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Saturday, 15 April 1939
Home International Championship 1938-39 (51st) Match

Scotland 1 England 2 [1-0]

Match Summary
Scotland Party

England Party

Hampden Park, Kinghorn Drive, Mount Florida, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Attendance: 149,269;
Receipts: £24,341; Kick-off 3.00pm GMT
Live on BBC National Radio - commentators: Rex Kingsley and Tom Cragg

Scotland - Jimmy Dougall (into an empty net after Morris passed back to Woodley, who was not in his goal 21)
England - Pat Beasley (volley following a Lawton through-ball 66), Tommy Lawton (headed in from a Matthews cross 89)
Results 1930-39

Scotland won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - William R. Hamilton

Linesmen - R.E. Carruthers, Airdrie and E.W. Baker, Manchester

The teams were presented to the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

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Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd to 4th
Colours: Dark blue shirts with white collars, white shorts - changed at half-time
Capt: Bobby Baxter Selectors:
Trainer: Robert Manderston (Queen's Park FC)
The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, of seven members, chosen, following the inter-league match, on Monday, 3 April 1939.
Scotland Lineup (no numbers worn)
  Dawson, James 29 30 October 1909 G Rangers FC 14 16 GA
  Carabine, James 27 23 November 1911 RB Third Lanark FC 3 0
  Cummings, George 25 5 June 1913 LB Aston Villa FC, England 9 0
  Shankley, William 24 2 September 1913 RH Preston North End FC, England 5 0
  Baxter, Robert D. 27 23 November 1911 CH Middlesbrough FC, England 3 0
  McNab, Alexander 27 27 December 1911 LH West Bromwich Albion FC, England 2 0
  McSpadyen, Alexander 24 19 December 1914 OR Partick Thistle FC 2 0
  Walker, Thomas 23 26 May 1915 IR Heart of Midlothian FC 20 9
Dougall, James 25 3 October 1913 CF Preston North End FC, England 1 1
  Venters, Alexander 25 9 June 1913 IL Rangers FC 3 0
  Milne, John V. 28 25 March 1911 OL Middlesbrough FC, England 2 0


In attendance: Andy Anderson (Heart of Midlothian FC) and James McDonald (The Celtic FC).
The full reserve team is: -John Brown (Clyde FC); Anderson and Andy Beattie (Preston North End FC); Frank Dunlop (Aberdeen FC), John Blair (Motherwell FC) and Billy Forrest (Middlesbrough FC); Torry Gillick (Everton FC), George Mutch (Preston North End FC), Jock Dodds (Blackpool FC), McDonald and Gillick (occupying outside left and right).
2-3-5 Dawson -
Carabine, Cummings -
Shankly, Baxter, McNab -
McSpadyen, Walker, Dougall, Venters, Milne


Age 25.8 Appearances/Goals 5.8 0.9


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.
Second half - the kit of Queen's Park FC
Capt: Eddie Hapgood, nineteenth captaincy. Selectors:
In charge: W.C. Cuff
Trainer: Tom Whittaker
The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, following a trial match, on Monday, 27 March 1939.
190th match, W 122 - D 30 - L 38 - F 573 - A 221.
England Lineup
  Woodley, Victor R. 29 26 February 1910 G Chelsea FC 16 20 GA
2 Morris, William W. 26 26 March 1913 RB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 2 0
3 Hapgood, Edris A. 30 24 September 1908 LB Arsenal FC 28 0
4 Willingham, C. Kenneth 26 1 December 1912 RH Huddersfield Town AFC 10 1
5 Cullis, Stanley 22 25 October 1916 CH Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 9 0
6 Mercer, Joseph 24 9 August 1914 LH Everton FC 2 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 24 1 February 1915 OR Stoke City FC 15 8
8 Hall, G. William 27 12 March 1912 IR Tottenham Hotspur FC 8 8
9 Lawton, Thomas 19 6 October 1919 CF Everton FC 5 5
10 Goulden, Leonard A. 26 16 July 1912 IL West Ham United FC 11 3
11 Beasley, Albert 25 16 July 1913 OL Huddersfield Town FC 1 1


Wilf Copping (Leeds United AFC) and Frank Broome (Aston Villa FC)

team notes:

Under rain so heavy that, utterly drenched at half-time and without a spare kit, the England men had to play in the unfamiliar colours of Queen's Park in the second half.
Eric Brook was the original named outside-left, but on 11 April, it was announced that he could not take his place due to a groin injury that he obtained during Manchester City FC's match with Bury FC. Pat Beasley replaced him a day later.
2-3-5 Woodley -
Morris, Hapgood -
Willingham, Cullis, Mercer -
Matthews, Hall, Lawton, Goulden, Beasley


Age 25.3 Appearances/Goals 9.7 2.2


    Match Report

England beat Scotland at Hampden Park, Glasgow, on Saturday by two goals to one, and so Ireland are the only country without any claim to the title of Champions.

England had not won at Hampden Park since 1927, but they were expected to win this year, and the team as a whole lived up to its reputation. The summery weather of the earlier part of the week had disappeared, and when the teams came out there was a grey sky and a rain that blew from end to end. Scotland won the toss and had the wind in their favour in the first half, and they should have scored more than a goal by half-time. It is true that the wind is not always the advantage indicated by the fluttering of the flags --the most highly developed footballers of all prefer to play against it--but it does have its influence, and Scotland in the first 45 minutes had chances which should have made the game safe for them. The weakness was on the wings...

Had Scotland had more thrust on the wings they would have given England a very unpleasant time ; even as it was they soon took the lead with a goal that was symptomatic of England's shakiness at the time. Morris, pressed by a Scottish attack down the centre, pushed the greasy ball back to Woodley without realizing that this goalkeeper had run out to narrow the angle. The result was that the ball went wide of Woodley to Dougal, who had only to tap it into an empty and inviting goal...

...after 20 minutes of the second half had been played England equalized. A move on the English left wing opened up the Scottish defence, and when the ball was finally pushed out to Beasley Carabine missed his tackle and Beasley made no kind of mistake with his shot...

England kept up their pressure and, two minutes from the end, the splendid team spirit they had shown gained its reward. Matthews sent across a perfectly calculated centre, Lawton got his head to it, and Dawson had no chance at all of saving. - The Times - Monday 17th April, 1939


   AGREEMENT has been reached between the Scottish F.A. and the B.B.C. for the Scotland-England football international at Hampden Park on April 15 to be broadcast. Negotiations, which have been proceeding for two months, ended in an amicable settlement last night. - 23 January 1939



   The English Football Association yesterday received official notification from the Scotland Football Association that they are unable to agree to the numbering of players.
   Remaining firm in their decision to number international teams, the English Football Association will definitely adopt this course tomorrow [11 March] when the English amateurs meet the Scottish amateurs at Dulwich, and in the full international at Hampden Park on April 15.
   Last year neither side in the England v Scotland match at Wembley wore numbers, the English Football Association having bowed to the Scottish Football Association wishes on the subject.
- 10 March 1939

Source Notes

The SFA paid Queen's Park FC £6761 for the rental of their ground for this match.

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