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1u/o vs. Scotland
2u/o vs. Scotland

unofficial match


4u/o vs. Scotland
5u/o vs. Scotland
official matches
 1 vs. Scotland
Saturday, 25 February 1871
an unofficial International friendly

England 1 Scotland 1
there is no half-time score

The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London
Kick-off (London Time): 'At half-past three o'clock'
Attendance: 'many hundreds of spectators'; 'upwards of five hundred were present'

Alf Baker kicked-off. Arthur Kinnaird won the toss
[1-0] Charles Nepean 15
 'a well-executed run'
  [1-1] Robert Walker circa 45
' an extremely clever and well-directed kick'
Played according to Football Association rules

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]

Umpires Notes: William Baillie-Hamilton, as in the second unofficial match, was named in the Scottish starting XI, but did not turn up again. His place was given to Gilbert Primrose. Robert Crawford was another late withdrawal, his place going to Frederick Chappell.
No selection issues for the English.
Robert Barker (Hertfordshire Rangers FC, England) &
William Wallace
(Wanderers FC, for Scotland)
Charles Mansfield Tebbut

(Secretary of Essex CCC & Wanderers FC, 31 (23 October 1839)
 - Andy Mitchell's First Elevens, page 27/28.
Tebbut died on 27 September 1898 aged 58, buried in Hampstead cemetery. He was unmarried and left an estate of £10,061 in his will.

England Team



No official ranking system established;

Colours not known
Captain Charles W. Alcock Selection by Charles W. Alcock, 28, and other selectors.
England Lineup
  Alcock, Charles William 28
85 days
2 December 1842 - Wanderers FC, Harrow Pilgrims FC & Upton Park FC
  Baker, Alfred Joseph 25
15 days
10 February 1846 -

Wanderers FC & No Names FC

  Betts, Morton Peto 23
179 days
30 August 1847 G/F West Kent FC, Wanderers FC & Harrow Chequers FC
  Butler, William Charles 27
39 days
17 January 1844 -

Civil Service FC & Barnes Club

  Cockerell, John 25
95 days
22 November 1845 F/G

Brixton Club & Barnes Club

  Crake, William Parry 19
14 days
11 February 1852
in India
- Wanderers FC & Harrow Chequers FC
  Hooman, Thomas Charles 20
59 days
28 December 1850 -

Wanderers FC & Old Carthusians AFC

  Lubbock, Edgar 24
3 days
22 February 1847 HB

West Kent FC & No Names FC

  Stephenson, Charles William 17
363 days
27 February 1853 B

Westminster School AFC & Wanderers FC

  Vidal, Robert Walpole Sealy 17
175 days
3 September 1853 -

Wanderers FC & Old Westminsters AFC

Walker, Robert Sandilands Frowd 20
288 days
13 May 1850 -

Clapham Rovers FC

reserves: Robert Barker (Hertfordshire Rangers FC) and Charles Chenery (Crystal Palace FC)
Formation not known -

Averages (Starting XI):


22 years 307 days


Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;

Colours not known
Captain Arthur Kinnaird Selection by Arthur Kinnaird and Quintin Hogg, primarily from London-based teams.
Scotland Lineup
  Chappell, Frederick 21
218 days
22 July 1849 -

Oxford University AFC, England

  Gladstone MP, William Henry 30
267 days
3 June 1840 B

Harrow School FC & Old Etonians AFC, both England

  Hogg, Quintin 26
11 days
14 February 1845 HB

Wanderers FC, England

  Inglis, John Frederic 17
224 days
16 July 1853
in India

Charterhouse AFC, England

  Kinnaird, Arthur Fitzgerald 24
9 days
16 February 1847
in London

Wanderers FC & Old Etonians AFC, both England

  Kirkpatrick, James 28
340 days
22 March 1841
in Canada

Civil Service FC & Wanderers FC, both England

  Lindsay, William 23
206 days
3 August 1847
in India

Rochester Club, Civil Service FC & Old Wykehamists FAC, all England

Nepean, Charles Edward Burroughs 20
20 days
5 February 1851
in London

Oxford University AFC & Old Carthusians AFC, both England

  Primrose, Gilbert Edward 23
363 days
27 February 1848 -

Civil Service FC, England

  Smith, Arnold Kirke 20
308 days
23 April 1850 -

Oxford University AFC & Civil Service FC, both England

  Smith, Robert 22
300 days
1 May 1848 F/G Queen's Park FC & South Norwood FC, England
formation not known -

Averages (Starting XI):


23 years 242 days


       Match Report The Sporting Life, Wednesday, 23 November 1870, front page

The second of the two matches arranged by the committee of the Football Association for decision during the season of 1870-71, between the best players of England and Scotland, took place on Saturday last in the presence of a vaster array of spectators than is usually witnessed at the most important celebrations of the football campaign. The scene of action was, as in the case of previous contests, the Surrey Cricket Ground at Ken[n]ington Oval, which from its accessible situation, is, perhaps, the most popular of all the places devoted to football in the English metropolis, while the rules were again those promoted by the Football Association, the chief feature whereof is their strict veto against all handling except in the immediate defence of goal. The first contest—it may be as well to state here by way of reminder—took place in November last and ended, after a desperate resistance, on the part of the Scottish Eleven in their defeat by one goal. On that occasion it was justly argued that the vanquished owed their reserve to the imperfect manner in which they were represented, and consequently no stone has been left unturned by the Scotch captain since that date to secure an Eleven worthy of the importance of the second encounter of the season. In this task it will be seen that he succeeded even beyond expectations, as, with the exception of the absence of Lieutenant Renny-Tailyour, of the Royal Engineers, a player of abilities inferior to few in the South, there was no point in which the Scottish champions could possibly have been improved. These preliminary details bring us to the record of the match itself, which it was, moreover, confidently anticipated would be productive of a tough struggle, so well had the duty of selecting the best players at his disposal been performed by the commander of the English forces. At half-past three o'clock the game was opened with a kick off from the English Eleven, the choice of goals, which had fallen to the captain of the Northerners, enabling the latter to secure the assistance of a strong wind blowing directly down the line of play. Partly by means of this advantage, and partly from a   lack of energy visible on the part of many of the Englishmen, the English position was seriously threatened, and only a quarter of an hour had elapsed before a very well executed run by C.E.B. Nepean achieved its overthrow, to the accomplishment of considerable cheering from the Scotch element among the spectators. This success was followed by the usual change of sides; and now the English Eleven showed an amount of hard work that contrasted favourably with their display in this respect at the commencement of the game. Several times the ball was driven within a few feet of the post defended by the Scotchmen, but the desired success for a long time failed to reward their efforts, until at length, when more than half the allotted time had passed, R.S.F. Walker, by a very clever kick, counterbalanced the previous success of Scotland by the achievement of a goal for England, amid well deserved applause from all parts of the ground. Another change of positions was thereby necessitated and from this point until the end of the game, although no further score was realised by either Eleven, the superiority was all on the side of England. Three times, indeed, the Scotch goal narrowly escaped capture, and once its collapse would have certainly been effected but for an unfortunate cannon against one of the Scotch backs at the very moment when a favourable kick was a matter of no difficulty. At five o'clock, however, "time" was called, with only oe goal to each party, and thus the third contest between the two countries, and certainly the most exciting and hard fought of all the encounters, ended in an undecided game. Scotland certainly made a most creditable fight, and to their cause no more efficient assistance was rendered than by C.E.B. Nepean, who was ably supported by the fine kicking and generally excellent back play of Quentin Hogg and W.H. Gladstone, both of whom deserve most honorable mention. For England R.S.F. Walker again worked forward from the kick-off until the call of time with commendable energy, and of those not otherwise mentioned, E. Lubbock, as half-back, kicked with remarkable precision.

       Source Notes

Andy Mitchell's First Elevens: The birth of international football
original newspaper report
Douglas Lamming's A Century of English International Football 1872-1988
Douglas Lamming's A Scottish Internationalists' Who's Who 1872-1986


Mark Shaoul & Tony Williamson's Forever England: A History of the National Side
Original newspaper reports