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112 vs. Wales
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114 vs. Ireland

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

Scotland 1 England 1 [1-1]
 



Match Summary
Scotland
Party
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

Officials

Scotland

Type

England

Referee - James Mason
Burslem

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.

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
  Possession  
AMBULANCE MEN ATTEND 60 PERSONS
IN CROWD AT INTERNATIONAL
"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

 

Rank:

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:

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 -
McNair,
J.Walker -
Gordon, Thomson, Hay -
Templeton,
R.Walker, McLean, Wilson, Quinn.

Averages:

Age 29.1 Appearances/Goals 9.5 1.5
 

England Team

 

Rank:

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

reserves:

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.

Averages:

Age 28.1 Appearances/Goals 10.9 1.3

England teams v. Scotland:

1911:

Williamson Crompton Pennington Warren Wedlock Hunt Simpson Stewart Webb Bache Evans

1912:

Williamson Crompton Pennington Brittleton Wedlock Makepeace Simpson Jefferis Freeman Holley Wall

 

    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

    Football League

Football League Division One
23 March 1912
Team P Pts
Blackburn Rovers 30 39
The Wednesday 32 36
Newcastle United 31 36
Bolton Wanderers 32 36
Everton 30 36
Tottenham Hotspur 30 33
Sheffield United 33 33
West Bromwich Albion 29 33
Aston Villa 32 33
Sunderland 32 33
Middlesbrough 30 32
Manchester United 29 31
Bradford City 30 30
Woolwich Arsenal 31 30
Notts County 32 29
Oldham Athletic 29 27
Liverpool 31 25
Preston North End 31 25
Manchester City 30 21
Bury 32 18

 

Division One matches played on 23 March 1912:

BLACKBURN ROVERS 3-1 BRADFORD CITY
Bradshaw, Aitkenhead, Orr (Fox)

15,335 (Ewood Park, Blackburn)

Blackburn were without Crompton (the captain) and Simpson, who were playing against Scotland in Glasgow.

BURY 1-1 OLDHAM ATHLETIC
Kay (Jones)

4,815
(Gigg Lane, Bury)

Oldham's Matthews saved a last-minute penalty from Smith.

EVERTON 1-0 PRESTON NORTH END
Browell
6,000 (Goodison Park, Liverpool)

Everton were without Jefferis and Makepeace, who were playing against Scotland in Glasgow.

MANCHESTER UNITED 1-1 LIVERPOOL
Nuttall (Parkinson)

12,000 (
Old Trafford, Manchester)

United were without George Wall, who was playing against Scotland in Glasgow.

MIDDLESBROUGH 1-1 SHEFFIELD UNITED
Windridge (Leafe)
8,790 (
Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough)

Middlesbrough were without Tim Williamson, who was in goal against Scotland in Glasgow.

NOTTS COUNTY 1-4 NEWCASTLE UNITED
Cantrell (Finlay 2, Peart, Wilson)
8,000 (
Meadow Lane, Nottingham)

Newcastle were without Jimmy Hay, who was playing for Scotland against England in Glasgow.

SUNDERLAND 1-0 WOOLWICH ARSENAL
Low
5,000 (Roker Park, Sunderland)

Sunderland were without Holley, who scored the equaliser against Scotland in Glasgow, Buchan who was an England reserve and Thomson, who was playing for Scotland.

THE WEDNESDAY 0-1 BOLTON WANDERERS
(Smith)
7,000 (Owlerton Stadium, Sheffield)

Wednesday were without Tom Brittleton, who was playing against Scotland in Glasgow, and two Scotland players; McLean, who was making his only international appearance, and Wilson, who scored the opening goal.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2-1 ASTON VILLA
Middlemiss 2 (Edgley)
19,000 (White Hart Lane, London)

WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1-1 MANCHESTER CITY
Shearman (Bottomley)

12,331 (The Hawthorns, West Bromwich)

West Brom were without Jesse Pennington, who was playing against Scotland in Glasgow.

The chasing pack were bunching, but Blackburn managed to hold them off to secure their first league title.

Football League Division Two
23 March 1912
Team P Pts
Burnley 32 47
Chelsea 32 44
Derby County 30 40
Hull City 31 37
Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 33
Clapton Orient 30 33
Barnsley 29 33
Grimsby Town 33 33
Nottingham Forest 31 32
Fulham 28 30
Bradford 30 30
Birmingham 31 27
Blackpool 31 27
Leicester Fosse 31 27
Stockport County 30 26
Huddersfield Town 30 26
Bristol City 31 23
Leeds City 31 22
Glossop 29 21
Gainsborough Trinity 30 19

 

Division Two matches played on 23 March 1912:

BARNSLEY 0-0 LEICESTER FOSSE
4
,000 (Oakwell, Barnsley)

BIRMINGHAM 4-0 CLAPTON ORIENT
Hall 3, Jones pen.

6
,000 (St Andrew's, Birmingham)

BLACKPOOL 2-0 NOTTINGHAM FOREST
Thorpe, Wolstenholme

4,000 (Bloomfield Road, Blackpool)

BRADFORD 0-2 WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS
(Young 2, 1 pen.)

8
,000 (Park Avenue, Bradford)

BRISTOL CITY 0-3 BURNLEY
(Picken 2, Nesbitt)

10,000 (Ashton Gate, Bristol)

Bristol City were without Billy Wedlock, who was playing against Scotland in Glasgow, as was Burnley's Bert Freeman.

DERBY COUNTY 2-0 STOCKPORT COUNTY
Barnes, Grimes

5,000 (Baseball Ground, Derby)

FULHAM 7-2 LEEDS CITY
Mavin 2, 1 pen., Pearce 3, Coleman 2 (Enright, Mulholland)
3,000 (Craven Cottage, London)

GLOSSOP 5-2 GRIMSBY TOWN
Moore 4, Stapley (Rippon, Mounteney pen.)

8,000 (North Road, Glossop)

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1-3 CHELSEA
Howie (Woodward, Whittingham 2)
13,000 (Leeds Road, Huddersfield)

HULL CITY 1-1 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY
Fenwick (Young)
4,000 (Anlaby Road, Hull)

Although Burnley maintained a seven-point lead over third-placed Derby, it was they who were to miss out on promotion, with Derby winning the Second Division Championship on goal average from Chelsea.

IN OTHER NEWS...

It was on 23 March 1912 that a dramatic rescue was made of three youths from the River Ribble in Preston, when their boat overturned during a flood tide. Two managed to reach the bank, whilst a twenty-year-old man dived in to help and got into difficulties before another boat arrived and rescued them.

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
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