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Easter Saturday, 5 April 1890
Home International Championship 1889-90 (7th) Match

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

England Party
Team Records
only the fourth scoreless second half since 1876

Hampden Park, Cathcart Road, Crosshill, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Kick-off (GMT): 'shortly before 4 o'clock'
Attendance: 'numbered close on 30,000'; 'over 28,000 persons paid and some 2,000 ticket-holders and members present'; '30,000 strong'; 'estimated at nearly 35,000';
receipts '£1517 17s.';

a new world record attendance, as well as record world receipts
William Johnstone kicked-off England won the toss


[1-1] John McPherson overhead kick 37

 'from the corner Robertson returned beautifully into goal, and MacPherson equalised with another overhead kick'
[0-1] Harry Wood 17-25
 
'made a really magnificent run, passing three men [Kelly, Robertson & Arnott], and shooting a splendid goal'
  [1-1] Tinsley Lindley shot hits the post
 
 

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]

Scotland

 

England

Umpires

The mass numbers were not confined to the stands, nor did they remain behind the ropes. They 'squatted round the the touchline, interfering greatly with the game'.
Richard Philip Gregson
37 (early 1853)
Lancashire FA secretary
Charles Campbell
Scottish FA President

Referee
John Reid
Irish FA

Scotland Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: "...in their dark blue jerseys and white knickers."
Capt: James McLaren Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, chosen, on Saturday, 15 March, in the Association Rooms, Waterloo Street, Glasgow, following a trial match.
Scotland Lineup
  Wilson, James 23/24 1866 G Vale of Leven FC 3 4 GA
  Arnott, Walter 28
328 days
12 May 1861 RB Queen's Park FC 11 0
  McKeown, T. Michael 20/21 1869 LB The Celtic FC 2 0
  Robertson, Thomas 25
98 days
28 December 1864 RHB Queen's Park FC 2 0
  Kelly, James 24
172 days
15 October 1865 CHB The Celtic FC 3 0
  McLaren, James 29/30 1860 LHB The Celtic FC 3 0
  Groves, William 20
148 days
8 November 1869 OR The Celtic FC 3 0
  Berry, William H. 22
228 days
20 August 1867 IR Queen's Park FC 3 0
  Johnstone, William 25
152 days
4 November 1864 CF Third Lanark FC 3 0
McPherson, John 21
290 days
19 June 1868 IL Cowlairs FC 4 2
  McCall, James 25
34 days
2 March 1865 OL Renton FC 5 0

reserves:

The Selection Committee named the three sides for Scotland's three matches on Saturday, 15 March in Glasgow, with a fourth team made up of reserves:- Goal, McIntosh (St. Bernard's FC); backs, James Adams (Heart of Midlothian FC) and John Murray (Vale of Leven FC); half-backs, J. Russell (Cambuslang FC), Love (Third Lanark FC) and John Hill (Heart of Midlothian FC); forwards, right, William Gulliland (Queen's Park FC) and Robert Buchanan (Abercorn FC); centre, John McPherson (Heart of Midlothian FC); left, Ross (Ayr FC) and Grieve (Greenock Morton FC).
As well those listed, the team that was named to face Wales were also named specifically as the reserves to face England. These were:- Goal, George Gillespie (Queen's Park FC); backs, Andrew Whitelaw (Vale of Leven) and Thomas McKeown (The Celtic FC); half-backs, Matthew McQueen (Leith Athletic), Andrew Brown (St. Mirren FC) and Lalty Wilson (Newmilne FC); forwards, right, Francis Watt (Kilbirnie FC) and J. Brown (Cambuslang FC); centre, William Paul (Partick Thistle FC); left, James Dunlop (St. Mirren FC) and Daniel Bruce (Vale of Leven FC).

team notes:

Queen's Park FC's Robert Smillie was the original named left-back, his place going to Mickey McKeown.
 
2-3-5 Wilson -
Arnott, McKeown -
Robertson, Kelly, McLaren -
Groves, Berry, Johnstone, McPherson, McCall.

Averages:

Age 24 years 91 days
(based on eight days)
Appearances/Goals 3.8 0.2

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Arthur Walters
(only captaincy)
Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Saturday, 29 March 1890, following trial games.
9th match, W 7 - D 1 - L 1 - F 40 - A 9.
Almost certain it was Arthur Walters, instead of his brother, Percy - but there is doubt.  The London Times, The Sportsman, Sporting Chronicle, Alcock's Annual 1890, Athletic News Annual 1891-92, Preston Herald and Glasgow Herald decline to mention any England captain. In The Field, Arthur Walters is listed as captain in the line-up, the Athletic News reads as 'PM and AM Walters (Capt)'.  But Arthur Walters is usually second in the line-up, and this publication could have got the brothers mixed-up. Besides, The Field notes that it was Percy who gave the post-match dinner speech, not Arthur.
England Lineup
Moon, William R. 21
303 days
7 June 1868 G Old Westminsters AFC & Corinthians FC 6    7 GA
  Walters, Percy M. 26
187 days
30 September 1863 RB Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 13 0 final app
1885-90
  Walters, Arthur M. 25
69 days
26 January 1865 LB Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 9 0 final app
1885-90
  Haworth, George 25
170 days
17 October 1864 RHB

Accrington FC

5 1 final app
1889-90
  Allen, Harry 24
76 days
19 January 1866 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

5 0 final app
1887-90
  Shelton, Alfred 24
206 days
12 September 1865 LHB Notts County FC 2       0
  Bassett, William I. 21
69 days
27 January 1869 OR West Bromwich Albion FC 5    1 or 2
  Currey, Edmund S. 21
281 days
28 June 1868 IR Oxford University AFC, Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 2 1 final app
1889-90
  Lindley, Tinsley 24
161 days
27 October 1865 CF

Nottingham Forest FC & Corinthians FC

12      11
Wood, Harry 21
284 days
26 June 1868 IL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 2       1
  Daft, Harry B. 24 5 April 1866 OL Notts County FC & Corinthians FC 3       0
third to play on his birthday

reserves:

Bob Roberts (West Bromwich Albion FC, goal), Teddy Brayshaw (Wednesday FC) and John Oliver (Sunderland AFC, fullbacks), Henry Hammond (Oxford University AFC), James Forrest (Blackburn Rovers FC) and Charlie Perry (West Bromwich Albion FC, halfbacks), Joe Lofthouse (Blackburn Rovers FC) and George Cotterill (Cambridge University AFC, right wing), John Southworth (centre), Nat Walton, Bill Townley (all Blackburn Rovers FC, left wing).

team notes:

Fred Geary (Everton FC) was seriously injured during the trial match on 22 March. He was playing for the Whites, and after taking a corner, he was legally barged, and after falling, cracked his head on a wooden seat.
Percy and Arthur Walters were brothers. Alf Shelton is the younger brother of Charlie (1888).

records:

John McPherson's 37th minute winner ended England's record sequence of six away victories in a row.
 
2-3-5 Moon -
P. Walters, A. Walters -
Haworth, Allen, Shelton -
Bassett, Currey, Lindley, Wood, Daft

Averages:

Age 23 years 264 dys Appearances/Goals 5.7     1.4
"The teams, officials, and representatives of Rugby, cricket, and kindred clubs were entertained to a splendid dinner in the Alexandra Hotel, Bath-street, after the match. Nearly 130 were present, and under the chairmanship of Mr. Chas Campbell, a comprehensive toast list was dealt with to some purpose." - The Sporting Life, Monday, 7 April 1890.
  

England previous teams vs. Scotland:

1889:

Moon P.Walters A.Walters Hammond Allen Forrest Bassett Goodall Brodie Weir Lindley

1890:

Haworth Shelton Currey Lindley Wood Daft

 

Match Report - Sporting Life, Monday, 7 April 1890 In Other News.....

As season succeeds season, so year by year does the interest and excitement increase over those hardy specimens of the genus homo who are sent to face each other, and do battle for the honour and prestige of South and North Britain, at the national pastime and game of football, and while in England and Scotland lovers of this branch of sport and the public generally watch with much solitude the progress of round after round, and ultimate result of the English and Scottish Cup struggles all reach a climax over the International event. This season the contest seemed to possess greater public interest than was ever manifested in connection with any football match in the history of the game. If there was the faintest murmur over the slightest mischance in some quarters, it was the enforced absence of Smellie, whose place as partner to the redoubtable Watty Arnot was taken by M'Keown, whose play was splendid.
The coin was tossed, and England won. They chose to open from the west end, and Scotland's centre forward set the ball a-rolling. The left wing division of England at once seized hold and ran afield, 'Watty the Wise' was there, however, and he turned the rush. Aided by Kelly, the forward division of the invaders were determinedly met. There was for a time some swift work from the Englishmen. Groves, from a fine chance, sent a high shot over Moon's crossbar, and there was a sigh of relief on one hand and dissatisfaction on the other. Moon was soon after called upon to save, which he did by punting out a hard one. A hand was thereafter given against Kelly in mid-field, and the ball was carried to Wilson's charge. After some fluctuating play Walters bothered Arnot not a little, and eighteen minutes from the start England, at the feet of Wood, got first blood. The shot was a regularly twisted one, that nothing but a miracle could have stopped. Cheers were loud, and matters looked bad for the home men. Daft, running in rare form, passed all he met, and again was Wilson troubled, but the backs saved, and play was transferred to the other end. Returning Arnot sent out. Groves took the kick, and a corner

  It was on 4 April 1890 that the Home Secretary, Henry Matthews spared the life of 16-year-old, George Davies after he was sentenced to death for the murder of his father in Crewe, three months earlier.
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followed, but it was cleverly headed clear by Walters, and a run afield followed. Again the Scotchmen assailed Moon, and Berry had a good run but it went over the lines. Kelly, playing like a regular little demon, ran again after the ball had been in the Scottish half, and sent it over. Corner after corner followed across the English frontier, and the visitors' backs clearing a visit was made to Wilson from a throw in. Berry and Groves ran up, and 'off side' was given against Scotland, and now came a tug of war. The Scotchmen had a corner from Walters and Robertson sent in a skied ball that looked dangerous. Johnstone was ready, and in an instant he rushed the ball through, equalising amid waving of hats and handkerchiefs, the huge crowd swaying with excitement. Kelly showed up well now, and Arnot, too, warmed to his work, but whenever Daft got on him the Notts man passed the nimble Q.P. representative. From a corner Moon had a narrow chance, but he saved. No fewer than three corners followed in quick succession for Scotland, but not one could be made to beat the two Walters, Shelton also sharing honours by pretty telling work. Play changed ends, and there was narrow work for backs and goal-keepers of both sides. M'Call, of Renton, got in possession, and had a pretty run, getting dangerously near Moon, who was all life and nerves together. A throw in for the Thistle men and a foul against the sons of Albion made no change in actual results. Kelly fed his forwards, and the ball was played right across the mouth of goal. Still no scoring. Robertson sent a long shot, but he could not do any good for his side against such splendid defence as that being shown by the English backs. Daft and Bassett seemed to force matters now, and the whistle sounded half-time with the figures at ONE GOAL EACH.
On restarting Daft was at once on the ball, and mid-play followed, M'Keown soon after taking advantage to send in one of his neat kicks. Soon after Johnstone had a chance, but failed, and Shelton bothered his vis a vis. A good run up by Daft was neatly repulsed by M'Laren and Kelly. Again the English forwards pushed matters, and the ball passed front of goal. Play changed ends, and Currey was lively. Soon after a long shot from Currey was saved by Arnot, and a foul was given against England. In a short time 'the Ould Gineral' saved from an onslaught, and M'Keown transferred play to other end. Moon had to come out and handle a slow message from Johnstone. P.M. Walters defended with rare judgement and agility, and when the ball was sent behind by M'Call all thought another point had been gained by Scotland. Not so, however; but time after time the Thistle men had hard lines, as the ball was banged backwards and forwards within arm's reach of Moon, who was kept busy. Play five minutes from finish was tremendously hot, all the work being in front of Moon. Daft excelled himself several times. Moon had several times to run out, which he did neatly, and his pluck turned the tide of affairs over and over again. Ultimately the game finished in a draw of TWO GOALS EACH.
   

"The match between England and Scotland at Glasgow on Saturday resulted in a close and well-played game. This year's game attracted more attention than ever; but few anticipated the immense gathering of spectators at Hampden Park. The numbers were variously estimated from 25,000 to 30,000. There were six Corinthians in the English eleven, which had been chosen with great care. The late victories of the Queen's Park and Third Lanark teams in London over the Corinthians gave the Scotchmen additional hopes of success in the international. The Glasgow clubs furnished the greater portion of the Scotch team, in which Wilson, who played so well on the Oval a fortnight ago, filled the important post of goal-keeper. The weather was fine, and with the ground dry a fast game was the result. Choice of positions fell to England, who, at first, had the advantage of the wind, and the Scotchmen kicked off...

It was passed out to Wood, who effected a brilliant run, which he finished up with a goal for England in a little less than 20 minutes of the start...
The ball was taken towards the centre. Robertson, however, kicked it close up to the goal, and M'Pherson, amid great cheering, brought the score level...
It was a capital game and the interest was sustained throughout. The combination of both teams was excellent, especially the left wing play of the English. The goal keeping at both ends was very safe, and altogether there was very little to choose between the sides." - The Times, Monday, 7 April 1890

  

"As early as 12 o'clock the crowd began to gather thick and fast in lovely weather and a pleasing prospect before them.
Up till close on the time for starting, the immense strain round the substantial paling kept the crowd in position, but at length the wave became too powerful opposite the gate stand and burst. They rushed into the arena and at other parts of the field the more unruly soon followed their example and for some time the touch-line was a scene of surging humanity."
- North British Daily Mail, Monday, 7 April 1890
   
"The Englishmen, as is usually the case, shone out brilliantly at the start, but towards the close of the day the hard work told on the strangers, and in the last quarter of an hour they were lucky in making it a draw. Their goal was again and again besieged in a way never before seen at the close of an international."
- Daily Mail, Monday, 7 April 1890
      
Source Notes  
TheFA
Scottish FA
Cris Freddi's England Football Factbook
ScottishSportHistory: Andy Mitchell
LondonHearts.com
The Football Association Yearbook
James Corbett's England Expects
Richard Keir's Complete International Record of Scotland
Original Newspaper Reports
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