I always love team photos from the 60s particularly if they have that elusive twelfth man in the picture. It was very rare in that decade for subs to be allowed but the SFA always named a 12th man who would be the poor schmuck who would turn up, do the training and then sit in the stand and not even get close to kicking a ball. It must have been incredibly frustrating particularly if an injury such as Eric Caldow’s leg break at Wembely in ’63 after six minutes occurred and did lead to one or two players such as Pat Crerand and Willie Wallace quitting the International scene in frustration.
The person missing out on this occasion was none other than Ron Yeats of Liverpool.
This is the team for the April 1964 game against England at Hampden. It looks fairly cold and windy at what I assume is Love Street, Paisley with Willie Henderson looking quite windswept and frozen.
The team is: Alex Hamilton (Dundee), Jim Kennedy (Celtic), John Greig (Rangers), Campbell Forsyth (Kilmarnock), Ron Yeats (Liverpool), Billy McNeill (Celtic)
Willie Henderson (Rangers), John White (Tottenham Hotspur), Alan Gilzean (Dundee), Denis Law (Manchester United), Davie Wilson (Rangers) and Jim Baxter (Rangers).
Alan Gilzean would score the vital goal to give Scotland the victory over England. As for Yeats he would only gain two caps and would have to wait another six months for his debut against Wales at Ninian Park, Cardiff in October 1964 where Scotland were to lose 3-2.