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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





Referee - Arthur Ward
Kirkham, Lancashire, England

Linesmen - not known

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Scotland Team



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


Age 28.5 Appearances/Goals 2.7 0.9


England Team



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


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


Age 26.9 Appearances/Goals 2.1 0.3


    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

Source Notes

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