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Saturday, 8 April 1899
Home International Championship 1898-99 (16th) Match

England 2 Scotland 1

Football League Record

Season Record

Aston Lower Grounds, Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham, Warwickshire
Kick-off (GMT): 4.00pm

Attendance: 25,590; Receipts: £2120.10s;
Gilbert Smith won the toss Scotland kicked-off

[1-0] Gilbert Smith 25
'a shot in off the upright'
[2-0] Jimmy Settle 40
 'from an Athersmith centre'
<150th goal under the ISC
  [2-1] Robert Hamilton 52
'out of a hot scrimmage, rushed the ball thro'.
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England Team Records Scotland
James Torrans
33/34 (1865), Belfast, Irish FA
George Stuart Sherrington
37 (20 August 1861), Islington, Suffolk FA
not known

England Team

Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours White jerseys and navy blue knickerbockers
Captain Gilbert Smith
ninth, tenth or eleventh captaincy
Selection The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 20 March 1899, at The Royal Hotel, Bristol, following the match against Wales.
P 9 of 13, W 7 - D 0 - L 2 - F 37 - A 9. P 36th of 195, W 29 - D 4 - L 3 - F 150 - A 34.
England Lineup
  one change to the previous match (Howell>Williams) league position (20th March) ave lge pos: xth¹⁰
  Robinson, John W. 28 22 April 1870 G Southampton FC 7 6ᵍᵃ
=most gk apps
  Thickitt, Henry 27
11 days
28 March 1872 RB Sheffield United FC 2 0
final app 1899
  Crabtree, James W. 27 23 December 1871 LB Aston Villa FC 9 0
  Forman, Frank 23 23 May 1875 RH Nottingham Forest FC 5 1
  Howell, Rabbi 31
178 days
12 October 1867 CH Liverpool FC 2 1
the third Liverpool FC player to represent England final app 1895-99
  Needham, Ernest 26 21 January 1873 LH Sheffield United FC 10 2
  Athersmith Harper, W. Charles 26 10 May 1872 OR Aston Villa FC 10 3
  Bloomer, Stephen 25 20 January 1874 IR Derby County FC 11 19
mst gls
Smith, Gilbert O. 26 25 November 1872 CF Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 16 11
Settle, James 23 September 1875 IL Bury FC 3 4
  Forman, Frederick R. 25
151 days
8 November 1873 OL Nottingham Forest FC 3 3
final app 1899
reserves: Charlie Sagar (Bury FC)
team notes: In the days leading up to this match, original right-half, Wednesday FC's Tommy Morren, dropped out after sustaining an injury. Frank Forman moved from centre to right, and Raby Howell was re-introduced.
Fred and Frank Forman are brothers.
records: This is the sixth time England have won all three matches in one season.
The first time England have scored nineteen goals in a season.
Gilbert Smith is the tenth England player to score more than once against Scotland.
2-3-5 Robinson -
Thickitt, Crabtree -

Fk Forman, Howell, Needham -
Athersmith, Bloomer, Smith, Settle,
Fd Forman.
Averages: Age 26.1
oldest England team thus far.
Appearances/Goals 7.1 3.8
England teams v. Scotland:
1898: Robinson Williams Oakley F.Forman Wreford-Brown Needham Athersmith Bloomer Smith Wheldon Spiksley
1899: Thickitt Crabtree Howell Settle FR.Forman


Scotland Team

Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours Dark blue jerseys and white shorts
Captain Nicol Smith Selection The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, of seven members, chosen on Saturday, 1 April 1899, following the inter-league match.
P 2nd of 2, W 1 - D 0 - L 1 - F 7 - A 2.
Scotland Lineup
  Doig, John Edward 32 29 October 1866 G Sunderland AFC, England 4 4ᵍᵃ
  Smith, Nicol 25 25 December 1873 RB Rangers FC 5 0
  Storrier, David 26 25 October 1872 LB The Celtic FC 3 0
final app 1899
  Gibson, Neil 26 23 February 1873 RH Rangers FC 10 1
  Christie, Alexander Jack 25 28 September 1873 CH Queen's Park FC 3 1
final app 1898-99
  Robertson, John Tait 22 25 February 1877 LH Southampton FC, England 2 0
  Campbell, John William 21 2 October 1877 OR Rangers FC 3 4
Hamilton, Robert Cumming 21 13 May 1877 IR Rangers FC 3 3
  McColl, Robert Smyth 22 13 April 1876 CF Queen's Park FC 7 10
  Morgan, Hugh 24 7 August 1874 IL Liverpool FC, England 2 0
final app 1898-99
  Bell, John Watson 30 6 October 1868 OL The Celtic FC 8 3
reserves: Davidson Berry (Queen's Park FC) and Henry Marshall (The Celtic FC)
2-3-5 Doig -
Smith, Storrier -
Gibson, Christie, Robertson -
Campbell, Hamilton, McColl, Morgan, Bell.
Averages: Age 25.3 Appearances/Goals 4.5 1.9


    Match Report
The Association match of the year maintained its high traditions of excellence, and it was only after a great demonstration of the finer arts of football that England beat Scotland, at Birmingham, on Saturday, by two goals to one. To the average spectator perhaps the game was lacking in some of the picturesqueness which is expected in fixtures of this international kind, but to those of practical experience in the game Saturday's  match was full of excellence. And the thing that must have been most appreciated by those keener judges of the play was the work of the English half-backs, with whom lay really the secret of England's success. For some years now the development of the duties of half-back in Association football has made this line in the game as vital as it is in Rugby Union ; and that this is so was well illustrated on Saturday...England scored their two goals in the first half of the game at periods of 25 minutes and 40 minutes from the start. The first was by G. O. Smith, to whom fortune was kind ; he lofted the ball at a 20 yards range over the heads of the halves and full backs, and the shot took effect in the top angle of the left post, the ball rebounding into the net off the post. But the second goal was a masterpiece. Athersmith got down on the right, and, with his opponents closing in on him, he middled to Settle, who had the goal at his mercy. The Scotsmen played a tremendous game at the beginning of the second half, and in seven or eight minutes the ball was bullied through after the goalkeeper had fallen... Their large ground at Aston was thronged by a company 40,000 strong, and the methods for dealing with such a company were perfectly carried out. - The Times - Monday 10th April, 1899

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