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Saturday, 14 April 1956
Home International Championship 1955-56 (61st) Match

Scotland 1 England 1 [0-0]
 

 

Match Summary
Scotland Squad
England Squad

Hampden Park, Kinghorn Drive, Mount Florida, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Attendance: 132,817;
Kick-off: 3.00pm GMT
Live on BBC (Scotland only) -
Commentator: Peter Thomson

Scotland - Graham Leggat (lobbed the ball from ten yards out off his left shin, from a Hewie cross 60)
England - Johnny Haynes (his drive hit the inside of the post from a Byrne cross 89)
Results 1955-1960

Scotland won the toss, England kicked-off. ? minutes (? & ?).

 

Match Summary

Officials from Wales

Scotland

Type

England

Referee (maroon) - L.Callaghan
x (-), Merthyr Tydfil.

Linesmen - N.A.Jones, Wrexham and G.H.Lewis, Aberdare

Teams presented to the Guest of Honour, the Duke of Gloucester.

  Goal Attempts  
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  Possession  

Scotland Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 16th to 15th
Colours: Made by Umbro - Dark blue continental jerseys with white v-neck collars/cuffs, white shorts, blue socks with red tops.
Capt: George Young Manager:
Trainer: Alec Dowdell (The Celtic FC)
The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, on Saturday, 1 April 1956.
Scotland Lineup
  Younger, Thomas 26 10 April 1930 G Hibernian FC 7 9 GA
2 Parker, Alexander H. 20 2 August 1935 RB Falkirk FC 6 0
3 Hewie, John D. 27 12 December 1928
born in Pretoria, South Africa
LB Charlton Athletic FC, England 1 0
4 Evans, Robert 28 16 July 1927 RHB The Celtic FC 25 0
5 Young, George L. 33 27 October 1922 CHB Rangers FC 47 0
6 Glen, Archie 26 16 April 1929 LH Aberdeen FC 2 0
7 Leggat, Graham 21 20 June 1934 OR Aberdeen FC 1 1
8 Johnstone, Robert 26 7 September 1929 IR Manchester City FC, England 17 8
9 Reilly, Lawrance 27 28 October 1928 CF Hibernian FC 33 21
10 McMillan, John L. 25 18 March 1931 IL Airdrieonians FC 5 2
11 Smith, Gordon 31 25 May 1924 OL Hibernian FC 16 3

reserves:

Travelling reserve is Tommy Docherty (Preston North End FC).
Full team of reserves are Brown (Dundee FC); Rae (Falkirk FC); Docherty (Preston North End FC), Malloy (Cardiff City FC) and Doug Cowie (Dundee FC); Gordon Smith (Hibernian FC) and Collins (The Celtic FC); Baird (Airdrieonians FC), John McMillan (St. Mirren FC) and Henderson (Portsmouth FC).

team notes:

The Celtic FC's Collins was the original named inside-left, his place going to McMillan, on 10 April because of a leg injury.
 
2-3-5 Younger -
Parker, Hewie -
Evans, Young, Glen -
Leggat, Johnstone, Reilly, Collins, Smith.

Averages:

Age 26.4 Appearances/Goals 14.5 3.1

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 7th
Colours: The 1954 Umbro home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, red socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, 58th captaincy Manager:
Trainer: Jimmy Trotter (Charlton Athletic FC)
Walter Winterbottom, 43 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
76th match, W 46 - D 15 - L 15 - F 218 - A 110, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee on Sunday, 8 April 1956.
England Lineup
  Matthews, Reginald D. 23 20 December 1932 G Coventry City FC 1 1 GA
2 Hall, Jeffrey     RB Birmingham City FC    
3 Byrne, Roger     LB Manchester United FC    
4 Dickinson, James W. 30 24 April 1925 RHB

Portsmouth FC

45 0
5 Wright, William A. 32 6 February 1924 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

73 3
6 Edwards, Duncan 19 1 October 1936 LHB Manchester United FC 5 0
7 Finney, Thomas 34 5 April 1922 OR

Preston North End FC

60 26
8 Taylor, Thomas 24 29 January 1932 IR Manchester United FC 6 2
9 Lofthouse, Nathaniel 30 27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC 30 27
10 Haynes, John N. 21 17 October 1934 IL Fulham FC 4 2
11 Perry, William 25 10 November 1930  OL Blackpool FC 3 2

reserves:

Tommy Cummings (Burnley FC)

team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record 38th consecutive match.
 
2-3-5 Matthews -
Hall, Byrne -
Dickinson, Wright, Edwards -
Finney, Taylor, Lofthouse, Haynes, Perry.

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

 

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Johnny Haynes silenced the Hampden Roar with a last-minute equaliser, shooting the ball past goalkeeper Tommy Younger  after Manchester United team-mates Roger Byrne and Tommy Taylor had created the opening. Reg Matthews, making his debut in front of a 134,000 crowd while a Third Division goalkeeper with Coventry City, pulled off a string of magnificent saves and  was only beaten on the hour by a mis-hit shot from Aberdeen's Graham Leggat. The last-gasp equaliser from man-of-the-match Haynes stopped Scotland from registering their first victory over the Auld Enemy at Hampden Park since 1937. The incredible thing about this match was that England had to call the trainer on to treat goalkeeper Reg Matthews before a ball was kicked. Reg, used to playing in front of fewer than ten thousand spectators in the Third Division, was shaking with nerves as England left the dressing-room, and when he heard the roar from the 134,000 Scottish fans he almost passed out. The trainer gave Reg a whiff of smelling salts, and he quickly pulled himself together and gave an excellent debut performance. Reg, who later played for Chelsea, was nervy at the best of times and smoked like a trooper in the dressing-room.

Source Notes

"ENGLAND BEATEN IN PRACTICE GAME
"Burnley beat the England team who will play Scotland at Hampden Park on Saturday by 1-0 yesterday in a practice match for the Internationalists at Turf Moor. Burnley's small forwards - Scotland's attack will be similar in height - caused the England defence some worry especially when they interchanged positions. The England forwards were not in a chance-taking mood, despite a number of excellent centres from Finney and Perry, Pilkington scored Burnley's goal. Matthews, the England goalkeeper, did not kick the ball during the game. He is still feeling the effects of a leg injury he suffered playing for his club, Coventry City, at Walsall on Saturday. After the practice Mr W. Winterbottom, the team manager, said that Matthews would be fit for the International. He added that Taylor and Byrne (Manchester United), both of whom had stitches inserted in head injuries at the week-end, would have them taken out to-day. The English party left last night for Troon, where they will stay until Saturday. The Scottish team went to Largs yeaterday." -
The Glasgow Herald, Thursday, 12 April 1956

TheFA.com
LondonHearts.com
Original newspaper reports
Original Matchday Programme
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller
, Football Author

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