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Saturday, 15 March 1884
Home International Championship 1883-84 (1st) Match

Scotland 1 England 0 [1-0]
Match Summary
Scotland Party

England Party
Team Records
scoreless second half for first time since 1876 

Cathkin Park, Cathcart Road, Crosshill, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
The tenth different venue to host an England match
Kick-off (GMT): 'punctually at half past three o'clock...and start within five minutes'.
Attendance: 'nearly 10,000 spectators'; 'in the presence of twelve thousand spectators'; 'not less than 15,000 spectators'; 'presence of 15,000 spectators'; 'between 16,000 and 17,000'; 'nearly 20,000'.

Scotland won the toss William Bromley-Davenport kicked-off
[1-0] John Smith 6
 'Dobson returned the ball which was got by Arnott and with a judicious long kick, landed it front of Dr. Smith, with a smart shot'.
[1-0] Joe Lindsay scores: disallowed offside  
                       Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]





This was apparently the first ever all-ticket football match;
Major Francis A. Marindin
45 (21 May 1838), Weymouth
(F.A. President)
Thomas Lawrie
Scottish F.A. Vice-President
John Sinclair
27/28 (1856), Belfast (Irish FA) (P 1 W 0 D 0 L 1 F 0 A 1)

Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: '...and the Scotchmen in blue jerseys and white trousers'
Capt: Charles Campbell Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, chosen following a trial match.
Scotland Lineup
  McAuley, James 23
198 days
30 August 1860 G

Dumbarton FC

4 1
  Arnott, Walter 22
308 days
12 May 1861 RB

Queen's Park FC

3 0
  Forbes, John 22
62 days
13 January 1862 LB

Vale of Leven FC

2 0
  Campbell, Charles 29/30 1854 Half

Queen's Park FC

11 1
  McPherson, John C.M. nk not known

Vale of Leven FC

7 0
  Shaw, Francis W. 19
93 days
13 December 1864 OR

Pollockshields Athletic FC

1 0
  Anderson, William nk not known IR

Queen's Park FC

4 1
  Lindsay, Joseph 25
123 days
13 November 1858 Centre

Dumbarton FC

4 1
Smith, Dr. John 28
216 days
12 August 1855

Queen's Park FC

10 9
  Christie, Robert M. 18
91 days
15 December 1865 IL

Queen's Park FC

1 0
  McKinnon, William N. 24
222 days
6 August 1859 OL

Dumbarton FC

3 0


not known

team notes:

James McAuley played as a forward on his debut, scoring one of the five goals, against Wales, 25 March 1882.

McAuley -
Arnott, Forbes -
Campbell, McPherson -
Shaw, Anderson, Lindsay, Smith, Christie, McKinnon.


Age 23 Appearances/Goals 4.5 1.1


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: 'the Englishmen in white uniform'
Capt: Norman Bailey
(seventh (15) captaincy)
Selectors: The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on Thursday, 28 February 1884.
most captaincies so far
England Lineup
  Rose, William C. 22
105 days
1 December 1861 G

Swindon Town FC & Swifts FC

2    2 GA
  Dobson, Alfred T.C. 24
353 days
28 March 1859 RB Notts County FC & Corinthians FC 3      0
  Beverley, Joseph 27
124 days
12 November 1856 LB

Blackburn Rovers FC

2      0
  Bailey, Norman C. 26
236 days
23 July 1857 RHB

Clapham Rovers FC

11      0
most apps & experienced capt
  MacRae, Stuart 28
99 days
7 December 1855
in Bengal, India

Notts County FC & Corinthians FC

5 0 final app

  Wilson, Charles P. 24
308 days
12 May 1859 LHB

Hendon FC & Corinthians FC

1      0
  Holden, George H. 24
161 days
6 October 1859 OR

Wednesbury Old Athletic FC

3      1
  Vaughton, O. Howard 23
66 days
9 January 1861 IR Aston Villa FC 4      6
112   Bromley-Davenport, William 22
54 days
21 January 1862 CF

Old Etonians AFC & Oxford University AFC

1      0
  Bambridge, E. Charles 25
229 days
30 July 1858 IL

Swifts FC

9     10
most goals
113   Gunn, William 25
102 days
4 December 1858 OL

Notts County FC

1      0


James Forrest (left half-back).

team notes:

The only change from the original line up was Gunn coming in for Harry Cursham (Notts County FC).
Charles Wilson is the younger brother of Kenneth Plumpton, who withdrew from the previous match.
2-3-5 Rose -
Dobson, Beverley -
Bailey, MacRae, Wilson -
Holden, Vaughton, Bromley-Davenport, Bambridge, Gunn.


Age 24 years 268 days Appearances/Goals 3.8 1.5
youngest competitive XI so far

England previous teams vs. Scotland:

1883: Swepstone de Paravicini Jones Bailey Macrae Whateley A.Cursham Mitchell Goodhart Cobbold H.Cursham
1884: Rose Dobson Beverley Wilson Holden Vaughton Bromley-Davenport Bambridge Gunn


Match Report - Sheffield Independent, Monday, 17 March 1884 In Other News.....

Between 16,000 and 17,000 persons visited Cathkin Park, Glasgow, on Saturday, to witness the annual International match, under Association rules, between England and Scotland. The contest had been anticipated with great interest, and as most of the leading clubs in both countries had avoided making other fixtures for the same date, the teams were thoroughly representative. Through an accident at Birmingham, H. A. Cursham was kept out of the English side, but a very efficient substitute was found in Gunn. The game proved to be one of the hardest fought international encounters of recent years, but the Scotchmen if anything had the better all round team, and for the most part of the play pressed their opponents very closely. Bromley-Davenport kicked off for England, but the ball was very quickly returned. After a few minutes of very smart play, Anderson made a long kick, which Dr. Smith converted into a goal for Scotland. amidst enthusiastic cheering. Naturally elated by this early success the home team played with great dash and vigour, but the English back play was strong and sure, and no appreciable impression could be made. The Englishmen made one or two good dashes into the opposition territory, and one or two chances of scoring were missed. On more than one occasion the kicking was a trifle erratic. The forward play of Gunn and Bambridge on the left wing was the saving of the English game, and by the way the backs fed these two players it was evident that the whole side were aware of this fact. The play was hard and fast, and mostly confined to the English half of the ground, but despite strong attacks and several corner kicks, the Scotch team were unable to put on another point. When half-time was called the score was still one goal to nothing in favour of Scotland. When the ends had been changed a strong rush was made upon the English goal, but Rose cleverly averted the charge. The ball was quickly returned, however, and for fully five minutes the English goal was in immediate danger. Rose was ably supported by the English backs, and Scotland was unable to score. The remainder of the game does not require much description. The English forwards with the exception of Gunn and Bambridge, were weak and easily broken through, but the backs were almost faultless, and resisted every charge made by the Scotchmen. No further score was made on either side, and at the call of time Scotland had gained a well-earned victory by one goal to nothing.

  It was on 14 March 1884 that the forces commanded by General Sir Gerald Graham drove back Osman Digna and his rebel fighters in Sudan.

Although rain fell at Glasgow on Saturday morning, the weather brightened considerably in the afternoon, and nearly 10,000 spectators assembled at Cathkin-park to witness the 13th International contest, under Association rules...
After a sharp attack on the English goal, Dr. Smith sent the ball under the cross-bar, thus scoring the first and, as it proved, the only goal. Although England made most energetic attempts to bring the score level, they were unable to do so, owing to the determined manner in which the home backs played.. - The Times, Monday, 17 March 1884

...one of the most disappointing ever played between thoroughly trained representatives of both countries... - North British Daily Mail, Monday, 17 March 1884.
The international match of 1884, in fact, may be said to have been won by the backs of the Scotch team and Macauley, the goalkeeper
.- Daily Mail, Monday, 17 March 1884.
"At Glasgow, on Saturday....It was agreed that the football associations of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland should take every means to suppress professionalism." - Sheffield Independent, Monday, 17 March 1884
Source Notes  
Scottish FA
Cris Freddi's England Football Factbook
ScottishSportHistory: Andy Mitchell
The Football Association Yearbook
James Corbett's England Expects
Original Newspaper Reports