This Day in History: 2022-12-21

Nr. 370


Since 1872 England have played Scotland on 110 occasions, but never have they handed out such a beating to their neighbours as in April 1961 when they triumphed at Wembley. This was not a poor Scottish side – they had Denis Law, Ian St John and Billy McNeil – but they simply had no answer to the flair of Chelsea’s Jimmy Greaves, who scored a hat-trick, and Fulham’s Johnny Haynes, who scored twice. England established a 3-0 lead at half-time, Scotland hung in there and after 75 minutes had closed the gap to 5-3, but in the final 15 minutes England heaped on the misery scoring four times to win 9-3.
Jimmy Greaves makes sure of England’s third on their way to a famous thrashing of the ‘Auld Enemy’ in front of the Wembley faithful.