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Wednesday, 4 February 1959
International Friendly Intermediate Match

Scotland vs. England

match postponed on 1st February because of a an unfit pitch.
a new date of 20 April was arranged on 18 February. Postponed again on 26 February.

Ibrox Stadium, Edmiston Drive, Ibroxholm, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Kick-off (GMT): evening

Attendance: not available
"With the cancellation of the Under-23 soccer international between Scotland and England, ITV have substituted a film The Last Page tonight."
Officials Scotland substitutes were to be permitted England
Scotland Intermediate Team


No official ranking system established; Colours: Made by Umbro - Dark blue continental jerseys with white v-neck collars/cuffs, white shorts, blue socks with red tops.
Capt: Jackie Plenderleith Selector: Scottish 2nd XI FA Selection Committee
team chosen on Monday, 26 January 1959.
Scotland Lineup
1 Slater, Robert 22
275 days
5 May 1936 G Falkirk FC
2 Mackay, Duncan 21
205 days
14 July 1937 RB The Celtic FC
3 Baird, Douglas F.H. 23
70 days
26 November 1935 LB Partick Thistle FC
4 Low, Gordon A. 18
208 days
11 July 1940 RHB Huddersfield Town FC, England
5 Plenderleith, John B. 21
121 days
6 October 1937 CHB Hibernian FC
6 Baxter, James C. 19
121 days
29 September 1939 LHB Raith Rovers FC
7 Hunter, William 18
355 days
14 February 1940 OR Motherwell FC
8 Reid, Samuel M. 19
114 days
13 October 1939 IR Motherwell FC
9 Colraine, John 22 4 February 1937 CF The Celtic FC
10 Quinn, Patrick 22
284 days
26 April 1936 IL Motherwell FC
11 Auld, Robert 20
318 days
23 March 1938 OL The Celtic FC
substitutes: Jock Wallace (Airdrieonians FC); Joe Hogan (Partick Thistle FC), George Thomson (Heart of Midlothian FC); Jimmy Gabriel (Dundee FC), Doug Baillie (Airdrieonians FC); Alan Cousin (Dundee FC), John Divers (The Celtic FC), Andy Weir (Motherwell FC). also Dickie Ewen (Aberdeen FC) (who withdrew on 1 February).
Baxter and Reid were originally named as substitutes until they were called into the first XI.
team notes: Before the postponement of the match, their was three enforced changes to the side originally announced. Rangers FC's Billy Stevenson and Alex Scott were replaced with Jim Baxter (originally a reserve) and Hunter. Nottingham Forest FC's John Quigley was replaced with Sammy Reid (also a reserve). Scott's reserve, Dick Ewan, also had to withdraw.
2-3-5 Slater -
Mackay, Baird -
Low, Plenderleith, Stevenson -
Scott, Quigley, Colraine, Quinn, Auld.
Averages: Age 21 years 53 days  
England Intermediate Team


No official ranking system established; Colours: The 1954 Umbro away uniform - Red v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, white shorts, red socks with white tops.
Capt: Jimmy Armfield
due to be his 3rd.
Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 45 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
due to be his fifteenth intermediate match.
Trainer: Ron Greenwood (Arsenal FC)
Team chosen by the Intermediate Selection Committee, headed by Frank Adams, on Monday, 26 January.
England Lineup
  three changes from the previous U23 match league position (26 January)  
  Hopkinson, Edward 23
98 days
29 October 1935 G Bolton Wanderers FC (FL 5th)
2 Armfield, James 23
136 days
21 September 1935 RB Blackpool FC (FL 8th)
3 Allen, Anthony 19
69 days
27 November 1939 LB Stoke City FC (FL2 4th)
4 Setters, Maurice E. 22
50 days
16 December 1936 RHB West Bromwich Albion FC (FL 6th)
5 Williams, Alan 20
246 days
3 June 1938 CHB Bristol City FC (FL2 6th)
6 McGuinness, Wilfred 21
102 days
25 October 1937 LHB Manchester United FC (FL 4th)
7 Birch, Brian 22
301 days
9 April 1938 OR Bolton Wanderers FC (FL 5th)
8 Greaves, James P. 18
349 days
20 February 1940 IR Chelsea FC (FL 14th)
=most goals 1958
9 Baker, Joseph H. 18
293 days
17 July 1940 CF Hibernian FC, Scotland (SL 8th)
10 Charlton, Robert 21
116 days
11 October 1937 IL Manchester United FC (FL 4th)
11 Scanlon, Albert J. 23
117 days
10 October 1935 OL Manchester United FC (FL 4th)
substitutes: Alan Hodgkinson (Sheffield United FC (FL2 5thd)) replaced Macedo, Peter Dobing (Blackburn Rovers FC (FL 9th)) and Jim Iley (Tottenham Hotspur FC (FL 18th))
team notes: On 29 January, the FA released two players from their under-23 duties to assist their clubs in the FA Cup fourth round replay: Trevor Smith (Birmingham City FC (FL 13th)), who currently is the record appearance holder for the intermediate team, is replaced with Williams and reserve keeper, Tony Macedo (Fulham FC (FL2 2nd)) who was replaced by Hodgkinson.
On the day of the postponement, there was a query over Joe Baker's availability.
2-3-5 Hodgkinson -
Armfield, Allen -
Setters, Smith, McGuinness -
Birch, Greaves, Baker, Charlton, Scanlon.
Averages: Age 21 years 63 days  
               Match Report Evening Express, Monday, 2 February 1959

WEATHER is again playing havoc with the midweek football programme. The Scotland v. England Under-23 international due at Ibrox on Wednesday has been postponed.
An SFA official stated that the ground at Ibrox was like concrete. "Even with a thaw," he said, "conditions would be difficult and there could be no useful purpose in playing the match." Although talks are continuing, it may be that the game will be cancelled completely. The backlog of league fixtures make it difficult for the game to be fitted in before the England v. Scotland full international on April 11.

"The Scotland v. England Under-23 international, postponed on February 4 because the ground at
Ibrox Park was unfit, has been rearranged for Monday, April 20, nine days after the countries meet in their full international at Wembley. No new venue or kick-off time time yet been decided." - Thursday, 19 February 1959, Liverpool Echo


"The Scotland v. England Under-23 international has been cancelled beacuse of the heavy Football League programme in the week before that date." - Friday, 27February 1959, News Chronicle

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