SCOTLAND 0 ENGLAND 5 – Scottish FA Centenary Match – Hampden Park, Glasgow – 14th February 1973

England were invited by the Scottish FA to play a friendly game to mark the centenary of the governing body in Scotland. The match also marked the first game in charge for new manager Willie Ormond, but neither he nor the Scottish FA could have envisaged such a disastrous night for their international side.

On a snowy February night a crowd of just under 50000 turned up at Hampden, about half of the usual crowd for the fixture between the “Auld Enemy”. ITV broadcast highlights of the game with commentary from Brian Moore, but the 1 minute’s footage I have seen of the match on You Tube featured a commentary from Barry Davies.

Bobby Moore earned his 100th cap for England, and the night turned out to be a special one for England as they destroyed Scotland, putting the game beyond doubt in the opening 15 minutes. Peter Shilton returned in goal with Paul Madeley replacing Roy McFarland in central defence. The midfield saw Martin Peters come in for Norman Hunter whilst Mick Channon replaced Kevin Keegan and Allan Clarke took over from Rodney Marsh.

It was an own goal which set England on their way, the forerunner of a night of calamitous Scottish defending. Peter Lorimer was the culprit as he deflected an effort from his club colleague Clarke past Bobby Clark in the Scottish goal.

England’s second saw a long ball by Emlyn Hughes find Channon, and despite being outnumbered by blue shirted defenders somehow he found Clarke who despatched a low effort in at the far post for number two. Channon grabbed the third, latching on to a long throw by martin Chivers to force the ball in at the near post.

England scored two more in the final 15 minutes of the game. Both of the goals came from huge punts up the field by Peter Shilton. The first was completely missed by Eddie Colquhoun, allowing Chivers to nip in and poke the ball home, then Clarke out muscled Willie Donnachie before firing in the 5th to seal a humiliating night for the Scots.

It was a night for the Leeds striker to remember, something he would not want to do about the next big game, as club action took over until the summer of 73.


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