A discussion yesterday just before the Friday evening 7's, or 7 against 6 as it is occasionally and sometimes 7 against 8. Which game did Jim Baxter nutmeg Jimmy Armfield of England? Peter got it wrong I fear, not the 1964 1-0 game in which Alan Gilzean scored a headed winner, no it was the glorious 1962 2-0 victory. Davie Wilson scored the first in the 13 min. and the great Eric Caldow clinched it with a penalty with 2 minutes remaining on the clock. A crowd of 132,000 went mad celebrating Scotland's first home win against the Auld Enemy for 25 years.
The annual home internationals were the high point of the international season and a victory against England was sweet especially as we had the misfortune of losing 9-3 the year before. An old friend of mine who was at Wembley that day blames the hapless and hopless Frank Haffey only for the first 8 as he is to this day convinced that Robert Smith's unjust 9th goal for England was not only offside, not over the goal-line and followed a foul throw in 55 minutes earlier in the game.
The 1962 squad was possibly the best ever to play for Scotland and lost to the great Czechoslovakia team in the World Cup Qualifiers in a play off in Brusselles after extra-time. They were a year later to reach the final of the World Cup losing to Brazil and we were to rue the best chance we had of doing something.
Badly organised that squad certainly were. Talented no doubt about it.
Baxter did nutmeg Armfield and passed the ball to a Scottish player who did not break stride.