0-0. It took place on November 30, 1872, at Hamilton Crescent, the home ground of the West of Scotland Cricket Club in Partick, Glasgow. The game was seen by 4,000 people and ended in a 0-0 tie. This was the first international match played outside England and so it is regarded as a world cup final.
Scotland won the right to play against England by winning the three-match series 2-1. They came from behind to win the first match by two goals to one (3-2), lost the second by one goal to nil (1-4), and drew the last one 1-1. Their goalkeeper Gordon Wilson made several brilliant saves during the game.
This world cup final was not intended to be a championship match. The original idea was for each country to send its best team out for the match - which would have meant that both England and Scotland would have used their full squads. But when both teams arrived in Glasgow they found that there weren't enough players available for a complete side. As a result, both teams sent their second strings out for this match. England's squad included eight players who had never played before, while Scotland's team consisted only of local boys who were studying or working abroad.
Despite all these problems with the format, the game itself was an exciting one.
Denis Law, at his tormenting best, gave Scotland the lead after twenty-eight minutes, and it stayed 1-0 until a four-goal surge in the last twelve minutes. England vs. Scotland, 15 April 1967.
|Score||3-2 to Scotland|
|Competition||UEFA European Championship Group 8|
Scotland, having established themselves as the premier side in British football by winning the Home Championship, embarked on a summer tour to South America. The outcomes were mixed. Scotland led Chile 3-0 after 37 minutes in a match that they eventually lost 4-2. They also lost 2-1 to Brazil and 1-0 to Argentina. Total attendance for these games was 250,000.
After returning home, Scotland took part in another series of friendly matches. These games served as preparation for UEFA Euro 1980 which would be held in France. Scotland finished second in their group behind Czechoslovakia and qualified for the final tournament.
However, problems began to arise with some of the players involved in the 1978 World Cup finals. Fullbacks John MacLean and Jim McAlister were both selected for Scotland but neither played due to injury. Midfielder Alex Scott also missed out due to a knee problem. Trainer Peter Hutton had done enough work with the squad during the preseason to know what styles of play he needed to counter to ensure success at UEFA Euro 1980. However, none of his choices made it into the final squad.
There were also issues with the Scottish media being critical of some of the players picked by manager Jock Stein. Two of the three captains chosen by Stein (Dugald Bonnett and Barry Ferguson) weren't even included in his squad.
(R) Representative; (C) Champion Relegated. On Wednesday, April 22, 1964, the score in the league match between Forfar Athletic and East Fife was Forfar 5, East Fife 4. Scotland won the British Home Championship in 1964, together with England and Northern Ireland. Scotland's score is displayed first. The second number indicates the level of the team based on how many points they have from winning matches. For example, a score of 1-1 would indicate that the team is level with first-placed Falkirk because they have one point from each game. A score of 3-0 would be higher because it includes three wins.
The Scottish Football League was founded in 1890 by eight teams: Abercorn, Alloa, Albion Rovers, Bonnyrigg Rose, Cambuslang, Clyde, Heart of Midlothian, and St Mirren. In 1891, Brechin City joined as did Queen's Park. In 1892, Dundee United and Pollok FC were admitted to the league. In 1893, Renton could not continue playing so they merged with Dundee to form Dundee F.C.. In 1894, Clydebank joined from the Glasgow District League. In 1895, Hamilton Academical joined from the English league. In 1896, Vale of Leithen became the ninth member of the league. In 1897, St Bernard's joined from the New York State League. In 1898, Arbroath also joined from the New York State League.