A goal direct from a corner-kick beat England on this day.
A year after a humiliating 5-1 home defeat to Scotland’s ‘Wembley Wizards’, England gave a much better account of themselves in front of a Glasgow crowd of more than 110,000 on this day in 1929.
England had steadied the ship after that reverse in the Wembley rain, winning four out of four and this time they held the Scots until the final minute.
That’s when Aberdeen’s Alex Cheyne won the match with a goal direct from a corner-kick.
England lined up like this at Hampden: Jack Hacking (Oldham Athletic), Tommy Cooper (Derby County), Ernie Blenkinsop (Sheffield Wednesday), Willis Edwards (Leeds United), Jimmy Seddon and Harry Nuttall (Bolton Wanderers), Jack Bruton (Burnley), George Brown (Huddersfield Town), William Ralph ‘Dixie’ Dean (Everton), Russell Wainscoat (Leeds United) and Jimmy Ruffell (West Ham United).
Leeds right-half Edwards was England’s skipper on the day. Four years earlier he had joined the Yorkshire club from Chesterfield for a fee of £1,500 and he spent the rest of his career there as player and then trainer. They said of him: “He rolled his passes through the gaps with the cool precision of a billiards player.”
His club-mate at Leeds, inside-left Wainscoat, was out of luck at Hampden. He was involved when an indirect free-kick was illegally charged down close to the Scottish goal-line.