1th November. Scotland have only played on this date on three occasions and on each one we have been victorious. The first came in 1970 in a European Championship Qualifier against Denmark at Hampden. 1970 was a funny year in that Scotland didn’t play particularly well in any game but managed to go through it without losing a game or conceding a goal. The first three games were a 1-0 win against Northern Ireland in Belfast, followed by a nil nil draws with both Wales and England at Hampden.
Bobby Brown was still in charge for this first qualifier and fielded the following team: Jim Cruickshank (Hearts), David Hay (Celtic), John Greig (Rangers), Pat Stanton (Hibs), Ronnie McKinnon (Rangers), Bobby Moncur (Newcastle United, Captain), Jimmy Johnstone (Celtic), Willie Carr (Coventry), Colin Stein (Rangers), John O’Hare (Derby County), Willie Johnston (Rangers). Peter Cormack of Nottingham Forest and Sandy Jardine both made subs appearances.
It was John O’Hare who would score the game’s only goal in the 14th minute. O’Hare had scored the goal against Northern Ireland also, meaning he was the only Scot to score in 1970 for the national side.
On this day in 1970 Sandy Jardine made his Scotland debut coming on in the 77th minute for David Hay in a World Cup Qualifier. Sandy would go on to win 38 caps representing Scotland in both the 1974 and ’78 World Cups, scoring on one occasion from the penalty spot against Wales in 1974. Sandy is mostly remembered for his partnership with Danny McGrain and captained Scotland on nine occasions.
On this day in 1987 Gary Mackay scores that goal to give Scotland victory and send Ireland euphoric.
On this day in 2011, Scotland beat Cyprus with two cracking goals