Scotland 1-2 England (lost radio coverage of international football match; 1927)

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The crowd at Hampden Park watching the game.

Status: Lost

On 2nd April 1927, Scotland hosted England as part of the 1926/27 British Home Championship. Occurring in front of 111,214 at Hampden Park, the match saw England come from behind to beat the Auld Enemy 2-1 and share the Championship with them. It marked Scotland's first defeat since 1924, and England's first win against Scotland on Scottish soil since 1906. It is also notable for being the first international football match to receive live radio coverage.


Heading into the match, England began its 1926/27 British Home Championship campaign with a 3-3 draw against Ireland on 20th October 1926.[1] It achieved another 3-3 draw against Wales on 12th February 1927.[1] Meanwhile, Scotland established a 100% winning record, defeating Wales 3-0 on 30th October 1926, and Ireland 2-0 on 21st February 1927.[1] With Scotland on four points, England on two, and Ireland and Wales both with a point each, it meant only England could challenge Scotland, requiring a win to share the Championship.[1] History indicated this would be a tall order, as not only had England not beaten Scotland since 1920, the Three Lions had never done so on Scottish soil since 1904.[2][3] To provide motivation, Yorkshire cotton millionaire Tim Paton offered the England players £10 each (over £740 in 2022) for a win and for every goal scored.[4] Aside from this, national pride was naturally at stake during this clash.[5]

Earlier that same year, the BBC had made significant progress in providing live radio coverage for football matches.[6] It made its first live commentary on 22nd January during a Football League First Division match between Arsenal and Sheffield United.[6] A week later, it broadcast an FA Cup match between Corinthians and Newcastle United.[7] The Scotland-England game appears to have been the first international match to be subject to a live radio broadcast, albeit exclusively within the Glasgow region, with the coverage relayed from Hampden Park to 5SC Glasgow.[8][9][4]

The Match

The match itself was attended by 111,214 at Hampden Park on 2nd April 1927.[10][11][4] England's captain Jack Hill suffered a gash to his left eye following a collision with teammate Roy Goodall, forcing the former to be moved off the pitch to receive treatment, Goodall later also requiring assistance.[4][2] As this occurred, the home side took the lead, when a cross from Adam McLean was headered into the goal by Alan Morton after 53 minutes, despite England goalkeeper John Brown touching the ball as it went in.[2][4][11][10] Hill was again off-pitch, as the three stitches he received had broken off.[4] He nevertheless again returned to the pitch.[4]

Goodall had also returned, setting off England's equaliser via clearing the ball, which reached the path of William Dean.[2] Dean charged past the Scottish defence to slam the ball in to make it 1-1 69 minutes in.[2][4][11][10] With two minutes of normal time remaining, Robert Thomson had attempted to make a backpass to his goalkeeper John Harkness.[2] However, this proved to be a disastrous move, as Dean swept through and scored his second despite facing tackles from three Scottish defenders.[2][4][11][10] From there, England held on to jointly-claim the Championship, defeating Scotland for the first time since 1920 and on Scottish soil since 1904.[2][4][11][10] It also marked England's first win at Hampden Park.[11] The Times praised England for a "a whole-hearted, and often skilful, display", while criticising the Scotland for generally being ineffective during the match.[2]


Ultimately, the match's radio broadcast occurred prior to the BBC obtaining a viable means of recording its live radio coverage.[12][13] Until it installed a Blatterphone in 1930, it was simply unable to record its airings.[12][13] Hence, the coverage of the Scotland-England game is lost. Nevertheless, some match footage has survived courtesy of silent newsreels, while Issue 182 of Radio Times helped to document the radio broadcast.[8][9][4]



Silent British Pathé newsreel of the match.

Silent Reuters newsreel of the match.


See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 RSSSF detailing the 1926/27 British Home Championship results and table. Retrieved 4th Dec '22
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 4th April 1927 issue of The Times providing a match report (report found on England Football Online). Retrieved 4th Dec '22
  3. London Hearts listing all Scotland results. Retrieved 4th Dec '22
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 England Football Online detailing the game and providing relevant reports surrounding it. Retrieved 4th Dec '22
  5. BBC News detailing the England-Scotland football rivalry. Retrieved 4th Dec '22
  6. 6.0 6.1 BBC Sport detailing its radio coverage of the Arsenal-Sheffield United game. Retrieved 4th Dec '22
  7. Bodleian Libraries detailing the BBC's coverage of the FA Cup match between Corinthians and Newcastle United. Retrieved 4th Dec '22
  8. 8.0 8.1 BBC Genome archive of Radio Times issues detailing the radio broadcast of the match. Retrieved 4th Dec '22
  9. 9.0 9.1 Issue 182 of Radio Times listing the radio coverage of the match. Retrieved 4th Dec '22
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 11 vs 11 detailing the result of the match and other statistics. Retrieved 4th Dec '22
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 Upstart Football summarising the encounter and noting this was England's first win at Hampden Park. Retrieved 4th Dec '22
  12. 12.0 12.1 BBC noting it had no viable means of recording sound until the introduction of the Blatterphone in 1930. Retrieved 4th Dec '22
  13. 13.0 13.1 BBC noting it did not start recording radio coverage until the early-1930s. Retrieved 4th Dec '22