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Saturday, 4 April 1925
Home International Championship 1924-25 (37th) Match

Scotland 2 England 0 [1-0]

Hampden Park, Kinghorn Drive, Mount Florida, Glasgow
Attendance: 92,000; Receipts: £6,300;
Kick-off 3.00pm GMT

Match Summary
Scotland Party

England Party

Scotland - Hughie Gallacher (received the ball from Morton and swung away to the right, drove in a twenty yard shot 36, Jackson rounded Wadsworth but tackled by Pym, the spare ball fell to Gallacher who shot into an empty net 86)
Results 1919-30

Scotland won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Arthur Ward
Kirkham, Lancashire, England

Linesmen - Charles Wreford-Brown, 58 (9 October 1866), and A.G. Adamson.

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Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th to 4th
Colours: Dark blue shirts with white collars, white shorts
Capt: David Morris Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, of seven members, chosen, following the inter-league match, on Thursday, 26 March 1925.
Scotland Lineup
  Harper, William 28 19 January 1897 G Hibernian FC 9 6 GA
  McStay, William 30 21 April 1894 RB The Celtic FC 5 0
  McCloy, Philip 28 19 April 1896 LB Ayr United FC 2 0
  Meiklejohn, David D. 24 12 December 1900 RH Rangers FC 5 2
  Morris, David 25 21 August 1899 CH Raith Rovers FC 6 1
  McMullan, James 30 26 March 1895 LH Partick Thistle FC 7 0
  Jackson, Alexander S. 19 12 May 1905 OR Aberdeen FC 3 0
  Russell, William F. 23 6 December 1901 IR Airdrieonians FC 2 0
Gallacher, Hugh K. 22 2 February 1903 CF Airdrieonians FC 4 5
  Cairns, Thomas 34 30 October 1890 IL Rangers FC 8 1
  Morton, Alan L. 31 24 April 1893 OL Rangers FC 14 2


Phil McCloy (Ayr United FC), replaced Hutton.

team notes:

The original back line was John Hutton (Aberdeen FC) and McStay on the left. Phil McCloy was brought in to play on the left, with McStay swapping sides. Hutton was given doctor's orders not to play.
This is the first time in thirty years that Scotland have fielded an entire home-based team against England. The Scottish Selectors gave no reason as to their decision.
2-3-5 Harper -
Hutton, McStay -
Meiklejohn, Morris, McMullan -
Jackson, Russell, Gallacher, Cairns, Morton


Age 26.7 Appearances/Goals 5.9 0.8


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 7th
Colours: The 1923 uniform - White collared jerseys and dark club shorts
Capt: Sam Wadsworth, second captaincy Selectors: The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, following the inter-league match, on Monday, 30 March 1925.
112th match, W 74 - D 22 - L 16 - F 343 - A 109.
England Lineup
  Pym, Richard H. 32 2 February 1893 G Bolton Wanderers FC 2 3 GA
  Ashurst, William 30 4 May 1894 RB Notts County FC 5 0
  Wadsworth, Samuel J. 28 13 September 1896 LB Huddersfield Town AFC 7 0
  Magee, Thomas P. 25 12 May 1899 RH West Bromwich Albion FC 4 0
  Townrow, John E. 24 28 March 1901 CH Clapton Orient FC 1 0
  Graham, Leonard 23 29 August 1901 LH Millwall Athletic FC 2 0
  Kelly, Robert 31 16 November 1893 OR Burnley FC 11 6
  Seed, James M. 30 25 March 1895 IR Tottenham Hotspur FC 5 1
  Roberts, Frank 32 3 April 1893 CF Manchester City FC 3 2
  Walker, William H. 27 29 October 1897 IL Aston Villa FC 11 7
  Tunstall, Fred 27 29 May 1897 OL Sheffield United FC 7 0


Harry Healless (Blackburn Rovers FC) and Jack Elkes (Tottenham Hotspur FC)
2-3-5 Pym -
Ashurst, Wadsworth -
Magee, Townrow, Graham -
Kelly, Seed, Roberts, Walker, Tunstall.


Age 28.1 Appearances/Goals 5.3 1.5


    Match Report



The season 1924-25 has been a great one for Scottish football, Rugby as well as Association. In each case, the International Championship has been won without a single defeat and, if the Rugby victory at Murrayfield was the more dramatic, the outplaying of England's Association professionals at Hampden Park on Saturday was the more complete. The scoring of two goals to none was watched by the expected huge crowd of 100,000 critics, whose comparative complacency in the hour of triumph was eloquent proof of the Scottish team's superiority.

The superiority in style and method of the Scotsmen, as a matter of fact, was much more complete than the score, or even the course of the play, would suggest. To the people who recognized in the English eleven merely a very moderate team who, after all, had failed only where many famous elevens had failed in the past, the match may have meant no more than a rather humiliating defeat. Scotland, it should be noted, had decided on this occasion to make no use of the Anglo-Scot, as he is called, and so it became a true test of international styles. Judged, then, on the day's play, the English representatives and their methods cut a distinctly sorry figure. As to whether the selectors had done their work well in advance is, of course, another story. Everywhere, however, except perhaps in goal and at back, the Englishmen were outmanœuvred and outplayed. They were so outplayed at times that they also looked outpaced, which probably was not the fact.

It would be easy to lay all this at the doors of the unhappy players themselves, but the writer, for his part, refuses to do so and, instead, makes a more or less savage attack upon the wretched misconception of the Association game which is rapidly making professional League and Cup-tie football in England little better than a glorified kick-and-rush--glorified only because the players are at least magnificently trained athletes. The Scotsmen, their their team on Saturday was not, perhaps, one of their greatest, have managed somehow to retain the great outstanding joy of Association football--the dribbling runs which make passing movements something better than a mere rapid dispersal of the ball all over the field. The rigid and argumentative adherents of the so-called Scottish " triangular " game and the equally so-called English rectilinear game may be left to fight out that particular part of the battle without assistance. It is enough to say that, although the Scotsmen still are very apt to overdo their pattern weaving and trickiness in front of goal, the Englishmen no longer seem to have the capacity to do more than swing the ball about mechanically or wildly, as the case may be. Their game, regarded as a whole, has become as featureless and unfootball-like as the Rugby game becomes when it is deprived of its twin characteristic glories--the run with the ball and the courageous tackle. - The Times - Monday 6th April, 1925

Source Notes

Scottish Football Association
Scotland - The Complete International Record: Richard Keir
London Hearts
original newspaper reports
FA Yearbooks 1950-60