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The Scottish committee has indeed assembled an interesting team. At least, from the point of view of the first line of field — the defenders — the team didn't have a brilliant duo, no. Ancestor names like William McStay were no longer at a high level to represent Scotland. However, with the goalkeeper being represented by Harkness, who was a household name in the British Isles, they had a good keeper. The half-back line did not have David Meiklejohn, but Thomas Bradshaw, a young player who was making his first appearance for the Scottish national team. In addition, some of the fans of Celtic F.C. and other teams that sympathized with Jimmy McGrory, wanted him to be the centre-forward.
As a result, the decisions validated the unexpected presented by Scottish fans; plus both England and Scotland were no longer in contention for the 1927/28 British Home Championship. The last match, as the story goes, would be played on English soil, at Wembley more precisely.
As much as the last matches between England and Scotland were prominent for the Scots side, as English football suffered far more arduous consequences than other nations, many people physically doubted of the Scots. This is due to the fact that the Scots had a wide difference in terms of height compared to the English, particularly the Scottish offensive line. They were known as a team of very short stature.
McMullan Bradshaw Gibson
However, with the likes of Gibson, McMullan, Jackson, Gallacher, James and Morton the Scots had some of the best players of all-time in each position. Technical, cerebral players of the highest caliber in world football. Representative names of their clubs; names of weight and respect throughout the football world.
From the beginning, it was already noticeable how the game would go. The English no longer played the old style that gave them so much glory and that kept their sovereignty. On the other hand, Scotland, playing in their own style, taught English football. With quick, accurate passes and from the most varied combinatorial repertoires, some of the most remarkable moves of the match emerged. The triangular game, moreover, was another artistic addition to the mosaic that was the game.
The team's left side.
Perhaps the main weapon for the performance destruction of the English team was the triangular game. With the connections between the insider, winger and half-back caused serious damage to the English defensive system. For example, connections and, consequently, reverses to the opposite side brought most of the goals of the Scottish team.
With extensive dominance at Wembley, the Scots put on a true combinatorial spectacle with many individual tricks. Alex Jackson, Huddersfield's right winger, scored three goals; Alex James, then Preston North End's left insider, scored — when James still had more incisive shooting tendencies — the Scottish side's other two goals. Alan Morton — Little Blue Devil — provided three assists in the match, while Hughie Gallacher participated further from the other goals and James Dunn was the player who least stood out on the offensive line.
Even in later accounts, for some spectators of the show, this was the biggest defeat England suffered at Wembley. Not just for the result itself, but for having been a true domain aligned with the artistic side of football; true Scottish sovereignty.
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