Wednesday, June 4, 2014

4 June 1977 - The Tartan Army Invades

On 4 June 1977, Scotland defeated England 2-1 at Wembley Stadium in London to claim the British Home Championship title.

The tournament was a round-robin in which each of the four British Home Nations - England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales - played each other once, earning two points for a win, one point for a draw, and no points for a loss.

The match between Scotland and England was the last one of the tournament. At the start of the day, Wales, who had drawn with Northern Ireland the day before in the last match for those teams, was at the top of the table with four points. Scotland, the defending champion, was in second with three points. England was third with two points and Northern Ireland was last with only one point.

The match itself was fairly unmemorable, with Scotland taking a 2-0 lead with goals from Gordon McQueen and Kenny Dalglish, before England's Mick Channon scored a late consolation goal from the penalty spot.

At the final whistle, Scotland's supporters rushed onto the pitch to celebrate Scotland's first win at Wembley in ten years. Several people took clumps of turf which reportedly ended up in gardens spread across Scotland. The Tartan Army also confiscated the goals, famously snapping one of the crossbars in the process.

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