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


Match Summary
Scotland Party

England Party
Team Records

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."

Geordie Ker kicked-off
   Glasgow Herald states Campbell did so
Charles Wollaston won toss
[1-0] Geordie Ker 5
 'hard, low, shot' from a corner
[2-1] John Baird 41

 dodged the keeper as a result of Smith run

[3-2] Geordie Ker 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 Ker 48-51 HAT-TRICK
[5-2] Johnny Kay 70
claim of offside turned down
[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 mins, and England's equaliser two minutes after
"Bright, warm spring day with a slight wind, following a day of heavy rain;"

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]


Played according to SFA rules



J. Nicholson
Vale of Leven FC

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

Captain Donald Hamilton

Parkgrove (SFA vice-President)

Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: Dark blue shirts, white shorts.
Capt: Robert Neill Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee
Scotland Lineup


Rowan, Archibald nk not known G

Glasgow Caledonian FC

1 4 GA
  Neill, Robert W. 26
222 days
4 August 1853 Back

Queen's Park FC

5 0
  McLintock, Alexander nk not known

Vale of Leven FC

3 0
  Campbell, Charles, injured off 75th min. broken jaw nk not known Half

Queen's Park FC

7 1


McPherson, John C.M. nk not known

Vale of Leven FC

3 0
  Smith, John 22
1 dy
12 March 1857 For

Mauchline FC

5 1


McNiel, Moses M. 25 late 1854

Rangers FC

2 0
Ker, George nk not known

Queen's Park FC

1 3
2nd hat-trick against England, 2 years after first


McGregor, John C. 28/29 1851

Vale of Leven FC

4 1

Baird, John C. 23
230 days
27 July 1856

Vale of Leven FC

3 2
Kay, John L. nk not known

Queen's Park FC

1 1


not known

team notes:

Charles Campbell had his jaw-bone was seriously bruised in the last 20-15 minutes. Leaving Scotland with one player short.


Rowan -
Neill, McLintock -
Campbell, McPherson -
Smith, McNiel, Ker, McGregor, Baird, Kay.


Age n/a Appearances/Goals 3.2 0.8


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: Charles Wollaston
(only captaincy)
Selectors: The Football Association Committee with secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on 6 March 1880.
England Lineup


  Swepstone, H. Albemarle 21
59 days
14 January 1859 G

Pilgrims FC

1     5 GA
 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 only app
referee at England vs. Wales in 1879


Wollaston, Charles H.R. 30
226 days
31 July 1849 IR Wanderers FC, Lancing Old Boys AFC & Clapham Rovers FC 4 1 final app
The last Wanderer to represent England
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

Bambridge, E. Charles 21
227 days
30 July 1858 IL

Swifts FC

2      4
 most goals

Mosforth, William 22
71 days
2 January 1858 OL

Sheffield Albion FC

5      2
most apps


Tom Marshall (Darwen FC), Charles Learoyd (Royal Engineers FC)

team notes:

The original team line-up included Old Etonians AFC's back Lindsay Bury, his place went to Brindle.


The third time England have scored four or more goals, but the first time they have been defeated.
2-2-6 Swepstone -
Luntley, Brindle -
Bailey, Hunter -
Bastard, Wollaston, Sparks, Widdowson, Bambridge, Mosforth.


Age 25 years 42 days Appearances/Goals 1.8      0.2
oldest team so far =most experienced team so far
"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 In Other News.....

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 realized, 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 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.

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.

Source Notes  
Scottish Football Association
Cris Freddi's England Football Factbook
Andy Mitchell's extensive research
The Football Association Yearbook
James Corbett's England Expects
The Yorkshire Post & Leeds Intelligencer, Monday, 15 March 1880 & Sporting Life, Wednesday, 17 March 1880
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