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Q Bill MacLagan
asks:"Is it true that Frank Haffey
was photographed in front of Big Ben with the hands pointing at quarter
past nine after Scotland lost 9-3 to England at Wembley in 1961?
A I’ve always assumed
it to be true - maybe because its such a good story. But possibly it is
just that - a STORY. The only definitive way to check
would be to look at the Sunday papers for April 16th 1961 - the day after
the game. As Bill points out, it isn’t very likely that the team
would be strolling around central London more than four hours after the
Q BignoseJohn asks: "When was the last home international played?"
A 100 years after the first! The Home International championships started in 1883-84 and came to an end on May 26th 1984 when Scotland drew 1-1 with England at Hampden in front of a crowd of 73,064. The attendance, although almost capacity, was the smallest since before World War One! Scorer for Scotland was Mark McGhee. Tony Woodcock netted for England.
Scotland: Leighton, Gough, Albiston, Wark, McLeish, Miller (Capt), Strachan (McStay), Archibald, McGhee (Johnston), Bett, Cooper
England: Shilton, Duxbury, Sansom, Wilkins, Roberts, Fenwick, Chamberlain (Hunt), Robson (Capt), Woodcock (Lineker), Blissett, Barnes
Managers Jock Stein and Bobby Robson both agreed not to pick any players from Liverpool, who were facing a European Cup Final four days later.
All four home nations ended with three points. Goal difference gave the last ever title to Northern Ireland with Wales second. A suitable two-fingered salute to the 'Big Two' who had unceremoniously dumped their neighbours from the fixture list after a century!