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Scottish Programme of the Day – 16th April


On this day in 1969, Scotland drew 1-1 with West Germany at Hampden in a World Cup qualifying group match. 


The Germans took the lead through Gerd Muller in 39 minutes, and comfortably rebuffed Scotland’s incessant, but uninspired, attempts to equalise – until Bobby Murdoch scored with two minutes to play.


The draw resuscitatedScotland’s hopes of qualifying from the four team section, particularly after an 8-0 drubbing of Cyprus a month later, but the Germans won the crucial return match in Hamburg by 3-2 in October to win the group, which also contained Austria.


In the finals in Mexico the following year, West Germany beat holders England in the quarter final, but lost to Italy in the semi final.


The teams were:


Scotland: Tommy Lawrence (Liverpool); Tommy Gemmell (Celtic) and Eddie McCreadie (Chelsea); Bobby Murdoch (Celtic), Ron McKinnon and John Greig (both Rangers); Jimmy Johnstone (Celtic), captain Billy Bremner (Leeds United), Denis Law (Manchester United), Alan Gilzean (Tottenham Hotspur) and Bobby Lennox (Celtic) who was substituted by Chelsea’s Charlie Cooke in 63 minutes.


West Germany: Horst Wolter (Eintracht Brunswick) (substituted by Sepp Maier (Bayern Munich) at half time); Berti Vogts (Borussia Munchengladbach) and Karl-Heinz Schnellinger (AC Milan); Franz Beckenbauer (Bayern Munich), Willi Schulz (Hamburg) and Bernd Patze (TSV Munich); Bernd Dorfel (Eintracht Brunswick), Helmut Haller (Juventus), Gerd Muller (Bayern Munich), Wolfgang Overath (Cologne) (substituted by Max Lorenz (Werder Bremen) after 79 minutes) and Sigi Held (Borussia Dortmund).


The referee was Juan Gardeazabal from Spain and the attendance was 95,951


The SFA issued their familiar format 24 large page programme, printed in black and red on gloss paper.   Contents included a welcome in two languages from SFA President Peter Scott, an article by the DfB Press Officer and two pages of pen pictures and head-and-shoulder photos of the German players.  In the centre pages were teams in 2-3-5 formation on a pitch grid, photographs of both captains and recent results of both countries.   The programme concluded with a page of Scots pen pictures, an article on German football and another on previous meetings.


There were three major adverts, for Scotsport, Pringle and Gold Crest cigarettes