Thursday, August 2, 2012

Off the stanchions at Wembley - Peter Barnes

After the humiliation of Argentina '78, it took Scotland nearly a year to post a victory, against Northern Ireland, in the Home Internationals series of 1979.

That win, and the new players introduced such as goalkeeper George Wood, who made his debut in that game, hinted at better times ahead.

After John Wark's early goal and a generally encouraging first 44 minutes of their next game against England, Scottish expectations were on the rise again. However, Peter Barnes trundler of an equaliser past George Wood and off the stanchion at Wembley, stunned the recovery.

England went on to win the game 3-1.

Scotland would fail to qualify for the 1980 European Championships.

George Wood would play only twice more for his country.

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