The Battle of Britain: England-Scotland matches 1872-2017


Introduction
Official Matches
Overviews

Introduction

The first ever international match ended goalless, but after England won the second at home, the Scots took control. After the fifth encounter, in which they claimed their second victory, they held the overall lead, and as that win marked the start of a series of nine matches between 1876 and 1884 in which the northerners emerged victorious on eight occasions (while losing the only other match by the odd goal in nine), that lead soon appeared insurmountable.

At the start of World War II, when the two countries had met on 63 occasions, Scotland were leading by 10 wins (29 against 19), and after the war it took the southerners 35 years to restore the balance, something they finally achieved in 1980, after lagging behind for more than a century. Soon after, interest in the fixture waned, at least on the southern side; the Home Championship (also involving Wales and (Northern) Ireland) was discontinued after hundred years of existence in 1984, and five years later the annual meeting between England and Scotland at the end of the league season disappeared from the calendar as well.

Since then, the two old rivals met only seven more times, usually as part of a qualifying tournament or other, with Scotland only winning once and thus relinquishing their former dominance; meanwhile England lead the series by 6 wins after 114 matches.


Official Matches

The matches are listed from a English point of view, i.e. England won the second match by 4 goals to 2. All matches friendlies (this includes Home Championship and Rous Cup matches) unless otherwise stated.

Number	Date            Place		Result		Remark

  1.    30-11-1872      Glasgow         0-0
  2.     8- 3-1873      Kennington Oval 4-2
  3.     7- 3-1874      Glasgow         1-2
  4.     6- 3-1875      Kennington Oval 2-2
  5.     4- 3-1876      Glasgow         0-3
  6.     3- 3-1877      Kennington Oval 1-3
  7.     2- 3-1878      Glasgow         2-7
  8.     5- 4-1879      Kennington Oval 5-4
  9.    13- 3-1880      Glasgow         4-5
 10.    12- 3-1881      Kennington Oval 1-6
 11.    11- 3-1882      Glasgow         1-5
 12.    10- 3-1883      Sheffield       2-3
 13.    15- 3-1884      Glasgow         0-1
 14.    21- 3-1885      Kennington Oval 1-1
 15.    27- 3-1886      Glasgow         1-1
 16.    19- 3-1887      Blackburn       2-3
 17.    17- 3-1888      Glasgow         5-0
 18.    13- 4-1889      Kennington Oval 2-3
 19.     5- 4-1890      Glasgow         1-1
 20.     6- 4-1891      Blackburn       2-1
 21.     2- 4-1892      Glasgow         4-1
 22.     1- 4-1893      Richmond        5-2
 23.     7- 4-1894      Glasgow         2-2
 24.     6- 4-1895      Everton         3-0
 25.     4- 4-1896      Glasgow         1-2
 26.     3- 4-1897      Crystal Palace  1-2
 27.     2- 4-1898      Glasgow         3-1
 28.     8- 4-1899      Birmingham      2-1
 29.     7- 4-1900      Glasgow         1-4
 30.    30- 3-1901      Crystal Palace  2-2
  *.     5- 4-1902      Glasgow         abd  [abandoned at 1-1 after 30'; stadium disaster at Ibrox]
 31.     3- 5-1902      Birmingham      2-2   
 32.     4- 4-1903      Sheffield       1-2
 33.     9- 4-1904      Glasgow         1-0
 34.     1- 4-1905      Crystal Palace  1-0
 35.     7- 4-1906      Glasgow         1-2
 36.     6- 4-1907      Newcastle       1-1
 37.     4- 4-1908      Glasgow         1-1
 38.     3- 4-1909      Crystal Palace  2-0
 39.     2- 4-1910      Glasgow         0-2
 40.     1- 4-1911      Everton         1-1
 41.    23- 3-1912      Glasgow         1-1
 42.     5- 4-1913      Chelsea         1-0
 43.     4- 4-1914      Glasgow         1-3
 44.    10- 4-1920      Sheffield       5-4
 45.     9- 4-1921      Glasgow         0-3
 46.     8- 4-1922      Birmingham      0-1
 47.    14- 4-1923      Glasgow         2-2
 48.    12- 4-1924      Wembley         1-1
 49.     4- 4-1925      Glasgow         0-2
 50.    17- 4-1926      Manchester      0-1
 51.     2- 4-1927      Glasgow         2-1
 52.    31- 3-1928      Wembley         1-5
 53.    13- 4-1929      Glasgow         0-1
 54.     5- 4-1930      Wembley         5-2
 55.    28- 3-1931      Glasgow         0-2
 56.     9- 4-1932      Wembley         3-0
 57.     1- 4-1933      Glasgow         1-2
 58.    14- 4-1934      Wembley         3-0
 59.     6- 4-1935      Glasgow         0-2
 60.     4- 4-1936      Wembley         1-1
 61.    17- 4-1937      Glasgow         1-3
 62.     9- 4-1938      Wembley         0-1
 63.    15- 4-1939      Glasgow         2-1
 64.    12- 4-1947      Wembley         1-1
 65.    10- 4-1948      Glasgow         2-0
 66.     9- 4-1949      Wembley         1-3
 67.    15- 4-1950      Glasgow         1-0             World Cup Qualifier [+]
 68.    14- 4-1951      Wembley         2-3
 69.     5- 4-1952      Glasgow         2-1
 70.    18- 4-1953      Wembley         2-2
 71.     3- 4-1954      Glasgow         4-2             World Cup Qualifier [+]
 72.     2- 4-1955      Wembley         7-2
 73.    14- 4-1956      Glasgow         1-1
 74.     6- 4-1957      Wembley         2-1
 75.    19- 4-1958      Glasgow         4-0
 76.    11- 4-1959      Wembley         1-0
 77.     9- 4-1960      Glasgow         1-1
 78.    15- 4-1961      Wembley         9-3
 79.    14- 4-1962      Glasgow         0-2
 80.     6- 4-1963      Wembley         1-2
 81.    11- 4-1964      Glasgow         0-1
 82.    10- 4-1965      Wembley         2-2
 83.     2- 4-1966      Glasgow         4-3
 84.    15- 4-1967      Wembley         2-3             European Champ Qual. [+]
 85.    24- 2-1968      Glasgow         1-1             European Champ Qual. [+]
 86.    10- 5-1969      Wembley         4-1
 87.    25- 4-1970      Glasgow         0-0
 88.    22- 5-1971      Wembley         3-1
 89.    27- 5-1972      Glasgow         1-0
 90.    14- 2-1973      Glasgow         5-0
 91.    19- 5-1973      Wembley         1-0
 92.    18- 5-1974      Glasgow         0-2
 93.    24- 5-1975      Wembley         5-1
 94.    15- 5-1976      Glasgow         1-2
 95.     4- 6-1977      Wembley         1-2
 96.    20- 5-1978      Glasgow         1-0
 97.    26- 5-1979      Wembley         3-1
 98.    24- 5-1980      Glasgow         2-0
 99.    23- 5-1981      Wembley         0-1
100.    29- 5-1982      Glasgow         1-0
101.     1- 6-1983      Wembley         2-0
102.    26- 5-1984      Glasgow         1-1
103.    25- 5-1985      Glasgow         0-1
104.    23- 4-1986      Wembley         2-1
105.    23- 5-1987      Glasgow         0-0
106.    21- 5-1988      Wembley         1-0
107.    27- 5-1989      Glasgow         2-0
108.    15- 6-1996      Wembley         2-0             European Championship
109.    13-11-1999      Glasgow         2-0             European Champ Qual.
110.    17-11-1999      Wembley         0-1             European Champ Qual.
111.    14- 8-2013      Wembley         3-2
112.    18-11-2014      Glasgow         3-1
113.    11-11-2016      Wembley         3-0             World Cup Qualifier
114.    10- 6-2017      Glasgow         2-2             World Cup Qualifier

[+] also counted for Home Championship


Overviews

Total record:

England           114 48 25 41 203-174 121
Scotland          114 41 25 48 174-203 107

Some more stats:

(E=England wins, S=Scotland wins, EG/SG English/Scottish goals resp.)


                    Pd  E  D  S  EG-SG
In England:         57 28 11 18 123-90
   Wembley:                               32 18  5  9  74-43  (both "old" and "new" Wembley)
   Kennington Oval:                        7  2  2  3  16-21
   Crystal Palace:                         4  2  1  1   6- 4
   Richmond:                               1  1  0  0   5- 2
   Chelsea:                                1  1  0  0   1- 0
   Birmingham:                             3  1  1  1   4- 4
   Sheffield:                              3  1  0  2   8- 9
   Everton:                                2  1  1  0   4- 1
   Blackburn:                              2  1  0  1   4- 4
   Newcastle:                              1  0  1  0   1- 1
   Manchester:                             1  0  0  1   0- 1

In Scotland:        57 20 14 23  80-84

                    Pd  E  D  S  EG-SG
1872-1880            9  2  2  5  19-28
1881-1890           10  1  3  6  16-24
1891-1900           10  6  1  3  24-16
1901-1910           10  3  4  3  12-12
1911-1920            5  2  2  1   9- 9
1921-1930           10  2  2  6  11-19
1931-1940            9  3  1  5  11-12
1941-1950            4  2  1  1   5- 4
1951-1960           10  6  3  1  26-13
1961-1970           10  3  3  4  23-18
1971-1980           11  8  0  3  23- 9
1981-1990            9  5  2  2   9- 4
1991-2000            3  2  0  1   4- 1
2001-2010            no matches
2011-2020            4  3  1  0  11- 5


England - List of International Matches
Scotland - List of International Matches


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Thanks to Roberto Di Maggio

Prepared and maintained by Simon Gleave and Karel Stokkermans for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation

Authors: Simon Gleave and Karel Stokkermans
Last updated: 14 Dec 2017

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