Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Club News

When the Royals hosted Scotland

18 November 2014

Our history in a classic fixture

As the media builds up to a traditionally mouthwatering clash between England and Scotland at Celtic Park on Tuesday evening, the Royals can recollect their own involvement in the famous clash!

In 1905 Reading captain and hugely respected amateur full back Herbert Smith (pictured in the game below) became the club's first ever England international - and took on Scotland at Selhurst Park, helping his side to a 1-0 win on the way to winning the fabled Home Championship.

The history doesn't end there. In 1959 Scotland prepared to take on the 'Auld Enemy' in the same competition, with the fixture at Wembley set to decide the final standings of the tournament.

The Scots, managed by Andrew Beattie, chose Elm Park as their training base (pictured right), and so names such as Bobby Evans and Tommy Docherty were put through their paces in front of the cameras on the Biscuitmen's turf.

The resulting match, in front of over 98,000 people, saw Bobby Charlton's strike give his side a 1-0 victory.


Advertisement block