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
- The Times - Monday 23rd
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
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 23rd
IN OTHER NEWS...
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.