game of football has long enjoyed great popularity in Scotland, and
there is such a wide field for selection, that in the international
matches they are able to produce very strong teams. Out of the nine
games played against England prior to Saturday last they scored five
victories to their opponents two, the remaining two having been left
drawn. The ground at Kennington Oval on Saturday was in excellent
condition, and the attendance one of the largest that have ever been
seen. Unfortunately, a rather heavy mist hung over the ground. Bailey,
successful in the toss for England, drew up his followers in front of
the western fortress; and Ker set the ball rolling at a quarter past 3
A combined rush was again made by the Scotch forwards, and after one
or two ineffectual attempts to score, M'Neil got possession of the
ball, and passed it well to M'Guire. That player ran it a little way,
and centred it to Smith, who kicked the first goal for Scotland...
Capital passing was once more shown by the Scottish forwards, and
Lindsay shot the ball straight into Hawtrey's hands. The latter struck
it away, but Hill returned to the charge and secured a second goal for
Hargreaves, Mitchell, and Wilson were well to the fore on behalf of
England, and at length Bambridge sent the ball under the bar...
Twice Wilson managed to avert the attack, but Smith returned and sent
the ball through a third time for Scotland.
M'Guire conducted the ball down the ground, middled it to Ker, and
that player kicked it underneath the crossbar, the goalkeeper slipping
in his attempt to stop it...
The corner kick was made by Campbell, who sent the ball right in front
of the posts, between which it was headed by Smith...
Towards the close of the match, the Scotch carried all before them,
and after several unsuccessful efforts, Ker secured another goal for
the northerners. "Time" was immediately called, and Scotland thus won
by six goals to one. In the ten matches now played, the Scotch have
kicked 34 goals and the English 20. -
The Times – Monday 14th