Blether: The Scotland XI that toured Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Canada in 1967

Then-Scotland Bobby Brown (centre) with Ronnie Simpson (left) and Jim McCalliog (right).

Andy Walker’s recent mention of a Scotland XI touring Hong Kong and the Far East, Australia, New Zealand and Canada in 1967 threw up some great names.

Some of these players never received a full cap (some others did), and this was a great route to taste international football.

Of the full international team which beat England 3-2 at Wembley a month earlier, just one made the trip — Sheffield Wednesday’s Jim McCalliog.

Listed in alphabetical order is the list of players on the trip.

Alan Anderson (Hearts), Willie Callaghan (Dunfermline), Eddie Colquhoun (West Bromwich Albion), Jim Cruickshank (Hearts), Alex Ferguson (Dunfermline Athletic), Doug Fraser (WBA), Joe Harper (Huddersfield), Harry Hood (Clyde), Bobby Hope (WBA), Jim McCalliog (Sheffield Wednesday), Jackie McGrory (Kilmarnock), Tommy McLean (Kilmarnock), Willie Morgan (Burnley), Andy Penman (Rangers), Harry Thomson (Burnley), Hugh Tinney (Bury), Jim Townsend (Heart of Midlothian), Ian Ure (Arsenal), John Woodward (Arsenal).

Team boss was Bobby Brown.

Below is the stats from the games.

2-1 win v Israel on May 16 in the Ramat-Gan National Stadium, Tel Aviv. Crowd 27,000.

Scotland XI — Thomson; Callaghan, Colquhoun; Anderson, Ure, Fraser; Penman (Hood), Hope, McCalliog, Ferguson, Morgan. Scorers — Morgan, Colquhoun.

4-1 win v Hong Kong on May 25 in Hong Kong Stadium. Crowd — 7,000.

Scotland XI — Thomson; Callaghan, Tinney (Townsend); Colquhoun, Anderson, Fraser; Morgan, Hope (Harper), McCalliog, Ferguson, Hood. Scorers — Ferguson 2, Hood, Callaghan.

1-0 win v Australia on May 28 in the Sydney Showground. Crowd — 34,792.

Scotland XI — Thomson; Callaghan, Colquhoun; Townsend, Anderson, Fraser; Morgan, Hope, McCalliog, Ferguson, Hood. Scorer — Ferguson.

2-1 win v Australia on May 31 in the Norwood Oval, Adelaide. Crowd — 20,000.

Scotland XI — Cruickshank; Callaghan, Townsend; Anderson, McGrory, Fraser; McLean, Hope, McCalliog, Ferguson, Morgan. Scorers — Townsend, Morgan.

2-0 win v Australia on June 3 in Olympic Park, Melbourne. Crowd — 22,138.

Scotland XI — Cruickshank; Callaghan, Townsend; Anderson, McGrory, Fraser (Tinney); McLean (Penman), Hope, McCalliog, Ferguson, Morgan. Scorer — Ferguson 2.

7-2 win v New Zealand U/23 on June 5 in the Lower Hutt Recreation Ground, Wellington. Crowd — 5,000.

Scotland XI — Cruickshank; Callaghan (McCalliog), Tinney; Townsend, McGrory, Woodward; McLean, Penman, Harper, Hope, Hood. Scorers — McLean pen, Harper (3), Jim McCalliog (2), Lake (og).

4-0 win v Auckland XI on June 8 at Newmarket Park, Auckland. Crowd — 15,000.

Scotland XI — Thomson; Woodward, Tinney; Anderson, McGrory, Townsend; McLean, McCalliog, Penman, Ferguson, Morgan. Scorers — Ferguson 3, Penman.

4-1 win v Vancouver XI on June 10 in the Empire Stadium, Vancouver. Crowd n/a.

Scotland XI — Cruickshank; Woodward, Tinney; Townsend, McGrory, Fraser; McLean, Hope, McCalliog, Ferguson, Penman. Scorers — McCalliog 2, Ferguson, McLean pen.

7-2 win v Canada on June 13 in Alexander Park, Winnipeg. Crowd — 3,000.

Scotland XI — Cruickshank; Townsend, Tinney; Anderson, McGrory, Fraser (Penman); Morgan, Hope, Harper, Hood (McCalliog), McLean. Scorers — Harper 5, Hope, Morgan.

Scotland XI appearances/goals list was:

Anderson 7 games, 0 goals; Callaghan 6, 1; Colquhoun 3, 1; Cruickshank 5, 0; Ferguson 7, 9; Fraser 7, 0; Harper 2 (1 sub), 8; Hood 4 (1), 1; Hope 8, 1; McCalliog 7 (2), 4; Jackie McGrory 6, 0; McLean 6, 2; Morgan 7, 3; Penman 4 (2), 1; Thomson 4, 0; Tinney 5 (1), 0; Townsend 7 (1), 1; Ure 1, 0; Woodward 3, 0.

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