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Saturday, 12 April 1947
Home International Championship 1946-47 (52nd) Match

England 1 Scotland 1 [0-1]


Match Summary
England Party
Scotland Party

Empire Stadium, Wembley Park, Wembley, Middlesex
Kick-off (BST): 3.00pm.
Attendance: 98,250. Receipts 34,200.

unknown kicked-off

[1-1] Raich Carter 56

 eight yard shot from Mannion's backheel
[0-1] Andy McLaren 15
16-yard shot into the left-hand corner following a Delaney interception
Final 35 minutes only live - Commentator: Jimmy Jewell

Match Summary



UK ruling on substitutes


Charles Adolphe Delasalle
49 (8 December 1897), France.
   Goal Attempts   
  Attempts on Target  
Linesmen 32 Throw-ins 18
Andrew Watts,
G. H. Hann,
4 Corner Kicks Won 5
15 Bye-kicks 14
Teams presented to the Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Clement Richard Attlee PM. He also presented George Hardwick with the Jubilee Trophy following the match. 25 Free-kicks 12
  Possession (from Sunday Post)

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 1946 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks.
5th match, W 4 - D 1 - L 0 - F 20 - A 5.
Capt: George Hardwick,
fifth captaincy.
Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 34 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
5th match, W 4 - D 1 - L 0 - F 20 - A 5.
Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry, on Friday, 28 March 1947 in Harrogate.
England Lineup
  Swift, Frank V. 33 26 December 1913 G Manchester City FC 5 5 GA
2 Scott, Lawrence 29 23 April 1917 RB

Arsenal FC

5 0
3 Hardwick, George F.M. 27 2 February 1920 LB

Middlesbrough FC

5 0
4 Wright, William A. 23 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

5 0
5 Franklin, Cornelius 25 24 January 1922 CHB

Stoke City FC

5 0
6 Johnston, Harry 27 26 September 1919 LHB Blackpool FC 2 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 32 1 February 1915 OR

Stoke City FC

7 years
329 days
18 8
8 Carter, Horatio S. 33 21 December 1913 IR

Derby County FC

11 6
9 Lawton, Thomas 27 6 October 1919 CF Chelsea FC 13 12
10 Mannion, Wilfred J. 28 16 May 1918 IL

Middlesbrough FC

5 6
11 Mullen, James 24 6 January 1923 OL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1 0


Phil Taylor (Liverpool FC) and Stan Mortensen (Blackpool FC).


This is the most experienced and oldest post-war side so far.
Prior to this match, the England side were set-up in Brighton, using Brighton & Hove Albion's ground to train on.
This is the most experienced and oldest post-war side so far.


Swift  -
Scott, Hardwick -
Wright, Franklin, Johnston -
Matthews, Carter, Lawton, Mannion, Mullen.


Age 28.0 Appearances/Goals 6.8 2.8


Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th
Colours: Dark blue jerseys with white collars, white shorts, blue socks with red tops.
Capt: Jock Shaw Selectors:
Trainer: Hugh Shaw (Hibernian FC)
The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, chose team on Wednesday, 2 April 1947
Scotland Lineup
  Miller, William 22 20 November 1924 G The Celtic FC 2 4 GA
2 Young, George L. 24 27 October 1922 RB Rangers FC 3 0
3 Shaw, John 34 29 November 1912 LB Rangers FC 4 0
4 Macauley, Archibald R. 31 30 July 1915 RHB Brentford FC, England 1 0
5 Woodburn, William A. 27 8 August 1919 CHB Rangers FC 1 0
6 Forbes, Alexander R. 22 21 January 1925 LHB Sheffield United FC, England 1 0
7 Smith, Gordon 22 25 May 1924 OR Hibernian FC 3 0
8 McLaren, Andrew 25 24 January 1922 IR Preston North End FC, England 1 1
9 Delaney, James 32 3 September 1914 CF Manchester United FC, England 12 7
10 Steel, William 23 1 May 1923 IL Greenock Morton FC 1 0
11 Pearson, Thomas U. 34 16 March 1913 OL Newcastle United FC, England 1 0


Travellling reserves are John Husband (Partick Thistle FC) and William Thornton (Rangers FC).
Full team of reserves are George Brown (Rangers FC); David Shaw (Hibernian FC); Hugh Brown (Partick Thistle FC), John Aird (Hibernian FC), and Husband; Jimmy Delaney (Manchester United FC) and Neil Dougall (Birmingham City FC); Willie McIntosh (Preston North End FC); Thornton and Willie McCall (Aberdeen FC);
Tom Pearson played for England against Scotland in the December 1939 war-time international.
Andy McClaren's debut goal is the first such goal since Jimmy Dougall did so for Scotland in April 1939. He becomes the third Preston North End player to score on his Scotland debut against England in the last ten years, and the first to do so at the Empire Stadium.
2-3-5 Miller -
Young, Shaw -
Macauley, Woodburn, Forbes -
Smith, McLaren, Delaney, Steel, Pearson.


Age 26.9 Appearances/Goals 2.7 0.6


    Match Report by Mike Payne

THE Home International Championship went to England after their draw in this final match of the season against Scotland. It was not a very good display and it was the Scots who gained most of the credit.

Over 98,000 spectators packed into Wembley on a glorious sunny day. The pitch looked superb and it was a very colourful scene especially when decorated by the pipes and drums of the Scots Guards. The teams were presented to the Prime Minister, Clement Atlee, before the kick-off.

The first-half belonged to Scotland. Driven on by marvellous displays from Macauley and Forbes in the midfield, they tore England apart. The rhythm that had been seen in England's previous games was completely upset and the usual inspirational pair, Raich Carter and Wilf Mannion, just could not get going against their Scottish counterparts.

After 15 minutes Scotland took the lead their play deserved. The move typified their native quality. Shaw found Pearson with a good pass. The winger dribbled down the left before laying on a perfect pass for McLaren, bursting through the middle, to shoot home a fine goal past the helpless Frank Swift.

England went from bad to worse. Pearson saw a shot blocked. Swift twice dropped the ball under pressure and there was a vociferous appeal for handball against Laurie Scott. Somehow though, England held on until half-time although at this stage they should have been out of the game completely.

To their eternal credit the half-time break was used to good effect by England and they restarted with a much more determined look about them. Within minutes a sparkling move involving Tommy Lawton, Jimmy Mullen and Cater ended with a shot into the side netting.

Two other similar moves lingered in the memory, on 56 minutes, England equalized. A superb quick passing movement between Lawton, Mannion and Carter ended with the latter shooting an excellent goal. At last England were something like their old selves again. They forced three corners in as many minutes as they searched for a winner but the Scots were not going to let that happen and they gave as good as they got, rising above themselves in a thriller.

There had been some interesting individual battles on the day with Scott doing well against Pearson, Smith worrying George Hardwick and Delaney having Neil Franklin in two minds for much of the game. Mullen, meanwhile, had a quiet but promising debut. In the end, though, the two sides shared the points and, reluctantly, settled for the draw.

    Match Report by Norman Giller

A crowd of 98,250 gathered for this first post-war international at Wembley. Victory or a draw would give England the Home Championship. Scotland were the superior side in the first half and deserved their 1-0 half-time lead from a goal by Preston inside-right Andy McLaren. England equalised in the 56th minute when Raich Carter finished off a sweeping movement involving Tommy Lawton and Wilf Mannion. With the score deadlocked at 1-1, Carter was racing unchallenged towards the Scottish goal in the dying moments when he heard a whistle and pulled up. The whistle had come from the crowd. Jimmy Mullen made his debut on the left wing, and Stanley Matthews was preferred to Tom Finney on the right wing. It was Stanley's 18th peacetime international appearance and his first since before the war. Wright and Franklin were developing into the Britton and Cullis of peacetime football. There could be no higher praise. This match saw the start of the Matthews-or-Finney controversy that lasted throughout their careers. The selectors never seemed quite sure which to pick. They were both exceptionally gifted players, but it was considered it would be too much of a luxury to play them both. It started long arguments between fans, whipped up by newspapers, as to which of them should wear the number seven shirt.  

    Match Report by Glen Isherwood

England had beaten both Ireland and Wales and need only a point to secure the first post-war British Championship. Scotland had lost 3-1 to Wales at the Racecourse Ground and could finish joint runners-up at best. They had lost four out of five wartime internationals at Wembley since winning in 1938.

Scotland dominated the first half and took the lead when a pass from Pearson found Andy McLaren who shot past Swift. England's equaliser came from a very quick and incisive move which split the Scottish defence and Mannion provided the in-rushing Raich Carter with the final pass from which he drove the ball past Miller.

England were to retain the British Championship the following year, their fourth successive peacetime title, while Scotland finished bottom without a point. They returned to Wembley in 1949, however, with a much-improved side.

The 1951 Football of the Year, Harry Johnston, made his first Wembley appearance.

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
  Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record

Norman Giller, Football Author
Glen Isherwood's Wembley: The Complete Record