Wales 0 Scotland 2
Wales 0 Scotland 2, Racecourse Ground, British Home Championship, May 12, 1973. Manchester United defender Jim Holton was given his long awaited international senior debut for Scotland by recently appointed manager Willie Ormond in a 2-0 British Home Championship triumph against Wales at Racecourse Ground in Wrexham in May 1973.
Both of the Scotland goals against The Welsh Dragons were scored by Jim Holton´s fellow Manchester United teammate George Graham who netted twice in the second half of the British Home Championship encounter at Racecourse Ground. His first goal came on the hour mark when he followed up a rebound after Leeds United and Scotland goalkeeper Gary Sprake had parried a free-kick, and then ten minutes later he intercepted a low shot from Willie Morgan before slotting the ball home. Scotland boss Willie Ormond eventually made two late substitutions, throwing in Coventry City´s Colin Stein in place of Rangers ace Derek Parlane in the 80th minute, and Manchester United´s Lou Macari in place of Celtic forward Kenny Dalglish with six minutes left, but no more goals were produced in Wrexham. In their next two matches, however, Ormond´s team lost 2-1 to Northern Ireland at Hampden and 1-0 against England at Wembley. Wales Team: Gary Sprake, Peter Rodrigues, Rod Thomas, Mike England, John Roberts, Brian Evans, Leighton James, Trevor Hockey, John Toshack, John Mahoney, Terry Yorath. Substitutes: Ronald Wyn Davies, Peter O’Sullivan. Scotland Team: Peter McCloy, Danny McGrain, Willie Donachie, Pat Stanton, Jim Holton, Kenny Dalglish, Willie Morgan, George Graham, Derek Johnstone, David Hay, Derek Parlane. Substitutes: Lou Macari, Colin Stein.
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Jim Holton appeared for his native Scotland on fifteen occasions and the commanding centre-half was part of the talented side which qualified for the World Cup in West Germany in 1974.