5th February
Scotland have only ever played one International on this date and that was against Spain in Valencia at the Estadio Luis Casanova in 1975. This was the second game in their 1976 Euro campaign, having lost their first game; the home match against Spain at Hampden in November ’74 Scotland needed to take something from this game.
It started so well with Joe Jordan hitting a goal in twominutes but controversy came in the 67th minute. Martin Buchan stopped a Mejido attempt on the goal line with his arm and initially a penalty was given, However, the linesman indicated it had gone over the line despite Scotland claims it had not. A goal was awarded and the game finished 1-1.
The game was notable for the return of Charlie Cooke of Chelsea in a Scotland side for a brief two match run after being out of the side for four years and also for the one and only appearance of Celtic’s Paul Wilson in a Scotland shirt. Although he only played 11 minutes; Wilson is the only non-white player to appear for Scotland in the 20th century, he was also the first player of Asian descent to play for any of the Home Nations.
The Scotland team was: Harvey (Leeds), Jardine (Rangers), McGrain (Celtic), Buchan (Manchester United), McQueen (Leeds United), Cooke (Chelsea), Burns (Birmingham City), Bremner (Leeds), Hutchison (Coventry City), Dalglish (Celtic) and Jordan (Leeds).
Parlane of Rangers replaced Jordan in 66 minutes and Wilson replaced Burns in the 79th minute.