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Auld Enemy


Scotland 1-3 England
(Robertson 83' ; Oxlade-Chamberlain 32', Rooney 47', 85')
18th November 2014, Celtic Park, Glasgow - Vauxhall International Challenge Match
Match report and highlights

England 3-2 Scotland
(Walcott 29, Welbeck 52, Lambert 70 ; Morrison 11, Miller 48)
14th August 2013, Wembley Stadium, London - Teenage Cancer Trust Challenge Match
Match report and highlights

England 0-1 Scotland
(Hutchison, 39)
17th November 1999, Wembley Stadium, London - Euro 2000 play-off 2nd leg

Scotland 0-2 England
(Scholes, 21, 49)
13th November 1999, Hampden Park, Glasgow - Euro 2000 play-off 1st leg

England 2-0 Scotland
(Shearer 53, Gascoigne 79)
15th June 1996, Wembley Stadium, London - Euro '96

Scotland 0-2 England
(Waddle, Bull)
27th May 1989, Hampden Park, Glasgow - Rous Cup

England 1-0 Scotland
21st May 1988, Wembley Stadium, London - Rous Cup

Scotland 0-0 England
23rd May 1987, Hampden Park, Glasgow - Rous Cup

England 2-1 Scotland
(Butcher, Hoddle ; Souness pen)
23rd April 1986, Wembley Stadium, London - Rous Cup

Scotland 1-0 England
25th May 1985, Hampden Park, Glasgow - Rous Cup


1872 First ever Auld Enemy clash
Scotland v England on the 30th November 1872 was the first time the sides met and was also the first ever official International football match. Fittingly, the match fell on St Andrew’s Day and the venue was the West of Scotland cricket club’s ground at Hamilton Crescent in Partick.

All of Scotland’s players were from Queen’s Park F.C, selected by captain and goalkeeper Robert W. Gardner. England’s players were selected from nine different clubs by captain Charles Alcock, though he was unable to play on the day due to injury.

Four thousand spectators turned up to watch the game, which eventually finished in a 0-0 draw.

1878 Scotland v England
Despite the strong wind and the threat of rain a large crowd of around 15000 watched the match at the 'first' Hampden. Special trains and horsedrawn cabs were provided to cope with the large crowd. The match was played under English rules and one of the more successful tactics employed by the English team was their one handed hurl used at throw ins. On a number of occasions Charles Campbell (Hall of Fame) had to clear his defensive lines by heading out the long throws.

The assured combination play of the Scots backed by a strong wind created a four goal lead at half time, but with both teams changing ends it was expected that England would come back into the match. To the surprise of most Scotland managed to dominate the early exchanges and added to their lead. England came into the match late on and managed to score two goals but even the loss of the Rangers full back Tom Vallance through injury could do little to affect the final result.

1928 Wembley Wizards
A rain-soaked Wembley Stadium was the setting for one of the all time great Scotland v England fixtures. Despite an early scare when English forward Billy Smith hit the post, Scotland were in an attacking mood and Alex Jackson headed the opener after just three minutes. A resolute performance by the opposition rearguard prevented the visitors from adding to their tally, nevertheless they couldn’t hold on and Alex James scored the second just before half time with a left foot strike.

Scotland raised their game in the second half, dominating play and undoing their opponents with sublime skill and excellent teamwork, inevitably leading to a third goal scored by Jackson, again with his head.  A fourth followed soon after, Alex James netting his second with the team seemingly able to score at will.

As the end of the game drew closer, Alex Jackson completed his hat-trick.  To the credit of the England players, they didn’t give up and Bob Kelly scored a consolation from a free-kick, leaving the final score England 1, Scotland 5.

As the final whistle sounded, both sets of fans showed their appreciation for the football they had witnessed and the legendary performance of Scotland that day that saw them dubbed the 'Wembley Wizards'.

1937 Record Attendance

At the 1937 fixture between Scotland and England a new world record for attendance at a football match was officially set at 149,415, though the unofficial attendance is thought to be higher. The record stood until the 1950 World Cup Final surpassed it, yet it remains a European record to this day.

The match itself was a successful one for Scotland, comprehensively beating England 3-1.  Bob McPhail scored twice and Francis O’Donnell once for the Scots with Fred Steele scoring for the English.

1962 Scotland v England

The Scots had lost 9-3 at Wembley the year before, and had not won an 'official' international against England at Hampden since 1937. An early goal by Davy Wilson of Rangers settled the nerves, and a penalty in the last few minutes by Eric Caldow, also of Rangers, saw off the English challenge. This was a good period for the Scottish team, between 1960 and 1964 they lost only one international at Hampden and won 12.

1967 Unofficial World Champions
The clash with England at Wembley in 1967 is undoubtedly Scotland’s most famous victory over the Auld Enemy.  It was less than a year since England had been crowned World Champions and they went into this game on the back of a 19 match unbeaten run.

Featuring four of Celtic’s legendary 'Lisbon Lions' as well as the likes of Jim Baxter, Denis Law and Billy Bremner, Scotland were still considered massive underdogs for the game.

Denis Law opened the scoring after 27 minutes, bundling the ball home from a rebounded shot by Willie Wallace.  Bobby Lennox doubled the advantage on 78 minutes before Jack Charlton, moved to centre forward after sustaining an injury early on, clawed one back for England five minutes before full time.  Three minutes later, debutant Jim McCalliog scored to make it 3-1 to the Scots, however Geoff Hurst hit back immediately to make it 3-2.

Famously, as the match drew to a close, Rangers legend Jim Baxter slowed to a walking pace and began playing 'keepie uppie', tormenting England and their support.  The amazing victory led fans to playfully dub Scotland the 'unofficial world champions'.

Euro 2000 Qualifications - 2nd Leg of play-off
On the day of Craig Browns sixth anniversary at the helm of Scotland, Wembley witnessed an epic encounter as the Scots launched a furious fight back in seeking to overturn England's 2-0 first-leg advantage. England did not manage a single shot on target in the entire 90 minutes, as Scotland rocked England onto the back foot as they out fought the home side in every department.

England appeared blown apart by the ferocity of the Scotland onslaught, and on the 39th minute a cross from winger Neil McCann was met by Hutchinson’s head and sent into the net to send the Tartan Army into delirium. The Scots deserved to take the tie to extra time as they poured forward, and had it not been for England keeper Seaman who came to the rescue pulling of a fantastic point-blank save from Christian Dailly's header with ten minutes to go, they surely would have.

The Scottish fans broke into a spontaneous rendition of Flower of Scotland in a final bid to inspire their side, however, Scotland were once again left to claim a moral victory as the solo goal from Don Hutchison left them unable to overturn England's two-goal first-leg advantage.

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