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Saturday, 17 April 1937
Home International Championship 1936-37 (49th) Match

Scotland 3 England 1 [0-1]

Match Summary
Scotland Party

England Party

Hampden Park, Kinghorn Drive, Mount Florida, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Attendance: 149,547 (all-ticket - a new World record attendance);
Receipts: £24,303; Kick-off: 3.00pm GMT;
Not live on National Radio as the Scottish F.A. refused permission.

England - Fred Steele (ten yard shot following a perfect Starling pass 40)
Scotland - Frank O'Donnell (easy finish from a Walker cross 47), Bob McPhail (turned in a loose ball from a tight angle after Woodley failed to hold a Delaney cross, and then a Duncan shot 80, a header from an Anderson free-kick 88)
Results 1930-39

England won the toss, Scotland kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - William McLean
Belfast, Ireland

Linesmen - J. Harrison, North Riding, and H. Watson, Glasgow.


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Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 9th to 7th
Colours: Dark blue shirts with white collars, white shorts
Capt: Jimmy Simpson Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, of seven members, chosen, following the inter-league match, on Monday, 12 April 1937.
Scotland Lineup
  Dawson, James 27 30 October 1909 G Rangers FC 6 7 GA
  Anderson, Andrew 28 21 February 1909 RB Heart of Midlothian FC 15 0
  Beattie, Andrew 23 11 August 1913 LB Preston North End FC, England 1 0
  Massie, Alexander 31 13 March 1906 RH Aston Villa FC, England 16 0
  Simpson, James M. 28 29 October 1908 CH Rangers FC 10 0
  Brown, George C.P. 30 7 January 1907 LH Rangers FC 14 0
  Delaney, James 22 3 September 1914 OR The Celtic FC 4 2
  Walker, Thomas 21 26 May 1915 IR Heart of Midlothian FC 9 3
O'Donnell, Francis 25 31 August 1911 CF Preston North End FC, England 1 1
McPhail, Robert L. 31 25 October 1905 IL Rangers FC 14 6
  Duncan, Douglas 27 14 October 1909 OL Derby County FC, England 13 7


In attendance: Bobby Hogg (The Celtic FC) and Jimmy Smith (Rangers FC).
The full reserve team is: -George Cummings (Middlesbrough FC); Hogg and Bobby Ancell (Newcastle United FC); Chic Geatons (The Celtic FC), Bob Salmond (Portsmouth FC) and Alex McNab (Sunderland AFC); Torry Gillick (Everton FC), William Buchan (The Celtic FC), Smith, Charles Napier (Derby County FC) and Dave Kinnear (Rangers FC).
2-3-5 Dawson -
Anderson, Beattie -
Massie, Simpson, Brown -
Delaney, Walker, O'Donnell, McPhail, Duncan.


Age 26.6 Appearances/Goals 9.4 1.4


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 8th to 9th
Colours: The 1935 home uniform - White collared jerseys, navy blue shorts, black socks topped with two white hoops
Capt: George Male, third captaincy Selectors:
In charge: Henry J. Huband
The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, following an inter-league match, on Monday, 12 April 1937.
175th match, W 110 - D 30 - L 35 - F 514 - A 202.
England Lineup
  Woodley, Victor R. 27 26 February 1910 G Chelsea FC 1 3 GA
  Male, C. George 26 8 May 1910 RB Arsenal FC 13 0
  Barkas, Samuel 27 29 December 1909 LB Manchester City FC 2 0
  Britton, Clifford S. 27 27 August 1909 RH Everton FC 7 1
  Young, Alfred 31 4 November 1905 CH Huddersfield Town AFC 3 0
  Bray, John 27 22 April 1909 LH Manchester City FC 6 0
  Matthews, Stanley 22 1 February 1915 OR Stoke City FC 4 1
  Carter, Horatio S. 23 21 December 1913 IR Sunderland AFC 6 2
Steele, Frederick C. 20 6 May 1916 CF Stoke City FC 3 1
  Starling, Ronald W. 27 11 October 1909 IL Aston Villa FC 2 0
  Johnson, Joseph A. 26 4 April 1911 OL Stoke City AFC 2 0


Don Welsh (Charlton Athletic FC) and Ray Bowden (Arsenal FC)

team notes:

Not since their days of infancy have England lost four away matches in a row.
2-3-5 Woodley -
Male, Barkas -
Britton, Young, Bray -
Matthews, Carter, Steele, Starling, Johnson


Age 25.7 Appearances/Goals 4.5 0.3


     Match Report

The largest crowd ever assembled at a football match, 149,407 to be exact, saw Scotland beat England at Hampden Park on Saturday by three goals to one...

...it was not until 40 minutes had passed that England got their goal--and it was one worthy of the football they had played. Britton started the movement and gave the ball to Starling. Starling dribbled a little and seemed about to pass out to Johnson--certainly the defence expected it--but suddenly he changed his direction and put the ball along the ground to Steele, who ran on to it and, from some 10 yards range, crashed it past Dawson.

Almost as soon as the second half had begun Scotland had equalized. First Massie and then Delaney fed Walker, who indulged in one of his own dribbles which finished almost at the goal-line ; he then coolly pushed the ball in square for O'Donnell, who had not been the power he can be, to score from close range...

After 35 minutes their second goal came. Delaney swung the ball over and the English defence seemed to misjudge its flight. At any rate, Duncan received it unmarked. He returned it to the centre, O'Donnell met it, there was a momentary confusion, and McPhail was able to shoot through. The third goal was also scored by McPhail, who headed through a centre put up from the right. - The Times - Monday 19th April, 1937


   The Press Association understands that there is a possibility of players being numbered in the Scotland v. England international match at Hampden Park on April 17. The English F.A. are experimenting with numbered players in amateur international matches this season.
   Should this procedure be adopted at Hampden it will create football history for a full Association international match.
- 2 February 1937

   At yesterday's [3 February] meeting of the Scottish F.A. the Football Association's request that players should be numbered in the Scotland v. England match was refused.
- 4 February 1937

   That the day is not far off when players in league matches will be numbered is the forecast given yesterday [4 February] by a prominent [Football] Association official.
   The refusal of the S.F.A. to agree to a suggestion by the [Football] Association that players be numbered in the Scotland-England match at Hampden in April has brought this idea once more into the limelight.
It was while discussing the action of the S.F.A. that Mr. [Henry] J. Huband, treasurer of the F.A., made his prophecy.
   "I am definitely in favour of numbering players," he stated. "Surely there can be no objection to it. Some of the former opposition to the scheme is being broken down, and I think the league will adopt it very soon.
   "We have on our selection committee representatives of league clubs, and I know the committee are in favour of numbering players. Anyway, somebody must start it."
   The F.A. have been experimenting with the scheme this season. Players in the England v. Wales amateur international match at Portsmouth recently were numbered and the Irish F.A. have agreed to try numbers in the amateur international against England at Belfast to-morrow week. The experiment at Portsmouth was voted a big success.
- Dundee Courier, 5 February 1937

   It is unlikely that the international between Scotland and England at Hampden Park in April will be broadcast.
   The B.B.C. approached the Scottish Football Association on the question, but as they wanted free facilities their request was refused.
   Mr. George Graham, secretary of the Scottish F.A., told a Press representative yesterday:-"We certainly have refused the B.B.C. permission. But if they want to talk business we are prepared to do so."
- 5 February 1937

   When the minutes of the Selection Committee were submitted to the Council, Mr. McDavid asked whether that Committee had received authority to decide whether or not the international match with England should be broadcast. The Chairman remarked that arrangements for international matches were always left in the hands of the Selection Committee.
   During the discussion it was emphasised that clubs in country districts were hard hit by such broadcasting. One member pointed out that in a game in Aberdeenshire only 18s was drawn on the occasion of the last broadcast.
   Figures of a census taken in hospitals were given by the Chairman, who added that only 5 per cent of the inmates in these institutions were in favour of listening to the broadcasts. When questioned regarding the source of these statistics, the Chairman said they had been taken from the hospitals.
   Mr. Jamison—I have been in hospitals in various parts of Renfrewshire, and they are 99 per cent in favour of the broadcasts.
   Mr. W. Struth said the Committee had made a suggestion to the B.B.C. that they should make a contribution to the infirmaries in Glasgow, but they had promptly turned it down. It was not a question of the S.F.A, looking for finance. The B.B.C. would not listen to the suggestion.
   After further discussion it was moved that the matter be taken back for further consideration, but on a vote, the decision of the Committee not to allow the broadcast was approved.

    Match Notes

As on many occasions, the Scottish entered the field to 'Scotland the Brave', whilst the English were cheered on to the strains of Heart of Oak'.
The Attendance of 149,547 is the minimum...that is the number of tickets issued, to be taken into consideration are the complimentary tickets, Press tickets, police tickets, etc...taking the total well over the 150,000 mark.
SFA paid £6750 to Queen's Park FC for the use of Hampden Park.

Source Notes

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