Wales 0 Scotland 2

Jim Holton

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.


Jim Holton Quickfacts

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. 


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