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England and Scotland's most memorable face-offs

The two team walk out onto the pitch at Wembley Stadium in 1967. Scotland would go on to beat the World Champions 3-2. Photo: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

England are to play Scotland this evening for the first time since the qualifying play-offs for the 2000 European Championship.

Tonight's game is a friendly as part of the FA's 150th anniversary celebrations, but passions are bound to be running high with so many decades of rivalry behind them.

Here is a look back at some of the sides' most memorable face-offs:


England - 0

Scotland - 0

The first match between Scotland and England in 1872 was also the first international in football history. Although the game ended with no goals, Scotland would go on to win eight out of nine matches between 1876 and 1884.


Scotland - 5

England - 1

Scotland dominated England for 89 minutes of this epic clash on a rain-sodden pitch in 1928. With just a minute to go, England's Bob Kelly scored a free kick, but it was too late. Asked for his comments after the match, Scotland forward Alex James quipped: “We could have had ten!”

Scotland's squad were later christened the 'Wembley Wizards'.


Scotland - 9

England - 3

This match in 1961 holds particular resonance for Scots whose side suffered a humiliating 9-3 defeat. Scotland's unlucky goal-keeper, Frank Haffey, later emigrated to Australia.

England's captain Johnny Haynes is held aloft by his team-mates after their emphatic win against Scotland Credit: PA Wire/PA Wire/Press Association Images


Scotland - 3

England - 2

Just a year after England won the 1966 World Cup, Jim Baxter led Scotland to an historic victory.

But the game was most memorable for Baxter's on-pitch antics, which saw him playing keepy-uppy while waiting for his team mates to get into position. It led to an England goal within 20 seconds.

Scotland's Jim Baxter is enthusiastically hugged by overjoyed fans Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images


Scotland - 2

England - 1

Scottish fans invaded the pitch after their side beat England at Wembley in 1977. Fans pulled up large pieces of the pitch and even snapped the crossbars, leading to police officers being billeted to guard the goal posts in subsequent years.

Policemen guarding the goals at Wembley in 1979 Credit: SMG/SMG/Press Association Images


England - 2

Scotland - 0

In the space of less than two minutes, England secured victory during Euro 1996 when David Seaman saved a penalty immediately before Paul Gascoigne chipped the ball over a defender and volleyed it into the net in spectacular fashion.

Paul Gascoigne scores England's second goal in spectacular fashion Credit: Neil Munns/PA Archive/Press Association Images