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Harry Hood Receives Scotland Cap

Wed, 13th Oct 2021 4:13pm

The club was delighted to learn that former player Harry Hood was recognised by the Scottish FA on Saturday and awarded a cap for his part in Scotland’s 1967 summer tour.

Hood passed away in 2019 but his family were at Hampden on Saturday for Scotland’s game against Israel and were presented with his cap on the pitch at half-time.

Harry began his career at Shawfield in November 1962 and his good form alerted Sunderland, who paid £30,000 for his services a couple of years later, just after his 20th birthday. He returned to The Bully Wee in October 1966 and helped the club to a 3rd place finish in the top flight and a Scottish Cup semi-final that season.

At the end of the campaign Harry was rewarded with a place in the Scotland squad for their nine-game summer tour. Several players from Celtic, Rangers, Kilmarnock and Leeds United then had to withdraw from the travelling party due to European commitments with their clubs, which resulted in a decision that the matches would not be classed as full internationals and caps would not be awarded.

Harry came off the bench in the first match of the tour against Israel in Tel-Aviv, with some reports stating he scored the winning goal in the closing stages. He was then included in the starting XI for the next game against Hong Kong and scored in the 4-1 victory.

The squad then travelled to Australia for three matches against the Socceroos, with Harry playing in the first of these, a 1-0 win in Sydney.

Hood also started matches against the New Zealand under-23 side in Auckland, and the final match of the tour against Canada in Winnipeg, both of which were won by 7 goals to 2.

The SFA have recently determined after further investigation that the matches against Israel, Australia and Canada can now be classed as full internationals. 

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