Scotland goalkeeper Ronnie Simpson tips the ball over his crossbar against England in 1967
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Scotland goalkeeper Ronnie Simpson tips the ball over his crossbar during their legendary 3-2 defeat of England in the British Home Championship at Wembley on 15 April 1967, despite being hindered by team-mate Billy Bremner, who was also attempting to clear the ball. The Celtic No1 turned in a fine performance on what was his international debut (it was also Bobby Brown’s first game at the Scots’ reins). England, unbeaten in 19 matches and fresh from winning the previous year’s FIFA World Cup™, were the heavy favourites, but Scotland went 2-0 ahead thanks to efforts from Denis Law and Bobby Lennox. Seemingly cruising towards victory, eccentric playmaker Jim Baxter began ball-juggling to the annoyance on the majority of the 99,000-plus in attendance. Jack Charlton, playing as a makeshift centre-forward, did halve the deficit with six minutes remaining, but Jim McCalliog swiftly restored the visitors’ two-goal advantage and though Geoff Hurst threw England a lifeline, Scotland held on for a result that ensured they leapfrogged their opponents to finish top of the four-team tournament.