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Saturday, 28 March 1931
Home International Championship 1930-31 (43rd) Match

Scotland 2 England 0 [0-0]

Match Summary
Scotland Party

England Party

Hampden Park, Kinghorn Drive, Mount Florida, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Attendance: 129,810 (a new British Record attendance); Receipts: �13,889;
Kick-off 3:05pm GMT
Live on National Radio - commentator: George Allison, preceded by community singing

Scotland - John McPhail (Morton's corner found McGrory's head, it found Archibald who shot, Hibbs failed to hold and Stevenson tapped in 62), Jimmy McGrory (turned in after Hibbs' fingers pushed away a Morton wind-assisted cross 64)
Some credit McPhails goal to George Stevenson
Results 1930-39

Scotland won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Alfred James Attwood

Linesmen - J. Thomson, Burbank, Scotland and R. Bowie, Northumberland, England
Teams were presented to Prime Minister Ramsay Macdonald.

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Scotland Team


No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: Dark blue shirts with white collars, white shorts
Capt: Davie Meiklejohn Selectors:
Trainer: R. Manderson (Queen's Park FC)
The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, of seven members, chosen, following the inter-league match, on Wednesday, 18 March 1931.
Scotland Lineup
  Thomson, John 22 28 January 1909 G The Celtic FC 4 1 GA
  Blair, Daniel 25 2 February 1906 RB Clyde FC 3 0
  Nibloe, Joseph 27 23 November 1903 LB Kilmarnock FC 6 0
  McNab, Colin D. 28 6 April 1902 RH Dundee FC 2 0
  Meiklejohn, David D. 30 12 December 1900 CH Rangers FC 12 2
  Miller, John nk not known LH St. Mirren FC 1 0
  Archibald, Alexander 33 6 September 1897 OR Rangers FC 7 1
  Stevenson, George 25 4 April 1905 IR Motherwell FC 7 1
McGrory, James E. 26 26 April 1904 CF The Celtic FC 2 1
McPhail, Robert L. 25 25 October 1905 IL Rangers FC 4 1
  Morton, Alan L. 37 24 April 1893 OL Rangers FC 28 5


John Gilmour (Dundee FC) and James Marshall (Rangers FC, are the traveling reserves). Allan McClory (Motherwell FC), David Blair (Clyde FC). Hugh Wales (Motherwell FC), George Walker (St. Mirren FC), Wilf Sharp (Airdrieonians FC), Andrew Love (Aberdeen FC), Bernard Battles (Heart of Midlothian FC), George Stevenson (Motherwell FC) and Charles Napier (The Celtic FC).

team notes:

Danny Blair replaced Airdrie's James Crapnell (leg injury) at left-back on 26 March, in another Scottish team with no English-based clubs because those English clubs refused to release their players as it was a Saturday international. In fact, all but McNab were with Western Scottish clubs.
2-3-5 Thomson -
Blair, Nibloe -
McNab, Meiklejohn, Miller -
Archibald, Stevenson, McGrory, McPhail, Morton.


Age 27.8 Appearances/Goals 6.9 0.8


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th to 6th
Colours: The 1923 uniform - White collared jerseys and dark club shorts
Capt: Roy Goodall, sixth captaincy Selectors: The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, following an inter-league match, on Monday, 23 March 1931.
142nd match, W 91 - D 27 - L 24 - F 433 - A 157.
England Lineup
  Hibbs, E. Henry 24 27 May 1906 G Birmingham FC 7 8 GA
  Goodall, F. Roy 28 31 December 1902 RB Huddersfield Town AFC 15 0
  Blenkinsop, Ernest 28 20 April 1902 LB Sheffield Wednesday FC 16 0
  Strange, Alfred H. 30 2 April 1900 RH Sheffield Wednesday FC 6 0
  Roberts, Herbert 26 19 February 1905 CH Arsenal FC 1 0
  Campbell, Austen F. 29 5 May 1901 LH Huddersfield Town AFC 5 0
  Crooks, Samuel D. 23 16 January 1908 OR Derby County FC 6 1
  Hodgson, Gordon 26 16 April 1904
born in South Africa
IR Liverpool FC 3 1
  Dean, William R. 24 22 January 1907 CF Everton FC 14 17
  Burgess, Harry 26 20 August 1904 IL Sheffield Wednesday FC 2 2
  Crawford, John F. 34 26 September 1896 OL Chelsea FC 1 0


Len Oliver (Fulham FC) and Jack Smith (Portsmouth FC)
2-3-5 Hibbs -
Goodall, Blenkinsop -
Strange, Roberts, Campbell -
Crooks, Hodgson, Dean, Burgess, Crawford.


Age 27.1 Appearances/Goals 6.9 1.9


    Match Report


Scotland beat England by two goals to none in the annual Association football match at Hampden Park, Glasgow, on Saturday afternoon, and their victory was as well-deserved as it was unlooked for. The Scottish team played much better than anyone thought they could, and the English side, particularly in attack, fell far below what had been expected of them.

Both goals were scored early in the second half and within a couple of minutes of each other. The first half had been poor and tame, and neither side had looked like scoring at all. Scotland had been playing with an icy cold wind from the East at their backs; they were now to face it, and few people thought much of their chances of winning at the interval. But, as so often happens, a side will play better against the wind in the second half than with it in the first. It may rouse them to a bigger effort, or the strain of the earlier play may have told more heavily on their opponents. This was the case with Scotland on Saturday...

A corner forced on the left was disputed by the defenders, but was given at the signal of the linesman. Morton placed his kick well and the ball came right over to Archibald, who shot hard. The ball went straight along the ground to Hibbs, but it came so fiercely at him that he could not hold it. It ran loose. Hibbs was on the ground, and McGrory, Stevenson, and McPhail each had a kick, McPhail touching it  last just on the line...

Almost immediately afterwards Morton made a ring round Goodall, got well up the field, and centred. Hibbs got his hands to the ball, but knocked it down straight to McGrory's foot, and McGrory banged it into the net...

Of the 55 matches now played between the two countries Scotland has won 25, England 16, and 14 have been drawn. - The Times - Monday 30th March, 1931

Source Notes

"At a conference in Liverpool on 7 January 1931 of the four national associations and the Football League, the following concessions was agreed:-
     "All International matches, apart from those between England and Scotland, in which the services of a League player would be required, would have to be played before the 14 December each year.
     "Any national association wishing to select a Football League player who was registered with a different association would have to apply for clearance from the Management Committee twenty-one days in advance. This applied, for example, if Scotland wished to pick a man based in England, or Ireland wished to pick a Welsh club's player. The Football League retained the right to refuse permission if the player was needed for an important League match.
    "All League players taking part in international matches had to be properly insured by the national association.
    "If a national association selected a League player for a Saturday international, it would have to pay the player's wages for that week.
This was accepted unanimously by the clubs in March 1931."

The Scottish Football Association paid Queen's Park FC the sum of £2339 for the use of their ground.

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