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At last, Scotland break their duck!

There are times when nothing goes right for you and that no doubt summed up the first ever Scotland versus England test held at Rayleigh Stadium on 30th May1949, which resulted in a whopping 88- 32 win for the Auld Enemy. The second test held at Northwood, Middlesex shortly thereafter was only marginally better at 78-42!! The huge margin in both these tests was attributed to the English riders all having the benefit of a low gearing by fitting a larger back cog. Danny McGrain was the only Scot to employ this technological advance! Unsurprisingly, he top scored in both meetings. However there were quite a few more of these black days, most of which couldn’t be explained away, as Scotland had still to win an international when 1969 dawned. August of that year was to witness a dramatic transformation in fortunes! The program writer for the NACSA international held at Hampden in Glasgow was unable to list the full English team in the “pen portrait” section. It was known that guys like Derek Garnett, Vic Hinchcliffe and John Watchman would not be coming north and worse was to follow with a late call off from Kevin Greenhalgh, so late in fact that team manager, Brian Moston, was forced to put his own name into the number four spot in the line up. He would, however, only be required to race once, as reserves Dave Wilson and Josh Gleave would each take two of his rides.

                                                                                 Scot     Eng      Scot     Eng

Heat  1:  Noble(S), Watling(E),Bailey(E),  Low(S)                  3          3          3         3     

Heat  2:  Pinkerton(S), Wilson(E), Whiting(E), Daly(S)            3          3          6         6

Heat  3:  Baxter(S), Smith(E), Tait(S), Johnston(E)                  4          2         10        8

Heat  4:  Pinkerton(S), Watling(E), Daly(S), Bailey(E)             4          2         14       10

Heat  5:  Gleave(E), Baxter(S), Tait(S) fell, Whiting(E) exc      2          3         16       13

Heat  6:  Murphy(S), Wilson(E), Low(S), Johnson(E)             4          2          20       14

Heat  7:  Watling(E), Archibald(S), Pinkerton(S), Gleave(E)    3          3         23       18

Heat  8:  Noble(S), Johnson(E),Smith(E), Low(S) fell              3          3         26       21

Heat  9:  Wilson(E), Tait(S), Whiting(E), Archibald(S)             2          4         28      25

Heat  10: Noble(S), Murphy(S), Moston(E), Gleave(E)           5          1         33      26

Heat  11: Pinkerton(S), Johnson(E), Daly(S), Smith(E)            4          2         37       28

Heat  12: Tait(S), Watling(E), Baxter(S), Bailey(E) exc           4          2         41       30

Heat  13: Wilson(E), Noble(S), Low(S), Whiting(E) fell          3          3         44       33

Heat  14: Baxter(S), Gleave(E),Smith(E), Archibald(S)           3          3         47       36

Heat  15: Wilson(E), Daly(S), Murphy(E), Bailey(E)               3          3         50       39

Heat  16: Pinkerton(S), Johnson(E), Whiting(E), Noble(S)fell  3          3         53       42

Heat  17: Low(S), Bailey(E), Gleave(E), Baxter(S) fell            3          3         56       45

Heat  18: Tait(S), Smith(S), Watling(E), Daly(S)                     3          3         59       48 

 

    48

 

Scotland
                                  1          2          3          4          5          Tot   
Doug Noble                  3          3           3          2           f            11
Tam Low                      0          1           0          1           3         5 + 1

Jack  Jack Pinkerton              3          3           1          3           3       13 + 1

Tam   Tam Daly                     0          1           1          2           0            4

John  John Tait                      1           0           2         3           3            9

Stuar Stuart  Baxter               3          2           1          3           0            9

John   John Murphy                3          2           1                                 6 + 2

Ian      Ian Archibald               2          0            0                                   2

 

Engl     England

John    John Watling          2        2         3        2       1       9  + 1

Joe       Joe  Bailey             1        0         0        0       2       3 + 1

John  John Whiting         1         0         1        0       1       3 + 2

Brian Brian Moston         1                                                 1

Tony Tony Johnson        0         0         2        2       2         6

Fran  Frank Smith           2        1         0        1       2       6 + 1      

Dave Dave Wilson           2        2         3        3       3         13

Josh  Josh Gleave           3         0        0        1        2       6 + 1

 

 

This.Thanks to Dave Wilson (Blackley) for corrections to the above details

Scotland versus England test matches and scores

 

Year

Scot

Eng

Venue

 

1949

42

78

Northwood, Middlesex

 

1949

32

88

Rayleigh, Essex

 

1956

34

86

Rouken Glen, Glasgow

 

1957

34

86

Hungerford, Berks

 

1958

47

61

Mansewood, Glasgow

 

1959

32

76

Carrs Wood, Manchester

 

1965

48

72

Davidsons Mains, Edinburgh

 

1965

35

60

Uxbridge, Middlesex

 

1966

40

79

Carrs Wood, Manchester

 

1967

47

61

Davidsons Mains, Edinburgh

 

1967

49

59

Halifax, West Yorks

 

1968

49

58

Davidsons Mains, Edinburgh

 

1968

39

69

Offerton, Manchester

 

1968

46

62

Tottenham, London

BCSF

1969

38

70

Stoke, Staffs

 

1969

59

48

Hampden, Glasgow

 

1969

58

50

Whinhill, Edinburgh

BCSF

1970

38

70

Carrs Wood, Manchester

 

1970

51

57

Hampden, Glasgow

 

1971

49

59

Hampden, Glasgow

 

1971

48

58

Hungerford, Berks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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