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Saturday, 6 March 1875
Association Friendly Match

England 2 Scotland 2 [1-1]

Match Summary
England Party
Scotland Party
Team Records

The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, Surrey
Kick-off (London Time): 3:20pm.
Attendance: 2,000.

England won toss. Scotland kicked-off.
[1-0] Charles Wollaston circa30
'kicked, following a Birley free-kick'
[2-1] Charlie Alcock 65
breasted from a von Donop corner'.

[1-1] Henry McNiel
[2-2] Peter Andrews circa75
'kicked' after ten minutes further play.

Notes: Three newspapers, including The Standard, state that Bonsor scored the opening goal.


Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]


Played according
to FA rules.



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.
Francis A. Marindin
36 (21 May 1838)
Weymouth, England
J.C. Mackay
Alfred Stair

29 (summer 1845), Greenwich, London, England.

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: "The Englishmen, who represented different clubs, adopted various costumes..."
Capt: Charlie Alcock, only captaincy. Selectors: The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on 24 February 1875.
England Lineup

Carr, William H., on 15 min.

26 late 1848 G

Owlerton FC

1 2 GA
  Haygarth, Edward B. 20
314 days
26 April 1854 Full
Swifts FC, Reading FC, Lancing Old Boys AFC & Wanderers FC 1 0
  Rawson, William S. 20
143 days
14 October 1854
in Cape Town, South Africa
Oxford University AFC, Wanderers FC & Old Westminsters AFC 1 0
  Birley, Francis H. 25 6 March 1850 Wanderers FC 2 0
  von Donop, Pelham G. 23
312 days
28 April 1851 For Royal Engineers FC 2 0
Wollaston, Charles H.R. 25
218 days
31 July 1849 Wanderers FC, Lancing Old Boys AFC & Clapham Rovers FC 2 1
Alcock, Charles W. 32
94 days
2 December 1842 Wanderers FC 1 1
7 Rawson, Herbert E. 22
184 days
3 September 1852
in Port Louis, Mauritius
Royal Engineers FC 1 0
  Bonsor, Alexander G. 23
150 days
7 October 1851 G/F Wanderers FC & Old Etonians AFC 2 1
Heron, G. Hubert H. 22
35 days
30 January 1852 For Wanderers FC & Swifts FC 3 0
  Geaves, Richard L. 20
304 days
6 May 1854
in Mexico
OL Clapham Rovers FC 1 0


reserves not known

team notes:

The original team that was in the morning's papers included Old Etonians AFC's Edgar Lubbock. His place went to William Rawson.
Herbert and William Rawson are brothers.
Hubert Heron equals the record tally of most England appearances, shared with Charles Chenery.
Charlie Alcock becomes England's oldest goalscorer, as well as the oldest to score on his debut.
Eight of these players will not play for England again, a record equalled in the previous match.

 formation not known, but probably 2-2-6



Age 23.5 (175 days)
based on ten players
Appearances/Goals 1.5 0.3


Scotland Team


No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: "The Scotchmen all wore blue jerseys, with lion in red on the left breast, and white knickerbockers"
Capt: Joseph Taylor Selectors: Scottish Football Association Selection Committee
Scotland Lineup
1 Gardner, Robert 27
279 days
31 May 1847 G

Clydesdale FC

4 7 GA
2 Hunter, John - - Backs Glasgow Eastern FC 2 0
3 Taylor, Joseph 24
80 days
16 December 1850 Queen's Park FC 4 0
  McLintock, Alexander - - Half
Vale of Leven FC 1 0
  Kennedy, Alexander - - Glasgow Eastern FC 1 0
  Weir, James B. 23
103 days
23 November 1851 For Queen's Park FC 3 0
  Mackinnon, William M. 23
47 days
18 January 1852 Queen's Park FC 4 0
McNiel, Henry 22/23 1853 Queen's Park FC 2 1
9 Highet, Thomas C. 22/23 1853 Queen's Park FC 1 0
Andrews, Peter - - Glasgow Eastern FC 1 1
11 McPherson, John - - CF

Clydesdale FC

1 0


reserves not known
 2-2-6 Gardner -
Hunter, Taylor -
McLintock, Kennedy -
Weir, Mackinnon, McNiel, Highet, Andrews, McPherson.


Age n/a Appearances/Goals 2.2 0.2



Match Report

Very wet and muddy

Both teams played with great determination and were almost on an equality, the Englishmen having but a trifle the best of it, and when time was called there was little to choose, neither side being able to make any further score.

The Scotchmen were good runners and they had a very excellent goalkeeper, whose office was by no means a sinecure. The Englishmen all played well but, owing to the greasy nature of the turf, dribbling, which is their speciality, was almost out of the question. - Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle, Sunday, 7 March 1875


At the same ground, on the day before the international, the Royal Engineers defeated the holders, Oxford University, 1-0, after extra time, in the F.A. Cup semi-final replay, to reach their third final in the four years of the fledgling competition. Scottish international, Captain Henry Renny-Tailyour scored the goal. The following week’s final, also at the Oval, also went to a replay, before the Engineers lifted the trophy for the first and only time.

It was on 5 March 1875 that the House of Lords debated the reasons why some public entertainment licenses were issued for Ash Wednesday and some were refused.

Source Notes

Scottish Football Association
London Hearts
original newspaper snippet
Cris Freddi's invaluable research
The Football Association Yearbook, various years