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Saturday, 9 April 1938
Home International Championship 1937-38 (50th) Match

England 0 Scotland 1 [0-1]

Match Summary
England Party

Scotland Party

Empire Stadium, Wembley, Middlesex
Attendance: 93,267;
Receipts: £14,493; Kick-off: 3.00pm GMT
Live on London Television (BBC) and National Radio - commentators: George Allison and Thomas Woodrooffe

Scotland - Tommy Walker (fifteen-yard cross-drive after bringing the ball under control 6)
Results 1930-39

Scotland won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee (green) - William R. Hamilton
Belfast, Ireland

Linesmen -
H. Watson, Glasgow and G.V. Searls, Wiltshire
Both teams wore black armbands as a mark of respect of Robert Campbell, a former SFA president, who died last week.
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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th to 5th
Colours: The 1935 home uniform - White collared jerseys, navy blue shorts, black socks topped with two white hoops
Capt: Eddie Hapgood, eleventh captaincy. Selectors: The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, following a trial match, on Monday, 4 April 1938.
182nd match, W 116 - D 30 - L 36 - F 544 - A 209.
England Lineup (no numbers worn)
  Woodley, victor R. 28 26 February 1910 G Chelsea FC 8 10 GA
  Sproston, Bert 22 22 June 1915 RB Leeds United AFC 5 0
  Hapgood, Edris A. 29 24 September 1908 LB Arsenal FC 20 0
  Willingham, C. Kenneth 25 1 December 1912 RH Huddersfield Town AFC 2 1
  Cullis, Stanley 21 25 October 1916 CH Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 4 0
  Copping, Wilfred 30 17 August 1907 LH Arsenal FC 17 0
  Matthews, Stanley 23 1 February 1915 OR Stoke City FC 7 5
  Hall, G. William 26 12 March 1912 IR Tottenham Hotspur FC 5 2
  Fenton, Michael 24 30 October 1913 CF Middlesbrough FC 1 0
  Stephenson, J. Eric 23 4 September 1914 IL Leeds United AFC 1 0
  Bastin, Clifford S. 26 14 March 1912 OL Arsenal FC 18 9


Sep Smith (Leicester City FC) and Frank Broome (Aston Villa FC)

team notes:

Confusion reigned following the announcement of the reserves, as one report stated that Smith and Broome were the reserves, whereas other reports stated that Smith and Chesterfield FC's Harry Clifton were the reserves. On the evening of 4 April, the FA clarified the situation when they stated "that an error had been made in announcing Clifton of Chesterfield as one of the reserves for the England team. The name of F.H. Broome, of Aston Villa, was intended for the position."
It has been twelve years since England failed to score at home, also against Scotland, 17 April 1926.
2-3-5 Woodley -
Sproston, Hapgood -
Willingham, Cullis, Copping -
Matthews, Hall, Fenton, Stephenson, Bastin


Age 25.2 Appearances/Goals 8.0 1.5


Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th to 4th
Colours: Dark blue shirts with white collars, white shorts
Capt: George Brown Selectors:
Trainer: A. Dixon (Rangers FC)
The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, of seven members, chosen, following the inter-league match, on Monday, 4 April 1938.
Scotland Lineup (no numbers worn)
  Cumming, David S. 27 6 May 1910 G Middlesbrough FC, England 1 0 GA
  Anderson, Andrew 29 21 February 1909 RB Heart of Midlothian FC 20 0
  Beattie, Andrew 24 11 August 1913 LB Preston North End FC, England 4 0
  Shankley, William 24 2 September 1913 RH Preston North End FC, England 1 0
  Smith, Thomas M. 28 4 October 1909 CH Preston North End FC, England 2 0
  Brown, George C.P. 31 7 January 1907 LH Rangers FC 18 0
  Milne, John V. 27 25 March 1911 OR Middlesbrough FC, England 1 0
Walker, Thomas 22 26 May 1915 IR Heart of Midlothian FC 15 4
  O'Donnell, Francis 26 31 August 1911 CF Blackpool FC, England 5 2
  Mutch, George 25 21 September 1914 IL Preston North End FC, England 1 0
  Reid, Robert 27 19 February 1911 OL Brentford FC, England 2 0


In attendance: Jimmy Carabine (Third Lanark FC) and Andy Black (Heart of Midlothian FC).
The full reserve team is: -William Waugh (Heart of Midlothian FC), Carabine and Jim Harley (Liverpool FC); Charlie Thomson (Sunderland AFC), John Blair (Motherwell FC) and Archie Miller (Heart of Midlothian FC); Alex Munro and Willie Buchan (both Blackpool FC), Dave McCulloch (Brentford FC), Black and Milne (Middlesbrough FC).

team notes:

"The selection of Milne as outside right in the Scotland team, and publication of his name as outside left in the side of reserves follows Scottish practice. Milne can play equally well on either wing. If Reid had to stand down, Milne would be switched to outside left, and Munro promoted from reserves to outside right."
2-3-5 Cumming -
Anderson, Beattie -
Shankly, Smith, Brown -
Milne, Walker, O'Donnell, Mutch, Reid


Age 26.4 Appearances/Goals 6.4 0.4


    Match Report by Glen Isherwood

England had beaten both Ireland and the reigning British Champions Wales, and needed only a point to secure their first outright Championship since 1932. Scotland had lost 2-1 to Wales at Ninian Park and needed to win to share the Championship with England.

The only goal came after a poor clearance from Hapgood was knocked back in by an overhead kick from Milne to O'Donnell. He passed to Tommy Walker who shot past Woodley. England fought back, but there were no further goals and Scotland were good value for their victory.

The legendary Sir Stanley Matthews made his first appearance at Wembley. Matthews was the first Footballer of the Year in 1948 and won it again 15 years later at the unbelievable age of 48. He was also the first European Footballer of the Year in 1956.


   The English Cup finals and International matches between England and Scotland will be played at the Empire Stadium, Wembley, for the next 26 years.
   This decision, which was generally expected, was reached yesterday
[13 February 1938] by the Council of the Football Association at their meeting at Lancaster Gate, London. The new contract will replace the existing one, which still had six years to run, and will be drawn up immediately.
   It is unlikely that accommodation at Wembley for this year's Cup final and International match with Scotland will be very extended, but it is anticipated that within a few years the stadium will be reconstructed to accommodate 150,000 spectators.
   The resolution concerning future Cup final venues was put to the meeting by the chairman, Mr W. Pickford. It was:-"That the Council enter into a contract on behalf of the Football Association with Wembley Stadium, Ltd., for the playing of the Football Association Cup final ties and the International matches versus Scotland at Wembley during a period of 26 years, in accordance with the provisions of the report of the Finance and General Purposes Committee of February 4, 1938, and that the Committee be authorised to take the necessary steps to effect this without delay."
   Mr A.J. Elvin, Managing Director of Wembley Stadium, in an interview with a reporter, said:-
  "Naturally I am pleased that the Football Association has selected the Empire Stadium, Wembley, as the venue for Cup finals and England-Scotland matches for the next 26 years.
   "Our plans for the enlargement and general improvements to the stadium are well in hand, By 1940, at the latest, we shall have the finest sports arena in the world, and if, as seems possible, the Olmpic Games of 1944 are offered to Great Britain, Wembley will be at their disposal.
   "The first part of the extensions to the stadium will take the form of increasing the capacity of the standing terraces at the east and west ends of the stadium by 38,000. The cost of this work will be approximately £70,000."
- 14 February 1938.



   Scotland are still opposed to the numbering of players, and this means of identification will not be used in the Amateur International match at Hampden Park, Glasgow, on March 12, when England are the visitors.
   "Scotland were asked if they were numbering their men," stated an official of the English Football Association yesterday, "but they replied 'No.' so, of course, we cannot number our team."
   England, this season, began the practice of numbering players in representative matches, and Scotland are the only country to set their face against the innovation
. - 1 March 1938.



   The match was televised successfully; in fact, the television was described as a triumph for the engineers. Play was clearly shown on the screen, and it was seldom difficult to follow the ball. The elaborate camera apparatus was mounted in the Press box at the rear of the main stand.
- 12 April 1938.

Source Notes

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