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Saturday, 14 April 1956
Home International Championship 1955-56 (61st) Match


Scotland 1 England 1
[0-0]
 
 
Hampden Park, Kinghorn Drive, Mount Florida, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Kick-off (GMT): 3.00pm
Attendance: '132,817'
George Young won the toss Nat Lofthouse kicked off
Players lost since last match
Arthur Knight (10 March 1956) 68
James Iremonger (25 March) 80
Gerard Dewhurst (29 March) 84








This week's Music Charts
   
[1-0] Graham Leggat 61
 lobbed the ball left-footed from 10-yards out off his left shin, from a John Hewie cross

The goalframes at Hampden park are square (they are circular at the Empire Stadium), it is reckoned that Haynes' strike onto the post would have rebounded into the net if they were round 

[1-0] Johnny Haynes strike hits the post 80
[1-1] Johnny Haynes 91 90:23
'coolly accepted his chance during the extra 60 seconds added for stoppages'
'according to the Sunday Dispatch stop-watch there were 37 seconds left for play when Haynes scored'
his 14yd drive hit the inside of the post after Tommy Taylor headed down a Byrne cross
(Scotland only) - Commentator: Peter Thomson
       
"SEND FOR STAN!" Sunday Mirror
Officials from Wales Scotland UK ruling on substitutes England
Referee (maroon)
Leo Callaghan
32 (5 February 1924), Merthyr Tydfil
Teams were presented to the Guest of Honour is HRH The Duke of Gloucester, KG.
Linesmen
N.A. Jones
Wrexham
G.H. Lewis
Aberdare
   
Scotland Team
 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 16th to 15th
Colours: Made by Umbro - Dark blue continental jerseys with white v-neck collars/cuffs, white shorts, blue socks with red tops.
Capt: George Young Selector: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee
on Saturday, 1 April
1956.
Trainer: Alec Dowdell (The Celtic FC) 
Scotland Lineup
  Younger, Thomas 26
4 days
10 April 1930 G Hibernian FC 7 9ᵍᵃ
2 Parker, Alexander H. 20
256 days
2 August 1935 RB Falkirk FC 6 0
715 3
Hewie, John D. 27
124 days
12 December 1928
in Pretoria, South Africa
LB Charlton Athletic FC, England 1 0
4 Evans, Robert 28
273 days
16 July 1927 RHB The Celtic FC 25 0
5 Young, George L. 33
170 days
27 October 1922 CHB Rangers FC 47 0
most apps 1952-56
6 Glen, Archie 27
364 days
16 April 1929 LHB Aberdeen FC 2 0
final app 1955-56
716 7
Leggat, Graham 21
299 days
20 June 1934 OR Aberdeen FC 1 1
8 Johnstone, Robert 26
220 days
7 September 1929 IR Manchester City FC, England 17 8
9 Reilly, Lawrance 27
169 days
28 October 1928 CF Hibernian FC 33 21
10 McMillan, John L. 25
27 days
18 March 1931 IL Airdrieonians FC 5 2
11 Smith, Gordon 31
325 days
25 May 1924 OL Hibernian FC 16 3
reserves: Travelling reserve is Tommy Docherty (Preston North End FC).
Full team of reserves are Billy Brown (Dundee FC); Ian Rae (Falkirk FC); Docherty (Preston North End FC), Danny Malloy (Cardiff City FC) and Doug Cowie (Dundee FC); Gordon Smith (Hibernian FC) and Bobby Collins (The Celtic FC); Willie Baird (Airdrieonians FC), John McMillan (St. Mirren FC) and Jackie Henderson (Portsmouth FC).
team notes: The Celtic FC's Bobby Collins was the original named inside-left, his place going to McMillan, on 10 April because of a knee injury.
The team were set up in Largs prior to the match, practising at Barrfield Stadium.
 
2-3-5 Younger -
Parker, Hewie -
Evans, Young, Glen -
Leggat, Johnstone, Reilly, Collins, Smith.
Averages: Age 26 years 335 days Appearances/Goals 14.5 3.1
 
England Team
 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 7th
Colours: The 1954 Umbro home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, red socks with white tops.
tenth, W 5 - D 2 - L 3 - F 26 - A 14.⁴³
Capt:
 
Billy Wright³
58th W 33 - D 11 - L 14 - F 144 - A 89.⁹⁰
 
Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 43 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
76th match, W 46 - D 15 - L 15 - F 218 - A 110, one abandoned.¹³⁹
Trainer: Jimmy Trotter (Charlton Athletic FC)
Team chosen by Selection Committee, headed by Joe Mears, on Sunday, 8 April.
England Lineup
76   Matthews, Reginald D. 23
116 days
20 December 1932 G Coventry City FC Third Division (south): 7th 1 1ᵍᵃ
754 the first City player to represent England
2 Hall, Jeffrey J. 26
220 days
7 September 1929 RB Birmingham City FC 5 0
3 Byrne, Roger W. 26
219 days
8 September 1929 LB Manchester United FC 18 0
4 Dickinson, James W. 30
356 days
24 April 1925 RHB Portsmouth FC 45 0
5 Wright, William A. 32
68 days
6 February 1924 CHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 73 3
most apps 1952-56 
6 Edwards, Duncan 19
196 days
1 October 1936 LHB Manchester United FC 5 0
7 Finney, Thomas 34
9 days
5 April 1922 OR Preston North End FC 60 26
the second and oldest player to reach this milestone
8
Taylor, Thomas 24
76 days
29 January 1932 IR Manchester United FC 6 2
9 Lofthouse, Nathaniel 30
231 days
27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC 30 27
the eighth player to reach this milestone
10
Haynes, John N. 21
180 days
17 October 1934 IL Fulham FC 4 2
11 Perry, William A. 25
217 days
10 September 1930
in Johannesburg, South Africa
OL Blackpool FC 3 2
final app 1955-56
reserves: Tommy Cummings (Burnley FC)
team notes: Reg Matthews becomes the first Third Division player to win a full cap since Joe Payne in 1937 (Tommy Lawton did so in 1947, but he was an established international when he joined Notts County FC)
Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record 38th consecutive match.
pre-match notes: On Tuesday, 10 April, England continued with the practise of meeting up with a league club for a practise session, today, it was the turn of Bolton Wanderers FC at Burnden Park. England won 4-2 with Finney setting up all four for Lofthouse to score twice, and Haynes and Taylor. Bolton's response came from Gubbins and Stevens.
The day after, Wednesday, 11 April, England went to Turf Moor and were beaten by Burnley by a single Brian Pilkington goal.
records: England were quite literally 37 seconds away from finishing bottom, which has not happened since 1928.
The team then sent up in Troon and practised at Ayr before the match.
 
2-3-5 Matthews -
Hall, Byrne -
Dickinson, Wright, Edwards -
Finney, Taylor, Lofthouse, Haynes, Perry.
Averages: Age 26 years 306 days Appearances/Goals 23.3 5.5
 
              Match Report by Mike Payne

It was in 1957 that England had last lost to Scotland at Hampden Park and the run continued after this latest match between these old rivals. This time, though, Scotland came so very close to ending the sequence. It is always a special occasion when these two sides meet and it came as quite a surprise when England chose Reg Matthews in goal. The selection of a Third Division player raised a few eyebrows, but by the end of the game it was most gratifying to see how well the lad from Coventry performed.

Despite having much less of the possession, England always created the better chances. This was due mainly to the superb play of Johnny Haynes, who really looked a class above the rest. His passing was a delight, although his forward line colleagues tended to waste his best moments. Scotland, with Parker, Hewie and Young outstanding in defence, rarely created a worthwhile goalscoring attempt and they lacked someone of Haynes's ability to take advantage of their greater possession. Even with a massive 132,000 crowd behind them, they still struggled to find the target.

In the first half Scotland managed only one decent attempt. This came in the 15th minute when Matthews made a brilliant diving save low down from Johnstone. This gave the goalkeeper confidence and he went on to show the calm authority that belied his inexperience. Evans was an inspiring worker in midfield for Scotland and much of the play revolved around him. But England could and should have scored twice in the opening period. But Nat Lofthouse and Bill Perry squandered golden chances, the second one coming from a rare burst of skill from Tom Finney.

The second half began with both sides striving for the breakthrough. It finally came after 60 minutes and it was the Scots who went ahead. Johnstone began the move down the right with a pass to McMillan. He, in turn, found Leggatt advancing down the left. The winger centred and quickly moved into the middle to receive a return pass from Smith. Leggatt then lobbed the ball over a crowd of players and into the net with Matthews stranded.

The 'keeper had some excuse as Leggatt partially mishit his shot although it did not matter to the massive crowd how the goal was scored as it was the first time in nearly 20 years that Scotland had taken the lead against the Auld Enemy at Hampden.

The goal stirred England into life, though and, at last, they began to move more fluently. Wright, Dickinson, Edwards and especially Haynes began to impose themselves on to the game and in the last half-hour England stepped up a gear. They won a stream of corners and Younger excelled when making fine saves twice from Taylor. Berry and Taylor then missed when well placed and Haynes threw away a good chance when his effort struck a post.

With the time ticking away the excitement grew and at times only desperate clearances saved Scotland. Finally, with the home side within seconds of that elusive Hampden victory, England bravely snatched their deserved equaliser. Byrne moved forward to add weight to the attack and put in a good cross to the head of Taylor. His nod down dropped perfectly for man-of-the-match, Haynes to sweep the ball past Younger.

The crowd were stunned into almost total silence, not quite believing what had happened. The result also left a unique situation in the Home Championship as all four countries finished level on three points thus sharing the title.
    

              Match Report by Norman Giller

Johnny Haynes silenced the Hampden Roar with a last-minute equaliser, shooting the ball past goalkeeper Tommy Younger  after Manchester United team-mates Roger Byrne and Tommy Taylor had created the opening. Reg Matthews, making his debut in front of a 134,000 crowd while a Third Division goalkeeper with Coventry City, pulled off a string of magnificent saves and  was only beaten on the hour by a mis-hit shot from Aberdeen's Graham Leggat. The last-gasp equaliser from man-of-the-match Haynes stopped Scotland from registering their first victory over the Auld Enemy at Hampden Park since 1937. The incredible thing about this match was that England had to call the trainer on to treat goalkeeper Reg Matthews before a ball was kicked. Reg, used to playing in front of fewer than ten thousand spectators in the Third Division, was shaking with nerves as England left the dressing-room, and when he heard the roar from the 134,000 Scottish fans he almost passed out. The trainer gave Reg a whiff of smelling salts, and he quickly pulled himself together and gave an excellent debut performance. Reg, who later played for Chelsea, was nervy at the best of times and smoked like a trooper in the dressing-room.
    

              Match Report as appears in the F.A. Yearbook 1956-57 page 30

The younger members of the England team did all that could be expected of them in this match on April 14th at Hampden Park. Nevertheless some of the 134,000 spectators thought that Scotland were unlucky to be deprived of a victory by a goal scored by Haynes in the last minute of the game. It was an even first half, with the defences well on top. Parker, Hewie, and Young - a dominating centre-half - were in devastating form for Scotland, and the England half-backs were not far behind them. Matthews made two sensational saves before he was rather unluckily beaten by a spinning lob from Leggatt with half-an-hour to go. Then with the Hampden crows roaring for full-time, Haynes and Edwards brought the ball through, Taylor headed it back to Haynes, and he breasted it down before banging it into the corner of the net. That goal meant that for the first time in the 72 years' history of the Championship, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland all finished level, each having won one, lost one and drawn one of the three matches played.
  

              Source Notes
TheFA.com
Original newspaper reports
Original matchday programme
The Complete Book of the British Charts
LondonHearts.com
  Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record
Norman Giller, Football Author
British Pathé
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