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Saturday, 9 April 1921
Home International Championship 1920-21 (33rd) Match

Scotland 3 England 0 [1-0]
 

Hampden Park, Kinghorn Drive, Mount Florida, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Attendance: 95,000; Receipts: £14,000;
Kick-off 3.00pm BST

Match Summary
Scotland Party

England Party

Scotland - Andy Wilson (from a Morton corner, Wilson breasted to his foot and drove hard from close range 20), Alan Morton (shot from the touchline, slipping through Gough's hands 46), Andy Cunningham (headed in over Gough's outstretched arm from a Wilson cross 57)
Results 1919-30

England won the toss, Scotland kicked-off.

 

Match Summary

Officials

Scotland

Type

England

Referee - Arthur Ward
Kirkham, Lancashire, England

Linesmen - not known

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
  Possession  

Scotland Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th to 5th
Colours: Dark blue laced-up shirts, white shorts
Capt: Jack Marshall Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, of seven members, chosen on Wednesday, 30 March 1921.
Scotland Lineup
  Ewart, John 30 14 February 1891 G Bradford City FC, England 1 0 GA
  Marshall, John 28 24 April 1892 RB Middlesbrough FC, England 3 0
  Blair, James 32 11 May 1888 LB Cardiff City FC, Wales 3 0
  Davidson, Stewart 34 1 June 1886 RH Middlesbrough FC, England 1 0
  Brewster, George 27 7 May 1893 CH Everton FC, England 1 0
  McMullan, James 26 26 March 1895 LH Partick Thistle FC, Scotland 4 0
  McNab, Alexander 25 27 December 1895 OR Greenock Morton FC 2 0
  Miller, Thomas 29 30 June 1890 IR Manchester United FC, England 3 3
Wilson, Andrew N. 25 15 February 1896 CF Dunfermline Athletic FC 6 6
Cunningham, Andrew 30 30 January 1891 IL Rangers FC 3 2
Morton, Alan L. 27 24 April 1893 OL Rangers FC 3 2

reserves:

reserves not known
 
2-3-5 Ewart -
Marshall, Blair -
Davidson, Brewster, McMullan -
McNab, Miller, Wilson, Cunningham, Morton.

Averages:

Age 28.5 Appearances/Goals 2.7 0.9

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 9th to 10th
Colours: The 1903 uniform - White collared jerseys and dark club shorts
Capt: Arthur Grimsdell, first captaincy Selectors: The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, on Saturday, 2 April 1909.
92nd match, W 63 - D 17 - L 12 - F 299 - A 86.
England Lineup
  Gough, Harold 30 21 December 1890 G Sheffield United FC 1 3 GA
  Smart, Thomas 24 20 September 1896 RB Aston Villa FC 1 0
  Silcock, John 23 15 January 1898 LB Manchester United FC 2 0
  Smith, Bert 29 6 March 1892 RH Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 0
  Wilson, George 29 14 January 1892 CH The Wednesday FC 2 0
  Grimsdell, Arthur 27 23 March 1894 LH Tottenham Hotspur FC 4 0
  Chedgzoy, Samuel 32 27 January 1889 OR Everton FC 4 0
  Kelly, Robert 27 16 November 1893 IR Burnley FC 4 3
  Chambers, Henry 24 17 November 1896 CF Liverpool FC 2 0
  Bliss, Herbert 31 29 March 1890 IL Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 0
  Dimmock, James H. 20 5 December 1900 OL Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 0

reserves:

Percy Barton (Birmingham FC) and Ernie Simms (Luton Town FC)

team notes:

This is the first time ever that England have failed to score for two matches in a row.
 
2-3-5 Gough -
Smart, Silcock -
Smith, Wilson, Grimsdell -
Chedgzoy, Kelly, Chambers, Bliss, Dimmock

Averages:

Age 26.9 Appearances/Goals 2.1 0.3

England teams v. Scotland:

1920:

Hardy Longworth Pennington Ducat McCall Grimsdell Wallace Kelly Cock Morris Quantrill

1921:

Gough Smart Silcock Smith Wilson Grimsdell Chedgzoy Kelly Chambers Bliss Dimmock

 

    Match Report

Scotland scored three goals to none and so beat England decisively at Hampden Park, Glasgow, on Saturday. The match aroused as much interest as ever in Scotland, and, though the cancelling of trains running in to Glasgow and out to the ground caused much inconvenience, a great crowd of 100,000 people were present at the game. An official estimate put the numbers paying at the gates as over 85,000, which yielded nearly 8,500, with 2s. the lowest price for admission ; and more than 10,000 ticket holders brought the total receipts up to about 14,000.

Considering the strength of the wind, the teams came through their ordeal with great credit. True England could not settle down in the manner necessary to approach the merit of Scotland in control of the ball, short passing, and general combination. But on turf that would have done credit to a cricket ground in a dry summer, the English eleven played a fast, hard, game that failed only because of the sound defence and skilful attack of their opponents...

...their defence might have staved off actual disaster had not hesitation in going for the ball by Smart given away a corner. Morton put the ball in front of the posts, and, as Gough did not punch away, a scramble ensued. Andrew Wilson brushed aside two opponents, and shot through from a few yards out. After obtaining the lead, when the game had been in progress for 20 minutes, and holding it against the ever freshening wind, Scotland won the match in the second minute after the interval. Morton tried a kick for goal from the touch line. A cloud hit the sun at that moment. Gough should have caught the ball. Instead he let it through his hands close under the bar. A disaster, indeed !

England could not recover from such a position, and within ten minutes another easily-got goal completed the visitors' discomfiture. McNab ran down the right wing and put in a perfect square pass, which Cunningham met with his head opposite the far post. The ball was forced to the ground some 15 yards from the goal. Gough ran across and threw himself down, either just too late or so that the ball bounced over his left hand.

England then had to play for over half an hour more without the slightest prospect of avoiding defeat, and with very little chance of gaining any reward. They were mastered by a stronger side, and, so certain had the result appeared for more than half the game, that the great crowd showed very little enthusiasm over a victory that gave Scotland a lead of 19 to 14 in the 45 matches played between the two countries. - The Times - Monday 11th April, 1921

Home International Championship

Other Championship match played on 9 April 1921:

WALES 2-1 IRELAND
Hole 40, Davies 80 (Chambers 60)

12,000 (Vetch Field, Swansea)

    Football League

Football League Division One
9 April 1921
Team P Pts
Burnley 37 55
Bolton Wanderers 38 48
Liverpool 37 47
Newcastle United 37 44
Manchester City 36 44
Everton 38 44
Tottenham Hotspur 36 41
Middlesbrough 37 39
Arsenal 36 38
Manchester United 37 37
Bradford City 37 36
Sunderland 37 36
Chelsea 37 35
Aston Villa 38 35
Preston North End 35 34
Blackburn Rovers 37 34
West Bromwich Albion 37 34
Huddersfield Town 37 32
Sheffield United 39 28
Oldham Athletic 37 27
Derby County 37 24
Bradford 37 22

 

Division One matches played on 9 April 1921:

ARSENAL 2-1 BRADFORD
Toner 4, Rutherford 67 (Bauchop 26)

25,000 (Highbury, London)

BLACKBURN ROVERS 0-1 ASTON VILLA
(Dickson 18)
25,000
(Ewood Park, Blackburn)

Blackburn were without Robinson and Rollo, who were playing for Ireland against Wales at Swansea, whilst Villa were without Tommy Smart, who was making his international debut against Scotland in Glasgow.

BOLTON WANDERERS 3-1 NEWCASTLE UNITED
Smith 15, 42, 68 (McDonald 58)

25,000 (Burnden Park, Bolton)

Bolton were without Ted Vizard, who was playing for Wales against Ireland at Swansea.

BRADFORD CITY 1-0 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Hibbert
68
17,000 (
Valley Parade, Bradford)

City were without Jock Ewart, who kept a clean sheet on his only international appearance, for Scotland against England in Glasgow, whilst Tottenham were without Bliss (also making his only international appearance), Dimmock and Smith (also making their debuts), and Grimsdell, all of whom were playing against Scotland. Tottenham also missed a penalty.

DERBY COUNTY 0-0 LIVERPOOL
10,000 (
Baseball Ground, Derby)

Liverpool were without Chambers, who was playing against Scotland in Glasgow, Matthews, who was making his international debut for Wales, against Ireland at Swansea, Lacey, who was playing for Ireland, and Scott, who was in goal for Ireland.

EVERTON 0-1 PRESTON NORTH END
(Woodhouse 65)
30,000 (
Goodison Park, Liverpool)

Everton were without Brewster, who was making his only international appearance, for Scotland against England in Glasgow, Chedgzoy, who was playing against Scotland, and Davies, who scored the winner for Wales against Ireland at Swansea.

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 2-0 CHELSEA
Johnston 30, Mann 81
14,200 (Leeds Road, Huddersfield)

MANCHESTER CITY 2-1 SHEFFIELD UNITED
Browell 1, Johnson 67 (Brown 71)
20,000 (Hyde Road, Manchester)

United were without Harold Gough, who was making his only international appearance, against Scotland in Glasgow.

MIDDLESBROUGH 2-4 MANCHESTER UNITED
W.Carr 22, G.Carr 33
(Spence 10, 63, Grimwood 15, Bissett 35)
15,000 (Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough)

Middlesbrough were without Davidson (making his only international appearance) and Marshall, who were playing for Scotland against England in Glasgow, whilst United were without Miller, who was also playing for Scotland, and Silcock, who was playing against Scotland.

SUNDERLAND 1-1 OLDHAM ATHLETIC
Cooke Pen. 30 (Butler 49)

9
,000 (Roker Park, Sunderland)

WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2-0 BURNLEY
Crisp 13, Morris 75
17,242 (The Hawthorns, West Bromwich)

Burnley were without Bob Kelly, who was playing against Scotland in Glasgow.

Although Burnley did not win any of their last six games, they had already done enough to win the championship, so defeat to the defending title-holders did not damage them unduly. Two weeks later, the title would be theirs for the first time.

Football League Division Two
9 April 1921
Team P Pts
Birmingham 37 50
Cardiff City 36 49
Blackpool 38 47
Bristol City 37 45
West Ham United 37 42
Notts County 37 41
South Shields 37 40
Clapton Orient 37 39
Bury 37 37
Fulham 37 37
Leicester City 37 36
Leeds United 38 34
Port Vale 36 33
The Wednesday 36 33
Wolverhampton Wanderers 36 33
Hull City 36 33
Rotherham County 37 33
Stoke 36 32
Barnsley 37 32
Nottingham Forest 37 31
Coventry City 37 29
Stockport County 37 24

 

Division Two matches played on 9 April 1921:

BIRMINGHAM 3-0 NOTTINGHAM FOREST
Crosbie, Lane 2
30
,000 (St Andrew's, Birmingham)

Birmingham were without Percy Barton, who was a reserve against Scotland in Glasgow.

BLACKPOOL 3-0 WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS
Bedford 2, Mee

10,300
(Bloomfield Road, Blackpool)

Wolves were without Peers (in goal) and Richards, who were playing for Wales against Ireland at Swansea.

CARDIFF CITY 1-0 SOUTH SHIELDS
Gill
30,000
(Ninian Park, Cardiff)

Cardiff were without Blair, who was playing for Scotland against England at Cardiff, and Keenor, who was playing for Wales against Ireland at Swansea.

COVENTRY CITY 2-1 BRISTOL CITY
Morgan, Hadley (Fairclough)

15,000 (Highfield Road, Coventry)

FULHAM 1-0 PORT VALE
Travers
18,000 (Craven Cottage, London)

LEEDS UNITED 0-0 BARNSLEY
13
,000 (Elland Road, Leeds)

LEICESTER CITY 0-0 HULL CITY
12,000 (Filbert Street, Leicester)

NOTTS COUNTY 3-0 STOCKPORT COUNTY
Henshall, Hill 2

10,000 (Meadow Lane, Nottingham)

STOKE 0-1 BURY
(Hird)
8,000 (Victoria Ground, Stoke)

THE WEDNESDAY 1-1 CLAPTON ORIENT
Taylor (Smith)
15,000 (Hillsborough, Sheffield)

The Wednesday were without George Wilson, who was playing against Scotland in Glasgow.

WEST HAM UNITED 1-0 ROTHERHAM COUNTY
Leafe
20,000 (Upton Park, London)

Rotherham were without Harry Millership, who was playing for Wales against Ireland at Swansea.

Birmingham and Cardiff maintained their respective leads over the chasing pack right to the end, with Birmingham winning the championship on goal average.

Selected Division Three matches played on 9 April 1921:

CRYSTAL PALACE 2-2 WATFORD
Conner 2 (White, Waterall)
14,000 (Croydon Common Athletic Ground, London)

LUTON TOWN 0-0 MILLWALL
6,000 (Kenilworth Road, Luton)

Luton were without Simms, who was a reserve against Scotland in Glasgow, and Bookman and Mathieson (making his international debut), who were playing for Ireland against Wales at Swansea.

NEWPORT COUNTY 1-1 SWANSEA TOWN
Walker (Edmondson)

9,000 (Somerton Park, Newport)

Swansea were without Hole (who scored the opening goal on his international debut) and Jones, who were playing for Wales against Ireland at Swansea.

READING 1-1 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE
Andrews (Raymond)
7,500 (Elm Park, Reading)

Plymouth were without Moses Russell, who was playing for Wales against Ireland at Swansea.

Crystal Palace led the table by four points from Southampton, who had a game in hand. Palace held on to become the first winners of the Third Division Championship.

IN OTHER NEWS...

It was on 10 April 1921 that two eighteen-year-old soldiers from the East Lancashire Regiment (George Motley and John Steer) left their barracks in Killarney and were reported missing. Their bodies were found in a bog, five years later. They had, apparently, been captured by the Irish Republican Army and held for six months before being executed as spies.

Source Notes

Scottish Football Association
Scotland - The Complete International Record: Richard Keir
Andy Mitchell
London Hearts
original newspaper reports
FA Yearbooks 1950-60
LFChistory
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