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Saturday, 3 April 1954
Home International Championship 1953-54 (59th) Match

World Cup 1954 UEFA Group Three Qualification Match

Scotland 2 England 4 [1-1]


Match Summary
Scotland Squad
England Squad

Hampden Park, Kinghorn Drive, Mount Florida, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Attendance: 134,554;
Kick-off: 3.00pm GMT

Scotland - Allan Brown (shot in from a ten-yards out from a Mackenzie corner hitting Staniforth along the way 7), Willie Ormond (the wind picked up Ormond's bye-line cross taking it past Merrick 89).
England - Ivor Broadis (right-footed ten-yard volley from a Finney cross 14), Johnny Nicholls (headed in the perfect Finney cross at the left post 50), Ronnie Allen (headed in high a Mullen free-kick 62), Jimmy Mullen (header from another perfect Finney cross 83).
Results 1950-1955

England won the toss, Scotland kicked-off. ? minutes (? & ?).


Match Summary





Referee (-) - Thomas J. Mitchell
x (-), Lurgan, Ulster.

Linesmen - W. Williams, Belfast, and V. Maxwell, Belfast.

Teams introduced to the Guest of Honour, The Right Honourable James Stuart MVO, MC, MP, Secretary of State for Scotland, as well as The Lord Provost, Sir Amos Hirst, Harry Swan and Sir George Graham.

The National Anthem was sung by Robert Wilson

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Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 10th
Colours: Made by Umbro - blue jerseys with white collars, white shorts, blue socks with red tops.
Capt: Sammy Cox Manager:
Trainer: Alec Dowdell (The Celtic FC)
Official in charge was Huddersfield Town AFC's Andrew Beattie (40, 11 August 1913) for upcoming World Cup Finals.
First match, W 0 - D 0 - L 1 - F 2 - A 4.
The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, on Wednesday, 24 March
Scotland Lineup
  Farm, George N. 29 13 July 1924 G Blackpool FC, England 7 14 GA
2 Haughney, Michael 27 10 December 1926 RB The Celtic FC 1 0
3 Cox, Samuel R. 29 13 April 1924 LB Rangers FC 25 0
4 Evans, Robert 26 16 July 1927 RHB The Celtic FC 15 0
5 Brennan, Frank 29 23 April 1924 CHB Newcastle United FC, England 8 0
6 Aitken, George G.M. 28 28 May 1925 LHB Sunderland AFC, England 8 0
7 Mackenzie, John A. 28 4 September 1925 OR Partick Thistle FC 2 0
8 Johnstone, Robert 24 7 September 1929 IR Hibernian FC 9 5
9 Henderson, John G. 22 17 January 1932 CF Portsmouth FC, England 3 1
10 Brown, Allan D. 27 12 October 1926 IL Blackpool FC, England 9 6
11 Ormond, William E. 27 23 Februay 1927 OL Hibernian FC 1 1


Travelling reserve is Fernie (The Celtic FC).
Full team of reserves are Anderson (Leicester City FC); Aird (Burnley FC); Tommy Docherty (Preston North End FC), Frank Brennan (Newcastle United FC) and Doug Cowie (Dundee FC); Tommy Wright (Sunderland AFC) and Fernie (The Celtic FC); Bauld (Hearts of Midlothian FC), Fernie and Billy Liddell (Liverpool FC).

team notes:

Frank Brennan replaced Rangers FC's Willie Woodburn at centre-half on 31 March. After three dyas of discussion, his club withdrew him because of injury concerns.
2-3-5 Farm -
Haughney, Cox -
Evans, Brennan, Aitken -
Mackenzie, Johnstone, Henderson, Brown, Ormond.


Age 26.9 Appearances/Goals 8.0 1.0


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks.
Capt: Billy Wright, 41st captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 41 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
59th match, W 38 - D 12 - L 9 - F 178 - A 79, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee on Monday, 29 March 1954.
England Lineup
  Merrick, Gilbert H. 32 26 January 1922 G Birmingham City FC 18 29 GA
2 Staniforth, Ronald 29 13 April 1924 RB Huddersfield Town AFC 1 0
3 Byrne, Roger W.     LB Manchester United FC    
4 Wright, William A. 30 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

56 3
5 Clarke, Henry A.     CHB Tottenham Hotspur FC    
6 Dickinson, James W. 28 24 April 1925 LHB

Portsmouth FC

33 0
7 Finney, Thomas 31 5 April 1922 OR

Preston North End FC

49 23
8 Broadis, Ivan A.     IR Newcastle United FC    
9 Allen, Ronald     CF West Bromwich Albion FC    
10 Nicholls, John 23 3 April 1921 IL West Bromwich Albion FC 1 1
11 Mullen, James 31 6 January 1923 OL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 10 5


Ken Armstrong (Chelsea FC)

team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally.
2-3-5 Merrick -
Staniforth, Byrne -
Wright, Clarke, Dickinson -
Finney, Broadis, Allen, Nicholls, Mullen.


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

The England selectors made eight changes to the team taken apart by Hungary. Johnny Nicholls had good reason to remember his debut. It was his 23rd birthday and he celebrated with England's second goal, a flying header from a Tom Finney cross. Playing alongside his West Bromwich Albion team-mate Ronnie Allen, he was one of four debutants, along with Ron Staniforth, Harry Clarke and Manchester United left-back Roger Byrne, who was to prove himself one of the finest players ever to wear the No 3 shirt. Clarke, 31-year-old centre-half, followed Ditchburn, Ramsey, Willis, Nicholson and Medley as members of the Spurs 'push-and-run' team who were capped after the age of thirty-plus. Roared on by a vast crowd of 134,554, Scotland took the lead in the seventh minute through Blackpool's Allan Brown. Ivor Broadis equalised eight minutes later after penetrating approach work by Wright and Finney. It was the same combination of Wright and Finney that set up England's second goal by birthday boy Nicholls five minutes into the second half. Headed goals by Allen and Jimmy Mullen wrapped the game up for England and guaranteed them going to the World Cup finals as Home Champions. Scotland scored a strange second goal in the last minute when a cross from Willie Ormond suddenly swirled into the net.

Source Notes

"Negotiations between the Scottish Football Association and the British Broadcasting Corporation have taken place, as the result of which the association are unable to grant permission to the B.B.C. for the live broadcasting in their Television Service of any part of the Scotland v. England International, to be played at Hampden Park on April 3, because other matches are being played in Scotland on that day. The association were prepared to grant facilities for a telerecording of the International for transmission on Monday, April 5, but this alternative was not acceptable to the B.B.C. The 'highlights' of the match will. however, be covered in Television 'Newsreel' on Monday evening, April 5." - Tuesday, 23 March 1954, Glasgow Herald.

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