Scotland v England - Do We Need It?

Last updated : 18 November 2014 By Footy Mad - Editor

The last time the two sides clashed north of the border came 14 years ago when a Paul Scholes double blasted England to a 2-0 win.

Bob Moncur (talking to the Chronicle): “I played in this fixture and there was a crowd of 137,438. It was a big deal. I played in a few of these games.

“I experienced them at Wembley and Hampden Park and it was a marquee fixture.

“When I first came to England to play in the 1960s I was a young Scot who was quite excited about Scottish football and the prospects of beating England.

“But I had my nose bloodied a few times. And I tend to keep quiet about it these days.

“It’s good to see Scotland making a recovery under Gordon Strachan, it was a tremendous result the other night.

“But we are some distance away from the days of Denis Law and Jim Baxter or Alan Hansen, Graeme Souness and Kenny Dalglish.

“They were quite brutal affairs. I once came off in one game with concussion with 10 minutes to go. They were that type of game.

“The glamour of this fixture has gone for me.

“The home internationals at the end of each season used to be quite exciting but now I don’t think it’s the type of game that Premier League managers will be very happy about. I can’t get excited about it.

“I’m not saying England shouldn’t play Scotland, I just don’t know if the fixture needs to be in November.”