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Saturday, 8 March 1873
Association Friendly Match

England 4 Scotland 2 [2-2]

The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, Surrey
Kick-off (London Time): 3:00pm.
Attendance: 2,500 to 4,000.

England kicked-off. Scotland won toss. Match Summary
England Party
Scotland Party
Team Records
[1-0] William Kenyon-Slaney 1/2
[2-0] Alexander Bonsor 10

[3-2] William Kenyon-Slaney 60

'left kick'
[4-2] Charley Chenery 75

Henry Renny-Tailyour after 10
 [2-2] William Gibb 20
'straight kick'
"To the intense delight of the partisans of England, scarcely had a minute elapsed ere Kenyon-Slaney carried the ball into the Scottish ground and obtained a goal for the South."

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]


Played according to
FA rules.



The Scottish 'International Fund' allowed only eight return tickets to London for the match, so three of the Scottish line-up were London residents.  Arthur Kinnaird qualified by being a Perthshire landowner.

English and Scottish, each wore stockings of different colours. This was, in the first place, to indicate to a player in possession of the ball the positions of his fellow-players on the field, by watching their pedal extremities; and, secondly, to enable the spectators to identify a player by his party-coloured stockings. Cards were issued by the Queen's Park, giving the teams, and the colours of their stockings.

Charles William Alcock
30 (2 December 1842)
Archibald Rae
Queen's Park
Theodore Lloyd
38 (7 September 1834)
Bewdley, Worcestershire

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: "The Englishmen will, as before, wear white jerseys with the English arms on the left breast."
Capt: Alec Morten, only captaincy. Selectors: The Football Association Committee with secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on 28 February 1873 from fifteen names.
England Lineup

Morten, Alexander
 black cap & brown socks

41/42 1831/32 G

Crystal Palace FC

1 2 GA

Greenhalgh, E. Harwood
 red, white and blue cap

2 days
6 March 1849 Full
Notts County FC 2 0

Howell, Leonard S.
cerise cap

214 days

6 August 1848

Wanderers FC & Old Wykehamists FC 1 0
  Goodwyn, Alfred George
 yellow, blue and black cap & socks
360 days
13 March 1850
in Roohir, India

Royal Engineers FC

1 0

Vidal, R. Walpole S.
 white shorts & dark socks

186 days
3 September 1853 Old Westminsters AFC & Oxford University AFC 1 0
  von Donop, Pelham G.
 red and blue cap & socks
314 days
28 April 1851 For Royal Engineers FC 1 0

Chenery, Charles J.
 blue and black appearance, blue shorts & blue socks

66 days
1 January 1850 Crystal Palace FC 2 1
7 Clegg, William E.
blue cap
321 days
21 April 1852 Wednesday FC 1 0
Bonsor, Alexander G.
light blue and red cap
152 days
7 October 1851 Wanderers FC & Old Etonians FC 1 1
  Heron, G. Hubert H.
blue cap with yellow crest & blue socks
37 days
30 January 1852 Uxbridge FC, Wanderers FC & Swifts FC 1 0
Kenyon-Slaney, William S.
white shorts & dark socks
196 days
24 August 1847
in Rajkot, India
Wanderers FC & Old Etonians FC 1 2


reserves not known

team notes:

One source suggest that Thomas Hooman was in the starting line-up, but he withdrew injured. He was not, however, included in the fifteen players named previously.
Newspaper reports state that Cambridge University AFC's H. Rose and Wanderers FC's A.C. Thompson were selected and later replaced.
Walpole Vidal becomes the youngest capped player as Alec Morten becomes the oldest. Harwood Greenhalgh and Charles Chenery become the players with the most England appearances. William Kenyon-Slaney England's top scorer.


Morten - 
Greenhalgh, Howell - 
Goodwyn, Vidal - 
von Donop, Chenery, Clegg, Bonsor -
Heron, Kenyon-Slaney.


Age 23.7/8 (185 days) Appearances/Goals 1.2 0.4


Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: Dark blue shirts, white shorts.
Capt: Robert Gardner, second captaincy. Selectors: Robert Gardner, Queen's Park FC secretary and captain.
Scotland Lineup
1 Gardner, Robert
light blue cap
281 days
31 May 1847 G

Queen's Park FC

2 4 GA
2 Ker, William
no cap
352 days
21 March 1852 Backs Queen's Park FC 2 0
3 Taylor, Joseph
white cap with blue stars
82 days
16 December 1850 Queen's Park FC 2 0
Gibb, William
black cap with magenta stripes
- - Half
Queen's Park FC & Clydesdale FC 1 1
5 Smith, Robert
black cap
311 days
1 May 1848 Queen's Park FC & South Norwood FC, England 2 0
6 Wotherspoon, David
scarlet cowl
333 days
9 April 1849 For Queen's Park FC 2 0
Renny-Tailyour, Henry W.
blue and black cap
150 days
9 October 1849 Royal Engineers FC, England 1 1
8 Kinnaird, Arthur F.
blue and white cap
20 days
16 February 1847 Wanderers FC, England 1 0
9 Blackburn, John E.
 scarlet and blue fez
312 days
30 April 1851 Royal Engineers FC, England 1 0
10 Thomson, James J.
blue cap with white stars
73 days
25 December 1851 Queen's Park FC 2 0
11 MacKinnon, William M.
blue and scarlet cowl
49 days
18 January 1852 Queen's Park FC 2 0


reserves not known
2-2-6 Gardner  -
Ker, Taylor -
Gibb, Smith  -
Wotherspoon, Renny-Tailyour, Kinnaird, Blackburn, Thomson, MacKinnon.


Age 22.8 (196 days) Appearances/Goals 1.6 0.2



Match Report by Chris Goodwin

The teams had three months to prepare for this match, and because of that, they did not disappoint.  

The press of the day noted several players had exceptional games, singling out England forwards Kenyon-Slaney and Vidal for their attacking play and Goodwyn and Howell for their excellent service.  Scotland's London-based forwards Kinnaird and Renny-Tailyour excelled, too, but the Scottish team as a whole could not match England's strength.  

Even the umpires had a busy match, restoring order on numerous occasions when the over-excited crowd spilled onto the playing field.

England responded to last year's scoreless display by adopting the 2-2-6 formation the Scots favoured.  It suited England well.  

Kenyon-Slaney opened the scoring straight from a throw-in after just a minute.  After the teams changed ends following the goal, England continued to push and dominated play.  A shot by Bonsor was initially saved by Gardner, but his mistake allowed the ball to go through the goal-posts.  Yet Scotland were not to be a walk-over.  Kinnaird set up the afternoon's best goal, his excellent dribble allowing Renny-Tailyour to score.

The game settled down to a more even pace until the 20th minute, when Gibb scored Scotland's equaliser from behind a scrimmage.  But that was all for Scotland; they tired and could no longer match England's stamina.  

Thirty minutes later, England struck again, as Kenyon-Slaney scored yet another goal from a throw-in.  After an English onslaught that should have produced several more goals, Chenery secured England's first victory with the team's fourth goal.  

Most of the 3,000 spectators left the ground happy after an exceptional game, which clearly left them eager for more.

If any proof were necessary to evince the growing popularity of the winter game of wielders of the willow, there was sufficient evidence on this occasion to convince the most sceptical that football, if only aided by fine weather, is a game that could take its place among the leading pastimes of the day.

The Scotchmen were opposed to a most formidable eleven, and towards the finish they were certainly overmatched. - Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle - Sunday, 9 March, 1873


It was on 8 March 1873 that William Gladstone, the Prime Minister, met with his Cabinet to discuss the composition of the controversial Irish University Bill, which was eventually defeated in the House of Commons.

Source Notes

Absolute credit must be handed to Andy Mitchell of www.lordkinnaird.com for finding the essential information that is the Match Card, and the long-awaited identity of the Referee.

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