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54 vs. Wales

56 vs. Ireland

Saturday, 6 April 1895
Home International Championship 1894-95 (12th) Match

England 3 Scotland 0 [3-0]

Match Summary

England Party

Scotland Party
Team Records

Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool, Lancashire
42,500 (a new-world record attendance); Kick-off 4.10pm GMT

England - Steve Bloomer ('from a Goodall (or Holt) free-kick, who tipped it over to Bloomer' 30), Neil Gibson ('Goodall at length found an opening, and although McArthur stopped the ball, it rebounded of Gibson as an own goal' 35), Steve Smith ('a splendid side shot' 44).
Results 1891-1900

Scotland won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - John Reid
Ireland (Irish FA)

Linesmen - Nicholas Lane Jackson, 45 (1 November 1849), West Hackney, London (Corinthians FC & FA Hon. Secretary) & A. Sliman, Scotland.

  Goal Attempts  
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  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
For the first time since the International Matches began, Charlie Clegg, the chairman of the FA Council, made the suggestion of not having the trial matches to decide the team to face Scotland. But no further action was taken. - The Morning Post, Tuesday, 19 March 1895, p.3

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: "...attired in white jerseys and blue knickers"
Capt: Cunliffe Gosling, first capataincy Selectors: The five-man FA International Selection Committee (Clegg, Bentley, Gregson, Jackson & Hughes), on Thursday, 28 March 1895 at Trent Bridge Pavilion, Nottingham, following the trial match.
24th match, W 19 - D 4 - L 1 - F 99 - A 21.
England Lineup
  Sutcliffe, John W. 26 12 April 1868 G Bolton Wanderers FC 3 0 GA
  Crabtree, James W. 23 23 December 1871 RB Burnley FC 3 0
  Lodge, L. Vaughan 22 21 December 1872 LB Cambridge University AFC & Corinthians FC 3 0
  Reynolds, John 26 21 February 1869 RH Aston Villa FC 6 2
  Holt, John 29 10 April 1865 CH Everton FC 9 0
  Needham, Ernest 22 21 January 1873 LH Sheffield United FC 2 0
  Bassett, William I. 26 27 January 1869 OR West Bromwich Albion FC 13 4 or 5
Bloomer, Stephen 21 20 January 1874 IR Derby County FC 2 3
  Goodall, John 31 19 June 1863 CF Derby County FC 11 10 or 11
  Gosling, R. Cunliffe 26 15 June 1868 IL Old Etonians AFC & Corinthians FC 5 2
Smith, Stephen 21 14 January 1874 OL Aston Villa FC 1 1


reserves 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)).
England's unbeaten run has now reached a record eighteen matches, since March 1890. Their unbeaten 'Home' run is now extended to a record nine matches.
2-3-5 Sutcliffe -
Crabtree, Lodge -
Reynolds, Holt, Needham -
Bassett, Bloomer, Goodall, Gosling, Smith


Age 24.8 Appearances/Goals 5.3 1.8-2.0

England teams v. Scotland:


Gay Clare Pelly Reynolds Holt Needham Bassett Goodall G.Smith Chadwick Spiksley


Sutcliffe Crabtree Lodge Reynolds Holt Needham Bassett Bloomer Goodall Gosling S.Smith


Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: Dark blue jerseys and white shorts
Capt: James Oswald Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, of seven members, chosen, following a trial match.
Scotland Lineup
  McArthur, Daniel 27 9 August 1867 G The Celtic FC 2 4 GA
  Drummond, John 24 13 April 1870 RB Rangers FC 4 0
  Doyle, Daniel 30 16 September 1864 LB The Celtic FC 5 0
  Simpson, James 22 2 April 1873 RH Third Lanark FC 3 0
  Russell, David K. 27 6 April 1868 CH Heart of Midlothian FC 2 0
Gibson, Neil 22 23 February 1873 LH Rangers FC 2 0
  Gulliland, William 24 3 February 1871 OR Queen's Park FC 4 0
  Waddell, Thomas S. 24 9 November 1870 IR Queen's Park FC 6 1
  Oswald, James 27 3 January 1868 CF Edinburgh St. Bernard's FC 2 1
  McPherson, John 26 19 June 1868 IL Rangers FC 8 4
  Lambie, William A. 22 10 January 1873 OL Queen's Park FC 5 4


reserves not known
2-3-5 McArthur -
Drummond, Doyle -
Simpson, Russell, Gibson -
Gulliland, Waddell, Oswald, McPherson, Lambie


Age 25.0 Appearances/Goals 3.9 0.9


    Match Report

The skill of the English eleven prevailed on Saturday at Goodison-park, Liverpool, and the Scotchmen were thoroughly beaten by three goals to none. At almost every point the home game possessed more dash and precision, but the secret of the superiority could easily be traced to the play of the English half-backs, who not only broke up the visitors' combination, but few their own forwards so well as to lay the foundation for the majority of the sharp attacks on the Scottish goal. The best thing in the visitors' football was their strong defence at full back and in goal. M'Arthur had more to do than Sutcliffe, but the latter's manner of getting the ball away in the second period was one of the most striking features of the match. Six years ago Scotland had the majority of 11 victories to three in the matches with England ; but they have not won a game since, and the last few seasons have seen England considerably reduce this difference between the records. In fact, Saturday's was their seventh success in the 24 years during which the contest has taken place. Goodison-park, which is the headquarters of the Everton Club, makes a fine ground for the accommodation of the public, and there were quite 30,000 people present. There was no change in the originally chosen elevens, and both were warmly cheered as they entered the field of play.

With the wind in their faces England started the game some ten minutes after the advertised time---4 o'clock...

...The left wings had taken the ball up and a free kick had fallen to the home side. This was well judged by Holt, who sent the ball up to Bloomer, and the latter kicked it between the posts. More fine passing among the English forwards with plenty of good centres from Bassett and Smith kept the Scotch defence closely engaged, and at last the ball went in from the left to Goodall, who made a shot that M'Arthur failed to get properly away, and the ball went back into the goal off one of the defenders...

In the last minute of the first half a good opening presented itself to Smith, and this he promptly seized, and this goal brought England's score at the interval to three to none. - The Times - Monday 8th April, 1895

At their twelfth attempt, this is the first clean sheet that England have managed against Scotland at home.

    Football League


Football League Division One
6 April 1895
Team P Pts
Sunderland 28 43
Everton 26 39
Aston Villa 28 37
Blackburn Rovers 28 31
Nottingham Forest 27 31
Preston North End 27 30
Sheffield United 28 30
The Wednesday 27 28
Burnley 28 26
Small Heath 29 23
Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 22
Bolton Wanderers 27 21
Liverpool 28 21
West Bromwich Albion 27 20
Derby County 28 20
Stoke 27 18


Division One matches played on 6 April 1895:

Dorrell 2, Athersmith, Hodgetts, Chatt
 4,000 (Wellington Road, Birmingham)

Villa were without Reynolds and Smith, who were playing (Smith scoring) for England against Scotland at Liverpool, as was Burnley's Jimmy Crabtree.

2,000 (Racecourse Ground, Derby)

Derby were without Bloomer and Goodall, who were playing (Bloomer scoring) for England against Scotland at Liverpool.

Carnelly 2, McInnes
4,000 (Town Ground, Nottingham)

3,000 (Olive Grove, Sheffield)


The game at Sheffield was brought to a premature end when a spectator threw mud at the referee, during a period of hostile abuse against the official, in disagreement with his decisions. His severe reaction was to immediately walk off the field and out of the ground. Five days later, the Football League ordered the game to be replayed, with the same referee, John Lewis. Stoke won, 4-2 and then escaped relegation by winning their test match at the end of the season.


Football League Division Two
6 April 1895
Team P Pts
Bury 27 45
Newton Heath 26 36
Notts County 28 36
Darwen 27 34
Grimsby Town 27 34
Leicester Fosse 28 34
Woolwich Arsenal 28 32
Burton Wanderers 26 30
Manchester City 27 27
Newcastle United 27 25
Burton Swifts 28 25
Rotherham Town 28 20
Lincoln City 27 16
Walsall Town Swifts 26 16
Burslem Port Vale 28 14
Crewe Alexandra 26 10


Division Two matches played on 6 April 1895:

 Dean 2, Evans, Beats, Mason

800 (Athletic Ground, Stoke)

2,500 (Peel Croft, Burton)

Townley, Shaw 3
3,000 (Barley Bank, Darwen)

Blades (Gallacher, McArthur)
2,000 (John O'Gaunts, Lincoln)

Cassidy 2, Smith 2, McDermott o.g. (Dickson)
6,000 (Bank Street, Manchester)

Davis, Hare, Crawford, O'Brien, Buchanan 2, Boyle
5,000 (Manor Ground, London)



Bury's victory secured the Second Division Championship for them, but they did not secure promotion to the top flight until three weeks later, when they defeated Liverpool in a test match. It was their first season in the Football League.


It was on 7 April 1895 that the disgraced former MP, Jabez Balfour left Buenos Aires on a ship bound for Southampton after being arrested by Inspector Frank Froest of Scotland Yard. He was to face charges of conspiracy and fraud amounting to around 7 million in his directorship of a number of companies. Balfour was sentenced to 14 years in prison for embezzlement and his likeness even appeared in Madame Tussaud's waxworks museum at the height of his notoriety.

Source Notes

England Football Factbook: Cris Freddi
Scottish Football Association
Scotland - The Complete International Record: Richard Keir
London Hearts
original newspaper reports
FA Yearbooks 1950-60
England Expects: James Corbett, [2006] p27 & 28.