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Saturday, 2 April 1892
Home International Championship 1891-92 (9th) Match

Scotland 1 England 4 [0-4]

Football League Record

Ibrox Park, Copland Road, Ibroxholm, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Kick-off (GMT): 'fixed for 3.30'; 'punctual to the hour'.
Attendance: 'about 20,000'; 'over 20,000'; '23,000 may be considered a fair estimate'; 'about 25,000'; 'numbered 25,000'; 'nearly 30,000'.

Scotland won the toss Johnny Holt kicked-off

England's 100th Home Championship goal 
[0-1] Edgar Chadwick 1 0:30
'Holt started, and the ball was at once taken down on the right and sent across to Bassett, who centred to Chadwick, who with a side shot scored in thirty seconds from the start'
John Goodall 14
'on the left wing, broke away in fine fashion and put through the goal'

Jack Southworth 16
'no sooner had the game restarted that he dashed off in inimitable style and sent the ball through'
John Goodall
'sent the ball thro' from a clever Hodgetts pass'
 [0-4] Alex McMahon kicked a goal - disallowed offside - or a foul by Bell
[1-4] Jack Bell 80

 'Taylor sent the ball into the centre, where Bell, after it was returned by Toone, let go with force a low shot.'
[1-4] goal scored - disallowed - reason unknown

Match Summary



Team Records


Dr. John Smith
36, (12 August 1855), Scotland
(Queen's Park FC & Corinthians FC)
"The boys of the Dumfries Industrial School treated the company before the start to some bagpipes and a Highland Fling."
Charles James Hughes
38 (16 August 1853), Northwich
George Snedden
President Scottish FA

Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: "...and they were dressed in dark blue jerseys, with a thistle on the breast."
Capt: William Sellar Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, upto 32 members, chosen on Tuesday, 15 March 1892, following a trial match.
Scotland Lineup
  McLeod, John 26
21 days
12 March 1866 G Dumbarton FC 4 7ᵍᵃ
  Doyle, Daniel 27
199 days
16 September 1864 RB The Celtic FC 1 0
  Arnott, Walter 30
326 days
12 May 1861 LB Queen's Park FC 13 0
=mst apps
  Kelly, James 26
170 days
15 October 1865 RHB The Celtic FC 4 0
  Sellar, William 27
164 days
21 October 1864 CHB Queen's Park FC 7 0
  Mitchell, David 25
339 days
29 April 1866 LHB Rangers FC 2 0
  Sillars, Donald C. 23
155 days
30 October 1868 OR Queen's Park FC 2 0
  Taylor, William 21/22 1870 IR Heart of Midlothian FC 1 0
  Waddell, Thomas S. 21
145 days
9 November 1870 CF Queen's Park FC 2 1
  McMahon, Alexander 22 1870 IL The Celtic FC 1 0
Bell, John 22
179 days
6 October 1869 OL Dumbarton FC 2 1


The Selection Committee named the three sides for Scotland's three matches on Tuesday, 15 March in Glasgow, reserves not named.

team notes:

Wally Arnott replaced Queen's Park FC's Robert Smellie, who had taken ill with inflammation of the bowels.
2-3-5 McLeod -
Doyle, Arnott -
Kelly, Sellar, Mitchell -
Sillars, Taylor, Waddell, McMahon, Bell


Age 25 years 271 days⁹ Appearances/Goals 3.5 0.1


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: "They wore white jerseys, the English shield with three lions being on the left breast."
Capt: Arthur Dunn
(second & final captaincy)
Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Saturday, 19 March 1892. after the FA Cup Final at The Oval, Kennington.
15th match, W 13 - D 1 - L 1 - F 60 - A 13.
(Messrs. Jackson, Clegg, Gregson, Hughes, Widdowson, Crump, Bentley and Gunning)
England Lineup
  Toone, George 23
297 days
10 June 1868 G Notts County FC 2 1ᵍᵃ
final app 1892
  Holmes, Robert 24
284 days
23 June 1867 RB Preston North End FC 3 0
  Dunn, Arthur T.B. 31
234 days
12 August 1860 LB Old Etonians AFC & Corinthians FC 4 2
final app 1883-92
198   Reynolds, John 23
41 days
21 February 1869 RHB West Bromwich Albion FC 1 0
  Holt, John 25
169 days
16 October 1866 CHB Everton FC 5 0
  Shelton, Alfred 26
203 days
12 September 1865 LHB Notts County FC 6 0
final app 1889-92
  Bassett, William I. 23
66 days
27 January 1869 OR West Bromwich Albion FC 8 2 or 3
Goodall, John 28
288 days
19 June 1863 IR Derby County FC 7  5&6 or 6&7
Southworth, John 25
95 days
29 December 1866 CF Blackburn Rovers FC 3 3
final app 1889-92
Chadwick, Edgar W. 22
293 days
14 June 1869 IL Everton FC 3 3
Hodgetts, H. Dennis 28
126 days
28 November 1863 OL Aston Villa FC 5 1


not known

team notes:

Jack Reynolds had already played five times for the Irish team, scoring once (1890-91 (two appearances and one goal against England)).
Alf Shelton is the younger brother of Charlie (1888).
"The Central Hotel was made the headquarters of the visiting team, who met at Preston, and journeyed to Glasgow by the afternoon LNWR express."


England extend their record of back-to-back victories, now at six matches. However, they have equalled their record of nine matches unbeaten (1884-87).
This is the third time England have won all three games in one season, the first time consecutively.
England have used 33 different players this season, a new record, breaking the previous record of 26 in 1888-89. Only four players played more than once.
This is the first time, after 21 attempts, that England have secured back-to-backs wins over Scotland.
2-3-5 Toone -
Holmes, Dunn -
Reynolds, Holt, Shelton -
Bassett, Goodall, Southworth, Chadwick, Hodgetts


Age 25 years 291 days Appearances/Goals 4.3 1.3
oldest team so far
"In accordance with the decision come to by the Football Association, the visiting side not accept the invitation of the S.F.A., who dined at the Alexandra Hotel." - The Sportsman, Monday, 4 April 1892

England previous teams vs. Scotland:


Moon Haworth Holmes Smith Holt Shelton Bassett Goodall Geary Chadwick Milward


Toone Holmes Dunn Reynolds Southworth Hodgetts


Match Report - The Scotsman, Monday, 7 April 1892 In Other News.....
Scotland received a crushing defeat on Saturday in the twenty-first International match under Association rules with England, which was played at Ibrox Park, Glasgow. The victory for England by four goals to one came as a surprise even to the large body of Englishmen on the ground, for though they had every confidence in their eleven, they never anticipated that the representatives of the Thistle would be so completely overcome as the result proved. Both the Scottish team and the spectators seemed completely taken aback at the magnificent form shown by the Englishmen, who took the game in hand at the very start, and within less than twenty minutes had secured three goals. At the start of the game it was calculated that the attendance would reach between 20,000 and 25,000. The weather was of the most brilliant summer-like character, and it was calculated that this and the fact that the Glasgow holiday is to-day had had a good deal to do with the lessening of the attendance by taking a considerable number out of town.  

It was on 1 April 1892 that Englishman Fred Deeming, a serial killer, conman and bigamist who had committed crimes all over the world, arrived in Melbourne to be tried for the murder of one of his wives on Christmas Eve. Around six months earlier, he had murdered his previous wife and four children at Rainhill in Lancashire. He has also been strongly suspected to have been 'Jack the Ripper', responsible for some of the Whitechapel murders, four years earlier. Deeming was convicted and hanged after a four-day trial.

The English team was the first to take the field, punctual to time, and the Scotsmen followed a few minutes later, led by Sellar. Having won the toss, the Scotsmen compelled the Englishmen to kick off against the wind and sun. As already indicated, the start was a most surprising one, Chadwick, from a centre by Bassett, immediately putting the ball past M'Leod ere the game was a minute old. The Scotsmen, however, seemed undaunted when the ball was kicked off, and Taylor and later Doyle and Mitchell showed to advantage. Bell led an attack on the English goal, but Toone saved in splendid fashion. Doyle soon afterwards cleared it's goal from a dangerous raid by the Englishmen, and sending the ball to M'Mahon the latter made tracks for the English goal. During his progress he was charged from behind by Holt, and a free kick was awarded to Scotland, but came to nothing. The game at this point was of an exceedingly fast nature, but the Englishmen were not long in following up their first success, as Goodall on the left wing broke away in fine fashion and put through goal number two. No sooner had the game been restarted than Southworth dashed off in inimitable style and sent the ball through for the third time, M'Leod being apparently quite taken by surprise. Such an unlooked-for opening had naturally an effect on the Scottish play, but they were still far from throwing up the sponge; and Sellar, M'Mahon, and Taylor repeatedly led visits into English ground, but without any effect, the ball either being sent wildly past the posts or returned by the English backs. Not so, however, when the English forwards got within measurable distance of the Scottish goal, for the opportunity was always, at this stage of the game, at least turned to some account, and what was practically the fourth visit to the Scottish goal resulted, after about half-an-hour's play, in the fourth goal being scored. From this point to half-time the Scotsmen played quite as determinedly as ever, but lacked judgement, M'Mahon on one occasion passing instead of shooting when he had the goal at his mercy. Several brilliant runs were, however, made by the Scottish forwards at this point, and it must be said that luck was somewhat against them. Nearing half-time Sellar had a brilliant run, and Holmes had to concede a corner. This, however, came to nothing and half-time found England leading by four goals to nil. On making their appearance on the field after the interval the Scotsmen did not meet with so favourable a reception as at the start, a good many of their supporters being to all appearance quite disappointed with them. The Scottish forwards took the game in hand at the start, and it was thought in the early minutes that Bell had scored from a long dropping shot, but the referee thought otherwise. During the next ten minutes the Scotsmen had certainly the best of the game, some brilliant efforts being made by both wings. Taylor being especially prominent. From one of the latter's centres the ball was sent to the goal mouth, where Bell caught it with his head, but the Notts County representative cleared in marvellous fashion. A corner at the other end was the next incident of note, but Southworth sent the leather over the bar. M'Mahon, on the ball being kicked out, took it the whole length of the field, and his pass across might have proved effective had there been any one on the spot to take it up. A brief stoppage was caused owing to Toone having got hurt in saving, but he was soon again on his feet. The Englishmen now gave oen or two glimpses of the form which they had shown at the start of the game, but Doyle over and over again checkmated their efforts. Sellar at length succeeded in sending the ball through for Scotland, but though the point seemed a legitimate enough one, off-side was claimed and allowed. Taylor was now playing a dashing game for Scotland, and gave his opponents much trouble. On the few occasions that the Englishmen did get down the field, M'Leod, when the ball came his length, showed greatly improved form, and saved quite as difficult shots as he let through in the first half. A run up the left by Sellar and M'Mahon seemed full of promise for Scotland, but the latter's pass to Bell was not utilised by that player, who allowed it to go over the line amid a perfect yell of derision from the Scottish supporters. The first goal for Scotland was at length obtained from a dashing run by Taylor, who, passing across the ball, was sent into goal, Bell covering Toone before he had time to return it. It was a pity for Scotland that this success did not come earlier, as they showed surprising form from this point to the close. All their efforts, however, were of no avail, as though once again before the close the ball appeared to go through, it was not allowed, and the match ended.

Hitherto Scotland has been wonderfully successful in their international matches with England, and the 21st annual game was entered on with the record of eleven victories to four in their favour. Last Saturday's encounter on the Ranger's ground, Ibrox Park, Glasgow, furnished a great triumph for England, whose whole team played with great brilliancy and justly claimed the decisive success of four goals to one. The attendance numbered some 25,000. Sellar won the toss and elected to play with the wind in his favour, leaving the visitors to kick off. It may be noted too that the Englishmen also had the sun in their faces. The match started at a fast rate. Southworth turned the ball over to Chadwick and Bassett on the right wing, and a brilliant piece of passing culminated in a goal by Chadwick before a minute had elapsed...
...Reynolds and Holt enabled the visitors' forwards to become the aggressors, and, after M'Leod had frustrated an attempt by Southworth, a short pass from Chadwick gave Goodall an opening, and the latter scored the second goal for England. Quickly afterwards the visitors' forwards again rushed the ball to the home lines, and Southworth, getting in possession, skilfully evaded the full backs and gained a third goal. Still the Englishmen kept up the pace, dribbling, passing, and kicking with an accuracy so remarkable as to thoroughly baffle the home eleven. An attempt by one of the left wings was well met by M'Leod, but the last-named almost immediately failed to save a shot from Goodall, who obtained the fourth goal when scarcely 25 minutes had elapsed...
The home team's efforts were finally rewarded with an excellent goal by Bell." - The Times, Monday, 7 April 1892
Domestic Football Results (2 April 1892)                                                Teams in a silver box denotes a player representing England
The Football League:
Accrington 1 Derby County 1
Thorneyholme Road, Accrington
~ Mills
Accrington started with Jimmy Whitehead
Derby were without John Goodall, but did start with Jack Cox
Bolton Wanderers 1 Aston Villa 2
Pike's Lane, Bolton
~ J.Devey (2 (1 pen))
John Sutcliffe and Jimmy Turner started for Bolton
Villa were without Dennis Hodgetts, but did have Charlie Athersmith and Jack Devey
Darwen 2 Burnley 6
   Barley Bank, Darwen
Craven, Alexander
Nicol (2), Bowes, McLardie (2), Hill
Sunderland 4 Stoke 1
   Football Ground, Sunderland
Campbell (2), J.Hannah (2) ~ Brodie
Tom Porteous started for Sunderland
Bill Rowley and Tommy Clare started for Stoke
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3
Preston North End 0

Molineux Ground, Wolverhampton (6,000)
Wood, Devey, Johnston
Billy Rose, Dick Baugh, Charlie Mason, Harry Allen, George Kinsey and Harry Wood all started for Wolves
Preston were without Bob Holmes

Team P
Sunderland 22 36
Preston North End 23 33
Bolton Wanderers 24 32
Aston Villa 24 28
Everton 23 26
Blackburn Rovers 25 26
Notts County 23 24
Burnley 23 24
Wolverhampton Wanderers 24 24
Derby County 24 20
Accrington 25 20
West Bromwich Albion 22 14
Stoke 24 11
Darwen 22 10
A thirteenth successive victory for Sunderland, a league record, as they closed in on their first Championship, with Preston faltering. Two weeks later, the title was clinched.
Source Notes  
Scottish FA
Cris Freddi's England Football Factbook
ScottishSportHistory: Andy Mitchell
The Football Association Yearbook
Richard Keir's Complete International Record of Scotland
Original Newspaper Reports