The 1976/77 Home Nations Championship came down to the final match between Scotland and England with Scotland prevailing 2-1 to win the silver and launch a celebration that turned into an all out pitch invasion with fans from the Tartan Army snapping one crossbar, tearing up souvenir pieces of turf and causing mayhem and it all happened on this day in soccer history.
Kenny Dalglish and Gordon McQueen scored for Scotland with Mick Channon drawing back a consolation goal late from the penalty spot.
The actions of the Tartan Army were seen as an act of spontaneous joy by the victors and an act of hooliganism by the hosts. In addition to taking much of the pitch (although it was scheduled to be re-sodded after the match), fans hauled off parts of the goals, the nets and corner flags with some commenting if it were not bolted down at Wembley Stadium it was hauled off.
With over £5,000 worth of damaged Kevin Keegan was not impressed: “They looted the goal posts and the cross bars, the nets and the corner flags,” Kevin Keegan said of the melee.
The celebrations rolled into the streets of London with an estimated 40,000 fans in the city for the game with almost 300 arrests of mainly Scottish fans made over the weekend.
The pitch invasion was seen by many as the first step in the Home Nations Championship eventually being ended in 1984.
1977 – Dionisis Chiotis, Greek footballer
1977 – Alex Manninger, Austrian footballer
1979 – Naohiro Takahara, Japanese footballer
1981 – Giourkas Seitaridis, Greek footballer
1983 – Emmanuel Eboué, Ivorian footballer
1985 – Lukas Podolski, German footballer
1988 – Leigh Adams, Australian Footballer