England 2-3 Scotland: The Minute-By-Minute Story


ByTheMinute 1967

50 years ago today on April 15th 1967, Scotland did the unthinkable. They traveled down to Wembley and beat the 'Auld Enemy' in their own back yard. England were World Cup winners less than 9 months earlier. This was their first defeat in nearly 2 years. This is the definitive minute-by-minute story of an incredible result. A result that still stands as one of the Tartan Army's greatest days.

We'll start with some team news. The England side is: Gordon Banks, Jack Charlton, George Cohen, Bobby Moore (captain), Ray Wilson, Alan Ball, Martin Peters, Nobby Stiles, Bobby Charlton, Jimmy Greaves, Geoff Hurst Or 9 of the 11 that started the World Cup final last year! Gulp.

Scotland go with Ronnie Simpson (making his debut aged 36!), Tommy Gemmell, John Greig (captain), Ron McKinnon, Eddie McCreadie, Jim Baxter, Billy Bremner, Jim McCalliog, Denis Law, Bobby Lennox, Willie Wallace. This is essentially the final of the Home Championship. If England win or draw, they are crowned champions. Scotland need to win in order to do the same. Kick off is moments away.

There's various dignitaries on the pitch getting introduced to the two sides. Just the 11 men selected on either side today. Of course, being in 1967, we have no such things as substitutions. Whatever they are... Just shy of 100,000 inside Wembley today. Up to 40,000 of those from north of the border!

KICK OFF We're underway at Wembley. Scotland in the dark blue. England in white. The Scots kicking from right to left in this first half. First 20 minute crucial for the visitors. Could be a long afternoon if they concede one early.

2' Early touch of the ball for Ronnie Simpson after a long, floated punt forward from the English back line makes it way through the rookie keeper. Some neat touches of the ball already from Baxter and Law too.

3' Jimmy Greaves finds some space down the left flank for the hosts. There's no getting past Tommy Gemmell though who crashes in with two feet and swipes the ball from under him. Top defending!

5' Lovely work between Baxter and Law, the former jinking forward with such grace and control on the ball. His final pass out wide to McCalliog is just ahead of his man. England take up the play once more. Very open start.

6' Both sides guilty of some right scruffy play in the last couple of minutes. Loose passes and duff control at both ends of the pitch. England far from their swash-buckling selves at the minute.

7' The Tartan Army roar goes up for the first time this afternoon as Gemmell beats Hurst to the ball, surges into enemy territory and finds Law inside the box. He wins a corner for his troubles. It's a pish corner from Wallace though. Utterly woeful.