GLASGOW, 7-3, PUSKÁS - BUT NOT 1960!
As part of our occasional series together with FourFourTwo magazine, we look now at another section of football treasure held inside the Puskás Institute, arterfacts from two memorable matches between the Golden Team of Hungary and their opponents Scotland.
In the shadow of the 6-3, 7-1 victories over England, the 1954 World Cup and then the 1956 Uprising, we sometimes barely notice the legendary Hungarian Golden Team's other matches, most of which were a generational experience for some nations such as Scotland. In December 1954, the two countries met in Glasgow and then again the next spring in the Népstadion in Budapest.
According to even the most conservative reports, there were 113,000 spectators at the friendly international won 4-2 by Hungary in Glasgow, a match which is commemorated at the Puskás Institute in the form of a banquet menu card, official programme and used match ticket. There is also a ticket and a programme for the return match in Budapest, at which there were at least 100,000 spectators and according to some reports, even as many as 107,000!
This second match was won 3-1, so the aggreate scoreline for the two meetings was 7-3. It is striking that the Scots were much more successful than the English, who conceded a mammoth 13 goals in two matches against Puskás' men. Of course, the really famous 7-3 result comes from the European Cup final in Glasgow, which was held nearly six years after the afore-mentioned Scotland-Hungary match at Hampden Park, and where Real Madrid won Europe's premier club trophy for the fifth time, after defeating Eintracht Frankfurt 7-3.
The hero of that contest was Ferenc Puskás, who at that time was an emigrant in the best team in the world, Real Madrid, and scored four (!) goals, which is still a record in the history of European Cup Finals. Interestingly, although Puskás was on the pitch for the whole of both games against the Scots, they were two of those rare occasions when he didn't score a goal. In Glasgow, Jozsef Bozsik, Nándor Hidegkuti, Károly Sándor and Sándor Kocsis scored the Hungarian goals, while in Budapest Hidegkuti and Kocsis scored again and the third was hit by young Máté Fenyvesi.
Words: Gusztáv Mravik and György Szöllősi
Photos: Puskás Institute
This article first appeared in the January 2015 issue of FourFourTwo magazine.