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Monday, November 8, 1999 Published at 16:59 GMT


Great border skirmishes

1977: Over-exuberence leads to a display of Scottish vandalism

It would be foolish to say that every one of the 106 meetings between England and Scotland have been classic games of football.

Battle of Britain
But like any long-running saga between close neighbours, the fixture has provided high drama, on and off the pitch.

This is News Online's selection of the most memorable games.


Scotland 0-0 England
Glasgow, 30/11/1872

The first official international fixture in world football, and the first goalless draw between two countries started the tradition.


England 1-5 Scotland
Wembley, 31/3/28

England were humbled at home by a Scotland side who were instantly dubbed the Wembley Wizards.


[ image: 1928: Wembley is packed for this second international there]
1928: Wembley is packed for this second international there
Winger Alec James led the victory charge for the Scots with a hat-trick, and a trend started as English journalists mourned the plight of the English game.

It was England's second international at Wembley. They had drawn the first with Scotland, 1-1, four years earlier.


England 9-3 Scotland
Wembley, 15/4/61

Jimmy Greaves grabbed a hat-trick as England went goal crazy at Wembley. They had already put nine past Luxembourg in the same season and went onto score eight against Mexico in the next game.

Bobby Robson started the rout for Walter Winterbottom's team against their Scottish rivals.

Johnny Haynes and Bobby Smith scored two each and Brian Douglas piled on the misery for Scotland.


Scotland 2-1 England
Wembley, 6/4/63

Jim Baxter, in his heyday, scored both Scotland goals as England lost their first Home International under Alf Ramsey.

In the days before substitutes were allowed, the Scots played much of the game with 10 men after Eric Caldow broke a leg in a challenge with Bobby Smith.


England 2-3 Scotland
European Championships, Wembley, 15/4/67

The Scots crowned themselves unofficial champions of the world as they beat Alf Ramsey's world champions less than a year after their greatest triumph.


[ image: 1965: England won this encounter the year before the World Cup]
1965: England won this encounter the year before the World Cup
England had been undefeated since Bobby Moore lifted the Jules Rimet trophy but the Scots gleefully brought them crashing back to earth.

Denis Law scored first and Bobby Lennox made it 2-0.

Jack Charlton broke a toe and, again with no replacements allowed, was sent to hobble around up front where he pulled a goal back for the world champions.

Jim McCalliog, on his debut, put the Scots further ahead before Geoff Hurst scored England's second.

But, in a qualifying contest for the European Championship quarter-finals, England still prevailed after a 1-1 draw in Glasgow a year later.


England 5-1 Scotland
Wembley, 24/5/75

Don Revie was in charge of England and they hammered the Scots with a superb performance in the Home International at Wembley.

Gerry Francis scored twice as Scotland suffered one of their heaviest ever defeats at the hands of England.


England 1-2 Scotland
Wembley, 4/6/77

Goals by Gordon McQueen and Kenny Dalglish gave Scotland a second successive victory over the Auld Enemy and triggered a party for the Tartan Army, which got a little out of hand.

Jubilant Scottish fans invaded the pitch after the match to carve up the turf and demolish the goalposts to take home as souvenirs of their first win at Wembley for 10 years.

Mick Channon pulled a goal back for England from the penalty spot but it was not enough.

Scotland won the Home International championship and England finished a disappointing third.


Scotland 0-2 England
Glasgow, 27/5/89


[ image: 1989: Bull, Waddle and Gascoigne celebrate the Wolves striker's goal]
1989: Bull, Waddle and Gascoigne celebrate the Wolves striker's goal
Wolves striker Steve Bull came off the bench to score on his debut for Bobby Robson's England.

Goals from Bull and Chris Waddle secured England's victory on what was their last visit to Glasgow and helped them win the fifth and final Rous Cup.


England 2-0 Scotland
European Championships, Wembley, 15/6/96

Paul Gascoigne's goal and David Seaman's penalty save from Gary McAllister made it England's day in Euro 96.


[ image: 1996: Paul Gascoigne scores one of his most memorable goals]
1996: Paul Gascoigne scores one of his most memorable goals
Alan Shearer had headed Terry Venables' side in front and McAllister's spot-kick was saved by Seaman as the Scots fought back.

Gascoigne made the game safe with a memorable solo goal.

He lifted the ball over the head of Colin Hendry and volleyed low into the corner to spark English celebrations.





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