Scotland national football team 1920–39 results

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The Scotland national football team represents Scotland in international association football and is controlled by the Scottish Football Association. It is the joint-oldest national football team in the world, alongside England, Scotland's opponents in what is now recognised as the world's first international football match, which took place at Hamilton Crescent in Glasgow in November 1872.[1]

Between 1920 and 1939, when competitive football was interrupted by the First World War and the Second World War respectively, Scotland played 75 international matches, resulting in 46 victories, 12 draws and 17 defeats. Each year Scotland played in the British Home Championship, a round-robin tournament also involving England, Wales and Ireland.[2] Of the 20 tournaments played between the two World Wars, Scotland won 7 outright and 4 jointly.[2] One of Scotland's most famous victories came in 1928, when the Wembley Wizards defeated their rivals England 5–1. The team drew extremely large crowds, particularly for home matches against England. The matches against England in 1931, 1933 and 1937 all set world record attendances.[3] The match in April 1937 recorded an official attendance of 149,415, which still stands as a record attendance for a European international match.[3]

Scotland started to play matches against opposition from beyond the British Isles between the wars, playing ad-hoc friendly matches against Austria, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland. The first FIFA World Cup was played in 1930, but none of the Home Nations (including Scotland) participated in the World Cup before the Second World War. This was because their associations had been excluded from FIFA due to a disagreement regarding the status of amateur players.[4] The four associations, including Scotland, returned to the FIFA fold after the Second World War.[4]

Key[edit]

Results[edit]

Scotland's score is shown first in each case.

Date Venue Opponents Score Competition Scotland scorers Att. Ref.
26 February 1920 Ninian Park, Cardiff (A)  Wales 1–1 British Home Championship Tommy Cairns 16,000 [5]
13 March 1920 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)  Ireland 3–0 British Home Championship Andrew Wilson, Alan Morton, Andy Cunningham 39,757 [5]
10 April 1920 Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield (A)  England 4–5 British Home Championship Tom Miller (2), Alex Donaldson, Andrew Wilson 35,000 [5]
12 February 1921 Pittodrie Park, Aberdeen (H)  Wales 2–1 British Home Championship Andrew Wilson (2) 20,824 [6]
26 February 1921 Windsor Park, Belfast (A)  Ireland 2–0 British Home Championship Andrew Wilson, Joe Cassidy 40,000 [6]
9 April 1921 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 3–0 British Home Championship Andrew Wilson, Alan Morton, Andy Cunningham 100,000 [6]
4 February 1922 Racecourse Ground, Wrexham (A)  Wales 1–2 British Home Championship Sandy Archibald 10,000 [6]
4 March 1922 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)  Ireland 2–1 British Home Championship Andrew Wilson (2) 40,000 [6]
8 April 1922 Villa Park, Birmingham (A)  England 1–0 British Home Championship Andrew Wilson 33,646 [6]
3 March 1923 Windsor Park, Belfast (A)  Ireland 1–0 British Home Championship Andrew Wilson 30,000 [6]
17 March 1923 Love Street, Paisley (H)  Wales 2–0 British Home Championship Andrew Wilson (2) 25,000 [6]
14 April 1923 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 2–2 British Home Championship Andy Cunningham, Andrew Wilson 71,000 [6]
16 February 1924 Ninian Park, Cardiff (A)  Wales 0–2 British Home Championship 26,000 [6]
1 March 1924 Windsor Park, Belfast (A)  Ireland 2–0 British Home Championship Andy Cunningham, David Morris 30,000 [6]
12 April 1924 Wembley Stadium, London (A)  England 1–1 British Home Championship Own goal 37,250 [6]
14 February 1925 Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh (H)  Wales 3–1 British Home Championship David Meiklejohn, Hughie Gallacher (2) 25,000 [6]
28 February 1925 Windsor Park, Belfast (A)  Ireland 3–0 British Home Championship David Meiklejohn, Hughie Gallacher, James Dunn 41,000 [6]
4 April 1925 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 2–0 British Home Championship Hughie Gallacher (2) 92,000 [6]
31 October 1925 Ninian Park, Cardiff (A)  Wales 3–0 British Home Championship Johnny Duncan, Adam McLean, William Clunas 25,000 [6]
27 February 1926 Ibrox Park, Glasgow (H)  Ireland 4–0 British Home Championship Hughie Gallacher (3), Andy Cunningham 30,000 [6]
17 April 1926 Old Trafford, Manchester (A)  England 1–0 British Home Championship Alex Jackson 49,000 [6]
30 October 1926 Ibrox Park, Glasgow (H)  Wales 3–0 British Home Championship Hughie Gallacher, Alex Jackson (2) 40,500 [6]
26 February 1927 Windsor Park, Belfast (A)  Ireland 2–0 British Home Championship Alan Morton (2) 40,000 [6]
2 April 1927 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 1–2 British Home Championship Alan Morton 111,214 [6]
29 October 1927 Racecourse Ground, Wrexham (A)  Wales 2–2 British Home Championship Hughie Gallacher, John Hutton 16,000 [6]
25 February 1928 Firhill Park, Glasgow (H)  Ireland 0–1 British Home Championship 55,000 [6]
31 March 1928 Wembley Stadium, London (A)  England 5–1 British Home Championship Alex Jackson (2), Alex James (3) 80,868 [6]
27 October 1928 Ibrox Park, Glasgow (H)  Wales 4–2 British Home Championship Hughie Gallacher (3), James Dunn 55,000 [6]
23 February 1929 Windsor Park, Belfast (A)  Ireland 7–3 British Home Championship Hughie Gallacher (4), Alex Jackson (2), Alex James 35,000 [6]
13 April 1929 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 1–0 British Home Championship Alec Cheyne 110,512 [6]
26 May 1929 Brann Stadion, Bergen (A)  Norway 7–3 Friendly Bobby Rankin, Tully Craig, Alec Cheyne (3), James Nisbet (2), 4,000 [6]
1 June 1929 Grunewaldstadion, Berlin (A)  Germany 1–1 Friendly Willie Imrie 40,000 [6]
4 June 1929 Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam (A)  Netherlands 2–0 Friendly Jimmy Fleming, Bobby Rankin 24,000 [6]
26 October 1929 Ninian Park, Cardiff (A)  Wales 4–2 British Home Championship Hughie Gallacher (2), Alex James, Jimmy Gibson 25,000 [6]
22 February 1930 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)  Ireland 3–1 British Home Championship Hughie Gallacher (2), George Stevenson 30,000 [6]
5 April 1930 Wembley Stadium, London (A)  England 2–5 British Home Championship Jimmy Fleming (2) 87,375 [6]
18 May 1930 Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes (A)  France 2–0 Friendly Hughie Gallacher (2) 25,000 [6]
25 October 1930 Ibrox Park, Glasgow (H)  Wales 1–1 British Home Championship Barney Battles, Jr. 15,000 [6]
21 February 1931 Windsor Park, Belfast (A)  Ireland 0–0 British Home Championship 27,000 [7]
28 March 1931 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 2–0 British Home Championship George Stevenson, Jimmy McGrory 129,810 [7]
16 May 1931 Hohe Warte Stadium, Vienna (A)  Austria 0–5 Friendly 40,000 [7]
20 May 1931 Stadio Nazionale PNF, Rome (A)  Italy 0–3 Friendly 25,000 [7]
24 May 1931 Stade de Charmilles, Geneva (A)  Switzerland 3–2 Friendly Jimmy Easson, Billy Boyd, Andy Love 20,000 [7]
19 September 1931 Ibrox Park, Glasgow (H)  Ireland 3–1 British Home Championship George Stevenson, Jimmy McGrory, Bob McPhail 40,000 [7]
31 October 1931 Racecourse Ground, Wrexham (A)  Wales 3–2 British Home Championship George Stevenson, Robert Thomson, Jimmy McGrory 10,860 [7]
9 April 1932 Wembley Stadium, London (A)  England 0–3 British Home Championship 92,180 [7]
8 May 1932 Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes (A)  France 3–1 Friendly Neil Dewar (3) 8,000 [7]
17 September 1932 Windsor Park, Belfast (A)  Ireland 4–0 British Home Championship James King, Bob McPhail (2), Jimmy McGrory 40,000 [7]
16 October 1932 Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh (H)  Wales 2–5 British Home Championship Neil Dewar, Dally Duncan 31,000 [7]
1 April 1933 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 2–1 British Home Championship Jimmy McGrory (2) 134,170 [7]
16 September 1933 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)  Ireland 1–2 British Home Championship Bob McPhail 27,135 [7]
4 October 1933 Ninian Park, Cardiff (A)  Wales 2–3 British Home Championship Willie Macfadyen, Dally Duncan 40,000 [7]
29 November 1933 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  Austria 2–2 Friendly David Meiklejohn, Willie Macfadyen 62,000 [7]
14 April 1934 Wembley Stadium, London (A)  England 0–3 British Home Championship 92,363 [7]
20 October 1934 Windsor Park, Belfast (A)  Ireland 1–2 British Home Championship Patrick Gallacher 39,752 [7]
21 November 1934 Pittodrie Park, Aberdeen (H)  Wales 3–2 British Home Championship Dally Duncan, Charlie Napier (2) 26,334 [7]
6 April 1935 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 2–0 British Home Championship Dally Duncan (2) 129,693 [7]
5 October 1935 Ninian Park, Cardiff (A)  Wales 1–1 British Home Championship Dally Duncan, George Brown 35,004 [7]
13 November 1935 Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh (H)  Ireland 2–1 British Home Championship Tommy Walker, Dally Duncan 30,000 [7]
4 April 1936 Wembley Stadium, London (A)  England 1–1 British Home Championship Tommy Walker 93,267 [7]
14 October 1936 Ibrox Park, Glasgow (H)  Germany 2–0 Friendly Jimmy Delaney (2) 50,000 [7]
31 October 1936 Windsor Park, Belfast (A)  Ireland 3–1 British Home Championship Charlie Napier, Alex Munro, David McCulloch 45,000 [7]
2 December 1936 Dens Park, Dundee (H)  Wales 1–2 British Home Championship Tommy Walker 23,858 [7]
17 April 1937 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 3–1 British Home Championship Frank O'Donnell, Bob McPhail (2) 149,415 [7]
9 May 1937 Praterstadion, Vienna (A)  Austria 1–1 Friendly Frank O'Donnell 63,000 [7]
15 May 1937 Stadion Sparta-Letna, Prague (A)  Czechoslovakia 3–1 Friendly Jimmy Simpson, Bob McPhail, Torrance Gillick 35,000 [7]
30 October 1937 Ninian Park, Cardiff (A)  Wales 1–2 British Home Championship Alex Massie 41,800 [7]
10 November 1937 Pittodrie Park, Aberdeen (H)  Ireland 1–1 British Home Championship Jimmy Smith 21,878 [7]
8 December 1937 Ibrox Park, Glasgow (H)  Czechoslovakia 5–0 Friendly Andy Black, David McCulloch (2), Peter Buchanan, David Kinnear 41,000 [7]
9 April 1938 Wembley Stadium, London (A)  England 1–0 British Home Championship Tommy Walker 93,267 [7]
21 May 1938 Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam (A)  Netherlands 3–1 Friendly Andy Black, Frank Murphy, Tommy Walker 50,000 [7]
8 October 1938 Windsor Park, Belfast (A)  Ireland 2–0 British Home Championship Jimmy Delaney, Tommy Walker 40,000 [7]
9 November 1938 Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh (H)  Wales 3–2 British Home Championship Jimmy Delaney, Tommy Walker (2) 34,800 [7]
7 December 1938 Ibrox Park, Glasgow (H)  Hungary 3–1 Friendly Tommy Walker, Andy Black, Torrance Gillick 23,000 [7]
15 April 1939 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 1–2 British Home Championship Jimmy Dougal 149,269 [7]

Record by opponent[edit]

Opponent Pld W D L GF GA
 Austria 3 0 2 1 3 8
 Czechoslovakia 2 2 0 0 8 1
 England 20 11 3 6 35 27
 France 2 2 0 0 5 1
 Germany
 Germany
2 1 1 0 3 1
 Hungary 1 1 0 0 3 1
 Ireland 20 15 2 3 46 12
 Italy 1 0 0 1 0 3
 Netherlands 2 2 0 0 5 1
 Norway 1 1 0 0 7 3
 Switzerland 1 1 0 0 3 2
 Wales 20 10 4 6 38 33

British Home Championship record by season[edit]

Year Placing
1919–20 2nd (joint)
1920–21 1st
1921–22 1st
1922–23 1st
1923–24 2nd
1924–25 1st
1925–26 1st
1926–27 1st (joint)
1927–28 3rd
1928–29 1st
1929–30 2nd
1930–31 1st (joint)
1931–32 2nd
1932–33 2nd
1933–34 4th
1934–35 1st (joint)
1935–36 1st
1936–37 2nd
1937–38 2nd (joint)
1938–39 1st (joint)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Soar, Phil; Martin Tyler (1983). Encyclopedia of British Football. Willow Books. pp. 65–66. ISBN 0-00-218049-9. 
  2. ^ a b Rollin, Jack (1985). Soccer: The Records. Guinness Books. p. 25. ISBN 0-85112-449-6. 
  3. ^ a b "Hampden". www.scottishfa.co.uk. Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 16 February 2014. "149,415. Scotland v England, 1937 - All-time record gate for a European international match." 
  4. ^ a b "The four British associations return to FIFA after the Second World War: 25th FIFA Congress in Luxembourg in 1946". FIFA. Archived from the original on 14 June 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c Brown, Alan; Tossani, Gabriele (25 February 2011). "Scotland – International Matches 1911–1920". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai Brown, Alan; Tossani, Gabriele (25 February 2011). "Scotland – International Matches 1921–1930". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak Brown, Alan; Tossani, Gabriele (25 February 2011). "Scotland – International Matches 1931–1939". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 

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