Two late goals sealed victory against the Scots on this day.
England endured a difficult period from November 1933 to May 1934, losing three out of five internationals, but they did manage a 3-0 win against Scotland at Wembley on this day.
A huge crowd of more than 92,000 saw England take to the field with this team on 14 April ’34: Frank Moss (Arsenal), Tommy Cooper (Derby County), Eddie Hapgood (Arsenal), Lewis Stoker (Birmingham), Ernie Hart and Wilf Copping (Leeds United), Sammy Crooks (Derby County), Raich Carter (Sunderland), Jack Bowers (Derby County), Cliff Bastin (Arsenal) and Eric Brook (Manchester City).
‘Boy’ Bastin, who could play at inside-left or on the left wing, notched England’s opening goal two minutes before the break. He had made his debut three years earlier at the age of 19 and finished with 12 goals in 21 matches. A player with a natural body swerve and a lethal left foot, he won five League Championships and two FA Cups with Arsenal.
The score remained at 1-0 until the 80th minute. Then England made the result safe with two more goals from Brook and Bowers.
John William Anslow Bowers, known as ‘Jack’, was a centre-forward whose harassing methods brought him 220 goals in 285 League matches before the war.
England v Scotland at Wembley had become a biennial pilgrimage for thousands of Scottish fans. In ’34 one English newspaper reported: “Half the vast crowd seem to be wearing tartan. They urge on Massie and his men with warlike yells.”