First posted on Facebook on November 22nd, 2016
Scotland have only played one match on November 22nd and that was in 1967 against Wales in a match that doubled up as a Home International and a European Nations Cup Qualifier. Scotland had lost the previous game to Northern Ireland in October in Belfast, so would need to beat Wales at Hampden and then defeat England at home in April to qualify.
Bobby Brown gave debut caps to two players. Ronnie Simpson was replaced by another ex-Queens Park goalkeeper in Aberdeen’s Bobby Clark and Jim Craig of Celtic came in for his only Scotland cap replacing his injured teammate Tommy Gemmell. Scotland lined up as follows: Clark (Aberdeen), Craig (Celtic), Eddie McCreadie (Chelsea), John Greig and Ronnie McKinnon (both Rangers), Jim Baxter (Sunderland), Jimmy Johnstone (Celtic), Billy Bremner (Leeds United), Alan Gilzean (Tottenham Hotspur), Willie Johnston (Rangers) and Bobby Lennox (Celtic).
Gilzean would open the scoring in the 16th minute with Ron Davies equalising a couple of minutes later. Alan Durban would put the Welsh in front in the 57th minute but goals by Gilzean and Ronnie McKinnon would see Scotland win 3-2. The attendance for the match was 57,402.
Scotland would fail to beat England in April, ’68 drawing 1-1 and so would not reach the Euro Play-offs.
This night would also see the final Scotland game for Jim Baxter, only two months after his 28th birthday.
The photo is of Jim playing for Scotland against Wales in October, 1966