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Scotland v. England, Hampden 1948

Footage from the British International Championship football match at Hampden, 1948

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Caption. A shot of the Union Jack hanging in the breeze. Crowds bustle around Hampden Park, watched by a mounted policeman. Inside the stadium, we see a boys gymnastics display entertain the crowd, and a Highland pipe band. The gymnastics team form pyramids before the seated crowd. Teams come on to the pitch, England in white, Scotland in dark shirts. General Montgomery greets the players, introduced by the captains. Press photograph the line-up. The referee and captains shake hands before the toss, the teams change ends, and the match kicks off. The game ensues, with England making several attacks on the Scottish goal and the Scots defending well. The English pressure seems relentless, but it should be noted that the camera is set up by the one goal. The teams swap ends for half-time. We now see the Scots pressure the English goal. There is a remarkable foul on the goal-keeper, that no-one seems to react to. A defender stops a shot on the line. The pressure continues but to no avail.

Questions & Activities


  • Why is Scotland v. England such a famous football rivalry?
  • What kind of pre-match and half time activities can you see? What happens now at these times?
  • What do you notice about the crowds?
  • What do you notice about the kit, referee, style of hair and boots?
  • What do you think it would have been like to be a spectator?
  • How big were the crowds in these days, and why do we not have such big crowds today?


History / Health and Wellbeing: Find out who was playing at this match.

Media Studies / Moving Image Education: Research and add a sports commentary to the film in the style of the time. Find out who the best teams at this time were and how much players earned. Add the sound effects and sounds of the game.

Maths: Create a graph of Scotland'€™s football fortunes against England over a 20 year period.

English / Drama: Interview a player after the match.

English: Create a biography of famous Scottish players through the years.

English: Write a memoir of a former Scottish player.

History: Field Marshall Montgomery is seen greeting the players at the beginning of the game. Research who he was.

History: Find out what the name of the championship was.

Art and Design: Design your own programme cover and merchandise line.

Maths: Estimate how many people were at the game.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-481-C
Resource Rights Holder By kind permission of The Scottish Football Association
Project Ref 5657
Date 1947 - 1952c (original film produced)1948 (football match)
Genre Documentary, Drama Documentary
School Subject Health and Wellbeing, Physical Education, History, English, Drama, Media Studies
Where Hampden, Glasgow
Event Football Match
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 4:59
Film Length 11:34
References Scottish Football Association fixture details