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245 vs. Scotland

Saturday, 10 April 1948
Home International Championship 1947-48 (53rd) Match

Scotland 0 England 2 [0-1]


Match Summary
Scotland Party
England Party

Hampden Park, Kinghorn Drive, Mount Florida, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Kick-off (BST): 3.00pm.

Attendance: 135,376.

unknown kicked-off  
  [0-1] Tom Finney 44
20-yard strike from a Lawton pass
[0-2] Stan Mortensen 64
easy 8-yard strike following a Lawton pass after he nicked the ball off Macauley

Match Summary





Referee (red & black stripes) - David Maxwell
x (-), Belfast.

Linesmen -
J. Oates, Fife, Scotland, and F. Thurman, England.
Teams presented to Field Marshall The Viscount Montgomery KG GCB DSO.
No substitutes permitted, as per UK ruling.
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Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 16th to 17th
Colours: Dark blue jerseys with white collars, white shorts, blue socks with red tops.
Capt: George Young Manager:
Trainer: Willie Gibson (Queen's Park FC)
The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, chose team on Wednesday, 31 March 1948.
Scotland Lineup
  Black, Ian H. 24 27 March 1924 G Southampton FC, England 1 2 GA
2 Govan, John 25 16 January 1923 RB Hibernian FC 2 0
3 Shaw, David 30 5 May 1917 LB Hibernian FC 4 0
4 Campbell, William B. 27 26 July 1920 RHB Greenock Morton FC 3 0
5 Young, George L., injured, head wound 25 27 October 1922 CHB Rangers FC 7 0
6 Macauley, Archibald R. 32 30 July 1915 LHB Arsenal FC, England 4 0
7 Delaney, James 33 3 September 1914 OR Manchester United FC, England 15 7
8 Combe, Robert R. 24 29 January 1924 IR Hibernian FC 1 0
9 Thornton, William 28 3 March 1920 CF Rangers FC 5 0
10 Steel, William 24 1 May 1923 IL Derby County FC, England 6 3
11 Liddell, William B. 26 10 January 1922 OL Liverpool FC, England 6 2


Travelling reserves are Cox (Rangers FC) and Aikman (Falkirk FC).
Full team of reserves are Brown (Rangers FC); McGowan (Partick Thistle FC) and McPhie (Falkirk FC), Cox and Willie Woodburn (Rangers FC); Jimmy Delaney; Turnbull (Hibernian FC) and Duncan (East Fife FC);

team notes:

Only one change to the team to that was originally selected, a straightforward replacement between Delaney and Rangers' Waddell, who had to cry off with a muscle injury sustained in his teams match against Aberdeen FC on 3 April.
George Young received a head wound to his temple in a collision with Tommy Lawton in the first half.
2-3-5 Black -
Govan, Shaw -
Campbell, Young, Macauley -
Delaney, Combe, Thornton, Steel, Liddell


Age 27.1 Appearances/Goals 4.9 1.1


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd
Colours: The 1946 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks
Capt: George Hardwick, thirteenth and final captaincy. Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 35 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
13th match, W 10 - D 2 - L 1 - F 49 - A 12.
Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry on Thursday, 1 April 1948 in Manchester.
England Lineup
  Swift, Frank V., injured, two cracked ribs 34 26 December 1913 G Manchester City FC 13 12 GA
2 Scott, Lawrence 30 23 April 1917 RB

Arsenal FC

13 0
3 Hardwick, George F.M., injured knee 28 2 February 1920 LB/OL

Middlesbrough FC

13 0
4 Wright, William A. 24 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

13 0
5 Franklin, Cornelius 26 24 January 1922 CHB

Stoke City FC

13 0
6 Cockburn, Henry 26 14 September 1921 LHB/LB

Manchester United FC

4 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 33 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 24 9
8 Mortensen, Stanley H. 26 26 May 1921 IR Blackpool FC 6 10
9 Lawton, Thomas 28 6 October 1919 CF Notts County FC 21 21
10 Pearson, Stanley C. 29 11 January 1919 IL

Manchester United FC

1 0
11 Finney, Thomas 26 5 April 1922 OL/LHB

Preston North End FC

11 9


Raich Carter (Hull City FC) and Bill Nicholson (Tottenham Hotspur FC)

team notes:

Despite fracturing two ribs after being bundled into his goalnet, Swift refused to leave the field. Had Hardwick not been injured, he would have replaced Swift in goal. As it was, Swift remained, and collapsed on his return to the dressing room after the finak whistle.
This is the oldest and most-experienced post-war team England have fielded so far.
2-3-5 Swift -
Scott, Hardwick (Cockburn) -
Wright, Franklin, Cockburn (Finney) -
Matthews, Mortensen, Lawton, Pearson, Finney.
notes: after Hardwick was injured, he went to outside-left, Finney and Cockburn each dropped back.


Age 28.2 Appearances/Goals 12.0 4.3


    Match Report by Mike Payne

Over 135,000 people saw England retain the Home International Championship but most of the crowd went away very disappointed at Scotland's performance. From the start the Scot's employed some pretty robust  tactics and resorted to some ruthless tackling to upset the usual England rhythm. But in the end their destructive tactics proved their own undoing as it was far too negative.

Early on George Hardwick and, to a lesser degree, Lionel Scott were given a hard time by the pacey Scottish wingers. Billy Wright was constantly pulled out of position by Steel's ability, but Scotland lacked the necessary thrust up front. Neil Franklin was playing the game of his life at the heart of the England defence and gradually they began to repel the frequent Scottish raids.

Thornton missed two easy opportunities to give Scotland the lead their early play had deserved and it wasted the good work of Govan, Shaw, Young and Macauley who had given them the upper hand. Thornton especially missed badly when he headed a perfect Steel centre wide from close in.

The England attack was occasionally breaking dangerously and Stan Mortensen showed some electric pace but genereally their forward line was mostly starved of service. But, after spending most of the first half with their backs to the wall, England suddenly produced a touch of magic minute before half-time.

A superb move began with Frank Swift's clearance finding Tommy Lawton. The centre-forward flicked the ball to Stan Pearson who, in turn, found Tom Finney with a perfect through ball. The 'Preston Plumber' took the ball in his stride, beat Young and Govan by balance and footwork, to shoot magnificently past Black. The ball had gone from England's penalty area to the back of the Scottish net without a home player getting near it. It was a goal out of the text book and out of the blue.

For the first ten minutes after the break Scotland, urged on by the mighty Hampden Roar, fought to get on terms. Twice Swift received severe buffetings on his goal-line - he was later found to have suffered a cracked rib - but, he held firm. Scott blocked a shot from Steel on the line and Neil Franklin and Henry Cockburn continued to defend magnificently.

On 64 minutes, England conjured up a second and decisive goal. Lawton was the architect, robbing Macauley and putting a brilliant ball through for  Mortensen to score easily.

Scotland fought desperately to salvage something. Delaney gave Liddell a clear chance but Hardwick saved his shot on the line and then blocked Thornton's rebound shot.

After that, Scotland faded and towards the end, with Wright now containing Steel, England became more controlled and comfortable. The robust tackling had left its mark, though. Stanley Matthews had been continually brought down by Macauley and Hardwick ended the match limping on the left wing.

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Finney and Mortensen scored a goal each in a rough-house of a match. Goalkeeper Frank Swift insisted on playing on after being knocked out in a collision with 'Flying Scot' Billy Liddell. A crowd of 135,376 saw England clinch the Home Championship, despite having skipper George Hardwick limping on the wing with a knee injury that was to finish his international career. Finney gave England the lead a minute before half-time at the end of a four-man passing movement that started in their own goal area. Lifted by the famous Hampden Roar, Scotland dominated play early in the second-half, but a 64th minute goal from Mortensen after he had combined with Lawton knocked the fight out of the Scots. Swift later collapsed on the railway platform at Manchester and was wheeled off on a porter's trolley for an examination which revealed that he had two broken ribs. The Scots kicked everything that moved, and often it wasn't the ball! Stan Pearson, the Manchester United inside-forward, was making his debut and said afterwards that he was shocked by the vićiousness of the tackling because he had always thought international football was gentlemanly compared with club football. It was one of the toughest ever home internationals.

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller, Football Author