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26 vs. Ireland
28 vs. Wales

Saturday, 27 March 1886
originally due to be played on 20 March
Home International Championship 1885-86 (3rd) Match

Scotland 1 England 1 [0-1]

Match Summary
Scotland Squad

England Squad
Team Records

Hampden Park, Crosshill, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Attendance: 11,000; Kick-off 3.30pm GMT

England - Tinsley Lindley ('shot the ball' 35)
Scotland - George Somerville ('one of his daisy-cutters' 80).
Results 1872-90

England won the toss, Scotland kicked-off.


Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]




Umpires -
Nicholas Lane Jackson
36 (1 November 1849), West Hackney, London (Corinthians FC & FA Hon. Secretary) &
Alexander Stuart
Scotland (SFA vice-President)
(Another source names James McKillop as the Scottish umpire)

Referee -
Hunter Hunter
23/24 (early 1862), Tiverton, Devon (Welsh FA secretary)

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
Some sources say this match was played on 31st March, after the Wales' match. But this is just wrong.  All newspaper reports put this match rightly on 27 March. It must be remembered that the four Associations were not playing for a Championship, this was added retrospectively.

Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st


Blue shirts, white shorts


Walter Arnott


The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, chosen, following a trial match, on Tuesday, 23 March 1886.
Scotland Lineup
  McAuley, James 25 30 August 1860 G

Dumbarton FC

7 1
5 GA
  Arnott, Walter 24 12 May 1861 RB

Queen's Park FC

6 0
  Paton, Michael nk not known LB

Dumbarton FC

5 0
  Campbell, Charles 31/32 1854 HB

Queen's Park FC

13 1
  Macdonald, John nk not known HB

Edinburgh University AFC

1 0
  Hamilton, Alexander 20 24 July 1865 OR

Queen's Park FC

3 0
  Sellar, William 19 21 September 1866 IR

Battlefield FC

2 0
  Lindsay, Joseph
 injured off second half
27 13 November 1858 CF

Dumbarton FC

8 6
Somerville, George nk not known CF

Queen's Park FC

1 1
  Aitken, Ralph 23 11 February 1863 IL

Dumbarton FC

1 0
  Gray, Woodville 19 1867 OL

Pollockshields Athletic FC

1 0


reserves not known

team notes:

A team of Probables and Improbables were chosen by the SFA on Tuesday, 9 March 1886. A first eleven was then chosen to play England on 23 March, the remaining eleven were to play Wales.
James McAuley played as a forward on his debut, scoring one of the five goals, against Wales, 25 March 1882.
Joseph Lindsay was still playing with an injury he received in a club match the week before. It resulted it him retiring from the field.


McAulay -
Arnott, Paton -
Campbell, Macdonald -
Hamilton, Sellar, Lindsay, Somerville, Aitken, Gray


Age tbc Appearances/Goals 4.4 0.7


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd


White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers


Norman Bailey, 12th captaincy.


The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on Friday, 19 March 1886.
England Lineup
  Arthur, W.J. Herbert 23 14 February 1863 G Blackburn Rovers FC 5 4 GA
  Walters, Percy M. 22 30 September 1863 RB Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 5 0
  Walters, Arthur M. 21 26 January 1865 LB Cambridge University AFC, Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 3 0
  Forrest, James H. 21 24 June 1864 HB

Blackburn Rovers FC

6 0
  Squire, Ralph T. 22 10 September 1863 CB

Cambridge University AFC, Old Westminsters AFC & Corinthians FC

2 0
  Bailey, Norman C. 28 23 July 1857 HB

Clapham Rovers FC & Corinthians FC

16 1
  Spilsbury, Benjamin W. 21 1 August 1864 OR Cambridge University AFC, Derby County FC & Corinthians FC 3 5
  Brann, George 20 23 April 1865 IR

Swifts FC & Corinthians FC

1 0
Lindley, Tinsley 20 27 October 1865 CF

Nottingham Forest FC, Cambridge University AFC & Corinthians FC

2 2
  Cobbold W. Nevill 23 4 February 1863 IL

Cambridge University AFC, Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC

6 3
  Bambridge, E. Charles 27 30 July 1858 OL

Swifts FC & Corinthians FC

14 12


reserves not known

team notes:

The Scottish FA insisted that J.H. Forrest wear a different-coloured shirt to the rest of the England team. The Scots were still dominated by the gentlemen-amateurs of Queens' Park FC who objected to playing against a professional (He was receiving £1 a week from Blackburn Rovers FC). His club also had to agree not to pay him his wages this week. There is no record of what Forrest wore in this match but he probably wore his club shirt.
The original team stated that it was either Fred Dewhurst or Spilsbury was to play.
Percy and Arthur Walters were brothers.
Norman Bailey extended his record appearance tally in this. the most experienced England team thus far.
2-3-5 Arthur -
P.Walters, A.Walters -
Bailey, Forrest, Squire -
Spilsbury, Brann, Lindley, Cobbold, Bambridge


Age 22.5 Appearances/Goals 5.7 2.0


    Match Report

It seemed at one time highly improbable that this season's match between England and Scotland would take place owing to the Scotch Association refusing to recognise professionalism. Matters, however, having been satisfactorily arranged between the national Associations, the game was played at Glasgow on Saturday. The weather proved very unfavourable, rain falling incessantly, and the turf was consequently heavy. Still, the inclement afternoon did not deter upwards of 10,000 persons assembling at Hampden-park to witness the fifteenth annual match...

England now made determined attempts to score, but, although several corner kicks fell to the invaders, more than half an hour had elapsed since the start when the first goal was registered, Lindley, the English centre forward, guiding the ball between the posts...

Scotland now showed good form, and the home team managed to equalize the score, Somerville obtaining the second goal of the match after a corner kick... - The Times Monday 29th March, 1886

Source Notes

This match very nearly did not take place because of the ongoing row over payments to players. On Tuesday, 26 January 1886, the Scottish Football Association met in Glasgow. They 'decided not to play England an international football match this year because England intended to send forth her full strength by including professional football players in the team. The Scottish Football Association disapprove of there being professional football, and hold that when Scotland is willing to select eleven amateur players England should adopt the same course. England will not agree to this, and consequently there is a rupture between the Associations representing the two countries.' - The Dundee Courier and Argus, Wednesday, 27 January 1886.

England Football Factbook: Cris Freddi
Scottish Football Association
London Hearts
original newspaper reports
England Expects: James Corbett
FA Yearbooks 1950-60
ScottishSportHistory: Andy Mitchell
Richard Sanders (HFK)