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Saturday, 6 March 1875
Association Friendly Match
England 2 Scotland 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): 'kick off at twenty minutes past three o'clock','play began at 3.30'.
Attendance: 'in the presence of about 1,500 spectators'

England won toss Scotland kicked-off
[1-0] Charles Wollaston c30
  'kicked, following a Birley free-kick'
Three newspapers, including The Standard, state that Bonsor scored the opening goal.
  [1-1] Henry McNiel c35
[2-1] Charlie Alcock 65
 'glanced off his breast from a von Donop corner'.

  [2-2] Peter Andrews c75
'kicked' after ten minutes further play.

"Very wet and muddy"


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.
Major Francis A. Marindin
36 (21 May 1838)
(Royal Engineers & FA President)
J.C. Mackay
(Hon. secretary SFA)
Alfred Stair

29 (summer 1845), Greenwich, London (asst Hon. secretary FA).

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


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, thus making him, and his brother, Herbert, the first siblings to play for England.
Charlie Alcock was an umpire for the first two international matches, and two more after this point.


Eight of these players will not play for England again, a record equalled in the previous match.
Wanderers, who have broken the club affiliation record in the last two matches, continue to break records by providing seven of the starting XI. A record that will not be broken, but equalled in 1934.

 formation not known, but probably 3(2-1)-7

(Bonsor) Carr -
W.Rawson -
Birley -
von Donop, Wollaston, Alcock,
H.Rawson, Bonsor, Heron, Geaves
Averages: Age 24 years 0-33 days Appearances/Goals 1.5      0.3
=most experienced team so far


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 nk not known Full Backs Glasgow Eastern FC 2 0
3 Taylor, Joseph 24
80 days
16 December 1850 Queen's Park FC 4 0
  McLintock, Alexander nk not known Half
Vale of Leven FC 1 0
  Kennedy, Alexander nk not known 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 nk not known Glasgow Eastern FC 1 1
11 McPherson, John nk not known CF

Clydesdale FC

1 0


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 - Morning Post, Monday, 8 March 1875 In Other News.....

The match which is looked forward to with the greatest interest among the lovers of the dribbling game is undoubtedly that between England and Scotland. For some time past trial matches have taken place both north and south of the Tweed with a view of selecting the best possible players. Saturday was the day appointed for the meeting, and Kennington-oval the rendezvous. The heavy rain which fell in the early part of the day rendered the ground very slippery, and throughout the match falls were frequent, the players representing a rather sorry appearance at the end of an hour and a half's play. The attendance was very large, and the enjoyment of the game rather intense, judging from the shouting. Play began at 3.30, when Scotland, who had lost the toss, kicked off from the gasworks goal. The ball was quickly dribbled to the centre of the ground, where for a few minutes it was kept, when the English, aided by the wind, made a rush at their opponents' goal, and the ball was forced over the line. Scotland then restarted it, and, their forwards being very swift, they managed to elude the vigilance of their opponents, and in turn kicked the ball over the English goal line. Two or three good attacks were now made by the visitors, but these were well turned by Haygarth, whose defensive play throughout was excellent. Hubert Heron now showed some fine dribbling, taking the ball from the lower side of the ground to within a few yards of the Scotch goal; one of the latter's backs, however, managed to return it to the centre of the ground. It was once more taken towards the Scotch goal almost immediately after this, and one of the visitors incautiously violated the rule which forbids handling. The free-kick was very judiciously made by Birley, and Bonsor, being conveniently posted in front of the Scotch goal, kicked the ball under the tape. Ends were changed, and with the wind in their favour, the Scotch made numerous runs into their opponents' territory, and within 10 minutes three of their forwards conducted the ball along the upper side of the ground to within three or four yards of the English goal, when Mr. Neill kicked it between the posts. Matters having thus been equalised, the sides once more crossed over, and some of the best play of the match was now shown. Von Donop made a number of brilliant runs, as did Geaves and Hubert Heron, but for some considerable time these were counteracted by their opponents' back-play, while the Scotch forwards also took the ball several times dangerously near the English goal. At length it became evident that the Southerners were getting a little the best of the fight, and at 25 minutes past four a second goal was placed to their credit. A corner kick had fallen to the lot of the English, and the ball was breasted through by Alcock. For a third time positions were reversed, and having the wind again at their backs, the Scotch were not long before they took the ball into English quarters, and in less than 10 minutes a second goal was kicked for them also. The score was thus brought level, and for the remaining part of the time either side made strenuous efforts to effect the downfall of the other's fortress, but all proved futile, and when "Time" was called at 10 minutes to five the match was declared drawn, each side having kicked two goals.


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.

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, Sunday, 7 March 1875
Source Notes  

The Football Association Yearbook
original newspaper report
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
Gibbs England: The Football Facts

John Maxwell's Scottish International Football Archive (website)
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
The Official History of the England Football Team (DVD)