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Saturday, 11 March 1882
Association Friendly Match

Scotland 5 England 1 [2-1]

Hampden Park, Hampden Terrace, Prospect Hill, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Kick-off (GMT):
'soon after half-past three'
Attendance: 'estimated that 10,000 persons were inside the ground'; 'before about 12,000 spectators'; 'presence of 12,000 spectators'.

Charles Campbell won the toss Arthur Brown kicked-off
[0-0] McIntyre free-kick scores: disallowed
William Harrower 15
 'shot through' -
an appeal for offside was allowed by England's umpire, but not upheld by the referee.

[2-1] Geordie Kerr 43

[1-1] Howard Vaughton
'Gillespie caught it with his foot, he slipped and the ball was smartly put thro by Vaughton'
[3-1] Robert McPherson 46
 'kicked' -
disputed but allowed by the referee
[4-1] Geordie Kerr 70
 'beautiful shot'

[5-1] Johnny Kay 85

 'sent the ball through' - offside, allowed by the ref.

[5-1] after a scrimmage the ball hit the post


Played according to FA rules.

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]


Team Records




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.
Segar Richard Bastard
28 (25 January 1854)
Upton Park FC
(replaced Major Marindin)
Thomas Anderson
Renfrew FC President
played against Scotland in 1880
John Wallace
(SFA vice-president).

Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: 'the Scotchmen having adopted a new jersey, the well-known blue and white stripes of the Edinburgh Academicals, with the Scottish lion worked in gold as a badge.'
Capt: Charles Campbell⁹
P 7 - W 6 - D 0 - L 1 - F 31 - A 10
Selectors: Following a trial match, The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, chose the on Tuesday, 7 March 1882.
"The committee do not chose players because they play well in a trial match; they choose them on the form revealed throughout the season." - Wednesday, 8 March, 1882, The Athletic News
Scotland Lineup
Gillespie, George 22
344 days
1 April 1858 G

Rangers FC

4 4ᵍᵃ
  Watson, Andrew 25
291 days
24 May 1856
in Demerara, British Guiana

Queen's Park FC

3 0
final app 1881-82
  McIntyre, Andrew 26
214 days
9 August 1855 LB

Vale of Leven FC

2 0
  Campbell, Charles 28
50 days
20 January 1854 Half

Queen's Park FC

9 1
  Miller, Peter nk not known

Dumbarton FC

1 0
  Fraser, Malcolm John Eadie 22
7 days
4 March 1860
in Ontario, Canada

Queen's Park FC

2 0
  Anderson, William nk not known IR

Queen's Park FC

1 0
Kerr, George 22
13 days
26 February 1860 Centre

Queen's Park FC

4 9
Harrower, William 20
144 days
18 October 1861

Queen's Park FC

1 1
the tenth debutant to score against England
Kay, John L. nk not known IL

Queen's Park FC

2 2
McPherson, Robert nk not known OL

Arthurlie FC

1 1
only app 1882


not known

team notes:

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.


George Kerr has now scored seven goals against England, making him the record opposing goalscorer.
2-2-6 Gillespie -
Watson, MacIntyre -
Campbell, Miller -
Fraser, Anderson, Kerr, Harrower, Kay, McPherson.


Age tbc Appearances/Goals 2.7 0.7


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: 'dressed in white jerseys and blue knickerbockers'
Capt: Norman Bailey¹⁵
P 2 - W 0 - D 0 - L 2 - F 2 - A 11.
Selectors: Following a trial match, The Football Association Committee, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, chose two teams on Tuesday, 7 March 1882.
P 15 - W 5 - D 2 - L 8 - F 39 - A 43.
England Lineup
(a record-equalling low six changes to the previous match)
  Swepstone, H. Albemarle 23
56 days
14 January 1859 G

Pilgrims FC & Corinthians FC

2 10ᵍᵃ
=most gk apps
  Greenwood, Doctor H.,
131 days
31 October 1860 RB

Blackburn Rovers FC

2 0
final app 1882
97   Jones, Alfred 21 early 1861 LB

Walsall Swifts FC

1      0
  Bailey, Norman C. 24
231 days
23 July 1857 Half

Clapham Rovers FC

6      0
  Hunter, John 30
210 days
13 August 1851 Heeley FC, Providence FC, Wednesday FC & Sheffield Albion FC 6      0
  Cursham, Henry A. 22
104 days
27 November 1859 OR

Notts County FC & Corinthians FC

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

Old Carthusians AFC, Swifts FC & Remnants FC

2      0
Vaughton, O. Howard 21
61 days
9 January 1861 Centre
Aston Villa FC 2      6
=mst gls
  Brown, Arthur 23
98 days
3 December 1858 Aston Villa FC 2      4
Brown is 8500 days old
  Bambridge, E. Charles 23
224 days
30 July 1858 IL

Swifts FC

5      6 
=mst gls
  Mosforth, William 24
68 days
2 January 1858 OL

Wednesday FC

8      2
most apps


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

team notes:

"The English team, it is expected, will arrive at the Central Station from London at eight o'clock to-night, and take up their quarters at the Bath Hotel." - Friday, 10 March 1882, Glasgow Evening Citizen
Old Carthusians AFC's James Prinsep withdrew from the original line-up because of injury, his place going to Hunter. Greenwood took the place of Royal Engineers FC's Bruce Russell - both changes being announced the day before the match.
"Buttery magnanimously stood out to allow Greenwood playing thus displaying a self-abnegation rarely found."
Charlie Bambridge's brother, Ernest, played for England in 1876. Harry Cursham's brother, Arthur, also played for England 1876-79.


For the first time, England have started with only one debutant, having not done so with less than two so far, thus making this the most experienced England team so far.
Albemarle Swepstone becomes the second goalkeeper to earn a second appearance.
The first time England have scored fourteen goals in a season.
2-2-6 Swepstone -
Greenwood, Jones -
Bailey, Hunter -
Cursham, Parry, Vaughton, Brown, Bambridge, Mosforth.


Age 23 years 300-311 days Appearances/Goals 3.5      1.6
most experienced so far
"In the evening the teams were entertained to dinner in Robertson's Bath Hotel, Bath Street, by the Scottish Football Association. About eighty were present." - The Scotsman, Monday, 13 March 1882

England previous teams vs. Scotland:

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


Match Report - Morning Post, Monday, 13 March 1882 In Other News.....

The annual match under Association rules between England and Scotland was played on Saturday afternoon at Hampden Park, Glasgow, in the presence of about 12,000 spectators. The weather was fine, and the ground in good condition. Scotland were successful in the toss, and at first elected to play with the wind in their favour. The home team speedily invaded their rivals' territory, and made repeated attacks on their goal, which for some time was saved by the dexterity of Swepstone. Good runs were then made by Parry and Cursham, by they were stopped by the Scottish backs. Bailey also ran the ball well down the ground, but took his kick too hurriedly, and it went over the cross-bar. Once more the home forwards acted on the aggressive, and a corner-kick seemed to imperil their fortress, but Swepstone proved equal to the occasion. At length, however, there are some determined play in front of the English posts, and out of a loose scrimmage the ball was shot through by Harrower. Very clever runs were made by Cursham and Bambridge down the centre of the ground, the ball being well passed from one to the other with great skill. Mosforth also made a fine attempt to score, and shot the ball into the hands of the goalkeeper, who threw it well away. He returned to the charge, and this time succeeded in sending the ball between the posts. The score having thus been brought level, the play became even more determined. A little before the time arrived for changing ends Kerr placed a second goal to the credit of Scotland. The sides having crossed over, the home team had the wind against them, but this did not prevent Harrower from immediately kicking a third goal, and the game had not proceeded much further before Ker added a fourth, and within five minutes of the cessation of hostilities Kaye sent the ball through. This was the last score, and thus, when time was called, victory rested with the Scotch by five goals to one.

  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.
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, 13 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, 13 March 1882

Andrew Watson...
Watson was born in Georgetown [ed. Demerara], 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. 24 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

Source Notes
Scottish FA
Cris Freddi's England Football Factbook
Andy Mitchell's extensive research
The Story of Association Football.: J.A.H. Catton
100 Great Black Britons
Professional Footballer's Association
The Football Association Yearbook
James Corbett's England Expects
Original Newspaper Reports
Anton Gorovik
John Treleven