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Saturday, 8 March 1873
Association Friendly Match
England 4 Scotland 2 [2-2]
The teams changed ends after each goal


Match Summary

England Party
Scotland Party
Team Records

The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, Surrey, SE
Kick-off (London Time): "Play began soon after three o'clock".
Attendance: "(upwards of 3,000) was the largest we ever saw"

England kicked off Scotland won toss
[1-0] William Kenyon-Slaney 1/2
 'Scotland had the throw in, but threw the ball too far into the field, where Chenery got the ball and kicked straight for goal, and the goal keeper while stooping to lift the ball and kick it, slipped, and was at once charged by Slaney, who sent the ball under the tape''

[2-0] Alexander Bonsor corner 10
 'The corner kick was taken by Bonsor, who, taking advantage of the strong wind, sent the ball out to be blown into goal. Gardner tried to catch the ball but it slipped through his fingers.'
  [2-1] Henry Renny-Tailyour after10
'Mackinnon lifted the ball over his opponent's head to Renny Tailyour, who safely passed all opponents and kicked a pretty goal '
   [2-2] William Gibb 21
'out of a scrimmage the ball came to Gibb and he put it under the tape'
[3-2] William Kenyon-Slaney 60
 'after a few minutes' scrimmage, Slaney again got the ball past the Scotch goalkeeper, knocking him down in the process.'
[4-2] Charley Chenery 75
 'naturally and patriotically accepting it.'
"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)
(Hon. Secretary of FA)
Archibald Rae
Queen's Park FC
(Hon. Secretary of the Scottish XI)
will play for England in 1875
Theodore Lloyd
38 (7 September 1834)
Bewdley, Worcestershire (Crystal Palace FC)

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: "The Englishmen will, as before, wear white jerseys with the English arms in black 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.
oldest captain
England Lineup

Morten, Alexander
 black cap & brown socks

41/42 1831/32 G

Crystal Palace FC

1 2 GA only app
oldest player so far

Greenhalgh, E. Harwood
 red, white and blue cap

2 days
6 March 1849 Fly-kick Notts County FC 2 0 final app
most apps

Howell, Leonard S.
cerise cap

214 days

6 August 1848

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

Royal Engineers FC

1 0 only app

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

186 days
3 September 1853 Old Westminsters AFC & Oxford University AFC 1 0 only app
youngest player so far
16   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
most apps
17 7 Clegg, William E.
blue cap
321 days
21 April 1852 Wednesday FC 1       0
18 Bonsor, Alexander G.
light blue and red cap
152 days
7 October 1851 Wanderers FC & Old Etonians FC 1       1
  youngest player to score so far
19   Heron, G. Hubert H.
blue cap with yellow crest & blue socks
37 days
30 January 1852 Uxbridge FC, Wanderers FC & Swifts FC 1       0
20 Kenyon-Slaney, William S.
white shorts & dark socks
196 days
24 August 1847
in Rajkot, India
Wanderers FC & Old Etonians FC 1 2 only app
  oldest player to score so far most gls


not known

team notes:

One source suggests 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.
William Clegg is the younger brother of Charlie, a fellow party member, who also appeared in the previous match.


A new record is established in just the second game when Wanderers' provided four of the starting XI. If Hooman and Thompson has started, it could have been as much as six.


Morten - 
(Clegg), Howell - 
Goodwyn, Vidal - 
von Donop, Chenery, Clegg
(Greenhalgh), Bonsor -
Heron, Kenyon-Slaney.
notes: "Till now Greenhalgh had been fly-kick, but he was now sent forward and Clegg to fly-kick."


Age 24 years 42-109 days Appearances/Goals 1.2      0.4
oldest team so far


Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: "played in blue jerseys with a lion on the left breast in white with white knickerbockers and dark stockings."
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
nk not known 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


not known

team notes:

"The majority of the Scotch players left Glasgow on Thursday evening last and put up at the Inns of Court Hotel."
2-2-6 Gardner  -
Ker, Taylor -
Gibb, Smith  -
Wotherspoon, Renny-Tailyour, Kinnaird, Blackburn, Thomson, MacKinnon.


Age 23 years 51 days (10 players) Appearances/Goals 1.6 0.2
"After the match the Scotch team were entertained to dinner by their opponents in Freemasons' Tavern, Great Queen Street." - Daily Mail, Monday, 10 March 1873


Match Report - Morning Post, Monday, 10 March 1873 In Other News.....

On Saturday the International Football Match between England and Scotland took place on Kennington Oval. The ball had scarcely been kicked off when England, with a determined and lively rush, bore it down to the Scottish quarters, and in less than two minutes Mr. Kenyon-Slaney, of the Household Brigade, had secured the first goal for England in the face of the wind. The sides were quickly changed, and five minutes more had not elapsed before Mr. A. G. Bonsor had secured another. It was thought that Scotland was altogether overmatched by the lively Southerners, and that the game would prove very uninteresting. But Scotland, slower to get away, on the whole less active, pulled themselves together with a will. Suddenly organising a raid, the whole pack rushed on together, and Mr. Renny-Tailyour, by fine play, forced the ball between the posts amidst cheering from Scotland. The fourth goal was also scored by Scotland, but though playing all day with determined pluck and spirit, here the Northern luck ended, and two more goals were secured by Mr. Kenyon-Slaney and Mr. C. J. Chenery. Then, when time was called, out of six goals England had won four, and was, moreover, full of running and activity to the last.

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, Sunday, 9 March 1973.

  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.

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.
Source Notes  

The Football Association Yearbook
original newspaper reports

Bryon Butler's The Official History of the Football Association
Douglas Lamming's A Century of English International Football 1872-1972 & 1872-1988
Douglas Lamming's A Scottish Internationalists' Who's Who 1872-1986
Cris Freddi's England Football Factbook
Nick Gibbs England: The Football Facts
Brian James' England v Scotland

John Maxwell's Scottish International Football Archive (website)

Andy Mitchell's First Elevens: The birth of international football
David Rice (ElectricScotland.com)
Jack Rollin's Rothmans Book of Football Records
The Scottish Football Association, Scottish Match Archive
Mark Shaoul & Tony Williamson's Forever England: A History of the National Side
Michael Southwick's Cuthbert Ottaway: England's First Football Captain
The Official History of the England Football Team (DVD)