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158 vs. Wales

160 vs. France

Saturday, 31 March 1928
Home International Championship 1927-28 (40th) Match

England 1 Scotland 5 [0-2]

Match Summary
England Party

Scotland Party

Empire Stadium, Wembley Park, Wembley, Middlesex
Attendance: 80,868;
Kick-off: tbc GMT
Second half live on London Radio - commentator: George Allison

Scotland - Alex Jackson (headed in Morton's accurate cross 4, headed in another Morton cross 65, a shot from a third Morton cross 85), Alex James (He slipped two defenders astutely before beating Hufton 44, ran onto a rebound 66)
England - Bob Kelly (twenty-five yard free-kick 89)
Results 1919-30

England won the toss, Scotland kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - William Bell

Linesmen - not known
 Their Majesties the King and Queen of Afghanistan were in attendance, accompanied by HRH Duke of York. As well as the victorious Scottish team of 1900 were present at this match, led by Bob McColl. Only the deceased Nicol Smith was missing.

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 13th to 16th
Colours: The 1923 uniform - White collared jerseys and dark club shorts
Capt: Roy Goodall, first captaincy Selectors: The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, following the inter-league match, on Monday, 26 March 1928.
126th match, W 80 - D 25 - L 21 - F 382 - A 137.
England Lineup
  Hufton, A. Edward 35 25 November 1892 G West Ham United FC 3 8 GA
  Goodall, F. Roy 25 31 December 1902 RB Huddersfield Town FC 7 0
  Jones, Herbert 31 3 December 1896 LB Blackburn Rovers FC 6 0
  Edwards, Willis 24 28 April 1903 RH Leeds United AFC 9 0
  Wilson, Thomas 31 16 April 1896 CH Huddersfield Town FC 1 0
  Healless, Henry 35 9 February 1893 LH Blackburn Rovers FC 2 0
  Hulme, Joseph H.A. 23 26 August 1904 OR Arsenal FC 6 1
Kelly, Robert 34 16 November 1893 IR Huddersfield Town AFC 14 8
  Dean, William R. 21 22 January 1907 CF Everton FC 8 12
  Bradford, Joseph 27 22 January 1901 IL Birmingham FC 3 3
  Smith, William H. 32 23 May 1895 OL Huddersfield Town FC 3 0


George Briggs (Birmingham FC)

team notes:

On the morning of the match, reserve and right-half Harry Healless replaced Leicester City FC's Sid Bishop at left-half. The captain's armband was given to Goodall for the first time.
Bob Kelly becomes England's oldest goalscorer, aged 34 years and 136 days, and his free-kick was only the third scored by England, the first since 1906.
This defeat equals Englands record of three losses in a row, set back in 1878.
Not since December 1924 against Belgium have England won a home match. They have now gone five without victory.
2-3-5 Hufton -
Goodall, Jones -
Edwards, Wilson, Bishop -
Hulme, Kelly, Dean, Bradford, Smith


Age 28.9 Appearances/Goals 5.6 2.1


Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th to 4th
Colours: Dark blue shirts with white collars, white shorts
Capt: Jimmy McMullan Selectors:
Trainer : J. Kerr (Rangers FC)
The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, of seven members, chosen, following the inter-league match, on Tuesday, 20 March 1928.
Scotland Lineup
  Harkness, John D. 20 27 September 1907 G Queen's Park FC 3 3 GA
  Nelson, James 27 7 January 1901 RB Cardiff City FC, Wales 3 0
  Law, Thomas 19 1 April 1908 LB Chelsea FC, England 1 0
  Gibson, James D. 26 12 June 1901 RH Aston Villa FC, England 6 0
  Bradshaw, Thomas 24 7 February 1904 CH Bury FC, England 1 0
  McMullan, James 33 26 March 1895 LH Manchester City FC, England 13 0
Jackson, Alexander S. 22 12 May 1905 OR Huddersfield Town FC, England 10 6
  Dunn, James 27 25 November 1900 IR Hibernian FC 5 1
  Gallacher, Hugh K. 25 2 February 1903 CF Newcastle United FC, England 12 10
James, Alexander W. 26 14 September 1901 IL Preston North End FC, England 2 2
  Morton, Alan L. 34 24 April 1893 OL Rangers FC 19 5


Tom Craig (Rangers FC is the traveling reserve). William Robb (Hibernian FC), Billy McStay (The Celtic FC), Davie Meiklejohn (Rangers FC), Henry Ritchie (Hibernian FC), Lochhead, David McCrae (St. Mirren FC), George Stevenson (Motherwell FC) and Alex Troup (Everton FC).

team notes:

Jimmy Gibson is the son of Neilly Gibson, who played for Scotland against England between 1895 and 1900.
"THE SCOTS' MIDGETS In view of the comments on the lack of inches in the Scottish attack for Wembley, the players' heights are interesting. Dunn is 5ft 6in, Gallacher 5ft 5in, James 5ft 6½in, Morton is 5ft 4½in and Jackson 5ft 10in."
2-3-5 Harkness -
Nelson, Law -
Gibson, Bradshaw, McMullan -
Jackson, Dunn,
Gallacher, James, Morton.


Age 25.7 Appearances/Goals 6.8 1.7


    Match Report by Glen Isherwood

Wales had already won the British Championship for the fourth time, beating England 2-1 at Turf Moor on the way. Ireland had finished runners-up after beating both England and Scotland who were now left to fight for bottom place. Scotland, British Champions for the previous three years, needed a point to avoid finishing bottom for the first time. England, who had shared the Championship the previous year, needed to win to avoid finishing last for the third time in five years.

Scotland humiliated England with skill and speed in very wet conditions to earn the legendary status of 'Wembley Wizards'. The turning point came very early, when a shot from Smith hit the inside of a post. Scotland cleared the ball upfield, and promptly took the lead; Alan Morton's cross being headed in by Alec Jackson. Just before half-time, Alex James beat two men and smashed the ball past Hufton, from outside the box.

In the second half, England were outplayed by Scotland's diminutive forwards. In the 66th minute, James again beat two defenders and his cross was headed in by Jackson. A few minutes later, a Gallacher run was stopped by Jones but the ball fell for James. With five minutes remaining, another Morton cross was met by a spectacular Jackson finish, to complete his hat-trick and England astonishingly, were five goals down. In the dying seconds, Bob Kelly scored for England from a free kick from well outside the box.

England had lost all three of their British Championship games for the first time, and had suffered their heaviest defeat since losing 6-1 to Scotland at the Kennington Oval in 1881. Scotland regained the Championsip the following year, beating runners-up England 1-0 at Hampden Park. But it was another ten years before Scotland won again at Wembley and England were to take their revenge in 1930.

Source Notes

Huddersfield Town AFC requested that their match with Bury FC be postponed due to the fact that five players had been selected for the upcoming International match.  Another two players were injured and yet another player was poorly. Despite this, the League Committee turned down their request. - Scotsman, 11 April 1934

Scottish Football Association
Scotland - The Complete International Record: Richard Keir
London Hearts
Glen Isherwood's Wembley: The Complete Record (SportsBooks Limited, Cheltenham, U.K., 2006)

original newspaper reports
FA Yearbooks 1950-60