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13 vs. Scotland

Saturday, 13 March 1880
Association Friendly Match
Scotland 5 England 4 [3-2]

Hampden Park, Hampden Terrace, Prospect Hill, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Kick-off (London Time): "The teams entered the enclosure at 3.30p.m."

Attendance: 'It being computed that 9,000 passed the gates.'; 'over 12,000 spectators were present."; 'in presence of over fifteen thousand spectators."; "no less than 15,000 people being present.'; 'variously estimated at 15,000.'; 'It is computed that between 15,000 and 16,000 persons...'; '...before a concourse of 20,000 people."
England's second visit to Hampden Park, but fifth to Glasgow, to Lanarkshire and to Scotland

Geordie Kerr kicked-off
   Glasgow Herald states Campbell did so
Charles Wollaston won the toss
[1-0] Geordie Kerr 5
 'hard, low, shot' from a corner
England's second ever equalising goal>
[2-1] John Baird 41
 dodged the keeper as a result of Smith run
England's third ever equalising goal>
[3-2] Geordie Kerr 44
send the leather between the posts

Billy Mosforth 6
'smart shot'

[2≡2] Charlie Bambridge 42
'clever low shot' from a Bastard pass
[4-2] Geordie Kerr 48-51 HAT-TRICK
[5-2] Johnny Kay 70
claim for offside were dismissed
Charles Campbell injured - ten men 75

[5-3] Francis Sparks 85
'hard-in, off the post'
[5-4] Charlie Bambridge 88-89
Glasgow Herald and The Sportsman state the first goal came after 15 min and the equaliser two min after
"Bright, warm spring day with a slight wind, following a day of heavy rain;" Played according to SFA rules.

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]


Team Records

England Party


James Nicholson
Vale of Leven FC
(SFA committee member)

William Pierce Dix
26 (winter 1853)
Eccleshall, Sheffield
(Sheffield FA Hon. secretary)

Captain Donald Hamilton

34 (6 April 1845), Kilmory, Bute
 (SFA vice-President
Scotland Team
Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours Dark blue shirts, white shorts.
Captain Robert Neill Selection Following two trial matches in the previous fortnight, The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee
P 2 of 2, W 2 - D 0 - L 0 - F 14 - A 4. team chosen in Glasgow, on Saturday evening, 6 March 1880.
Scotland Lineup
49   Rowan, Archibald 24
161 days
4 October 1855 G Glasgow Caledonian FC 1 4ᵍᵃ
  Neill, Robert Walker 26
222 days
4 August 1853 Back Queen's Park FC 5 0
final app 1876-80
  McLintock, Alexander 26/27 1853 Vale of Leven FC 3 0
final app 1875-80
  Campbell, Charles, injured off (broken jaw) 75th min. 26
53 days
20 January 1854 Half
Queen's Park FC 7 1
  McPherson, John Campbell McLeod 24/25 1854 Vale of Leven FC 3 0
  Smith, John 23
1 day
12 March 1857 For Mauchline FC 5 1
  McNiel, Moses McLay 24
136 days
29 October 1855 Rangers FC 2 0
final app 1876-80
50 Kerr, George 20
16 days
26 February 1860 Queen's Park FC 1 3
the second hat-trick against England
  McGregor, John Cunningham 29
22 days
20 February 1851 Vale of Leven FC 4 1
final app 1877-80
Baird, John Campbell 23
230 days
27 July 1856 Vale of Leven FC 3 2
final app 1876-80
51 Kay, John Leck 22
189 day
6 September 1857 Queen's Park FC 1 1
reserves: back/half-back; David Davidson (Queen's Park FC); forward:- James Douglas (Renfrew FC)
team notes: Charles Campbell had his jaw-bone seriously bruised in the last 20-15 minutes. Leaving Scotland with one player short.
George Kerr is often found as Ker in history books - but definitely baptised a Kerr in Govan. He is the younger brother of William, who played for Scotland in the first two fixtures.
 2-2-6 Rowan -
Neill, McLintock -
Campbell, McPherson -
Smith, McNiel, Kerr, McGregor, Baird, Kay.
Averages: Age 24 years 239-306 days Appearances/Goals 3.2 0.8
England Team
Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours White crew necked shirts with the English Arms in black on the breast, dark shorts and dark blue caps.
With the exception of Norman Bailey, who wore a collared jersey

Charles Wollaston Selection Following two trial matches, The Football Association Committee with secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence
only match, W 0 - D 0 - L 1 - F 4 - A 5. P 10 of 31, W 3 - D 2 - L 5 - F 21 - A 29.
  team chosen at The Oval, on Saturday, 6 March 1880
England Lineup
(a new record low seven changes to the previous match)
11   Swepstone, H. Albemarle 21
59 days
14 January 1859 G Pilgrims FC 1 5ᵍᵃ


 71   Luntley, Edwin 22
320 days
28 April 1857 RB Nottingham Forest FC 1 0
 72   Brindle, William 26
294 days
24 May 1853 LB Darwen FC 1 0
  Bailey, Norman C. 22
234 days
23 July 1857 Half
Old Westminsters AFC & Clapham Rovers FC 4 0
  Hunter, John 28
213 days
13 August 1851 Heeley FC & Providence FC 2 0
73 Bastard, Segar R. 26
48 days
25 January 1854 OR Upton Park FC 1 0
refereed the England-Wales fixture in 1879, will umpire in 2 days & referee again in 1881 & 1882 only app 1880
  Wollaston, Charles H.R. 30
226 days
31 July 1849 IR Wanderers FC, Lancing Old Boys AFC & Clapham Rovers FC 4 1
was an umpire in 1879 & will be in 1885 The last Wanderer to represent England final app 1874-80
Sparks, Francis J. 24
253 days
4 July 1855 Centre
Hertfordshire Rangers FC & Clapham Rovers FC 2      1


Widdowson, Sam W. 28
332 days
16 April 1851 Nottingham Forest FC 1 0
only app 1880
Bambridge, E. Charles 21
227 days
30 July 1858 IL Swifts FC 2 4
scorer of England's third brace  most gls
Mosforth, William 22
71 days
2 January 1858 OL Sheffield Albion FC 5 2
=mst aps
reserves: Charles Learoyd (Royal Engineers FC), Tom Marshall (Darwen FC)
team changes: The original team line-up included Old Etonians AFC's back Lindsay Bury, his place went to Brindle.
Charlie Bambridge's brother, Ernest, played for England in 1876.
appearance notes: Charles Wollaston and Norman Bailey are the fourth and fifth players to have made four England appearances.
Billy Mosforth is the first player to make five consecutive England appearances.
goalscoring records: The third time England have scored four or more goals, but the first time they have been defeated.
Charlie Bambridge becomes the first player to score two goals in a single match in two separate matches, as well as becoming England's top goalscorer at this venue.
Billy Mosforth and then Bambridge are the first and second England players to score in consecutive matches, in so doing, become the first players to score in two different matches. Mosforth also becomes the most experienced England player to score a goal.
Of the 21 goals England have now scored, three have been equalising goals. Mosforth is the first English player to score an equaliser, and in this match, the first time England have scored two.
2-2-6 Swepstone -
Luntley, Brindle -
Bailey, Hunter -
Bastard, Wollaston, Sparks, Widdowson, Bambridge, Mosforth.
Averages: Age 25 years 41 days Appearances/Goals 1.8 0.2
oldest starting XI until 1892 =most experienced team until next match
"The players afterwards dined together at the Grand Hotel." - The Times, Monday, 15 March
England previous teams vs. Scotland:
1879: Birkett Christian Morse Prinsep Bailey Hills Goodyer Wace Sparks Bambridge Mosforth
1880: Swepstone Luntley Brindle Bailey Hunter Bastard Wollaston Sparks Widdowson
       Match Report The Times, Monday, 15 March 1880

Saturday last was the day appointed for the ninth annual match between England and Scotland according to Association rules. The heavy rain which fell in Glasgow on Friday caused many fears lest it should continue on the following day. Fortunately, however, these were not realised, as the weather was gloriously fine, and over 12,000 spectators were present at Hampden-park. Scotland set the ball rolling against the wind; but it was soon returned by the English forwards, and a shot at goal was made by them, but the ball went about half a yard the wrong side of the post...
The game had lasted about a quarter of an hour before anything of a definite character was secured. Ker then got in possession of the ball, and placed the first goal to the credit of Scotland. This thoroughly called forth the enthusiasm of the large number of people present, but their cause for exultation was short-lived, as Mosforth quickly shot the ball through for the Southerners, it having been well passed to him by Bambridge. For some little time after this the English kept the play in close proximity to their rivals' posts, causing the goal-keeper some anxiety. A claim of "hands," however, was given in favour of Scotland who, thus aided, drove their assailants back and carried the warfare into England's domains when, despite the activity of Swepstone, Baird kicked a second goal for his side. The visitors, however, were bent on not leaving them long in possession of this advantage, and Bambridge, who kept well on the ball throughout, got another goal for England. The score having been thus equalized for a second time the contest became keener than ever, and a few minutes before half-time Ker kicked a third goal for Scotland. Ends had changed, and the ball had not long been restarted, before Ker obtained a fourth goal. Level play ensued, but the home team again asserted their superiority, and Kay once more sent the ball between the posts. An accident to Campbell now caused his retirement, and the English played up in a style which soon threatened to take the victory out of the hands of their opponents. The ball was taken in front of the home team's fortress, and out of a loose scrimmage, it was shot under the cross-bar. Thus encouraged, England continued to press their rivals, and within three minutes of the last success Bambridge gained a fourth...
The teams were very evenly matched in both weight and skill, and although the ground was rather heavy, the play was pretty fast. The players afterwards dined together at the Grand Hotel. 

       In Other News....
It was on 13 March 1880 that the Leader of the Opposition, Lord Hartington was a calming influence as he addressed thousands of people in a weaving shed in Accrington at the beginning of the Liberal party's ultimately successful election campaign.   In the seventh annual universities match at Kennington Oval, Oxford were the favourites, but suffered a third successive defeat to Cambridge, by 3-1, despite taking an early lead; Cambridge thus completing the first hat-trick of victories.
       Source Notes
original newspaper reports
Scottish Football Association
Cris Freddi's England Football Factbook
Andy Mitchell's extensive research
The Football Association Yearbook
James Corbett's England Expects
John Treleven
Scottish Football Museum