Scotland national football team 1920–39 results

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Scotland played their first match outside the British Isles on 26 May 1929, when they played Norway at the Brann Stadion (pictured) in Bergen.

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 the resumption of international football after the First World War in 1920 and the start of the Second World War in 1939, 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 during this period, 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 large crowds, with the home matches against England in 1931, 1933 and 1937 all setting world record attendances.[3] The match in April 1937 recorded an official attendance of 149,415, which still stands as the 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, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland. The first FIFA World Cup was played in 1930, but none of the Home Nations, including Scotland, participated in the tournament 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 Opponent Result Competition Scotland scorers Att. Ref.
26 February 1920 Ninian Park, Cardiff (A)  Wales 1–1 British Home Championship Cairns 16,000 [5]
13 March 1920 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)  Ireland 3–0 British Home Championship Wilson, Morton, Cunningham 39,757 [5]
10 April 1920 Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield (A)  England 4–5 British Home Championship Miller (2), Donaldson, Wilson 35,000 [5]
12 February 1921 Pittodrie Park, Aberdeen (H)  Wales 2–1 British Home Championship Wilson (2) 20,824 [6]
26 February 1921 Windsor Park, Belfast (A)  Ireland 2–0 British Home Championship Wilson, Cassidy 40,000 [6]
9 April 1921 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 3–0 British Home Championship Wilson, Morton, Cunningham 100,000 [6]
4 February 1922 Racecourse Ground, Wrexham (A)  Wales 1–2 British Home Championship Archibald 10,000 [6]
4 March 1922 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)  Ireland 2–1 British Home Championship Wilson (2) 40,000 [6]
8 April 1922 Villa Park, Birmingham (A)  England 1–0 British Home Championship Wilson 33,646 [6]
3 March 1923 Windsor Park, Belfast (A)  Ireland 1–0 British Home Championship Wilson 30,000 [6]
17 March 1923 Love Street, Paisley (H)  Wales 2–0 British Home Championship Wilson (2) 25,000 [6]
14 April 1923 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 2–2 British Home Championship Cunningham, 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 Cunningham, Morris 30,000 [6]
12 April 1924 Wembley Stadium, London (A)  England 1–1 British Home Championship Taylor (own goal) 37,250 [6]
14 February 1925 Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh (H)  Wales 3–1 British Home Championship Meiklejohn, H. Gallacher (2) 25,000 [6]
28 February 1925 Windsor Park, Belfast (A)  Ireland 3–0 British Home Championship Meiklejohn, H. Gallacher, Dunn 41,000 [6]
4 April 1925 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 2–0 British Home Championship H. Gallacher (2) 92,000 [6]
31 October 1925 Ninian Park, Cardiff (A)  Wales 3–0 British Home Championship Duncan, McLean, Clunas 25,000 [6]
27 February 1926 Ibrox Park, Glasgow (H)  Ireland 4–0 British Home Championship H. Gallacher (3), Cunningham 30,000 [6]
17 April 1926 Old Trafford, Manchester (A)  England 1–0 British Home Championship Jackson 49,000 [6]
30 October 1926 Ibrox Park, Glasgow (H)  Wales 3–0 British Home Championship H. Gallacher, Jackson (2) 40,500 [6]
26 February 1927 Windsor Park, Belfast (A)  Ireland 2–0 British Home Championship Morton (2) 40,000 [6]
2 April 1927 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 1–2 British Home Championship Morton 111,214 [6]
29 October 1927 Racecourse Ground, Wrexham (A)  Wales 2–2 British Home Championship H. Gallacher, 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 Jackson (2), James (3) 80,868 [6]
27 October 1928 Ibrox Park, Glasgow (H)  Wales 4–2 British Home Championship H. Gallacher (3), Dunn 55,000 [6]
23 February 1929 Windsor Park, Belfast (A)  Ireland 7–3 British Home Championship H. Gallacher (4), Jackson (2), James 35,000 [6]
13 April 1929 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 1–0 British Home Championship Cheyne 110,512 [6]
26 May 1929 Brann Stadion, Bergen (A)  Norway 7–3 Friendly Rankin, Craig, Cheyne (3), Nisbet (2) 4,000 [6]
1 June 1929 Grunewaldstadion, Berlin (A)  Germany 1–1 Friendly Imrie 40,000 [6]
4 June 1929 Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam (A)  Netherlands 2–0 Friendly Fleming, Rankin 24,000 [6]
26 October 1929 Ninian Park, Cardiff (A)  Wales 4–2 British Home Championship H. Gallacher (2), James, Gibson 25,000 [6]
22 February 1930 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)  Ireland 3–1 British Home Championship H. Gallacher (2), Stevenson 30,000 [6]
5 April 1930 Wembley Stadium, London (A)  England 2–5 British Home Championship Fleming (2) 87,375 [6]
18 May 1930 Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes (A)  France 2–0 Friendly H. Gallacher (2) 25,000 [6]
25 October 1930 Ibrox Park, Glasgow (H)  Wales 1–1 British Home Championship Battles 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 Stevenson, 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 Easson, Boyd, Love 20,000 [7]
19 September 1931 Ibrox Park, Glasgow (H)  Ireland 3–1 British Home Championship Stevenson, McGrory, McPhail 40,000 [7]
31 October 1931 Racecourse Ground, Wrexham (A)  Wales 3–2 British Home Championship Stevenson, Thomson, McGrory 10,860 [7]
9 April 1932 Wembley Stadium, London (A)  England 0–3 British Home Championship Thomas Waring, Bobby Barclay, Samuel Crooks 92,180 [7]
8 May 1932 Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes (A)  France 3–1 Friendly Dewar (3) 8,000 [7]
17 September 1932 Windsor Park, Belfast (A)  Ireland 4–0 British Home Championship King, McPhail (2), McGrory 40,000 [7]
26 October 1932 Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh (H)  Wales 2–5 British Home Championship Dewar, Duncan 31,000 [7]
1 April 1933 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 2–1 British Home Championship McGrory (2) 134,170 [7]
16 September 1933 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)  Ireland 1–2 British Home Championship McPhail 27,135 [7]
4 October 1933 Ninian Park, Cardiff (A)  Wales 2–3 British Home Championship MacFadyen, Duncan 40,000 [7]
29 November 1933 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  Austria 2–2 Friendly Meiklejohn, 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 P. Gallacher 39,752 [7]
21 November 1934 Pittodrie Park, Aberdeen (H)  Wales 3–2 British Home Championship Duncan, Napier (2) 26,334 [7]
6 April 1935 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 2–0 British Home Championship Duncan (2) 129,693 [7]
5 October 1935 Ninian Park, Cardiff (A)  Wales 1–1 British Home Championship Dally Duncan 35,004 [7]
13 November 1935 Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh (H)  Ireland 2–1 British Home Championship Walker, Duncan 30,000 [7]
4 April 1936 Wembley Stadium, London (A)  England 1–1 British Home Championship Walker 93,267 [7]
14 October 1936 Ibrox Park, Glasgow (H)  Germany 2–0 Friendly Delaney (2) 50,000 [7]
31 October 1936 Windsor Park, Belfast (A)  Ireland 3–1 British Home Championship Napier, Munro, McCulloch 45,000 [7]
2 December 1936 Dens Park, Dundee (H)  Wales 1–2 British Home Championship Walker 23,858 [7]
17 April 1937 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 3–1 British Home Championship O'Donnell, McPhail (2) 149,415 [7]
9 May 1937 Praterstadion, Vienna (A)  Austria 1–1 Friendly O'Donnell 63,000 [7]
15 May 1937 Stadion Sparta-Letna, Prague (A)  Czechoslovakia 3–1 Friendly Simpson, McPhail, Gillick 35,000 [7]
30 October 1937 Ninian Park, Cardiff (A)  Wales 1–2 British Home Championship Massie 41,800 [7]
10 November 1937 Pittodrie Park, Aberdeen (H)  Ireland 1–1 British Home Championship Smith 21,878 [7]
8 December 1937 Ibrox Park, Glasgow (H)  Czechoslovakia 5–0 Friendly Black, McCulloch (2), Buchanan, Kinnear 41,000 [7]
9 April 1938 Wembley Stadium, London (A)  England 1–0 British Home Championship Walker 93,267 [7]
21 May 1938 Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam (A)  Netherlands 3–1 Friendly Black, Murphy, Walker 50,000 [7]
8 October 1938 Windsor Park, Belfast (A)  Ireland 2–0 British Home Championship Delaney, Walker 40,000 [7]
9 November 1938 Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh (H)  Wales 3–2 British Home Championship Delaney, Walker (2) 34,800 [7]
7 December 1938 Ibrox Park, Glasgow (H)  Hungary 3–1 Friendly Walker, Black, Gillick 23,000 [7]
15 April 1939 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 1–2 British Home Championship Dougal 149,269 [7]

Record by opponent[edit]

Opponent P 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
Total 75 46 12 17 156 93

British Home Championship record[edit]

References[edit]

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