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Saturday, 2 March 1878
Association Friendly Match

Scotland 7 England 2 [4-0]


Match Summary
Scotland Party

England Party
Team Records

Hampden Park, Hampden Terrace, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Kick-off (London Time): 3:30pm.
Attendance: 10,000, possibly another 5,000 outside.

Scotland won toss. England kicked-off.
[1-0] John McDougall 7
'safely landed'
[2-0] John McGregor 32
[3-0] Harry McNiel 39
[4-0] John McDougall 41
[5-0] John McDougall 46 HATTRICK
[6-0] Billy MacKinnon 62
[7-1] Harry McNiel 70
'rounded keeper'
[6-1] John Wylie 65
[7-2] Arthur Cursham 75



Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]


Played according
to SFA rules.



G. Turner
Edinburgh University, Scotland
R.B. Colquhoun
Lennox, Scotland
(SFA Vice-President)
A. Dick

Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: Dark blue shirts, white shorts.
Capt: Charles Campbell Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, on 25 February 1878.
Scotland Lineup

Gardner, Robert

30 31 May 1847 G Clydesdale FC 5 11 GA
2 McIntyre, Andrew 22 9 August 1855 Backs Vale of Leven FC 1 0
4 Vallance, Thomas A., off 65 min 21/22 1856 Rangers FC 3 0
4 Campbell, Charles - - Half

Queen's Park FC

5 1
5 Kennedy, Alexander - - Third Lanark Rifle Volunteers FC 4 0
  Richmond, James T. 19 22 March 1858 For

Queen's Park FC

2 1
McGregor, John C. 26/27 1851

Vale of Leven FC

3 1
McDougall, John 24/25 1853

Vale of Leven FC

3 3
9 Highet, Thomas C. 24/25 1853 Queen's Park FC 4 1
MacKinnon, William M. 26 18 January 1852 Queen's Park FC 8 3
McNiel, Henry 24/25 1853 Queen's Park FC 6 5


reserves not known

team notes:

Thomas Vallance was hurt in the melee that was England's first goal.  He was forced to retire from the match.


Gardner -
McIntyre, Vallance -
Campbell, Kennedy -
Richmond, McGregor, McDougall, Highet, MacKinnon, McNiel.


Age n/a Appearances/Goals 4.0 1.4


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: White shirts with the English Arms in black on the breast, white shorts and dark blue caps.
Capt: Arthur Cursham, first captaincy. Selectors: The Football Association Committee with secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on 23 February 1878.
England Lineup

Warner, Conrad

27 14 April 1850 G

Upton Park FC

1 7 GA
2 Hunter, John 25 Summer 1852 Half

Heeley FC, Providence FC, Wednesday Club & Sheffield Albion FC

1 0
3 Lyttelton, Edward 22 23 July 1855 Cambridge University AFC & Old Etonians AFC 1 0
4 Jarrett, Beaumont Griffiths 22 18 July 1855 Cambridge University AFC & Old Harrovians AFC & Grantham FC 3 0
5 Bailey, Norman C. 20 23 July 1857

Old Westminsters AFC & Clapham Rovers FC

1 0
  Fairclough, Percy 20 1 February 1858 For

Old Foresters AFC

1 0
Wylie, John G. 23 late 1854

Wanderers FC & Sheffield FC

1 1
Cursham, Arthur W. 24 14 March 1853 Notts County FC 3 1
9 Wace, Henry 24 21 September 1853

Wanderers FC & Clapham Rovers FC

1 0
10 Heron, G. Hubert H. 26 30 January 1852 Wanderers FC & Swifts FC 5 0
11 Mosforth, William 20 2 January 1858

Sheffield Albion FC

2 0


reserves not known

team notes:

The original line-up included Cambridge University AFC's Lindsay Bury and Royal Engineers FC's Robert Hedley. Their places went to Lyttlelton and Wace.
Hubert Heron is England's record appearance holder, in this, his final match.
This is the first time that England have lost three matches in a row.
2-2-6 Warner -
Hunter, Lyttelton -
Jarrett, Bailey -
Fairclough, Wylie, Cursham, Wace, Mosforth, Heron.


Age 23.0 Appearances/Goals 1.8 0.2


Match Report

Fine, in general, with a slight shower through the match. A stiff wind prevailed.

"The England players we had down this time were a splendid lot of players individually, but to my idea they played very selfishly, each one of them appearing to play for himself and not for the success of the side" - 'A Disgusted Englishman' - Bell's Life, 1878

The cause was not so much the want of English pluck and endurance as the superiority shown by the Scotch in playing together, power, and the result of incessant practice. The strangers fought bravely and well but the hardy Scots fought better, and the game was won. - Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle - Sunday 3rd March, 1878

About 15,000 spectators were present at Hampden-park, near Glasgow, on Saturday, to witness the seventh annual match between England and Scotland, under Association Rules. Unfortunately, heavy rains on Thursday and Friday caused the ground to be in a very moist, slippery condition on the Saturday. A close contest had been anticipated, although it was generally admitted that the English possessed a stronger team than their rivals. The home team always have an advantage, however, in having a larger number of players to select from, owing to the difficulty in getting players to travel so far north or south, as the case may be. The consequence was that Scotland sent a very formidable 11 into the field, and as they were lighter and passed the ball better than the Southerners, the result was an easy victory.

The Scotch were successful in the toss, and chose to play at first with the wind, which blew rather strongly, at their backs. With this powerful ally they soon pushed the warfare into the enemy's territory, and it was not long before M'Dougal kicked a goal for Scotland. This was soon after followed by a second goal obtained by M'Gregor. The English now strove hard to stem the tide, which appeared to have set in so unfavourably against them. They were unable to do so, however, as before half-time had arrived the Scotch had doubled their previous score, M'Neil and Highet each being credited with a goal. With the change of ends and with the wind at their backs it was expected that a change would follow in the fortunes of the Southerners. But their hopes were soon dispelled, as a minute had hardly passed before M'Dougal kicked a fifth goal for Scotland, and M'Kinnon a few minutes later obtained a sixth. A check to these continued successes was now made through a combined rush on the part of the English forwards, and Wace getting in possession of the ball, kicked it between the posts. This success, however, was of short duration, as M'Neil quickly scored a seventh goal for Scotland. Before the conclusion of the match the Southerners made another raid into their opponents' territory, and a second goal was secured. "Time" was soon afterwards called, and the Scotch were pronounced victors by seven goals to two. Of the seven matches which have been played, Scotland claims four victories, England one, and two games have been drawn. - The Times - Monday 4th March, 1878


It was on 3 March 1878 that Russian forces liberated Bulgaria at the Treaty of San Stefano after 500 years as part of the Ottoman Empire.

Source Notes

Cuthbert Ottaway, England's first ever captain, died a month after this match, on 2 April 1878.

Scottish Football Association
London Hearts
The Independent, 4 March 1878
Cris Freddi's England Football Factbook
The Football Association Yearbook
James Corbett's England Expects