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

Scotland 1 England 1 [1-1]

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'; (a new World Record attendance)
receipts '£1517 17s.'; (a new World Record gate)

Season Record
England's third and final visit to this Hampden Park; tenth visit to Glasgow, to Lanarkshire and to Scotland
William Johnstone kicked-off Arthur Walters won the toss
fortieth goal scored by England under ISC>

[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'

<tenth goal conceded by England under ISC
  [1-1] Tinsley Lindley shot hits the post
sixth ever scoreless second half - eighth ever scoreless half first since 1885

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]


Team Records 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 (9 March 1853), Clitheroe
Lancashire FA secretary
Charles Campbell
Scottish FA President
John Reid
Irish FA

Scotland Team

Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours "...in their dark blue jerseys and white knickers."
Captain James McLaren Selection following a trial match, The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee.
only match, W 0 - D 1 - L 0 - F 1 - A 1. team chosen at the Association Rooms, Waterloo Street, Glasgow, on Saturday, 15 March 1890.
Scotland Lineup
  Wilson, James 24
273 days
6 July 1865 G Vale of Leven FC 3 4ᵍᵃ
  Arnott, Walter 28
328 days
12 May 1861 RB Queen's Park FC 11 0
  McKeown, Michael 21
70 days
24 January 1869 LB The Celtic FC 2 0
final app 1889-90
  Robertson, Thomas 26
116 days
9 December 1863 RHB Queen's Park FC 2 0
will referee between 1896-1908
  Kelly, James 25
69 days
25 January 1865 CHB The Celtic FC 4 0
  McLaren, James 28
343 days
27 April 1861 LHB The Celtic FC 3 0
final app 1888-90
  Groves, Patrick William 20
228 days
20 August 1869 OR The Celtic FC 3 0
  Berry, William Hall 22
228 days
20 August 1867 IR Queen's Park FC 3 0
  Johnston, William 24
341 days
29 April 1865 CF Third Lanark FC 3 0
final app 1887-90
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
final app 1886-90
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 changes: Queen's Park FC's Bob Smellie was the original named left-back, his place going to Mickie McKeown.
2-3-5 Wilson -
Arnott, McKeown -
Robertson, Kelly, McLaren -
Groves, Berry, Johnstone, McPherson, McCall.
Averages: Age 24 years 211 days Appearances/Goals 3.9 0.2


England Team

Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers

Arthur Walters Selection following the trial game, The seven-man FA International Selection Committee
only match, W 0 - D 1 - L 0 - F 1 - A 1. P 9 of 195, W 7 - D 1 - L 1 - F 40 - A 10.
  team chosen on Saturday, 29 March 1890
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
  nine players chosen from matches 38/39 (all nine come from match 39) league position (29th March) ave lge pos: 6th
Moon, William R. 21
303 days
7 June 1868 G Old Westminsters AFC & Corinthians FC 6 7ᵍᵃ
  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 (FL 6th) 5 1
final app 1889-90
  Allen, Harry 24
76 days
19 January 1866 CHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 4th) 5 0
final app 1887-90
  Shelton, Alfred 24
206 days
12 September 1865 LHB Notts County FC (FL 9th) 3 0
  Bassett, William I. 21
69 days
27 January 1869 OR West Bromwich Albion FC (FL 5th) 5 1 or 2
  Currey, Edmund S. 21
281 days
28 June 1868 IR Oxford University AFC, Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 2 2
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 (FL 4th) 2  1
  Daft, Harry B. 24 5 April 1866 OL Notts County FC (FL 9th) & Corinthians FC 3  0
second to play on his birthday
reserves: Bob Roberts (West Bromwich Albion FC (FL 5th), goal), Teddy Brayshaw (Wednesday FC) and John Oliver (Sunderland AFC, fullbacks), Henry Hammond (Oxford University AFC), James Forrest (Blackburn Rovers FC (FL 3rd)) and Charlie Perry (West Bromwich Albion FC (FL 5th), halfbacks), Joe Lofthouse (Blackburn Rovers FC (FL 3rd)) and George Cotterill (Cambridge University AFC, right wing), John Southworth (centre), Nat Walton, Bill Townley (all Blackburn Rovers FC (FL 3rd), left wing).
team notes: Fred Geary (Everton FC (FL RU) was seriously injured during the trial match on 24 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.
Arthur and Percy Walters are the first set of brothers to play in the same team nine times.
Alf Shelton's younger brother, Charlie, also played for England in 1888.
appearance notes: Percy Walters is the third player to make thirteen England appearances, whereas Tinsley Lindley is the fourth to make twelve and Arthur Walters is the ninth to make nine appearances.
Billy Moon is the sixteenth player (third goalkeeper) to make six appearances. George Haworth, Harry Allen and Billy Bassett are the 22nd-24th players to make five.
48 players have now appeared for England for more than three times, and only 89 have done so more than once.
Percy Walters, Moon and Lindley are the first players to make six appearances under the ISC.
records: John McPherson's 37th minute winner ended England's record sequence of six away victories in a row.
A complicated season/year regarding goalscorers, but England's thirteen goals probably came from nine different goalscorers, a new record.
Percy Walters continues his record of being the most experienced England player to have not scored a goal.
2-3-5 Moon -
P. Walters, A. Walters -
Haworth, Allen, Shelton -
Bassett, Currey, Lindley, Wood, Daft
Averages: Age 23 years 263 days Appearances/Goals 5.8 1.5
"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
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 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 O

   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 T
       Match Report The Times, Monday, 7 April 1890
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.

       Daily Mail, 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.
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.
       In Other News....
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.
His brother, Richard, who was 19, however, was hanged for the crime, four days later, despite insisting that it was only his brother that had yielded the axe on their father. George's sentence was commuted to life in prison.
       Source Notes
Scottish FA
Cris Freddi's England Football Factbook
ScottishSportHistory: Andy Mitchell
The Football Association Yearbook
James Corbett's England Expects
Richard Keir's Complete International Record of Scotland
Original Newspaper Reports