On this day in 1960, a crowd of 34,564 phoned in sick as the kick off was 2.30pm as it was played on a Wednesday afternoon, to see Scotland beat Northern Ireland 5-2. Making their debuts that day were Rangers pair Jim Baxter and Ralph Brand as well as Manchester City’s Jackie Plenderleith.
Brand would make the biggest impact with two goals; the otehr scores were Denis Law, Alex Young and Eric Caldow from the penalty spot.
Why oh why do people write on their programmes. Damn them.

Scotland have never been beaten on this date, having played 5 games. The greatest of the wins was surely 51 years ago as a goal in the 88th minute from John Greig saw Scotland beat Italy 1-0 in a World Cup Qualifier.


David Stuart