SCOTLAND'S first win at Wembley in 18 years was a bittersweet occasion. Don Hutchison's headed goal secured victory on the night but Craig Brown's side still lost out to England 2-1 on aggregate over the two-leg play-off to reach the finals of Euro 2000.
The damage had been done at Hampden four days previously when two goals from Paul Scholes had given England a 2-0 first leg victory. Scotland had looked listless in Glasgow, struggling to rise to the occasion as the Auld Enemies met for the first time at Hampden in ten years. They were transformed at Wembley and came with an ace of forcing the game into extra time when Christian Dailly's header in the dying minutes was brilliantly saved by David Seaman. But it was not to be and Brown's ambition of becoming the first Scotland manager to guide the team to the finals of three successive tournaments was dashed.
For Hutchison, it was the moment he cemented his place in the hearts of the Tartan Army. Born in Gateshead, the midfielder-cum-striker qualified for Scotland through his Nairn-born father. A gifted footballer with an eye for goal, Hutchison developed a knack of scoring at crucial times for his country, netting against Germany, Ireland, Bosnia, Lithuania and San Marino. Sadly, his talents were never to be seen in the finals of a major championship.
In the aftermath of Wembley John Collins called time on his international career at the age of 31 and the loss of the cultured midfielder was keenly felt in the years which followed.