Just after the hour, Jackson scored his second from another tempting Morton delivery and, within 10 minutes, James had put Scotland four up after a menacing burst by Gallacher. Jackson then burnished a stellar performance with his third, finishing spectacularly from yet another Morton cross with five minutes remaining.
“We could have had 10,” a thrilled James said, while Ivan Sharpe, writing in Athletic News, said: “England were not merely beaten. They were bewildered, run to a standstill, made to appear utterly inferior by a team whose play was as cultured and beautiful as I ever expect to see.”
On a historic day, even England’s 89th-minute consolation was noteworthy – Bob Kelly’s free-kick making him his country’s oldest goalscorer at the time, aged 34 years and 136 days.
Only five older men have scored for England since – Stanley Matthews, Tom Finney, Jack Charlton, Teddy Sheringham and Frank Lampard – but the goal counted for little as England lost all three of their British Championship games for the first time, and suffered their heaviest defeat since losing 6-1 to Scotland at the Kennington Oval in 1881.
The team that never played together again
Ultimately, the stunning triumph changed little for Scotland either. The victory meant they avoided finishing bottom of the Home Championships, but the winners for the previous three seasons had lost their crown to Wales – with whom they drew 2-2 in Cardiff – and also trailed Northern Ireland in the standings having lost 1-0 to them at Firhill.
Astonishingly, just two of the Wizards – Dunn and Morton – played in that defeat little more than a month earlier. But even more remarkably, that Wembley XI would never play together again. Indeed, it proved to be Bradshaw’s only cap despite marking Dean out of the game.
Scotland did regain the Championship the following year – Gallacher scoring a hat-trick against Wales at Ibrox and a further five in a stunning 7-3 success in Belfast, with Jackson adding two in what he called “the most glorious 90 minutes of my life”, before a 1-0 win over England at Hampden.
But the English took revenge at Wembley the following season and it would be 1938 before the Scots tasted victory in London again, with Hearts’ Tommy Walker scoring in a 1-0 win.
By that time, the three most feted Wizards were all lost to the game. James had retired the previous summer after a glorious eight-year stint with Arsenal and would, like Jackson, serve in World War Two before dying suddenly from cancer in 1953 at the age of 51.
Boyhood friend Gallacher would be lost four years later, one of Scotland’s finest ever goalscorers taking his own life in 1957, bankrupt and alcoholic, at the age of 54.
The genius who was lost to the game