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63 vs. Wales
65 vs. Ireland

Saturday, 2 April 1898
Home International Championship 1897-98 (15th) Match

Scotland 1 England 3 [0-2]

Match Summary
Scotland Party

England Party
Team Records

Celtic Park, Kerrydale Street, Parkhead, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Attendance: 'close upon' 40,000, as much as 62,000; receipts: £3229 10s 6d; Kick-off 4.00pm GMT;

England - Fred Wheldon ('shot the ball through following a scrimmage' 3), Steve Bloomer ('a high shot' 23, 'a Spiksley centre gave Bloomer what was practically an open goal' 70)
Scotland - James Millar ('after missing one shot, sent home another' 46)
Results 1891-1900

Scotland won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Thomas Robertson
33 (1 December 1864), Torrance, Stirlingshire, Scotland Football Association

Linesmen - Percy Alexander Timbs, 32 (13 June 1865), St. Giles, London, England & D. McKenzie, Scotland.

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
Provisions were made to accommodate 60,000. The Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders not only provided the pre-match entertainment, but also added as extra security to assist the large staff of policemen already assembled.
Crushing in the south-west corner occurred an hour before kick-off. There were no casualties.

Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: "The Scotchmen wore dark blue jerseys..."
Capt: James Cowan Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, of seven members, chosen, on Tuesday, 29 March 1898, following the trial match.
Scotland Lineup
  Anderson, Kenneth 22 23 July 1875 G Queen's Park FC 3 6 GA
  Drummond, John 27 13 April 1870 RB Rangers FC 8 0
  Doyle, Daniel 33 16 September 1864 LB The Celtic FC 8 0
  Gibson, Neil 25 23 February 1873 RH Rangers FC 7 1
  Cowan, James 29 17 October 1868 CH Aston Villa FC, England 3 0
  Robertson, John T. 21 25 February 1877 LH Everton FC, England 1 0
  Bell, John 28 6 October 1869 OR Everton FC, England 5 2
  Campbell, John 26/27 1871 IR The Celtic FC 4 0
  Maxwell, William S. 21 21 September 1876 CF Stoke FC, England 1 0
Millar, James 28 2 March 1870 IL Rangers FC 3 2
  Smith, Alexander 21 7 November 1876 OL Rangers FC 1 0


reserves not known
2-3-5 Anderson -
Drummond, Doyle -
Gibson, Cowan, Robertson -
Bell, Campbell, Maxwell, Millar, Smith.
For the second half, Campbell went centre, Maxwell partnered Smith on the left, and Millar joined Bell on the right.


Age 25.5 Appearances/Goals 4.0 0.4


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: "...while the English team wore white with the rose on the left breast."
Capt: Charles Wreford-Brown, second certain captaincy, possible third Selectors:
Member in Charge: John James Bentley
The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 28 March 1898, at the Queen's Hotel, Chester, following the match aganist Wales.
33rd match, W 26 - D 4 - L 3 - F 132 - A 29.

England Lineup
  Robinson, John W. 27 22 April 1870 G New Brighton Tower FC 5 5 GA
  Williams, William 22 20 January 1876 RB West Bromwich Albion FC 4 0
  Oakley, William J. 24 27 April 1873 LB Corinthians FC 10 0
  Forman, Frank 22 23 May 1875 RH Nottingham Forest FC 2 0
  Wreford-Brown, Charles 31 9 October 1866 CH Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 4 0
  Needham, Ernest 25 21 January 1873 LH Sheffield United FC 7 1
  Athersmith Harper, W. Charles 25 10 May 1872 OR Aston Villa FC 7 2
Bloomer, Stephen 24 20 January 1874 IR Derby County FC 8 15
  Smith, Gilbert O. 25 25 November 1872 CF Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 13 6
Wheldon, G. Frederick 28 1 November 1869 IL Aston Villa FC 4 6
  Spiksley, Frederick 28 25 January 1870 OL Wednesday FC 7 7


John Goodall (Derby County FC) and James Crabtree (Aston Villa FC)

team notes:

Steve Bloomer's two goals takes him clear of Tinsley Lindley to become England's record goalscorer.
2-3-5 Robinson -
Oakley, Williams -
Forman, Wreford-Brown, Needham -
Athersmith, Bloomer, Smith, Wheldon, Spiksley


Age 25.5 Appearances/Goals 6.5 3.1

England teams v. Scotland:


Robinson Oakley Spencer Reynolds Crawshaw Needham Athersmith Bloomer Smith Chadwick Milward


Robinson Williams Oakley Forman Wreford-Brown Needham Athersmith Bloomer Smith Wheldon Spiksley


    Match Report

Never in the history of Association football in Scotland has a match aroused such interest as the 27th encounter between Scotland and England on Saturday. Celtic-park, Glasgow, had undergone radical alterations with a view to accommodating an exceptionally large crowd, and events proved that the executive were fairly accurate in their estimate. It was stated that the holding capacity of the ground was 60,000, and in that case the attendance must have been close upon that number, as to all appearances all available space was occupied. The ground was opened at 11 o'clock, and at that early hour the crowd began to assemble. When a start was made at half-past 3 the lofty and capacious terraces at each end and the various stands and enclosures were crowded. The scene was a remarkable one, and it says a good deal for the foresight of the management that, despite the presence of so great a throng, the match passed off without the least disturbance. With regard to the contest it may at once be said that the Englishmen for the first time for two years defeated their opponents over the border by three goals to one, and, as they had previously disposed of Ireland and Wales, became the winners of the international championship. The result was, of course, a great disappointment to the great majority of those present, and the closing stages of the match, when England's victory was assured, passed off very quietly. At the finish there was very little cheering, the thousands of spectators dispersing rapidly.

...within three minutes of the start Wheldon kicked a goal for England, and 20 minutes later Bloomer added another...

...the Scotch forwards opened the second half in a very spirited manner, Miller heading a goal within five minutes of the restart...

...During that period the result hung in the balance, but gradually the English team pulled themselves together, and when Bloomer kicked the third goal 20 minutes from the finish England had the game safe...

On all hands it was freely admitted that the Englishmen were the better side and thoroughly deserved their success. The record between the two countries now stands ;--Scotland, 13 wins ; England, eight wins ; and seven drawn games. - The Times - Monday 4th April, 1898

    Football League


Football League Division One
2 April 1898
Team P Pts
Sheffield United 28 38
Sunderland 27 35
West Bromwich Albion 27 32
The Wednesday 27 31
Aston Villa 27 31
Everton 27 31
Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 28
Nottingham Forest 24 27
Bolton Wanderers 27 26
Derby County 26 24
Liverpool 27 24
Blackburn Rovers 26 21
Stoke 28 21
Notts County 27 20
Preston North End 28 20
Bury 26 19


Division One matches played on 2 April 1898:

Harvey (Molyneux)
8,000 (Villa Park, Birmingham)

Villa were without Athersmith, and Wheldon (who scored the opening goal), who were playing for England in Glasgow (whilst Crabtree was a reserve), and James Cowan, who was playing for Scotland. Stoke were without William Maxwell, who was also playing for Scotland.

Fitchett, Nicoll
3,650 (Burnden Park, Bolton)

West Brom were without Billy Williams, who was playing for England in Glasgow.

Bell, Divers
10,000 (Goodison Park, Liverpool)

Forest were without Frank Forman, who was playing for England in Glasgow, whilst Everton were without Jack Bell and Robertson, who were playing for Scotland.

Boucher 2, Leonard (McCowie, Becton)
00 (Trent Bridge, Nottingham)

20,000 (Bramall Lane, Sheffield)

Sheffield United were without Ernest Needham, who was playing for England in Glasgow.

Beats, Wood 2,1 pen. (Booth, Proudfoot)
4,000 (Molineux, Wolverhampton)


Sunderland travelled to Sheffield in the hope that they could dislodge the leaders, and even prevented two of their team (goalkeeper, Doig, and Wilson) from playing for Scotland on the same day, whilst their hosts allowed Needham to play for England. It was not enough, however, and United increased their lead to three points, with two games remaining (Sunderland had three to play). Six days later, on Good Friday, Sheffield United clinched their one and only Championship title with a victory at Bolton, as Sunderland lost at Bury.

Football League Division Two
2 April 189
Team P Pts
Burnley 28 46
Newcastle United 27 42
Manchester City 27 35
Woolwich Arsenal 27 33
Newton Heath 26 31
Small Heath 25 29
Luton Town 28 28
Gainsborough Trinity 25 28
Leicester Fosse 26 26
Walsall 28 25
Grimsby Town 27 23
Blackpool 27 20
Burton Swifts 25 17
Lincoln City 27 16
Darwen 26 14
Loughborough 25 11


Division Two matches played on 2 April 1898:

Martin (Griffin)
 1,200 (Athletic Grounds, Blackpool)

Blythe (Cassidy 2, Boyd)
 3,000 (Abbey Park, Grimsby)

6,000 (Filbert Street, Leicester)

Coupar (Dunlop, Inglis)
 3,000 (Dunstable Road, Luton)

Peddie 3, Smith 2 (Morris, Scott pen.)
 12,000 (St. James' Park, Newcastle)

Hunt (McInnes)
 12,000 (Manor Ground, London)


Newcastle secured their place in the end-of-season test matches. As events transpired, they had actually done enough already to secure promotion, but they would not know that until the Football League agreed to extend the First Division to 18 clubs, the following month, and Newcastle were voted into it, even though they had failed to win promotion via the test matches.




Middlesbrough beat Thornaby, 2-1 in the FA Amateur Cup semi-final at Brotton, in a game played behind closed doors due to the smallpox epidemic in Middlesbrough.

It was on 2 April 1898 that an inquest delivered its verdict of the suicide of Eleanor Marx, youngest daughter of the great German philosopher, Karl Marx. She had drunk hydrogen cyanide on discovering that her terminally-ill partner of 15 years, the playwright, Edward Aveling had secretly married a young actress, the previous year, under his pen name. Aveling died, just four months later, from kidney disease.

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