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Saturday, 21 March 1885
Home 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'

England won the toss William Sellar kicked-off Match Summary
England Party

Scotland Party

Team Records
  [0-1] Joe Lindsay 20
'Lindsay obtained possession and sent the ball between the uprights'
[1-1] Charlie Bambridge 57
 'after the Scotch goal-keeper twice saved his charge, Bambridge just managed to score a goal'

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]




Morton Peto Betts
37 (30 August 1847), Middlesex (Old Harrovians FC)
James E. McKillop

(Scottish FA President)
played for England in 1877
John Sinclair
28/29 (1856), Belfast (Irish FA) (P 2 W 0 D 1 L 1 F 1 A 2)

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: 'The English team were dressed in white"
Capt: Norman Bailey
(eleventh (15) captaincy)
Selectors: The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on Monday, 16 March 1885, at Paternaster Row.
most captaincies so far
England Lineup
  Arthur, W.J. Herbert 22
35 days
14 February 1863 G Blackburn Rovers FC 3    2 GA
  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 apps & experienced capt
  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 only app
  Brown, James 22
233 days
31 July 1862 CF

Blackburn Rovers FC

5 3 final app
  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 goals


not known

team notes:

Percy and Arthur Walters were brothers.


This is the first time England have had back-to-back draws, but have now gone on a record unbeaten sequence of four matches.
2-3-5 Arthur -
P.Walters, A.Walters -
Amos, Forrest, Bailey -
Lofthouse, Danks, Brown, Cobbold, Bambridge


Age 22 years 159 days Appearances/Goals 4.8     1.6
youngest competitive XI so far most experienced England team so far

England previous teams vs. Scotland:














Arthur P.Walters A.Walters Forrest Amos Lofthouse Danks Brown Cobbold Bambridge


Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: "...and the Scotch in blue"
Capt: Charles Campbell Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, chosen following a trial match.
Scotland Lineup
  McAuley, James 24
203 days
30 August 1960 G

Dumbarton FC

5 1
3 GA
  Arnott, Walter 23
313 days
12 May 1861 Full

Queen's Park FC

4 0
  Paton, Michael nk not known

Dumbarton FC

3 0
  Gow, John J. 25
168 days
4 October 1859 Half

Queen's Park FC

1 0
  Campbell, Charles 30/31 1854

Queen's Park FC

12 1
  Anderson, William nk not known OR

Queen's Park FC

5 1
  Hamilton, Alexander 19
240 days
24 July 1865 IR

Queen's Park FC

1 0
  Sellar, William 18
181 days
21 September 1866 Centre

Battlefield FC

1 0
Lindsay, Joseph 26
128 days
13 November 1858

Dumbarton FC

6 3
  Allan, David S. 21
325 days
30 April 1863 IL

Queen's Park FC

1 0
  Calderwood, Robert 24/25 1860 OL

Cartvale FC

1 0


W.Chalmers (Rangers FC); A.McHardy (Rangers FC), John Forbes (Vale of Leven FC); Robert Kelso (Renton FC), John McPherson (Vale of Leven FC), J.Barbour (Renton FC), John Marshall (Third Lanark FC); W.Turner (Pollockshields Athletic FC), W.Higgins (Kilmarnock FC); and D.Lamont (Pilgrims FC)

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.
Calderwood replaced Queen's Park FC's W.M.Christie during the week.
James McAuley played as a forward on his debut, scoring one of the five goals, against Wales, 25 March 1882.


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


Age 22 years 327 days
(based on seven players)
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