Wembley Wizards – 1928

On this day (31st March) in 1928 Scotland defeated England 5-1 at Wembley Stadium. It was a remarkable result at the time and remains one of Scotland’s most famous wins against England.

The players became immortalised as the ‘Wembley Wizards’. The match ball with the signatures of the players can be found on display in the Scottish Football  Museum here at Hampden Park. It only survived because goalkeeper Jack Harkness stuffed it up his jersey at the end of the game as the Scotland fans invaded the pitch and mobbed the players. Years later Jack became President of the Scottish FA and he gave the ball to the Association.

The referee, Willie Bell, was Scottish and a signed photograph of him taken before the game as well as his ‘Acme Thunderer’ whistle can also be seen on display here at the Scottish Football Museum.

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