Thursday, August 23, 2012

Off the stanchions at Wembley - Kevin Beattie

Four years before the Wembley stanchions did for George Wood's Scotland career, Stewart Kennedy lined up against England for his fifth cap.

Having played in every Rangers game in their triumphant 1974-75 league campaign - their first league win in 11 years - Kennedy had every right to believe he had a long Scotland career ahead of him.

However, in less than 10 minutes Gerry Francis had beaten Kennedy from distance then Kevin Beattie looped in a header off the stanchion.

It might've been the 5-1 scoreline, but it was probably this goal and Kennedy's slow reactions and embarrassing collision with the goalpost that ensured this fifth cap would be his last.

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