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31st January 2014 in Our Collections

Clementine Spencer-Churchill Papers, CSCT 5/4/119

Here we see Clementine Churchill meeting the teams at an England-Scotland match at Wembley on 17 January 1942. During the war official international football had been suspended, as many footballers had signed up to fight. As a result many teams were depleted, and fielded guest players instead. However, unofficial internationals featuring English, Scottish and Welsh scratch teams continued.

On this occasion, England inflicted a 3-0 defeat on Scotland, with goals scored by James Hagan and Tommy Lawton. The England players were: George Marks; Joe Bacuzzi; Edris Hapgood (captain); Charles Willingham; Stan Cullis; Donald Welsh; Stanley Matthews; Wilf Mannion; Tommy Lawton; James Hagan; and Denis Compton. The Scots, meanwhile, were represented by: James Dawson; Jimmy Carabine; Andy Beattie; Bill Shankly; Jimmy Dykes; Matt Busby; James Caskie; Thomas Walker; Torrance Gillick; Andy Black; and C Johnston.

(Scotland fans will be glad to know that their team had their revenge a few months later in April at Hampden Park, Glasgow, beating England 5-4).

Reference: Clementine Spencer-Churchill Papers, CSCT 5/4/119

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