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Greatest Scotland Versus England Matches

The Auld Enemy - Rivals Since 1872

18th June 2020 will see Scotland and England play against each other at Wembley, in what will be the first time the teams have met in a tournament since 1996. 

The rivalry of The Auld Enemy began way back in November 1872 when the teams first met the the West of Scotland Cricket Ground on Hamilton Crescent in Partick, Glasgow. 

The next match was at The Oval, and thereafter this would become an annual fixture.

Some of our readers may be too young to remember the Home Nations, and Scotland v England matches became less frequent after that tournament was abolished, and the two went a number of years without playing unless drawn in a competitive match either in qualifiers or at a tournament. 

Although semi-regular friendlies have been organise dint he past 10 years, we prefer to look back at the best competitive matches between the Worlds oldest rivals. 

Wembley, 1967 - England 2-3 Scotland

Less than a year after England's 1966 success, Scotland shock the World Champions at Wembley to a Scotland side who featured 4 Celts who would win the European Cup 1 month later. 

This game is famous for Jim Baxter keepy up as a famous piece of showboating. 


Wembley, 1977 - England 1-2 Scotland

Gordon McQueen and Kenny Dalglish were on the scoresheet as Scotland won 2-1. This match is regularly remembered for the scenes at the full time whistle as Scotland's fans got into the pitch at the home of English football, creating several of the most remarkable scenes ever observed in this fixture. 

Wembley, 1996 - England 2-0 Scotland

This match had two memorable moments which happened within minutes of each other, as the Auld Enemy clashed again in the group stage of Euro '96. 

England were winning 1-0, when Gordon Durie was fouled on 76 minutes, Scotland had the chance to equalise. Step forward Gary McAllister. As he advanced to strike the ball, it visibly move on the spot and David Seaman kept it out. It was a critical point.

Seconds later, an England break finished with Paul Gascoigne racking up among the all-time fantastic England goals to exterminate Scotland's possibilities of gaining any points from the match.

His tears during the World Cup semi-final in 1990 were ingrained in the minds of many, but Gazza was always viewed as among the most effective England players of his generation, as well as he brilliantly flipped the ball over Colin Hendry and volleyed with power past Goram.

It was just one of the all-time great Wembley goals as well as sparked a renowned party. Of course, we then saw the famous Dentist Chair celebration! 

Gazza Dentist Chair

Hampden, 1999 - Scotland 0-2 England

The teams were greeted with a substantial roar as they made their way onto the opening and the pitch exchanges were clearly frenetic.

After a frantic opening, Scholes broke the deadlock on 21 minutes, taking a long pass on his chest and shooting into the corner.

His second came 20 minutes after that, a powerful header from David Beckham's identify free-kick. He had probably powered England halfway to Euro 2000 with 2 first-half goals.

The Manchester United midfielder outfoxed the Scotland defence to silence Hampden Park and offer England what would prove to be an important edge for the second leg at Wembley.

Wembley, 1999 - England 0-1 Scotland

 The Scots were left to declare a moral victory as a solo goal from Don Hutchison left them not able to overturn England's two-goal first-leg advantage.

England did not manage a single shot on target in the whole 90 minutes and coach Kevin Keegan confessed was a disappointing exhibition.

The Scots deserved to take the tie to extra time as they poured forward after Hutchison headed home a 39th minute cross from winger Neil McCann to fling the Tartan Army into delirium.

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