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Saturday, 4 April 1925
Home International Championship 1924-25 (37th) Match

Scotland 2 England 0 [1-0]
 

Hampden Park, Kinghorn Drive, Mount Florida, Glasgow
Attendance: 92,000; Receipts: £6,300;
Kick-off 3.00pm GMT

Match Summary
Scotland Party

England Party

Scotland - Hughie Gallacher (received the ball from Morton and swung away to the right, drove in a twenty yard shot 36, Jackson rounded Wadsworth but tackled by Pym, the spare ball fell to Gallacher who shot into an empty net 86)
Results 1919-30

Scotland won the toss, England kicked-off.

 

Match Summary

Officials

Scotland

Type

England

Referee - Arthur Ward
Kirkham, Lancashire, England

Linesmen - Charles Wreford-Brown, 58 (9 October 1866), and A.G. Adamson.

  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 5th to 4th
Colours: Dark blue shirts with white collars, white shorts
Capt: David Morris Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, of seven members, chosen, following the inter-league match, on Thursday, 26 March 1925.
Scotland Lineup
  Harper, William 28 19 January 1897 G Hibernian FC 9 6 GA
  McStay, William 30 21 April 1894 RB The Celtic FC 5 0
  McCloy, Philip 28 19 April 1896 LB Ayr United FC 2 0
  Meiklejohn, David D. 24 12 December 1900 RH Rangers FC 5 2
  Morris, David 25 21 August 1899 CH Raith Rovers FC 6 1
  McMullan, James 30 26 March 1895 LH Partick Thistle FC 7 0
  Jackson, Alexander S. 19 12 May 1905 OR Aberdeen FC 3 0
  Russell, William F. 23 6 December 1901 IR Airdrieonians FC 2 0
Gallacher, Hugh K. 22 2 February 1903 CF Airdrieonians FC 4 5
  Cairns, Thomas 34 30 October 1890 IL Rangers FC 8 1
  Morton, Alan L. 31 24 April 1893 OL Rangers FC 14 2

reserves:

Phil McCloy (Ayr United FC), replaced Hutton.

team notes:

The original back line was John Hutton (Aberdeen FC) and McStay on the left. Phil McCloy was brought in to play on the left, with McStay swapping sides. Hutton was given doctor's orders not to play.
This is the first time in thirty years that Scotland have fielded an entire home-based team against England. The Scottish Selectors gave no reason as to their decision.
 
2-3-5 Harper -
Hutton, McStay -
Meiklejohn, Morris, McMullan -
Jackson, Russell, Gallacher, Cairns, Morton

Averages:

Age 26.7 Appearances/Goals 5.9 0.8

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 7th
Colours: The 1923 uniform - White collared jerseys and dark club shorts
Capt: Sam Wadsworth, second captaincy Selectors: The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, following the inter-league match, on Monday, 30 March 1925.
112th match, W 74 - D 22 - L 16 - F 343 - A 109.
England Lineup
  Pym, Richard H. 32 2 February 1893 G Bolton Wanderers FC 2 3 GA
  Ashurst, William 30 4 May 1894 RB Notts County FC 5 0
  Wadsworth, Samuel J. 28 13 September 1896 LB Huddersfield Town AFC 7 0
  Magee, Thomas P. 25 12 May 1899 RH West Bromwich Albion FC 4 0
  Townrow, John E. 24 28 March 1901 CH Clapton Orient FC 1 0
  Graham, Leonard 23 29 August 1901 LH Millwall FC 2 0
  Kelly, Robert 31 16 November 1893 OR Burnley FC 11 6
  Seed, James M. 30 25 March 1895 IR Tottenham Hotspur FC 5 1
  Roberts, Frank 32 3 April 1893 CF Manchester City FC 3 2
  Walker, William H. 27 29 October 1897 IL Aston Villa FC 11 7
  Tunstall, Fred 27 29 May 1897 OL Sheffield United FC 7 0

reserves:

Harry Healless (Blackburn Rovers FC) and Jack Elkes (Tottenham Hotspur FC)
 
2-3-5 Pym -
Ashurst, Wadsworth -
Magee, Townrow, Graham -
Kelly, Seed, Roberts, Walker, Tunstall.

Averages:

Age 28.1 Appearances/Goals 5.3 1.5

England teams v. Scotland:

1924:

Taylor Smart Wadsworth Moss Spencer Barton Butler Jack Buchan Walker Tunstall

1925:

Pym Ashurst Wadsworth Magee Townrow Graham Kelly Seed Roberts Walker Tunstall

 

    Match Report

SCOTLAND OUTPLAY ENGLAND

A TRIUMPH OF STYLE AT HAMPDEN PARK

The season 1924-25 has been a great one for Scottish football, Rugby as well as Association. In each case, the International Championship has been won without a single defeat and, if the Rugby victory at Murrayfield was the more dramatic, the outplaying of England's Association professionals at Hampden Park on Saturday was the more complete. The scoring of two goals to none was watched by the expected huge crowd of 100,000 critics, whose comparative complacency in the hour of triumph was eloquent proof of the Scottish team's superiority.

The superiority in style and method of the Scotsmen, as a matter of fact, was much more complete than the score, or even the course of the play, would suggest. To the people who recognized in the English eleven merely a very moderate team who, after all, had failed only where many famous elevens had failed in the past, the match may have meant no more than a rather humiliating defeat. Scotland, it should be noted, had decided on this occasion to make no use of the Anglo-Scot, as he is called, and so it became a true test of international styles. Judged, then, on the day's play, the English representatives and their methods cut a distinctly sorry figure. As to whether the selectors had done their work well in advance is, of course, another story. Everywhere, however, except perhaps in goal and at back, the Englishmen were outmanúuvred and outplayed. They were so outplayed at times that they also looked outpaced, which probably was not the fact.

It would be easy to lay all this at the doors of the unhappy players themselves, but the writer, for his part, refuses to do so and, instead, makes a more or less savage attack upon the wretched misconception of the Association game which is rapidly making professional League and Cup-tie football in England little better than a glorified kick-and-rush--glorified only because the players are at least magnificently trained athletes. The Scotsmen, though their team on Saturday was not, perhaps, one of their greatest, have managed somehow to retain the great outstanding joy of Association football--the dribbling runs which make passing movements something better than a mere rapid dispersal of the ball all over the field. The rigid and argumentative adherents of the so-called Scottish " triangular " game and the equally so-called English rectilinear game may be left to fight out that particular part of the battle without assistance. It is enough to say that, although the Scotsmen still are very apt to overdo their pattern weaving and trickiness in front of goal, the Englishmen no longer seem to have the capacity to do more than swing the ball about mechanically or wildly, as the case may be. Their game, regarded as a whole, has become as featureless and unfootball-like as the Rugby game becomes when it is deprived of its twin characteristic glories--the run with the ball and the courageous tackle... - The Times - Monday 6th April, 1925

    Football League

Football League Division One
4 April 1925
Team P Pts
West Bromwich Albion 36 49
Huddersfield Town 35 48
Newcastle United 38 46
Bury 36 46
Bolton Wanderers 35 44
Sunderland 37 44
Liverpool 35 42
Tottenham Hotspur 37 38
Notts County 35 37
Manchester City 36 37
West Ham United 36 37
Birmingham 37 37
Sheffield United 36 34
Cardiff City 36 33
Blackburn Rovers 35 31
Aston Villa 35 30
Arsenal 36 29
Burnley 35 29
Leeds United 36 28
Everton 36 28
Nottingham Forest 36 22
Preston North End 36 21

 

Division One matches played on 4 April 1925:

ARSENAL 1-1 CARDIFF CITY
Brain (Beadles)

35,000 (Highbury, London)

ASTON VILLA 1-4 SUNDERLAND
Dorrell (Marshall, Andrews, Hawes, Clunas pen.)
22,000
(Villa Park, Birmingham)

Villa were without Billy Walker, who was playing against Scotland in Glasgow.

BLACKBURN ROVERS 0-2 NOTTS COUNTY
(Davis, Widdowson)

8,000 (Ewood Park, Blackburn)

Syd Puddefoot missed a penalty for Blackburn, who were without Harry Healless, who was a reserve against Scotland in Glasgow, whilst County were without Bill Ashurst, who was playing against Scotland.

BURY 1-0 BURNLEY
Ball

18,062 (
Gigg Lane, Bury)

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

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 2-0 EVERTON
C.Wilson 2, 1 pen.

15,500 (
Leeds Road, Huddersfield)

Huddersfield were without Sam Wadsworth, who was captain against Scotland in Glasgow.

LIVERPOOL 1-1 BIRMINGHAM
Baron (Briggs)
28,000 (
Anfield, Liverpool)

Jack Jones sent a Birmingham penalty wide just before half-time.

MANCHESTER CITY 2-1 PRESTON NORTH END
Browell, Warner (Woodhouse)

20,000 (Maine Road, Manchester)

City were without Frank Roberts, who was playing against Scotland in Glasgow.

NEWCASTLE UNITED 0-1 WEST BROMWICH ALBION
(Carter)
25,402 (St James' Park, Newcastle)

West Brom were without Tommy Magee, who was playing against Scotland in Glasgow.

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 4-0 LEEDS UNITED
Morgan, Gibson, Walker, Martin
5,000 (City Ground, Nottingham)

SHEFFIELD UNITED 2-0 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Gillespie, Johnson

20,000 (Bramall Lane, Sheffield)

United were without Fred Tunstall, who was playing against Scotland in Glasgow, as was Tottenham's Seed, whilst his team-mate, Elkes, was a reserve against Scotland.

WEST HAM UNITED 1-1 BOLTON WANDERERS
Campbell (Vizard)
25,000 (Upton Park, London)

Bolton were without Dick Pym, who was in goal against Scotland in Glasgow, although his replacement, Jack Bourne saved a penalty from Tommy Yews, shortly after the Hammers had taken a fifth-minute lead.

Huddersfield retained their title on the last day of the season, but a tight defence and a far-superior goal average were always going to make them difficult to beat and so it proved.

Football League Division Two
4 April 1925
Team P Pts
Leicester City 36 51
Derby County 36 51
Manchester United 35 46
Chelsea 36 40
Wolverhampton Wanderers 36 39
Portsmouth 36 39
Port Vale 35 38
Hull City 36 35
Middlesbrough 36 35
Fulham 35 35
Southampton 33 34
Clapton Orient 36 34
Bradford City 35 34
Stockport County 36 34
South Shields 35 33
Crystal Palace 36 33
Blackpool 35 32
Oldham Athletic 37 32
The Wednesday 37 31
Stoke 36 27
Barnsley 35 26
Coventry City 36 25

 

Division Two matches played on 4 April 1925:

BARNSLEY 1-1 CLAPTON ORIENT
Hine (Dixon)
8,000
(Oakwell, Barnsley)

Orient were without Jack Townrow, who was playing against Scotland in Glasgow.

BLACKPOOL 2-1 LEICESTER CITY
Bedford pen., Meredith (Duncan)

9
,000 (Bloomfield Road, Blackpool)

BRADFORD CITY 2-0 CHELSEA
Butler 2
15,000
(Valley Parade, Bradford)

DERBY COUNTY 1-0 MANCHESTER UNITED
Wightman
24
,438 (Baseball Ground, Derby)

FULHAM 1-0 OLDHAM ATHLETIC
Edmonds
12,000
(Craven Cottage, London)

HULL CITY 0-0 STOKE
7,000
(Anlaby Road, Hull)

MIDDLESBROUGH 0-0 CRYSTAL PALACE
16
,000 (Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough)

PORTSMOUTH 1-0 COVENTRY CITY
Mackie
11,000 (Fratton Park, Portsmouth)

SOUTHAMPTON 1-0 PORT VALE
Dominy
7,000 (The Dell, Southampton)

SOUTH SHIELDS 0-1 STOCKPORT COUNTY
(Meads)
9,000 (Horsley Hill, South Shields)

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 1-0 THE WEDNESDAY
Bowen

9,000 (Molineux, Wolverhampton)

A dearth of goals with half of the second division clubs failing to score. Derby did manage to strengthen theirs and Leicester's positions at the top by beating Manchester United, but a run of only three goals in ten matches was to prove costly and it was United that won promotion as runners-up to Leicester.

Selected Division Three matches played on 4 April 1925:

BRISTOL ROVERS 1-1 MILLWALL
Phillips (Parker)

7
,000 (Eastville Stadium, Bristol)

Millwall were without Len Graham, who was playing against Scotland in Glasgow.

SWANSEA TOWN 2-0 GILLINGHAM
Nicholas, Logie

11,300 (Vetch Field, Swansea)

Swansea Town led the southern section on goal average from Bristol City, who had played a game more. They were to maintain their lead to the end and won promotion for the first time. Darlington led the northern section by five points from Nelson, who had a game in hand, after the 1-1 draw between the sides became a missed opportunity to close the gap which would remain right through to the end of the season, as Darlington secured their first promotion.

IN OTHER NEWS...

It was on 5 April 1925 that the Ulster Unionist Party maintained its majority in the Parliament of Northern Ireland, despite losing eight seats in the province's General Election.

Source Notes

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