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276 vs. Scotland

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The BBC Television cameras along with Jimmy Jewell and Bill Stevenson were witnessing the England schoolboy victory over Scotland at the Empire Stadium.
Saturday, 5 April 1952
Home International Championship 1951-52 (57th) Match

Scotland 1 England
Hampden Park, Kinghorn Drive, Mount Florida, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Kick-off (GMT): 3.03pm.

Attendance: '133,991'; Receipts: £31,000.

Players lost since last match
Bobby Turnbull (18 March 1952) 56

Domestic Football Results
Scotland kicked-off Billy Wright won toss

[0-1] Stan Pearson volley 8
'Rowley put over a long low square centre from leftwing, bobbed up from a defenders foot to Broadis, who headed it down to Nat Lofthouse, who flicked it square for Pearson to hook the ball left-footed into the net.'
[0-2] Stan Pearson 43
'Nat Lofthouse and Pearson were on the edge of the area when Pearson's left footed hook for the goal. It was half-hit and it lolloped in out of reach of slow-diving Brown.'
[1-2] Laurie Reilly 74
 just beat Garrett to strike in from 6 yards after John McMillan pushed on Ramsey's sliced clearance
second half live on the Radio Light Programme - Commentators: tbc
Officials from Ireland Scotland UK ruling on substitutes England
Patrick Morris
This match marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Ibrox Disaster. Which is also the seventieth official meeting between the two countries.

The teams were introduced to Mr James Stuart, Secretary of State for Scotland. The English team were wearing jerkins, the Scottish team, tracksuits.
John Davidson
Thomas James Mitchell
40 (28 January 1912), Lurgan
Scotland Team
Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 7th to 9th
Colours blue jerseys with white collars, white shorts, blue socks with white/blue tops.
Captain George Young Selection The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee
on Wednesday, 26 March 1952
Scotland Lineup
  Brown, Robert 29
17 days
19 March 1923 G Rangers FC 5 7ᵍᵃ
final app 1946-52
2 Young, George L. 29
161 days
27 October 1922 RB Rangers FC 31 0
3 McNaught, William 29
334 days
7 May 1922 LB Raith Rovers FC 4 0
4 Scoular, James 27
85 days
11 January 1925 RHB Portsmouth FC, England 4 0
5 Woodburn, William A. 32
241 days
8 August 1919 CHB Rangers FC 23 0
6 Redpath, William Y. 28
241 days
8 August 1922 LHB Motherwell FC 9 0
final app 1948-52
7 Smith, Gordon 27
316 days
25 May 1924 OR Hibernian FC 8 0
8 Johnstone, Robert 22
211 days
7 September 1929 IR Hibernian FC 5 3
Reilly, Lawrance 23
160 days
28 October 1928 CF Hibernian FC 16 8
677 10
McMillan, John L. 21
18 days
18 March 1931 IL Airdrieonians FC 1 0
11 Liddell, William B. 30
86 days
10 January 1922 OL Liverpool FC, England 17 4
reserves: Travelling reserves are Charlie Cox (Rangers FC) and Willie Bauld (Hearts of Midlothian FC).
Full team of reserves are Jimmy Cowan (Greenock Morton FC); Hugh Howie (Hibernian FC) and Cox; Frank Brennan (Newcastle United FC) and Billy Redpath; Lawrie Reilly (Hibernian FC) and Jimmy Logie (Arsenal FC); Bauld; Jimmy Wardhaugh (Hearts of Midlothian FC) and Bobby Mitchell (Newcastle United FC).
team changes: For the second year running, Billy Redpath is a replacement, this time for Arsenal's Alec Forbes, on Saturday, 30 March, because his club needed him for their FA Cup semi-final.
2-3-5 Brown -
Young, McNaught -
Scoular, Woodburn, Redpath -
Smith, Johnstone, Reilly, McMillan, Liddell
Averages: Age 27 years 205 days Appearances/Goals 11.2 1.2
England Team
Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th to 4th
Colours The 1949 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks.
P 23rd of 43, W 14 - D 4 - L 5 - F 62 - A 34.
Captain Billy Wright
Manager Walter Winterbottom, 39 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
record 25th of 90, W 16 - D 3 - L 6 - F 61 - A 31. Trainer: Jimmy Trotter (Charlton Athletic FC) P 43rd of 139, W 29 - D 7 - L 7 - F 130 - A 50.
  ³ Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry, on Sunday, 30 March.
England Lineup
  four changes to the previous match (Eckersley, Milton, Baily & Medley out) league position (30 March)  
  Merrick, Gilbert H. 30
70 days
26 January 1922 G Birmingham City FC (FL2 TOP) 3 3ᵍᵃ
2 Ramsey, Alfred E. 32
74 days
22 January 1920 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC (FL 4th) 19 1
715 3 Garrett, Thomas 26
37 days
28 February 1926 LB Blackpool FC (FL 13th) 1 0
the seventh Blackpool player to represent England
4 Wright, William A. 28
59 days
6 February 1924 RHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 11th) 40 3
the 2nd and youngest player to reach the 40-app milestone
5 Froggatt, Jack 29
140 days
17 November 1922 CHB Portsmouth FC (FL 3rd) 5 1
6 Dickinson, James W. 26
347 days
24 April 1925 LHB Portsmouth FC (FL 3rd) 17 0
7 Finney, Thomas 30 5 April 1922 OR Preston North End FC (FL 6th) 36 20
8 Broadis, Ivan A. 29
109 days
18 December 1922 IR Manchester City FC (FL 12th) 2 0
Lofthouse, Nathaniel 26
222 days
27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC (FL 5th) 5 5
Pearson, Stanley C. 33
85 days
11 January 1919 IL Manchester United FC (FL TOP) 7 5
the 158th (25th post-war) brace scored oldest to score twice so far
11 Rowley, John F. 33
181 days
7 October 1918 OL Manchester United FC (FL TOP) 6 6
final app 1948-52
reserves: Bill Nicholson and Les Bennett (both Tottenham Hotspur FC (FL 4th))
team notes: The team excluded players taking part in the FA Cup semi-final between Newcastle United FC (FL 7th) and Blackburn Rovers FC (FL2 16th), which would have included Jackie Milburn and Bill Eckersley.
It is Billy Wright's fortieth appearance under Winterbottom, four ahead of Tom Finney's 36.
2-3-5 Merrick -
Ramsey, Garrett -
Wright, Froggatt, Dickinson -
Finney, Broadis, Lofthouse, Pearson, Rowley
Averages: Age 29 years 222 days Appearances/Goals 12.8 3.5

England teams v. Scotland:

1951: Williams Ramsey Eckersley Johnston Froggatt Wright Matthews Mannion Mortensen Hassall Finney
1952: Merrick Ramsey Garrett Wright Froggatt Dickinson Finney Broadis Lofthouse Pearson Rowley
              Match Report by Mike Payne

The pattern of England doing well at Hampden whilst Scotland do better at Wembley continued in this latest meeting leaving England unbeaten in Scotland since 1937. The new Press box was open for the game and the two teams took the field in very wet conditions.

England made a bright start and quickly forged their way in front with an eighth minute goal from Stan Pearson. Keeping the ball on the ground, good passes from Billy Wright to Nat Lofthouse and on to Jack Rowley down the left ended with the winger centering low into the middle. Redpath's deflection caused the ball to fly upwards and when it came down, Pearson met it on the full to crash home a superb rising shot with his left foot.  It was a goal typical of the Manchester United player and one that will be long remembered, as well as giving him great confidence.

Despite the overall superiority of the England team Scotland were able to create three clear chances which should have been taken in the first half. On ten minutes Reilly missed Liddell's header after it landed at his feet, then ten minutes later the roles were reversed  when Liddell missed a golden opportunity after Reilly had set him up with a back-heeled pass. He could only shoot straight at Gil Merrick when it seemed he must score. Finally, Liddell again missed the target with a diving header from point-blank range after Scoular had lobbed the ball in from the left.

But don't get the impression that Scotland had it all their own way. Far from it as Tom Finney and Ivor Broadis combined magnificently to carve gaping holes in the home defence. Only the finishing let them down , although with a minute left of the first half Pearson confirmed his value to the side with his second goal. He pounced on a terrible mix-up between Redpath and Woodburn to shoot just inside Brown's left-hand post.

Scotland began to rue their missed chances as England turned on the style after the break. Broadis and Finney, twice, should have scored and Rowley was very unlucky to see his ferocious shot rebound from a post. Scoular worked overtime during this spell to repel the eager English raiders and towards the end he inspired more passion from his teammates. The improvement culminated in a goal after 75 minutes.

McMillan put pressure on a hesitant Alf Ramsey and was able to centre for Reilly to score Scotland's first home goal against the Auld Enemy since the war. The crowd then tried to lift Scotland for the last quarter of an hour but England held firm, survived two corners in the last minute and deservedly clinched victory.

Tom Garrett made an impressive debut whilst Wright, Dickinson, Broadis and Finney were outstanding for England.

              Match Report by Norman Giller

Two neatly taken goals by Stan Pearson stretched England's unbeaten run in full internationals at Hampden Park to fifteen years. His first after eight minutes was a superb hooked shot, and his second just before half-time followed a mix-up in Scotland's defence. The Scots screamed that they were robbed of a penalty when Gil Merrick pulled down Lawrie Reilly, and the 134,504 [ed:133,991] crowd roared with rage when the referee waved play on. Reilly managed to score in the last minute, Scotland's first home goal against England since the war. But it was too late to stop an England victory that gave them a share of the Home Championship with Wales. Blackpool's Tom Garrett made a sound debut at left-back in place of injured Bill Eckersley.

              Match Report as appears in the F.A. Yearbook 1952-53, page 26-27

In the long interval between the match against Austria and England's visit to Hampden Park on April 5th the form of several of her best players changed considerably. The selectors were also hampered because Arsenal, Chelsea, Newcastle and Blackburn players were taken up with Cup semi-finals. It was finally decided to make three changes in the forward line, and to include one new cap, Garrett, at left-back.
Superior shooting power and opportunism probably gave England her 2-1 victory, and on the run of the play she was lucky to have scored twice by half-time. Both goals came from Pearson at left inside-forward. In the first he was facing away from goal, but from 12 yards out volleyed the ball with his left foot into the far corner of the net. The second came after a series of short passes between Lofthouse and Pearson, the latter hooking the ball so that it went in slowly out of Brown's reach.
For most of the second half the England attack were a constant source of danger to the Scots. Finney and Broadis, backed up indefatigably by Wright in particular, combined well. The Scottish forwards, though small and quick off the mark, and well stimulated by Scoular at right-half, were poor finishers, though Reilly, in one of the English defence's weaker moments, scored 15 minutes from the end.


              In Other News....
It was on 5 April 1952 that a fire engine lost control at a roundabout in Shipley in Yorkshire and ploughed into a bus queue, killing two women (Sarah Brown, 35, and Florence Lee, 22). Seven other people were injured. The driver, thirty-year-old, George McClane was cleared of manslaughter and dangerous-driving charges, three months later, as the judge stressed that he was trying to get to a fire "as fast as he reasonably could". The Grand National steeplechase at Aintree was won by Teal, the second win for jockey Arthur Thompson.

England ended as runners-up to Wales in the rugby Five Nations Championship after beating France 6-3 in Paris.
              Source Notes
Original newspaper reports
  Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record

Norman Giller, Football Author
British Pathé