Three famous wins for Scotland over England
Tartan Army love an upset vs The Auld Enemy
Coral traders have England as hot favourites to go to Hampden on Saturday and pick up another Group F victory, putting one foot in Russia, while ending the hopes of their hosts.
If footballing history teaches us anything, it’s that the Scots love an upset in this most ancient of sporting rivalries. Morale is uncharacteristically low within the ranks of the Tartan Army going in to this weekend’s decider, so we dig through the archives for three examples of just how dangerous it can be to write the dark blues off.
Read on as Coral detail our favourite Scotland – England upsets…..
England 1 – 5 Scotland – 1928
Younger members of the Tartan Army would be forgiven for thinking this story was made up by teary-eyed grandfathers after one malt too many, but it’s all true. Scotland did go do Wembley and win 5-1. Dubbed the Wembley Wizards, they hammered their hosts beneath the old towers, with a passion the like we’ve not seen since. A determined frontline was led by Alex Jackson, who etched his name into the history books with a superb hat-trick, team mate Alex James helping himself to two. According to Scottish folklore, they could’ve got 10 that day.
England 2 – 3 Scotland – 1967
Best of all, that day in the spring of 1967 when Scotland became the top team in the world. Well, what else would you call a side who had just beaten the current holders of the World Cup so convincingly on their own patch? Not only did a gallus Scotland play their rivals off the park, the one and only Jim Baxter reportedly played keepie-up in the England half, with no opponent able to take the ball from him. Denis Law, Bobby Lenox and Jim McCalliog got the goals that broke English hearts and fans have been dreaming of a team like it ever since.
England 0-1 Scotland – 1999
The last time Scotland managed a win over England was back in 1999, and Don Hutchinson was the hero of the hour. In typical Scottish fashion, it didn’t amount to anything, The Three Lions going through to the Euros on aggregate, thanks to a double from Paul Scholes in the first leg at Hampden, but that win lives long in the memory of fans. Manager Craig Brown’s squad boasted a fighting spirit current boss Gordon Strachan can only dream of, and they were so organised that day England didn’t manage a single shot at goal on their own patch. Don Hutchinson scored what turned out to be the winner on 39 minutes with a dramatic header, before David Seamen denied Christian Daily an equaliser from point-blank range.