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Five great England-Scotland sports clashes

CHRISTCHURCH: Monday's World Cup Pool A fixture between England and Scotland at Christchurch's Hagley Oval will be only the fourth time the border rivals have met in a one-day cricket international. But with England-Scotland the oldest international fixture in both football and rugby union, there have been plenty of notable sporting clashes between the border...

SAMAA | - Posted: Feb 22, 2015 | Last Updated: 6 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Feb 22, 2015 | Last Updated: 6 years ago
Five great England-Scotland sports clashes

CHRISTCHURCH: Monday's World Cup Pool A fixture between England and Scotland at Christchurch's Hagley Oval will be only the fourth time the border rivals have met in a one-day cricket international.

But with England-Scotland the oldest international fixture in both football and rugby union, there have been plenty of notable sporting clashes between the border rivals down the years.

AFP Sport selects five of the best:

FOOTBALL
1967, Wembley: England 2 Scotland 3

Less than a year after they had won the World Cup and on an unbeaten run of 19 matches, England were beaten by their oldest foes with Scotland declaring themselves 'unofficial world champions' after this result.

Manchester United great Denis Law put the Scots ahead before Bobby Lennox made it 2-0.

England centre-half Jack Charlton pulled a goal back with five minutes left but there was still time for Jim McCalliog to mark his Scotland debut with a goal before World Cup final hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst got on the scoresheet. 

1996, Wembley: England 2 Scotland 0
This European Championship was the first England-Scotland football clash for seven years.

Following a goalless first half, striker Alan Shearer headed England into the lead before Scotland's Gary McAllister missed a chance to equalise when his penalty was saved by David Seaman.

Paul Gascoigne, then playing in Scotland for Glasgow Rangers, sealed victory with a superb goal when, after flicking the ball over Colin Hendry, struck a volley past keeper Andy Goram.

RUGBY UNION
1980, Murrayfield: Scotland 18 England 30

England headed north to Edinburgh needing a win to seal a first Grand Slam in the then Five Nations since 1957.

The match turned into a personal triumph for England wing John Carleton, who scored a hat-trick of tries with two created by centre and future World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward.

After the final whistle, England captain Bill Beaumont was carried off the field on the shoulders of team-mates Fran Cotton and Peter Wheeler.

1990, Murrayfield: Scotland 13 England 7
An emotional encounter saw both sides going for the Grand Slam, with the home fans' rendition of 'Flower of Scotland' especially rousing after Scotland skipper David Sole had slowly led his side on to the field.

England centre Jeremy Guscott scored a fine early try before Scotland hit back when wing Tony Stanger, chasing a kick ahead from Gavin Hastings, was first to the bounce of the ball. 

Craig Chalmers kicked three penalties, with superb Scottish defence sealing a memorable victory.

DARTS
1989, Frimley Green: Jocky Wilson beats Eric Bristow

Darts may not have the tradition of either football or rugby, but for much of the 1980s one of the fiercest Anglo-Scottish sporting rivalries was between Londoner Eric Bristow, the five-times world champion nicknamed the 'Crafty Cockney' and Scotland's Jocky Wilson.

In 1989, it was Wilson who triumphed at the Lakeside Country Club, south of London, when he beat Bristow 6-4 in the final to take a second world title.

Wilson raced into a 5-0 lead only for Bristow to reduce the deficit to one set before the Scot, who died in 2012, held his nerve. –AFP

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