First posted on Facebook on November 20th, 2016
On this day in 1963 Scotland faced Wales at Hampden in the Home Internationals. Scotland had already lost to Northern Ireland the previous month in Belfast; so needed a win to have any chance of winning that seasons championship.
The Scotland line up was as follows: Bill Brown (Tottenham Hotspur), Alex Hamilton (Dundee), making his debut Jim Kennedy (Celtic), Dave MacKay (Spurs / Captain), Billy McNeill (Celtic), Jim Baxter and Willie Henderson (both Rangers), John White (Spurs), Alan Gilzean (Dundee), Denis Law (Manchester United) and Alex Scott of Everton.
John White would score on teh stroke of half-time with Denis Law netting a second just after the restart. Barrie Jones would get one back for Wales in the 60th minute but it was not enough as Scotland saw out the day to send the 56.067 Hampden crowd home happy. Scotland would go on to beat England at Hampden in April ’64 to share the Championship with the Irish and England.
Making his debut in goals at the age of 18 was Gary Sprake who was a major part of the Leeds United team of the 60’s and 70’s. Gary sadly passed away last month.