As England and Scotland lick their collective wounds, following their recent defeats, it is time for each nation to brace themselves for their annual quest for the Calcutta Cup. Let us remind ourselves of the occasions when both protagonists lovingly shared the silverware, following a share of the points. All these tussles took place at Twickenham or Murrayfield, unless otherwise stated.
13th of March 2010: Scotland 15 England 15
Dan Parks kicked four penalties and a drop goal, while England were grateful to Jonny Wilkinson for a trio of penalties, while Flood added a further two.
4th of February 1989: England 12 Scotland 12
Rob Andrew and Jon Webb kicked two penalties each. The Scots had led 9-6 at the halfway stage after a try for John Jeffrey, converted by Peter Dods.
John Webb on the charge
16th of January 1982: Scotland 9 England 9
John Rutherford, who scored a try in the 1979 draw, landed a drop goal this time, while Irvine kicked two penalties. England had led 9-6 at half time.
3rd of February 1979: England 7 Scotland 7
A Mike Slemen try and a penalty from Neil Bennett helped the hosts into a 7-4 interval lead. However, a penalty from Andy Irvine then ensured a draw.
20th of March 1965: England 3 Scotland 3
England’s Andy Hancock achieved the match’s only try, but this was not enough, thanks to a drop goal from Scotland’s David Chisholm.
17th of March 1962: Scotland 3 England 3
Both full backs landed a penalty in the first half. Ken Scotland scored again for Scotland, while England were indebted to John Willcox.
Left to right back row; Mike Weston, Peter Wright, John Willcox, Derek Morgan, Victor Harding, Ray French, Budge Rogers, Laurance Rimmer. Front row; Richard Sharp, James Roberts, Ernie Robinson, Dickie Jeeps, Ron Jacobs, John Young, Bev Risman. |
Five Nations Championship – Calcutta Cup – England v Scotland – Twickenham
21st of March 1959: England 3 Scotland 3
Bev Risman converted England’s solitary penalty, while Scotland’s penalty was kicked by their aptly-named full back, Ken Scotland!
15th of March 1958: Scotland 3 England 3
Christie Elliot kicked a penalty on his debut for Scotland. However, George Hastings did likewise for the away team to ensure a share of the cup.
15th of March 1930: England 0 Scotland 0
The Calcutta Cup competitors commemorated the thirtieth anniversary of the nil-nil at Inverleith by registering the same score at Twickenham.
10th of March 1900: Scotland 0 England 0
This fixture attracted twenty thousand people to Inverleith. They did not see any points scored in an era when points were a scarce commodity.
12th of March 1898: Scotland 3 England 3; at Powderhall, Edinburgh
Willie McEwan for the hosts and Percy Royds for the visitors swapped tries as the two neighbours fought out another share of the points.
5th of March 1887: England 0 Scotland 0
Whalley Range in Greater Manchester was the venue for this latest Calcutta Cup encounter. The nine thousand viewers were not treated to any scores.
13th of March 1886: Scotland 0 England 0; at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh
There was little of note from this tussle, other than the sole international outing of England’s Ernest Brutton who became a clergyman soon afterwards.
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“England rugby 1892 by Not indicated – Football: The Rugby Union Game, Cassell & Company, Ltd., edited by F. Marshall in 1892.. Licensed under Public Domain via
19th of March 1881: Scotland 1 England 1; at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh
Scotland recorded two tries, but only one was a converted goal. England’s try was also unconverted, so their only ‘goal’ was a drop goal from Lennard Stokes.
10th of March 1879: Scotland 1 England 1; at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh
George Burton scored a converted try for the visitors, while Scotland’s goal was a drop goal from Ninian Finlay. Nowadays, the result would have been 3-7.
4th of March 1878: England 0 Scotland 0
Approximately four thousand spectators assembled at Kennington Oval, south London, to witness the latest Anglo-Scottish scoreless rugby stalemate.
8th of March 1875: Scotland 0 England 0
An estimated crowd of about seven thousand people convened at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh to watch another goal-less twenty-a-side caper.
3rd of March 1873: Scotland 0 England 0
This was a twenty-a-side skirmish at Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow, with each team fielding fourteen forwards. However, nobody could score a ‘goal’.