England v Scotland
14 Aug 2013 - 8:00 PM
England V Scotland
The FA is pleased to announce a high profile friendly for the senior England team against Scotland at Wembley on Wednesday 14 August 2013 as part of The FA's 150th anniversary celebrations.
The fixture, international football's oldest rivalry, is the first to be confirmed ahead of what will be a spectacular year of blue-chip international matches at Wembley, as well as further events around England to commemorate the landmark year.
England manager Roy Hodgson said: “It will be a huge honour to lead our nation out against our oldest rivals. For us, England versus Scotland is one of the finest fixtures in international football and I know what this game means to both sets of supporters.
“It will be a fitting part of The FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations and the supporters, the team and my coaching staff all look forward to welcoming Scotland to Wembley Stadium next year.”
England and Scotland are international football’s oldest opponents. They met in the first official match ever played.
The original staging of this fixture took place at the ground of the West of Scotland Cricket Club at Partick, Glasgow on Saturday 30 November 1872. In the previous month The FA Committee had formally agreed to send a representative team, “in order to further the interests of The Association in Scotland”.
Bell’s Life saw it as “one of the jolliest, one of the most spirited and most pleasant matches that has ever been played according to Association rules”. There was a crowd of nearly 4,000 and it finished in a 0-0 draw.
The teams have now met on 110 occasions, most recently in 1999 when Scotland won 1-0 in the second leg of a UEFA Euro 2000 Qualifying Play-Off at Wembley. England has won 45 times, Scotland 41 times and there have been 24 draws.
Scotland’s ‘Wembley Wizards’ were 5-1 winners in 1928 but an England side managed by Walter Winterbottom thumped the Scots 9-3, also at Wembley, to clinch the British Championship trophy in 1961. A colossal attendance of 149,547, still a British record, saw Scotland win 3-1 at Glasgow’s Hampden Park in 1937.
This match will be played in 90 minutes (subject to injury time), so the match should finish approx 105 mins (1 hour and 45 mins) after kick off.
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