Vintage Wartime Footage - England v Scotland at Wembley 1944
There’s a some beautiful old football footage on the Imperial War Museum website. Three clips are available. The first is silent footage of an Arsenal v Chelsea game in 1917 whilst the second is a newsreel item on women’s football in 1918.
The third clip is of a wartime international played between England and Scotland at Wembley Stadium in 1944. Eighty thousand including the King, Queen and Princess Elizabeth turned out to watch the game. The commentator announced in his clipped tones ..
”.. most of the Londoners here at Wembley Stadium had spent a stormy night with the Luftwaffe; but it would take more than a few hundred nazi bombers to keep a Londoner from the big match ..”
then went on to say ..
" .. the noise made by London’s anti-aircraft guns the night before was nothing compared to the hullabaloo that went up when England scored .."
as England ran out 6-2 winners. The England scorers were Jimmy Hagan (2), Horatio Carter, Tommy Lawton, Joe Mercer and an own goal by Macaulay. Jock Dodds scored the two Scotland goals.
Hagan, Carter & Lawton were the three outstanding English goalscorers in the wartime period. Sheffield United’s Hagan netted thirteen times in sixteen appearances, Carter of Sunderland hit eighteen in seventeen games and Chelsea legend Tommy Lawton managed a magnificent twenty-four goals in twenty-three wartime appearances for England.