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The Auldies Were Goodies:
England v Scotland Remembered
Steve Curry

The oldest rivalry in international football will be renewed on August 14th when Scotland visit Wembley as part of the FA’s 150th anniversary calendar.

The two ‘Auld Enemies first met in Partick in November 1872 when the match finished goalless in front of 4,000 fans. What was once an annual fixture has not been played since the European Championship play-offs in 2000.

However past conflicts provoke debate and stir memories and here STEVE CURRY recalls two of the most memorable, one for fans north of the border, the other recalling a famous victory for England.


April 15th, 1967 Wembley
European Championship qualifier

There was bitter-sweet poignancy for Scottish fans from this victory. They claimed it made them unofficial world champions but it was England who progressed to the European Championship finals in Italyin 1968.

North of the border they had squirmed eight months earlier when Bobby Moore had lifted the World Cup on this hallowed turf but here was their chance to exact some kind of retribution.

The Tartan Army moving south numbered 30,000 and they were to produce a cacophony rarely matched in the long history of the old Wembley.

It was manager Bobby Brown’s first game in charge but at his disposal was some of Britain’s finest talent. John Greig was leading out mystical players…Jim Baxter, Denis Law and Bill Bremner among them.

Anecdote has it that during Brown’s pre-match team talk, Slim Jim Baxter sat in a corner reading the Racing Post. When Brown said: “Anything to add, Jim” he replied “See this England side, they can play nane” At which he stretched his left leg, then his right and said “OK that’s me warmed up”

If that was not exactly true there was some wonderment from my seat at the way the Scots moved the ball like inspired brushstrokes from an artist and it was therefore no shock when Law scored in the 28th minute.

England had been on an unbeaten run of 19 games and this was not in the script by it was the denouement of the game that was to make it the stuff of folklore.

So swaggering was Baxter, so confident of his own ability and that of his team, he began to play keepy-uppy out near the corner flag with Nobby Stiles not more and a yard away.

When Bobby Lennox added a second goal in the 78th minute it triggered a remarkable finale. First Jack Charlton, who had been injured earlier in the game, pulled a goal back in his switched role of centre-forward.

But within two minutes Jim McCalliog had restored Scotland’s lead and Geoff Hurst’s header 60 seconds later came too late for an embarrassed England.

The hordes came spilling onto the pitch carving out lumps of the Wembley turf and wrapping it in newspaper to take home as souvenirs of the day Scotland became UFWC – Unofficial Football World Champions.


April 15th, 1961 Wembley
Home International Championship


Jimmy Greaves scores England’s third goal in the 9-3 rout of Scotland at Wembley in April 1961 in front of 97,000

England were on a roll at the start of the 1960-61 season. They had been told by Walter Winterbottom at the start of the season that the players selected for the first game of the season that that squad would be the basis

for the World Cup assault the following year in Chile.

It triggered an avalanche of goals, five against Northern Ireland, nine against Luxembourg, four against Spain and five against Wales going into the the biennial game against Scotland at Wembley.

As Jimmy Armfield, the ever-reliable right-back reflects: “The England v Scotland were ultra competitive. Half our team at Blackpool were Scots and our five-a-sides became so physical the manager had to stop them.”

There was nothing to suggest this latest Wembley meeting would be any different with a Scottish side that boasted Dave Mackay and Billy Bremner, neither a shrinking violet, not to mention Billy McNeill and Davie Wilson.

But then England were bursting with confidence, Jimmy Greaves on fire and Bobby Smith using his weight to some effect. And in mid-field the pairing of Bobby Robson and Johnny Haynes, the skipper, was just as formidable.

Armfield says: “There was little in the way of TV footage in the early Sixties so maybe we remember ourselves as better players than we really were. But if memory serves we were pretty tasty in that match.”

That was the way it seemed in the opening 30 minutes of the game with England careering into a three-goal lead, Robson opening the scoring and Greaves grabbing two in ten minutes

Haynes of the silken pass and first £100 per week pay packet, controlled the game from mid-field with his broad vision and Blackburn’s jinking little winger Bryan Douglas was dribbling his day down the right .

When barrel-chested Mackay pulled a goal back just after half-time and Wilson added a second five minutes later it seemed as if the Scots might have worked their way back into the game.

Step in first Douglas and then Smith to restore England’s nerve and though Patrick Quinn made it 5-3 Haynes took over with two in three minutes. And when Greaves and Smith scored their second goals in the last eight minutes the roiut was complete.

Poor Celtic keeper Frank Haffey was totally shell-shocked, never really recovering from what had been, for him, a nightmare afternoon. The torment lingered on as up in Scotland the gag “What’s the time? Nearly ten past Haffey”

Eventually Haffey decided to get away from it all and emigrated to Australia and eventually went into the entertainment business as a cabaret singer, a far cry from life in post-war Glasgow and well away from his worst nightmare.

by Steve Curry

One 2 Eleven with Chris Waddle

We caught up with England legend and former pop sensation Chris Waddle and he answered the questions you wanted to ask.
Born: 14 December 1960 in Felling, Tyne & Wear.

Clubs:  Newcastle, Tottenham, Marseille, Sheffield Wednesday, Falkirk, Bradford, Sunderland, Burnley, Torquay, Worksop and England (62 caps, 6 goals).


Ford Capri Mark 1 G Reg: Hand painted too. It was meant to be electric blue but it ended up a mucky dirty blue.

Sunderland. Heroes of the time were John Hughes, Vic Hallom, Dennis Tueart, Dave Watson,Bobby Kerr; all the famous team who stunned Leeds in the 1973 FA Cup final.

Q. MOST VALUED MEMORABILIA: Hoddle+&+Waddle+-+Diamond+Lights+-+7-+RECORD-193805
My first England shirt; the game was against the Republic of Ireland, we won 2-1. It was the match Gary Lineker scored his first England goal. Oh, and my framed gold disc of Diamond Lights, that classic single I sang with Glenn Hoddle.

Band on the Run by Wings was my first record. I just updated my collection of The Jam. They are my all-time favourite band. I met the band once, when I was a teenager and I bunked off school and went down to their hotel when they were playing in Newcastle and they signed a few autographs for us. I’ve really wanted to meet Paul Weller ever since but haven’t. But a year or so ago I eventually met bass player Bruce Foxton after watching a gig of his spin off band from The Jam and had a proper conversation. To my disbelief he told me he was a Spurs fan and used to watch me at White Hart Lane all the time and he was fan of mine! If only I’d known at the time ….ThaJamCaption

It would be the Yugoslavia team around 1991 just before war tore the country apart and a team that I am sure would have won the 1992 European Championships had they not been forced to pull out. Also the Columbia team of 1994 with Valderama. In a game against them we just couldn’t get near the ball, their only problem was that they were more interested in making a million passes than actually scoring!

Well a lot of people will say it was the flick and back-heel goal I scored for Marseille against Paris St Germain. It’s had over 80,000 hits on You Tube. My free kick for Sheffield Wednesday against Sheffield United in the 1994 FA Cup Semi-final was special but I think I’ll go for the goal I scored for Bradford against Everton when I chipped Neville Southall at Goodison from way out.

Q. BEST GOAL SEEN: Maradona’s second against England in the 1986 World Cup finals and Marco Van Basten’s far post volley against Soviet Union in 1988 Euro final. It wasn’t just the technique that was breath-taking but the balls to go for it from that far out and that angle when he could have risked kicking the ball out of the stadium.

Q. BEST STADIUM/WORST STADIUM: For sheer atmosphere it has to be the San Siro in Milan on a big match night. I recall playing for Marseille against AC Milan in a European Cup semi-final. It was packed. Suddenly the chants of “Me–Lan Me-Lan” reverberated around the stadium. The noise came down like a cloud onto the pitch. As opposing players it really shakes you. The legs go weak, the breath seems to be sucked out of you. To get a 1-1 draw there (Gullit scored for them, Papin for us) was amazing. But I was more nervous singing in the Top of the Pops studio!

EastFifeWell the stadium in Tiranna was bad. Albania was a s—hole but East Fife in Scotland’s was worse. I was playing for Falkirk and after the game I couldn’t work out why the players weren’t all listening to the manager’s after match talk, they kept wandering off; until I went to have a shower and saw queues because there was only one shower!

Q. BEST MANAGER: Terry Venables.

Phwor! That’s a tough one. Given that Hoddle was my hero as a young player when I was coming through at Newcastle then I would have to go with Glenn…just!

Q. BEST FRIEND IN THE GAME: I keep in regular contact with John Sheridan whom I played with at Sheffield Wednesday and Gazza. Although I haven’t really spoken to Gazza of late. I have a lot of sympathy for Gazza but the time for hand outs and him relying on everyone else for help and rehab has to stop. The time has come for Gazza to realise there is only one person who can sort himself out properly and for good and that is Paul Gascoigne. It’s up to him now.

Chris Waddle and Paul Gascoigne

Chris with Gazza at Italia ’90



 Q. BEST WORLD PLAYER: Maradona; just immense

 Q. BEST BRITISH: My dad used to speak in revered terms about Rich Carter and Len Shackleton. In my day, as I say I was massive fan of Glenn Hoddle so I would have to go with him.

Paul Gascoigne really didn’t like those furry animal mascots that you see everywhere now before a game, but they had only started to come in during the early 1990’s supposedly to give kids some pre-match entertainment. One game against Everton at Goodison when playing for Spurs he encouraged the mascot go to go in goal and face some penalties from him. But when the lad in the suit got between the sticks Gazza moved up to six yards out and smashed the ball into the mascot sending the poor lad in the silly suit reeling! The lad managed to get back onto his feet to face another. But Gazza did the same thing again. And again. It went on for about six times until the fella couldn’t get up. The fans behind the goal were in the stitches! The poor lad in the furry suit could well have needed stitches but fair play he kept going. That was Gazza all over….