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18 vs. Ireland
20 vs. Ireland

Saturday, 10 March 1883
International Friendly Match

England 2 Scotland 3 [2-2]

Match Summary
England Party

Scotland Party
Team Records

Bramall Lane, Little Sheffield, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire
Attendance: 7,000 (some reports estimate between 10,000 and 15,000).
Kick-off 3.40pm
GMT "Special provision, in the shape of stand accommodation, had been made by the sub-committee appointed the FA to superintend the arrangements."

Scotland - John Smith ('shot it' 22, 'steered the ball' 39, 'secured' 89 hattrick)
England - Clement Mitchell ('sent it under the crossbar' 24), Nevill Cobbold ('rapid shot' 44)
Most reports say the final whistle went almost immediately after Dr Smith's goal. Another report says four minutes later.  Either way - most players protested that the ball did not cross the line before Swepstone swept the ball away.
Results 1872-90

Scotland won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]




Umpires -
Thomas Lawrie (Scottish FA Vice-President) &
John Charles Clegg 32 (15 June 1850), Sheffield (Sheffield FA).
Referee -
Samuel Sinclair Ireland (Irish FA honorary treasurer)

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: "The English Eleven were attired in all white..."
Capt: Norman Bailey, fifth captaincy. Selectors: The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on Tuesday, 27 February 1883.
England Lineup
  Swepstone, H. Albemarle 24 14 January 1859 G

Pilgrims FC & Corinthians FC

6 17 GA
  de Paravicini, Percy J. 20 15 July 1862 RB

Cambridge University AFC & Old Etonians AFC

3 0
  Jones, Alfred 21 early 1861 LB Great Lever FC 3 0
  Bailey, Norman C. 25 23 July 1857 HB

Clapham Rovers FC

9 0
  MacRae, Stuart 27 7 December 1855
in India
HB Notts County FC & Corinthians FC 3 0
  Whateley, Oliver 20 8 August 1862 OR Aston Villa FC 2 2
  Cursham, Arthur W. 29 14 March 1853 IR Notts County FC 6 2
Mitchell, Clement 21 20 February 1862 CF

Upton Park FC & Corinthians FC

4 4
  Goodhart, Harry Chester 24 17 July 1858 CF

Old Etonians AFC & Corinthians FC

3 0
Cobbold W. Nevill 20 4 February 1863 IL

Cambridge University AFC & Old Carthusians AFC

2 3
  Cursham, Henry A. 23 27 November 1859 OL

Notts County FC & Corinthians FC

7 2


reserves not known

team notes:

Harry Moore was named in the original line-up, his place going to Alf Jones. After nineteen matches, this is the first to provide no debutants, and so provided the most experienced team England have produced thus far.
Arthur and Harry Cursham were brothers.
Norman Bailey equalled Billy Mosforth's record nine appearances and extends his record as the player with the most captaincies.
Albemarle Swepstone extends his record as the goalkeeper with the most appearances.

England set a new record of going 203 minutes without conceding a goal, and a seperate record of going 213 minutes without conceding a goal on home soil.
2-2-6 Swepstone -
de Paravicini, Jones -
Bailey, Macrae -
Whateley, A.Cursham, Mitchell, Goodhart, Cobbold, H.Cursham.


Age 23.3 Appearances/Goals 4.6 1.0

England teams v. Scotland:

1882: Swepstone Greenwood Jones Bailey Hunter H.Cursham Parry Vaughton Brown Bambridge Mosforth
1883: Swepstone de Paravicini Jones Bailey Macrae Whateley A.Cursham Mitchell Goodhart Cobbold H.Cursham


Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: "...while the Scotchmen donned in dark blue jerseys and white trousers"
Capt: Andrew Holm Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, chosen following a trial match played on Saturday, 3 March 1883.
Scotland Lineup
  McAuley, James 22 30 August 1860 G

Dumbarton FC

2 1
  Holm, Andrew H. 23 4 December 1859 B

Queen's Park FC

2 0
  Paton, Michael - - B

Dumbarton FC

1 0
  Miller, Peter - - HB

Dumbarton FC

2 0
  McPherson, John C.M. - - HB

Vale of Leven FC

5 0
  Fraser, M.J. Eadie - - OR

Queen's Park FC

4 2
  Anderson, William - - IR

Queen's Park FC

2 0
Smith, Dr. John 27 12 August 1855 CF

Queen's Park FC

8 7
  Inglis, John - - CF

Rangers FC

1 0
  Kay, John - - IL

Queen's Park FC

4 3
  McKinnon, William N. 23 6 August 1859 OL

Dumbarton FC

1 0


Charles Campbell (Queen's Park FC), F.W. Shaw (Pollockshields Athletic FC).

team notes:

James McAuley played as a forward on his debut, scoring one of the five goals, against Wales, 25 March 1882.
John Forbes was named in the original starting eleven, his place going to Paton.


McAuley -
Holm, Paton -
Miller, McPherson -
Fraser, Anderson, Smith, Inglis, Kay, McKinnon.


Age tbc Appearances/Goals 2.9 0.8


    Match Report

The snow had been swept off the turf, but a severe frost prevailing, the ground, though somewhat thawed by the sun, was dreadfully dangerous. - The Aberdeen Journal, Monday, 12 March 1883

The annual match between England and Scotland was played at Sheffield on Saturday. Scotland were successful in the toss, and at the outset had the sun at their backs...

At length another free kick fell to the Scotchmen, and Macpherson was enabled to pass the ball to Smith, who shot it between the posts. Some keen play followed, and Whateley, getting in possession of the ball, passed it to Mitchell, who sent it under the cross-bar...

Smith, who had the ball well centred to him by Kay, scored a second time. Prior to half-time, however, Cobbold again brought the score level...

Ultimately Kay ran the ball down the left side of the ground, and secured a goal, which decided the game... - The Times - Monday 12th March, 1883

A match which will long be remembered for very fast play on a hard and slippery ground... - North British Daily Mail - Monday 12th March, 1883


It was on 9 March 1883 that five survivors arrived in Hull after their ship, the S.S. Navarre, had sunk on a voyage from Denmark to Leith, two days earlier. They were rescued by a passing vessel. In all, there were 16 survivors, but around 60 lives had been lost.

Source Notes

England Football Factbook: Cris Freddi
Scottish Football Association
London Hearts
original newspaper snippet
England Expects: James Corbett