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Saturday, 21 March 1885
British International Championship 1884-85 (2nd) Match

England 1 Scotland 1 [0-1]
The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, Surrey, SE
Kick-off (GMT): 'twenty-five minutes past three'; 'at 3.35';
'twenty-six minutes to four'.
'before 8,000 spectators'; 'in the presence of about 8,000 spectators'; 'number of spectators was over 12,000'

Season Record
Norman Bailey won the toss William Sellar kicked-off
[0-0] hit the bar following a corner c.1
Joe Lindsay 20
'Anderson, by some smart passing with Hamilton, got the ball close up, where Lindsay, touching it with his foot a sit passed, it rolled slowly through between the custodian of the goal and the right post'
[1-1] Charlie Bambridge 57
 'after the Scotch goal-keeper twice saved his charge, he slipped, Bambridge just managed to score a goal'
"The weather was beautifully fine, but at times the wind was rather high"
Match Summary
Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance] England Team Records Scotland
Morton Peto Betts
37 (30 August 1847), Middlesex (Old Harrovians FC)
James E. McKillop

(Scottish FA President)
played for England in 1871-77
John Sinclair
29 (27 August 1855), Belfast (Irish FA) P 2 W 0 D 1 L 1 F 1 A 2
played in the 1882 England-Ireland fixture
England Team
Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours 'The English team were dressed in white"
Captain Norman Bailey Selection The Football Association Committee, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence,
on Monday evening, 16 March 1885, at Paternaster Row.
most captaincies so far
P 11 of 15 - W 4 - D 2 - L 5 - F 30 - A 23.¹ P 25 of 31 - W 10 - D 4 - L 11 - F 74 - A 55.
England Lineup
(eight changes to the previous match)
  Arthur, W.J. Herbert 22
35 days
14 February 1863 G Blackburn Rovers FC 3    2ᵍᵃ
  Walters, Percy M. 21
172 days
30 September 1863 RB Oxford University AFC & Old Carthusians AFC 2      0
  Walters, Arthur M. 20
54 days
26 January 1865 LB Cambridge University AFC & Old Carthusians AFC 2      0
  Bailey, Norman C. 27
241 days
23 July 1857 RHB Clapham Rovers FC 15      1
most experienced captain & most apps
  Forrest, James H. 20
270 days
24 June 1864 CHB Blackburn Rovers FC 4      0
123   Amos, Andrew 21
182 days
20 September 1863 LHB Cambridge University AFC, Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 1      0
  Lofthouse, Joseph M. 19
341 days
14 April 1865 OR Blackburn Rovers FC 3      0
124   Danks, Thomas 21
295 days
30 May 1863 IR Nottingham Forest FC 1 0
the fifth Forest player to represent England only app 1885
  Brown, James 22
233 days
31 July 1862 CF Blackburn Rovers FC 5 3
final app 1880-85
  Cobbold W. Nevill 22
45 days
4 February 1863 IL Cambridge University AFC, Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 4      3
Bambridge, E. Charles 26
234 days
30 July 1858 OL Swifts FC 13     12
most gls
reserves: not known
team notes: Arthur and Percy Walters are the third set of brothers to play in the same team twice after the Bambridge's in 1883-84 and the Cursham's in 1883.
Charlie Bambridge's brothers
, Ernest, played for England in 1876, and Arthur in 1881-84.

Charlie Bambridge is the second England player to make thirteen appearances (and the second to have played over 1000 minutes), whereas Jimmy Brown is the twelfth to make five and James Forrest and Nevill Cobbold are the sixteenth/seventeenth to make four appearances.
32 players have now played for England three or more times, and 61 have done so more than once.
records: This is the first time England have had back-to-back draws, but have now gone on a record unbeaten sequence of four matches. It is the first time they have recorded two draws in a single season.
Charlie Bambridge on is thirteenth outing becomes the most experienced England player to score a goal.
Norman Bailey continues to hold on to and extend the world appearance record.
2-3-5 Arthur -
P.Walters, A.Walters -
Amos, Forrest, Bailey -
Lofthouse, Danks, Brown, Cobbold, Bambridge
Averages: Age 22 years 159 days Appearances/Goals 4.8     1.6
youngest competitive XI until next match most experienced England team so far
England previous teams vs. Scotland:
1884: Rose Dobson Beverley Bailey Macrae Wilson Holden Vaughton Bromley-Davenport Bambridge Gunn
1885: Arthur P.Walters A.Walters Forrest Amos Lofthouse Danks Brown Cobbold Bambridge
Scotland Team
Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours "...and the Scotch in blue"
Captain Charles Campbell Selection The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, chose the same team to face both England and Wales on Friday, 13 March 1885
P 9 of 9 - W 7 - D 1 - L 1 - F 33 - A 11
Glasgow Evening Post states Paton
Scotland Lineup
  McAuley, James 24
205 days
28 August 1860 G Dumbarton FC 5 1ᵍ 3ᵍᵃ
  Arnott, Walter 23
313 days
12 May 1861 Full
Queen's Park FC 4 0
Paton, Michael 25
135 days
7 November 1859 Dumbarton FC 3 0
96   Gow, John John 25
168 days
4 October 1859 Half
Queen's Park FC 1 0
only app 1885
  Campbell, Charles 31
60 days
20 January 1854 Queen's Park FC 12 1
most apps
  Anderson, William 22
330 days
25 April 1862 OR Queen's Park FC 5 1
97   Hamilton, Alexander 19
240 days
24 July 1865 IR Queen's Park FC 1 0
98   Sellar, William 20
151 days
21 October 1864 Centre
Battlefield FC 1 0
Lindsay, Joseph 26
128 days
13 November 1858 Dumbarton FC 6 3
99   Allan, David Steele 21
325 days
30 April 1863 IL Queen's Park FC 1 0
100   Calderwood, Robert 22
168 days
4 October 1862 OL Cartvale FC 1 0
reserves: William Chalmers (Rangers FC); Hugh McHardy (Rangers FC), John Forbes (Vale of Leven FC); Bob Kelso (Renton FC), John McPherson (Vale of Leven FC), Alexander Barbour (Renton FC), John Marshall (Third Lanark FC); Willie Turner (Pollockshields Athletic FC), Alexander Higgins (Kilmarnock FC); and Walter Lamont (Pilgrims FC)
team changes: Calderwood replaced Queen's Park FC's Robert Christie during the week.
team notes: SFA president, treasurer and secretary accompanied the team that received jerseys, badges and appearances, for the honour of playing against England and Wales.
James McAuley played as a forward on his debut, scoring one of the five goals, against Wales, 25 March 1882.
records: This draw put an end to Scotland's run of twelve successive wins, a world record till Hungary broke it in 1952 and still the best by a British country.
2-2-6 McAuley -
Arnott, Paton -
Campbell, Gow -
Anderson, Hamilton, Lindsay, Sellar, Allan, Calderwood
Averages: Age 24 years 4 days Appearances/Goals 3.6 0.5

Match Report - Morning Post, Monday, 23 March 1885 In Other News.....

This international match was played at Kennington Oval to-day, before 8,000 spectators. The weather was beautifully fine, but at times the wind was rather high. England won the toss and chose the Crown Bath goal. Directly after Sellar kicked off the ball was returned, and principally by the fine play of Lofthouse, Brown, and Danks, continued to press their opponents for some time and obtained a couple of corners, which, however, were fruitless. After a free kick had been given the Scotchmen, Paton sent the ball well into the neighbourhood of the English goal, through which Lindsay cleverly kicked the leather after twenty minutes' play. The Englishmen showed up grandly after this, and their passing was particularly fine. After some pretty work between Lofthouse and Paton the former outwitted the Scotchman and passed to Cobbold, but the latter shot over the bar, and at half time the score was one goal to none in favour of Scotland. England restarted the game from the Gasometer end, and played up splendidly. After twelve minutes Bambridge kicked a goal, making the score equal. After this the Scottish goal was frequently in danger, Brown and Bambridge doing grand work. Cobbold missed a chance from a corner-kick. Hands in front of goal were allowed Scotland, but Gow kicked over. No further point was registered, the match thus ending in a draw of one goal each.

It was on 20 March 1885 that a verdict of accidental death was recorded on a 14-year-old girl, Harriet Haylock, who drowned when a rowing boat with ten people in, sank under the central arch of London Bridge, five days earlier.

On Saturday at Kennington Oval elevens representing England and Scotland met to decide the annual encounter under Association rules. The afternoon was bright, and an immense company of spectators visited the Surrey County Cricket Ground. England at first defended the Vauxhall goal, and at 3 35 Scotland began hostilities with both wind and sun in their faces...
One of the home eleven then touched the ball with his hand, and Gow, to whom the free kick was entrusted, sent it to Paton. The latter gave it up to the forwards, and out of a scrimmage Lindsay obtained the first goal of the match for Scotland...
Macaulay stopped two consecutive shots, and had endeavoured to turn the ball away a third time when Bambridge secured it and kicked it through. The score was thus even, and the greatest excitement prevailed... - The Times, Monday, 23 March, 1885

It was the general opinion that had the Englishmen had six instead of five forwards their rivals would have had a very hard task to have averted defeat...
One of the finest contests that have ever taken place between the representatives of the two countries...
The Scotchmen have been so generally considered to be the superiors of the Southerners at the dribbling game that the splendid fight made by the home team after many reversals is the more satisfactory...
- Bell's Life in London, Monday, 23 March, 1885

Source Notes  
Scottish FA
Cris Freddi's England Football Factbook
ScottishSportHistory: Andy Mitchell
Anton Gorovik
The Football Association Yearbook
James Corbett's England Expects
Original Newspaper Reports