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112 vs. Wales

114 vs. Ireland

Saturday, 23 March 1912
Home International Championship 1911-12 (29th) Match

Scotland 1 England 1 [1-1]

Match Summary
England Party

Team Records

Hampden Park, Kinghorn Drive, Mount Florida, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Attendance: 127,307 (new World Record Attendance); Receipts £6997 15s (record receipts);
Kick-off 3:32pm GMT;

Scotland - Andy Wilson ('a hard drive, after getting possession from a throw-in and a Crompton mis-kick' 7)
England - George Holley ('slipped through, following a Jefferis overhead kick' 13)
Results 1901-14

Scotland won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - James Mason

Linesmen - J. Black, Scotland and G.T. Wagstaffe Simmons, 45 (early 1867), Hertfordshire FA.

The record crowd is all the more remarkable because the railway companies were not running 'specials', that is, cheap services to Mount Florida, due to the coal strike that had slowed Britain since February.
The strike would end within two weeks after this match, having an enormous effect on the numbers that perished when the RMS Titanic sank on 15 April.

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"Sixty persons were treated by ambulance attendants, but only four were taken to hospital, and all were able to return home today" - The Courier, Monday 25 March 1912

Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th
Colours: Dark blue shirts and white shorts
Capt: Bob Crompton, sixteenth captaincy Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, of seven members, on Monday, 18 March 1912, chosen following the inter-league match.
Scotland Lineup
  Brownlie, James 26 15 May 1885 G Third Lanark FC 10 7 GA
  McNair, Alexander 28 26 December 1883 RB The Celtic FC 9 0
  Walker, John 27 6 November 1884 LB Swindon Town FC, England 6 0
  Gordon, James E. 23 23 July 1888 RH Rangers FC 2 0
  Thomson, Charles B. 33 12 June 1878 CH Sunderland AFC, England 17 3
  Hay, James 31 12 December 1880 LH Newcastle United FC, England 9 0
  Templeton, Robert B. 31 22 June 1879 OR Kilmarnock FC 10 1
  Walker, Robert 33 10 January 1879 IR Heart of Midlothian FC 27 7
  McLean, David P. 24 13 December 1887 CF The Wednesday, England 1 0
Wilson, Andrew 31 10 December 1880 IL The Wednesday, England 3 1
  Quinn, James 33 8 July 1878 OL The Celtic FC 11 6


reserves not known.

team notes:

records continue to be broken as this is the oldest team to face England thus far.
2-3-5 Brownlie -
J.Walker -
Gordon, Thomson, Hay -
R.Walker, McLean, Wilson, Quinn.


Age 29.1 Appearances/Goals 9.5 1.5

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: White collared jerseys and navy blue shorts
Capt: Bob Crompton, sixteenth captaincy Selectors:
In charge: H. Walker
The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Friday, 15 March 1912 at 42 Russell Square, London, alongside the draw for the FA Cup semi-finals.
80th match, W 58 - D 15 - L 7 - F 278 - A 68.
England Lineup
  Williamson, Reginald G. 27 6 June 1884 G Middlesbrough FC 6 4 GA
  Crompton, Robert 32 26 September 1879 RB Blackburn Rovers FC 35 0
  Pennington, Jesse 28 23 August 1883 LB West Bromwich Albion FC 19 0
  Brittleton, J. Thomas 29 23 April 1882 RH The Wednesday FC 3 0
  Wedlock, William J. 31 28 October 1880 CH Bristol City FC 25 1
  Makepeace, J.W. Henry 30 22 August 1881 LH Everton FC 4 0
  Simpson, John 26 25 December 1885 OR Blackburn Rovers FC 6 1
  Jefferis, Frank 27 3 July 1884 IR Everton FC 2 0
  Freeman, Bertram C. 26 13 October 1885 CF Burnley FC 5 3
Holley, George H. 26 20 November 1885 IL Sunderland AFC 9 8
  Wall, George 27 20 February 1885 OL Manchester United FC 6 2


Swindon Town FC's Billy Silto and Sunderland AFC's Charlie Buchan.

team notes:

Bob Crompton extends his tally as England's record appearance holder, in this, the oldest team to be fielded by England thus far, a record broken for the fifth match in a row.
This is the last of Billy Wedlock's record 25 consecutive games.
2-3-5 Williamson -
Crompton, Pennington -
Brittleton, Wedlock, Makepeace -
Simpson, Jefferis, Freeman, Holley, Wall.


Age 28.1 Appearances/Goals 10.9 1.3


    Match Report

The match between Scotland and England at Hampden Park, Glasgow, on Saturday ended in a drawn game, each side having scored one goal.

Much more striking than anything in the play was the enormous crowd present. The ground is capable of accommodating a larger number of people than any other in the kingdom, and it was tested to its utmost, the attendance proving so great that thousands could not see anything and had their money returned. Over 5,000 was taken at the gate, and the money paid for the seats in the stands is expected to be fully 2,000. At least 130,000 persons were present at the match. The people kept their places until within a little while of the start, but then they began to climb over the barriers, and in a few moments several thousand had ranged themselves on the touch and goal lines. For a moment there seemed every probability that the start would have to be delayed, but, on the police being strongly reinforced, the people were driven back a few yards, and the game proceeded without interruption.

Naturally the sudden movement of thousands led to much discomfort and pressure, and the Ambulance Corps were kept busily at work, dealing in all with something like 50 cases, but none of these were reported to be serious. A fine exhibition of football had been expected, but considering the strength of the sides, the play was very disappointing. - The Times - Monday 25th March, 1912

The scoring took place in the first thirteen minutes, and, curiously enough, each goal came almost directly from a throw in. The game had only lasted seven minutes when Quinn compelled Crompton to put the ball out of play. From the throw in Wilson got possession, and with a hard drive scored, sending the ball between the near post and Williamson...

Then came the visitors' goal. Simpson, in a struggle with Walker, put the ball out off his opponent. From the throw in the ball was turned over to the left wing, where Holley slipped between the backs and beat Brownlie at close range with a shot the Scottish custodian had no chance of saving... - The Manchester Guardian - Monday 25th March, 1912

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