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One of the pleasures of living in my part of Glasgow is it's only a short walk to the West of Scotland Cricket Club’s ground in Partick. If you stand at the top end and look through the fence, as I often do, you will see a view that has hardly changed since the Illustrated London News sent its artist to capture the scene there on St Andrew’s Day, 1872.

The occasion was the very first football international match: Scotland v England. A healthy crowd of 4,000 turned up to watch the sides draw 0-0 (see below for an artist's illustration of the day). All international football is descended from that fixture, so it is perfectly appropriate for the FA to celebrate its 150th anniversary by inviting Scotland to play at Wembley.

Wembley used to be a place of pilgrimage for Scotland fans, who greatly relished their trips to London every two years. A legendary victory there would inspire another generation of supporters to make the journey, like the 5-1 thrashing handed out in 1928 by the team that was instantly dubbed the Wembley Wizards.

Of course, there was 1967 when Scotland humbled Sir Alf Ramsey’s side on the same turf on which they had won the World Cup a year previously. Sure, the score was only 3-2 but the Scottish performance was personified by Jim Baxter, playing keepie-uppie with the ball as he sauntered down the left wing.

There are also one or two occasions they don’t talk about much in Scottish pubs. The 7-2 defeat in 1955, the 9-3 battering in 1961 or the 1975 episode, when Rangers’ Stewart Kennedy picked the ball from his net five times. “They shot the wrong Kennedy,” said the graffiti on Glasgow walls.

By the time I started going to Wembley the fixture’s days were numbered because of hooliganism. In 1977 the Scottish support had celebrated a 2-1 win by leaving with the pitch and goalposts. England casuals began to appear in Glasgow in the 1980s and the annual meeting of the sides was abandoned at the end of that decade.

Scotland did return to Wembley for Euro 96, only for Gary McAllister to miss a crucial penalty kick, which was followed by a glorious strike by Paul Gascoigne who, to rub a barrel of salt into gaping Scottish wounds, was Scotland’s player of the year due to his Rangers form. In 1999 Don Hutchinson netted the winner in a Euro 2000 playoff at Wembley, but sadly for the Scots, Paul Scholes had scored twice in the first leg at Hampden Park four days previously.

That was that – until this week’s episode. Mind you, whatever happens at Wembley between Roy’s boys and Gordon’s Grenadiers, it won’t change the answer to one favourite pub quiz question:

Q: Who was the last native Scot to score against England in a men’s senior competitive fixture? (answer below the picture of Don Hutchison's 1999 winner)

A: Ray Houghton, born in Glasgow in 1962, for the Republic of Ireland at Euro 88.

The Auld Enemy is at 9.30pm on Tuesday 13 August on BBC Radio 5 live. You can listen again for seven days by clicking here. 5 live has full commentary on England v Scotland from 8pm on Wednesday 14 August.

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by Jackstumps

    on 15 Aug 2013 16:11

    'Unprofessional and lazy' .... yep sounds about right for Five Live.

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by Fedster

    on 15 Aug 2013 14:44

    Shock Horror! Patrick has not come back with any evidence.

    Sounds like a bitter Scot!

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by mistered5

    on 15 Aug 2013 07:26

    The chances of Wright disappearing seem to be slim as he's the voice of 5 Live's football adverts for the new season.
    If the BBC can't afford to get rid, then please pay for some elocution lessons for him.
    I certainly don't speak the Queen's English myself, but the adverts where he pronounces 'United' and 'City' without a 't' sound unprofessional and lazy for a national broadcaster.

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by Jackstumps

    on 15 Aug 2013 07:04

    Elsewhere Robbie Savage has published an article (and broadcast it) on how to engineer a transfer away from a club.

    Any chance he could put these dubious skills to use and engineer one away from Five Live ... taking Ian Wright with him?

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by mistered5

    on 15 Aug 2013 06:38

    Well done for the excellent coverage of last night's game. I was nice to hear a different commentary team on an England international and I really like Pat Nevin & Danny Mills' intelligent comments that lack the usual cliché of some summarisers.

    Following the debate on this blog I was also interested to hear that the only member of the team who questioned the quality of the Scotland players was Pat Nevin- the only Scot on the commentary team!

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by Susie45

    on 14 Aug 2013 19:52

    Well I'm watching the game on STV and as expected the commentary is very biased towards Scotland. Therefore ITV should be biased towards England (though only if they are broadcasting to England only). I have being English in Scotland!!

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by stirling

    on 14 Aug 2013 17:32

    England should not be wasting her time playing minnows such as Scotland. Far better would playing Germany or France as it is those teams who seem to get the better of us in the latter stages of tournaments.

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by Fedster

    on 14 Aug 2013 14:10

    They said what exactly, and if you allege they said such things as post 7, why did it not make the daily mail, or othert news outlet?

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by patrick mccafferty

    on 14 Aug 2013 13:45

    Re 8: In order: Colin Murray on Fighting Talk, George Riley on Aasmah Mir's Midday News,, Mark Lawrenson on Drive again to Aasmah Mir & Alan Green before a Manchester United Champions League

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by Fedster

    on 14 Aug 2013 13:35

    "I've heard Five Live broadcasters say "anti-Scottish racism is acceptable on the BBC", "an an Englishman I hope Scotland don't qualify", "do they play football in Scotland?", "I hate Sir Alex Ferguson",

    I am sorry but that is complete and utter tosh, i defy you to evidence 1 of the above, i bet you cant.

    If what you say is true, than i am sure the 5live mods will allow, after all such a statement will no doubt have been picked up by the likes of the Daily Mail.

    Go on Patrick,just 1 source for your claims, i wait with baited breath

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