World Cup winner Ray Wilson won his first cap on this day.
Ramon ‘Ray’ Wilson, England’s left-back when they won the World Cup in 1966, made his international debut on this day 50 years ago. He was 25 years old when Walter Winterbottom chose him to play against Scotland in Glasgow.
At that time he had been with Huddersfield Town for almost seven years and he remained with them until a £25,000 fee, plus another player, took him to top-flight Everton in 1964. He won The FA Cup with the Toffees and had become a genuinely world-class defender by the time of the World Cup.
His England debut on 9 April 1960 was a real baptism of fire. A colossal crowd of 129,193 was wedged into Hampden Park, hoping to see the Scots achieve their first victory against England on home soil since 1937. But it was hardly a classic – due to a strong wind and some odd decisions by the Bulgarian referee.
Scotland would certainly have won with some better finishing. Fulham’s Graham Leggatt put them ahead on 17 minutes, taking advantage of Bill Slater’s woefully short back-pass to ‘keeper Ron Springett, but Bobby Charlton sent Haffey the wrong way with a penalty for the equaliser early in the second half.
It was an eventful debut for Wilson. He looked composed and confident, despite having his nose broken in the second minute!