25th November – Today In Our Footballing History

25/11/1964 Glasgow Scotland 2-3 George Best, Willie Irvine

Pat Jennings, Jimmy Magill, Alex Elder, Martin Harvey, Terry Neill, John Parke, Billy Humphries, Willie Irvine, Johnny Crossan, Bobby Braithwaite, George Best

Hearts’ Willie Wallace made his debut for Scotland, but two other international careers would be cut short – goalkeeper Robert Forsyth (4 caps) and James Kennedy (6 caps). All five goals were scored in the opening half-hour; George Best put the visitors ahead on 9 but only for Davie Wilson to equalise a minute later on 10, Alan Gilzean then put Scotland ahead on 16, Willie Irvine levelled it again at 2-2 on 18, Wilson netted what turned out to be the winner on 30.

Source: homepage.ntlworld.com/carousel

Original Source: The Times

Online Source: http://www.londonhearts.com/scores/images/1964/1964112501.htm

Willie Irvine discussed this game with Ivan Little during an interview and claims George Best has stolen one of his goals:

“… the record books say I scored one goal with George Best getting the other. But I got both of them – honestly! The disputed goal came after Bestie had cut in from the right and let fly with a drive towards the goals. I moved in from the inside-left position and headed the ball home. Yet all the papers said it was George who scored. I couldn’t believe it. All I can say is that it was a misty night. And I can only assume that the reporters couldn’t see the pitch clearly!”

Narrow Victory For Scotland


Northern Ireland Footballing Greats



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