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Wednesday, 1 March 1961
International Friendly Intermediate Match

England 0 Scotland 1 [0-0]

Ayresome Park, Ayresome Road, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire
Kick-off (GMT): 7.15pm

Attendance: '21,858'; (floodlit)
unknown kicked-off
  [0-1] Denis Law 46
'Jonny McLeod turned the ball into the centre and Law slammed it first time into the corner of the net'
[0-1]Dennis Law missed penalty 75
'spot kick went weakly wide'
(McNeil handball (punched Gilzean's shot over the bar))
second half live - Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme
Officials from Wales England UK ruling on substitutes Scotland
Leo Callaghan
37 (5 February 1924), Merthyr Tydfil
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England Intermediate Team


No official ranking system established; Colours: The 1959 Bukta home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, socks to be confirmed
Mick McNeil
first match, W 0 - D 0 - L 1 - F 0 - A 1.
Manager: Ronald Greenwood, 39 (11 November 1921), appointed over the 1959 summer, also assistant manager of Arsenal FC;
eleventh intermediate match, W 5 - D 3 - L 3 - F 23 - A 18.
trainer: Fred Ford
Team chosen by the Intermediate Selection Committee, headed by Len Shipman, on Monday, 20 February.
England Lineup
  five changes from the previous U23 match league position (20 February)  
Banks, Gordon 23
61 days
30 December 1937 G Leicester City FC (FL 6th) 2 1ᵍᵃ
2 Cohen, George R. 21
130 days
22 October 1939 RB Fulham FC (FL 18th) 5 0
3 McNeil, Michael 21
22 days
7 February 1940 LB Middlesbrough FC (FL2 4th) 7 0
4 Kirkham, John Kenneth 19
292 days
13 May 1941 RHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 2nd) 2 0
5 Labone, Brian 21
37 days
23 January 1940 CHB Everton FC (FL 5th) 3 0
6 Moore, Robert F.C. 19
323 days
12 April 1941 LHB West Ham United FC (FL 10th) 3 1
7 Brabrook, Peter 22
113 days
8 November 1938 OR Chelsea FC (FL 14th) 9 1
8 Dobing, Peter A. 22
90 days
1 December 1938 IR Blackburn Rovers FC (FL 11th) 7 1
final U23 app 59-61
9 Byrne, John J. 21
292 days
13 May 1939 CF Crystal Palace FC (FL4 TOP) 2 0
10 Crowe, Christopher 21
263 days
11 June 1939 IL Blackburn Rovers FC (FL 11th) 4 2
93 11 O'Grady, Michael 18
141 days
11 October 1942 OL Huddersfield Town AFC (FL2 18th) 1 0
reserves: Alan Humphreys (Leeds United AFC (FL2 10th)), John McGrath (Newcastle United FC (FL 20th)), and originally Johnny Byrne, His replacement is Mark Pearson (Manchester United FC (FL 9th))
pre-match notes: Mick O'Grady recovered from a back injury that kept him out of the weekend match to take his place at outside-left
team notes: Joe Baker (Hibernian FC, Scotland (SL 9th)) was the original named centre-forward, his place going to one of the reserves, Johnny Byrne. Baker was required by his club to play in a League match against AirdrieoniansMonday night.
2-3-5 Banks -
Cohen, McNeil -
Kirkham, Labone, Moore -
Brabrook, Dobing, Byrne, Crowe, O'Grady
Averages: Age 21 years 62 days Appearances/Goals 4.1 0.4
Scotland Team


No official ranking system established; Colours: Made by Umbro - Dark blue continental jerseys with white v-neck collars/cuffs, white shorts, blue socks with red tops.
Capt: Billy McNeill Manager: Scottish 2nd XI FA Selection Committee
Team chosen on Monday, 20 February 1961
Scotland Lineup
1 Ogston, John Kessack 22
45 days
15 January 1939 G Aberdeen FC 1 0ᵍᵃ
2 Hogan, Joseph 23
5 days
24 February 1938 RB Partick Thistle FC 1 0
only u23 app 1961
3 Riddell, Ian Girvan 23
296 days
9 May 1938 LB St. Mirren FC 2 0
final u23 app 60-61
4 Crerand, Patrick Timothy 22
10 days
19 February 1939 RHB The Celtic FC 1 0
only u23 app 1961
5 McNeill, William 20
364 days
2 March 1940 CHB The Celtic FC 2 0
6 Ure, John F. 21
84 days
7 December 1939 LHB Dundee FC 1 0
only u23 app 1961
7 Hilley, David 22
71 days
20 December 1938 OR Third Lanark FC 1 0
only u23 app 1961
Law, Denis 21
5 days
24 February 1940 IR Manchester City FC, England 3 1
final u23 app 1961
9 Hughes, John 17
332 days
3 April 1943 CF The Celtic FC 1 0
10 Gilzean, Alan John 22
130 days
22 October 1938 IL Dundee FC 1 0
MacLeod, John Murdoch 22
98 days
23 November 1938 OL Hibernians FC 1 0
only u23 app 1961
travelling reserves: Frank Haffey and John Divers (both The Celtic FC), and originally Ian Ure. No replacement was announced
team notes: The Scottish FA Executive Committee's insistence that their third round Cup replays take place this week has caused the withdrawal of four players on 27 February from the Motherwell FC-Rangers FC fixture.. The three original Motherwell players, Pat Delaney, Ian St. John and Willie Hunter are replaced with Hogan, Hughes and Gilzean. Whereas Rangers FC only representative, Baxter, is replaced with Ure.
Left-back, Ian Riddell, is the father of actor, Derek Riddell (Strathblair, No Angels, The Book Group & State of Mind, also Doctor Who, Inspector George Gently, Casualty, Taggart, amongst others)
2-3-5 Ogston -
Hogan, Riddell
Crerand, McNeil, Ure -
Hillery, Law, Hughes, Gilzean, MacLeod
Averages: Age 21 years 232 days Appearances/Goals 1.5 0.0
               Match Report bby Jimmy Stevenson, Daily Mirror, Thursday, 2 March 1961

DENNIS LAW. Britain's highest-priced footballer, scored Scotland's winning goal just after the interval in this Under-23 clash at Ayresome Park here tonight, and then missed a penalty. The penalty was awarded when Young England left back McNeil punched a Scottish shot over the bar. But Law's spot kick went weakly wide.
England's danger-man in the early stages was Chelsea right winger Peter Brabrook. Several times he flashed past Riddell. But once the Young Scot had got over his early nervousness the England attack failed. The Scots took a grip on the game and a goal seemed certain when centre forward John Hughes laid on a chance for Law. Luckily for England, skipper McNeil got in the way of Law's shot. The Scots were now on top. But a slip by their skipper, Billy McNeill let in Crystal Palace centre forward JohnnyByrne, who slipped through a perfect pass for Brabrook. But the Chelsea winger touched the ball too far ahead and had to shoot from a hopeless angle straight at goalkeeper Ogston. Then the Scots roared back and Hilley, although pushed off blatantly by McNeil got through for a shot that missed the target only by inches. A minute after the interval Law grabbed the vital goal for Scotland. McLeod turned the ball into the centre and Law slammed it first time into the corner of the net. A minute later the dynamic Denis was back breaking up an English attack deep in his own defence. Law's penalty miss came in the seventy-fifth minute when McNeil stuck up a hand to stop a header from Gilzean.

               Match Report as appears in the F.A. Yearbook 1961-62 page 40

The England Under-23 team lost their unbeaten record at Middlesbrough when Scotland won a disappointing match 1-0. It was Scotland's first win since the series began in 1955 and their success was all the more praise-worthy when it is remembered that four of their regular players were absent through injury or Cup commitments. Law inspired the Scottish team at inside-right and scored the only goal of the match. Byrne, playing for England at centre-forward in place of Baker, was the only real success of the forward-line, while in defence Labone and McNeil gave good performances. In a goal-less first half Scotland held the initiative until J. Byrne, leading the forwards well, began a series of fruitless attacks on a strong defence. The winning goal came immediately after the interval and Scotland held their lead until the end. 

               Source Notes
OffiOfficial matchday programme
FA Yearbook 1961-62
  Rothman's Yearbooks
Original newspaper reports