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 unofficial match


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official matches
 1 vs. Scotland
Saturday, 18 November 1871
an unofficial International friendly

England 2 Scotland 1
there is no half-time score
Played according to Football Association rules.

The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London
Kick-off (London Time): 'shortly after three o'clock'
Attendance: 650+ 'More in fact than we ever ever yet seen!';

Charlie Alcock won the toss Henry Renny-Tailyour kicked-off.
[1-0] Robert Walker
claims of offside from Renny-Tailyour
[2-0] Robert Walker ten minutes after
 after a 'middle' by Weston
  [2-1] Lt Henry Renny-Tailyour
a neat kick following a Lubbock mis-kick

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]  
Umpires Notes: Henry Lake (Hampstead Heathens), and Thomas Hooman, were in the original starting XI, but became unavailable in the week leading up to this match. They were replaced with Percy Weston and Jarvis Kenrick. Archibald Ruggles-Brise, the Eton college captain, was replaced on the day by Parry Crake, because of illness
Alfred Stair 26 (15 May 1845), Greenwich (Upton Park FC, England)
George Kennedy
(Wanderers FC, for Scotland)
- Andy Mitchell's First Elevens, page 40.
England Team


No official ranking system established;

Colours: not known
Capt: Charles W. Alcock Selector: None; team selection by Charles W. Alcock, 28.
England Lineup
  Alcock, Charles William 28
351 days
2 December 1842 - Wanderers FC, Harrow Pilgrims FC & Upton Park FC
  Baker, Thomas Southey 23
142 days
29 June 1848 - Clapham Rovers FC & Oxford University AFC
  Betts, Morton Peto 24
80 days
30 August 1847 - West Kent FC & Harrow Chequers FC
  Crake, William Parry 19
280 days
11 February 1852
in India
- Wanderers FC & Harrow Chequers FC
  Kenrick, Jarvis 19
5 days
13 November 1852 - Clapham Rovers FC
  Lubbock, Edgar 24
269 days
22 February 1847 HB West Kent FC & No Names FC
  Stephenson, Charles William 18
264 days
27 February 1853 G

Westminster School FC & Wanderers FC

  Thompson, Albert Childers 23
128 days
13 July 1848 B

Wanderers FC

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

Wanderers FC & Old Westminsters AFC

Walker, Robert Sandilands Frowd 21
189 days
13 May 1850 -

Clapham Rovers FC

  Weston, Percy 19
236 days
27 March 1852 - Barnes Club

formation not known

Averages (Starting XI): Age

21 years 350 days


Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;

Colours: not known
Capt: Henry Renny-Tailyour Selector: None; team selection by James Kirkpatrick, from London-based teams.
Scotland Lineup
  Crawford, Fitzgerald Hamilton 17
197 days
5 May 1854 - Harrow Chequers FC, England
  Crawford, Robert Erskine Wade 19
74 days
5 September 1852
in Jersey
- Harrow Chequers FC, England
  Elliott, Edward Hay McKenzie 19
353 days
30 November 1852
in India
- Harrow Chequers FC & Wanderers FC, both England
  Ferguson, Harold Stewart 20
281 days
10 February 1851
in London
- Royal Artillery FC, England
  Kirkpatrick, James 29
241 days
22 March 1841
in Canada
- Civil Service FC & Wanderers FC, both England
  Lindsay, William 24
107 days
3 August 1847
in India
B Rochester Club, Civil Service FC & Old Wykehamists AFC, all England
  Mitchell, Hugh 21
350 days
3 December 1849
in London
- Royal Engineers FC, England
  Nepean, Charles Edward Burroughs 20
286 days
5 February 1851
in London
HB Oxford University AFC & Old Carthusians AFC, both England
Renny-Tailyour, Henry Waugh 22
40 days
9 October 1849
in India
- Royal Engineers FC, England
  Smith, Arnold Kirke 21
209 days
23 April 1850 - Oxford University AFC & Civil Service FC, both England
  Smith, Robert 23
201 days
1 May 1848 G Queen's Park FC & South Norwood FC, England


Gilbert G. Kennedy (Wanderers FC), as he wasn't called upon to represent Scotland, he officiated instead, and James Smith.

formation not known

Averages (Starting XI): Age

21 years 345 days

SIR: Will you allow me through the medium of your widely-circulated paper to ask two or three questions relative to the football match played last Saturday at Kennington Oval, entitled "England v Scotland." In the first place, on what grounds do the gentlemen who played on the north country side call themselves representatives of Scotland? Secondly, are they recognised in Scotland as representatives of that country? Thirdly, is the match recognised in Scotland as a legitimate match between England and Scotland? I shall be obliged if any of your readers will enlighten one who at present, on the above question, is quite

Match Report The Field, Saturday, 25 November 1871, page 462

THE fourth of the series of matches which have now become firmly established for decision twice during each season, under the auspices of the committee of the Football Association, took place at the Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Oval, on Saturday last. For some time previous to the day the interest of the partisans of the two sides had been increasing with the hopes of a contest worthy of the reputation of the players engaged. In this they were not disappointed, for the match was from first to last of a very attractive character; and the play, with the exception of a decided superiority on the side of England at the outset, so even as to keep the excitement of the on-lookers well sustained until the end. The weather was at the commencement in every sense favourable, with the air keen and bracing, and the ground in good condition, although during the latter part of the game the appearance of a slight fog rendered the post of a spectator very cheerless, and a steadily advancing frost hardened the surface of the ground, so that falls were dangerous to contestants. Scotland, for the first time since the institution of these matches, lost the services of A. F. Kinnaird and Quintin Hogg, and by the loss of the latter were deprived of a back whose place they found it difficult to fill worthily. On the other hand, England suffered by the absence of T. C. Hooman, though generally it was admitted that their eleven were, according to public form, superior to those of past years. The first success fell to the English in the toss for choice of positions, and, in the absence of any wind, their captain was reduced to accept a minor advantage in compelling the Scotchmen to play with the sun in their eyes. Shortly after three o'clock, Renny-Tailyour, who here assisted Scotland for the first time, sent the ball well into the heart of the English lines. Thence it was soon removed, and so desperately did the English eleven work at first that for a quarter of an hour their back found his post a sinecure, the fight being sustained entirely in the opposite territory. For some time with creditable success the Scotchmen resisted every attack, but at length a momentary slip gave an opportunity to R.S.F. Walker, and the downfall of the Scotch goal followed. A diversity of opinion existed relative to the legitimacy of this success, as there was apparently some little reason for the objection of "off side" lodged by the Scotch captain; but the umpires supported the claim of the English, and the usual change of positions ensued. Here commenced a display of hard work on the part of the Scotchmen, which they maintained with remarkable persistency to the end. But luck was against them, and barely ten minutes had elapsed since their first reverse before some clever dribbling by P. Weston, and the subsequent judicious "middling" of the same player, enabled R.S.F. Walker to secure the second goal for England. Again, undeterred by their ill fortune, the Scottish eleven, who were led most gallantly throughout by Renny-Tailyour, Kirke-Smith, and Mitchell, continued to struggle on, and at last to some purpose, a mis-kick by E. Lubbock giving Renny-Tailyour a chance of outstripping his adversaries, and finally landing by a neat kick a very well earned goal for Scotland, to the accompaniment of well-merited applause. With this one achievement, however, rested the triumphs of the Scotch, and they were not able to do more during the rest of the game, beyond keeping their opponents well at bay, than once drive the ball almost into the centre of the English goal. Thus at half-past four o'clock victory remained with the English eleven by two goals to one. Practically the issue of the match was decided by luck, and it may fairly be stated that there were no tangible superiority on either side. The English had two chances, in both of which they were fortunate; while, on the other hand, the Scotch had an equal number of opportunities, one of which they were not able to utilise. For the English, except at the outset, the forward play was generally below the usual standard in point of individual performances, although the Eleven worked well in unison at times. Among their forwards the Scotch had two powerful representatives in Renny-Tailyour and Kirke-Smith, and the former was certainly the most prominent member of the two sides throughout.

Source Notes

Andy Mitchell's First Elevens: The birth of international football
original newspaper report
Douglas Lamming's A Century of English International Football 1872-1972 & 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