stamp his authority on the game, allowing both wingers to have more of an effect in this half. Davie Wilson would torment the left while Henderson occupied the right. The pressure from Scotland finally paid off on the 72nd minute when they got the goal they deserved. After being denied two penalty shouts by referee Leo Horn, Wilson swung in a corner from the left for Alan Gilzean to leap high to beat Gordon Banks to the ball and head home.

Above: Forsyth, Henderson, Wilson and Hamilton celebrate their victory over England in 1964.

Norman almost salvaged a draw for England in the last minute but his headed effort shaved the crossbar. It was the third time running England had been defeated, but one which they could have no complaints as Scotland fully deserved their victory.

Scotland v England, British Championships, Hampden Park 15/05/1976

England made the better start in the match and deservedly took the lead after ten minutes. Roy McFarland whose low cross was met by a fantastic diving header from Mike Channon; giving Alan Rough no chance.

Hampden was silent, but not for long. The men in blue made sure the terracing were rocking again. Seven minutes later, Scotland were level through Don Masson- jumping to meet an Eddie Gray cross, heading the ball into the corner of Ray Clemence’s goal.

Four minutes into the second half would see a goal scored for Scotland that will remembered by generations. Joe Jordan would outpace the Derby pair of McFarland and Todd before crossing to Kenny Dalglish. He turned and shot at the near post, Clemence seemed to have had it covered but the ball went through his legs and nestled in the English net. After that goal, the Scots remained on top, though they failed to add to their goal tally. In fact, with just minutes remaining it took a superb tackle from Tam Forsyth on Channon to prevent a late England equaliser; giving his team a memorable and much deserved victory.

Above: Kenny Dalglish scores to make it 2-1 to Scotland in 1976.

Scotland v England, Rous Cup, Hampden Park 25/05/1985

Following the demise of the British Championships, a new cup was introduced. The new trophy being contested for would be called the ‘Rous Cup’- named after Sir Stanley Rous. The game initially was to be played at Wembley stadium however, due to a riot between Luton Town and Millwall in London, the tie was moved to Hampden Park for safety reasons.

This match would see both sides under-strength; playing out a very poor first half for the crowd in the National Stadium. Though the game was one of ill-temperament. Ray Wilkins and Steve Archibald being booked after a bad tempered clash and within nine minutes of the restart, Viv Anderson was upended by Roy Aitken after attacking Scotland’s left hand side. As the match went on, England looked the more favourable to grabbed the victory. Chris Waddle would replace John Barnes and cause problems for the Scottish defence, though his final touch would let him down.

Then, against the run of play, Scotland were in front. Jim Bett would find himself in acres of space and placed a great cross into the box for Richard Gough to head the ball over Peter Shilton. England would press for the much craved equaliser but Scotland had no issue hanging onto their precious lead. This would be our last victory over England at Hampden.