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14 vs. Ireland
16 vs. Wales
Saturday, 11 March 1882
International Friendly Match

Scotland 5 England 1 [2-1]

Match Summary
Scotland Party
England Party

Team Records

Hampden Park, Hampden Terrace, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Attendance: 10,000 [a further 5,000 were watching from the surrounding slopes]'
Kick-off 3.30pm GMT

Scotland - William Harrower ('shot through' 15), George Ker ('placed' 43, 'beautiful shot' 70), Robert McPherson ('kicked' 46), John Kay ('sent the ball through' 85);
England - Howard Vaughton ('kicked the leather' 35).
Results 1872-90

Scotland won toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]




Umpires -
Segar R. Bastard
28 (25 January 1854), Upton Park FC, London
(replaced Major Marindin)
T. Anderson

Referee -
John Wallace
Beith, Scotland
(SFA Vice-President).

Played according to London Association rules.

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
An experimental law is introduced, that empowers the referee to award a goal in cases where, in his opinion, a goal has been prevented from a deliberate handball by the defending team.  It lasts one season only, and it is unknown as to whether it resulted in any England goals in 1881-82.

Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: Blue and white hooped collared jerseys, with a gold crest;
Capt: Charles Campbell Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee
Scotland Lineup
  Gillespie, George 22 22 June 1859 G

Rangers FC

4 4 GA
  Watson, Andrew 25 26 May 1856
born in British Guiana

Queen's Park FC

3 0
  McIntyre, Andrew 26 9 August 1855 B

Vale of Leven FC

2 0
  Campbell, Charles - - HB

Queen's Park FC

9 1
  Miller, Peter - - HB

Dumbarton FC

1 0
  Fraser, M.J. Eadie - - F

Queen's Park FC

2 0
  Anderson, William - - F

Queen's Park FC

1 0
Ker, George - - F

Queen's Park FC

4 9
Harrower, William 20 18 October 1861 F

Queen's Park FC

1 1
Kay, John L. - - F

Queen's Park FC

2 2
McPherson, Robert - - F

Arthurlie FC

1 1


not known
2-2-6 Gillespie -
Watson, MacIntyre -
Campbell, Miller -
Fraser, Anderson, Ker, Harrower, Kay, McPherson.


Age tbc Appearances/Goals 2.7 0.7


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Norman Bailey, second captaincy. Selectors: The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on Tuesday, 7 March 1882.
England Lineup
  Swepstone, H. Albemarle 23 14 January 1859 G

Pilgrims FC & Corinthians FC

2 10 GA
  Greenwood, Doctor H.,  injured 21 31 October 1860 RB

Blackburn Rovers FC

2 0
  Jones, Alfred 20 early 1861 LB

Walsall Swifts FC

1 0
  Bailey, Norman C. 24 23 July 1857 HB

Clapham Rovers FC

6 0
  Hunter, John 29 summer 1852 HB Heeley FC, Providence FC, Wednesday Club & Sheffield Albion FC 6 0
  Cursham, Henry A. 22 27 November 1859 OR

Notts County FC & Corinthians FC

3 1
  Parry, Edward H. 26 24 April 1855
in Canada

Old Carthusians AFC, Swifts FC & Remnants FC

2 0
Vaughton, O. Howard 21 9 January 1861 CF Aston Villa FC 2 6
  Brown, Arthur 23 3 December 1858 CF Aston Villa FC 2 4
  Bambridge, E. Charles 23 30 July 1858 IL

Swifts FC

5 6
  Mosforth, William 24 2 January 1858 OL

Wednesday FC

8 2


Arthur Mallinson (Barnsley Wanderers FC, goal), Edwin Buttery (Heeley FC, half-back), William Page, E.J. Wilson (both Old Carthusians AFC, forwards) and Percivall Parr (Oxford University AFC, centre).

team notes:

Old Carthusians AFC's James Prinsep withdrew from the original line-up because of injury, his place going to Hunter. Greenwood, who had made the journey instead of Buttery, took the place of Royal Engineers FC's Bruce Bremner Russell.
For the first time, England have started with only one new player, having not done so with less than two so far, thus making this the most experienced England team so far.
Howard Vaughton equals Charlie Bambridge's record of six England goals.
Albemarle Swepstone becomes the first goalkeeper to earn a second appearance.
2-2-6 Swepstone -
Greenwood, Jones -
Bailey, Hunter -
Cursham, Parry, Vaughton, Brown, Bambridge, Mosforth.


Age 23.2 Appearances/Goals 3.5 1.6

England teams v. Scotland:

1881: Hawtrey Wilson Field Hunter Bailey Holden Rostron Macauley Mitchell Bambridge Hargreaves
1882: Swepstone Greenwood Jones Bailey Hunter Cursham Parry Vaughton Brown Bambridge Mosforth


    Match Report

The international football match between England and Scotland, under Association rules, was played at Glasgow on Saturday before 15,000 spectators. Both countries were well represented, but the Scotchmen were the favourites. A stiff breeze prevailed during the progress of the game, but even with this advantage in their favour the Scotchmen did not make much of it, half-time being called with the score at - Scotland, two goals; England, one. The second half, however, proved disastrous to the Englishmen, who seemed to have shot their bolt in defending their goal in the first half, because they did not play so well and could not retain the ball when they did get possession. The consequence was that a third goal was soon added, and in a short time a fourth fell to the Scotchmen, who, hemming in their opponents, surrounded their goal continually. Five minutes before the call of time a fifth goal fell to Scotland, and the match was brought to a close before the Englishmen could increase their score of one goal. - The Times - Monday 13th March, 1882

There can be little doubt, if the contest had been played under Scottish rules, it certainly would have been a much prettier game to look at... - North British Daily Mail - Monday 13th March, 1882


It was on 10 March 1882 that Roderick Maclean was charged with high treason in attempting to assassinate Queen Victoria by shooting at her carriage the previous week. He was found 'not guilty, but insane' and sent to Broadmoor Asylum for the rest of his life.

Source Notes

Watson was born in Georgetown, British Guiana, to a 51-year-old plantation manager and former slave owner called Peter Miller Watson, originally from Orkney, and Anna (or Hannah) Rose. He was almost certainly illegitimate and even his date of birth is open to question [ed. 26 May 1856]. Generally quoted as 18 May 1857, this does not tally with his age on later documentation such as census returns and marriage certificates, which all make him a year older. As an infant, he left the colony with his father and older sister Annetta for a life in England, apparently abandoning the mother.

When Peter Watson died in 1869, he left his children a vast fortune of £35,000, the equivalent of many millions today. It gave his son financial security for life, but it must have been a lonely childhood for the boy, who was educated at a succession of boarding schools in England. Being of mixed race would have made it even harder, but he came through the experience and, in 1875, enrolled at Glasgow University to study Mathematics, Natural Philosophy and Civil Engineering. However, he left after just one year to start an engineering apprenticeship and, in 1877, married 17-year-old Jessie Armour; they soon had two children, Rupert and Agnes.

Meanwhile, he came to national prominence as a superb footballer. With his first senior club, Parkgrove, he showed enough promise to be chosen to represent Glasgow, and was invited to join the country's premier side, Queen's Park. He won his first medal almost immediately in the Glasgow Charity Cup final of 1880 and quickly established himself as an outstanding full back, being selected as the captain of Scotland against England and winning the Scottish Cup in his first season with Queen's Park. He played in two further emphatic victories over England and Wales, both games ending 5-1, and would certainly have won more caps but, in the summer of 1882 having won the Scottish Cup for a second time and at the height of his footballing powers, he moved to London for work at a time when only home-based Scots were selected.

Tragedy struck that autumn as his wife Jessie died. Their two children were sent back to Glasgow to live with their grandparents, leaving Watson to continue not just with his engineering career but also as a footballer. For the next three seasons he played in the FA Cup for London side Swifts, getting as far as the quarter-finals, and turning out on occasion for other clubs, including Brentwood and Pilgrims. More significantly in terms of his social status, he was sufficiently well regarded not just as a player but as a gentleman amateur to be invited in to join the exclusive Corinthians club. He toured with them twice, the highlight being an 8-1 crushing of FA Cup holders Blackburn Rovers in 1884.

As a man of independent means, Watson could afford to travel regularly to Glasgow to turn out for Queen's Park, mostly for charity cup ties but also for the opening of the second Hampden Park. He came back for a year to take part in the club's successful campaign which brought him his third Scottish Cup winner's medal in 1886 and, in February 1887, married second wife Eliza Kate Tyler.

That summer they moved from Glasgow to Liverpool, where he found not just work as a maritime engineer, but also enjoyed a football swansong. He was recruited by Bootle FC, an ambitious club who were Everton's main rivals and reached the FA Cup fifth round.

They offered wages and signing-on fees to a number of prominent players, with Watson the star attraction, and an interesting question about his involvement with Bootle is whether he was paid, having previously been an amateur. If he was, Watson would be the first black man to play football professionally, a distinction usually accorded to Englishman Arthur Wharton, who turned professional in 1889.

From his Merseyside base, Watson spent the next 20 years working on ships and sat Board of Trade exams to qualify as an engineer.

He and Eliza had two children, Henry and Phyllis but, although he was often away, there is some evidence he was not a completely absent father, as in the autumn of 1901 they all travelled from Liverpool to the USA. Meanwhile, Watson's son and daughter from his first marriage remained in Glasgow with their grandparents and never joined his new family. It seems a sad arrangement, but it was perhaps because he was at sea for long periods of time, and did not think he could have been much of a father to them.

After Watson retired, he and the family moved to the west London suburbs at Kew, where he died of pneumonia at 88 Forest Road on 8 March 1921, aged 64. Unnoticed by the media and the football establishment, he was buried in Richmond Cemetery (as his wife and daughter also would be in later years). Andrew Watson pre-dates two other prominent black football pioneers, Arthur Wharton and Walter Tull, who have memorials to mark their lives. Now that his last resting place is finally known, it opens the door for a similar commemoration of the achievements of this gentleman Scot. - Andy Mitchell and his excellent research, March 2013

Andrew Watson (top centre) with members of the Scottish team (right) that played against England at the Hampden Park on the 11 March 1882.  Scotland played in blue and white hoops. - The Glasgow Story

England Football Factbook: Cris Freddi
Andy Mitchell's Scottish Sport History website
Scottish Football Association
England Expects: James Corbett
The Story of Association Football.: J.A.H. Catton
100 Great Black Britons
Scottish Football Museum
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