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Ever since C.W. Alcock initiated the first ever football international in 1872, between England and Scotland, the fixture has captured the imagination of football fans around the world. 

In the early years, Scotland were the superior side. With many of their team playing together regularly for Queens Park, they had a distinct advantage over those south of the border. 

Indeed, it was the tie and the rivalry that inspired the Football Association to form the historic Corinthian FC - to help, essentially, secure an English victory over the Scottish. After humiliating 6-1 and 5-1 defeats to the 'Auld Enemy', it was felt the country needed a club where the finest players in the land could play together each week to improve their "combination". In time, as well as international games, annual matches between Queen's Park and Corinthian were organised and became just as much of a rivalry as the two nations themselves. The picture above, at Hamden Park, is of one such fixture from New Years Day 1900.

In the 10 years from their formation in 1882, 52 out of 88 England caps against Scotland went to Corinthian players and the footballing tide began to turn. When England beat Scotland at Hamden Park by five goals to nil in 1888, nine of the England side that day were Corinthians. 

And so, with this rich history in mind, we thought we'd run through the 5 most memorable results this famous international fixture has seen - from relatively more recent times!  



England 9 v Scotland 3. Wembley, April 15, 1961.

Scotland's heaviest defeat in the fixture came thanks to a hat-trick by a rampant Jimmy Greaves. With Johnny Haynes and Bobby Smith both claiming a brace and former national manager Bobby Robson and Bryan Douglas also helping themselves to a goal apiece.

Dave Mackay, Davie Wilson and Pat Quinn were on target for the visitors but could not prevent the humiliating defeat. The result was so hard to take for the Scots that when their goalkeeper Frank Haffey later emigrated to Australia, it was said he did so to escape the memories of the match!



England 2 v Scotland 3. Wembley, April 15, 1967.

Coming less than a year after England had won the World Cup, and in the midst of a 19 match undefeated run, Scotland's win in 1967 is certainly their most famous and celebrated victory. Denis Law broke the deadlock when he bundled home a rebound from Willie Wallace’s effort in the first half.

Bobby Lennox doubled the lead, before Jack Charlton - who was moved to an unfamiliar centre-forward role after sustaining a broken toe - hauled the hosts back into the game with five minutes to go.

Jim McCallion restored Scotland’s two-goal advantage with a debut effort and a thrilling match ended with Geoff Hurst also on the scoresheet with a late far post, drooping header.

The game was also remembered for Jim Baxter playing ‘keepy uppy’ late on, with Scotland fans crowning themselves ‘the unofficial world champions’.


England 1 v Scotland 2. Wembley, June 4, 1977.

Gordon McQueen scored with a powerful header in the first half and Kenny Dalglish had the ball over the line with a scrambled effort after the interval at Wembley as the Scots claimed victory under their new and now infamous manager, Ally MacLeod - despite Mick Channing’s late consolation goal.

But for fans of a certain age, the match will always be remembered for the  scenes at the final whistle, when Scotland fans invaded the pitch, ripped up sections of the turf and tore down the goal-posts. Images which were shown again and again in the 1980's as football attempted to evolve and clean up it's reputation.

The scenes, in fact, played a large role in the decision to suspend the annual home international.


England 2 v Scotland 0. Wembley, June 15, 1996.

The summer of '96 was for many the dawn of the modern era of football. With Skinner & Baddiel's "Three Lions" song being played continuously on FM radio, this hotly anticipated encounter in the European Championships marked the first meeting between the two sides in seven years.

After a goalless first half, England took the lead through an Alan Shearer header, before Scotland missed the chance to level when Gary McAllister’s spot-kick was saved by David Seaman - TV magician Uri Geller later claimed he made the ball move from the penalty spot.

The game will forever be remembered though by the goal scored by Paul Gascoigne - then playing in Glasgow with Rangers - who flicked the ball over Colin Hendry before firing a right-footed volley past Andy Goram to seal the win for England.

England 2 v Scotland 1 (on agg). Wembley & Hamden Park, November 13th/17th, 1999.

Despite calls for a return of the home internationals, after the memorable Euro 96 encounter, the teams didn't meet again until three years later, in 1999, when they were again drawn together in the European Championship; this time in a qualifying play-off for the 2000 tournament, after both teams had finished as runners-up in their respective qualifying groups.

The tie took place over two legs, the first in Scotland at Hampden Park on with the return leg at Wembley four days later. The first leg was the first match contested by the two sides in Scotland for ten years. England won the game 2–0, with both goals scored by Paul Scholes.

Scotland had the better of the second match, winning 1–0 with a goal from Don Hutchinson who also came close to a second goal, but England progressed to the finals of the tournament, winning 2–1 on aggregate.



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