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Saturday, 30 November 1872
Association Friendly Match

Scotland 0 England 0 [0-0]
The teams changed ends after 45 minutes
 


Match Summary
Scotland Party
England Party

Team Records

Scotland is the first nation visited by England.

The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Peel Street, Partick, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Kick-off (London Time): 2:15pm.
Attendance: 'there being on close 4,000 spectators'
most reports say 4,000, but probably as low as 2,500.
There were at least 2,500 paying gentlemen as the ladies were admitted free!

Cuthbert Ottaway kicked-off
 
The world's first official international football match.
 

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]

Scotland

Played according to
FA rules.
 

England

Umpires

Notes: Glasgow Academical Rugby Club offered their ground at Burnbank free of charge. Instead, The West of Scotland Cricket Club received £20 (not £1.10s) for the hire of the ground. *see notes below

Both teams wore stockings of different colours. This was, in the first place, to indicate to a player in possession of the ball the positions of his fellow-players on the field, by watching their pedal extremities; and, secondly, to enable the spectators to identify a player by his party-coloured stockings. Cards were issued by the Queen's Park, giving the teams, and the colours of their stockings. - The Scottish Football Historical Archive

Charles William Alcock
29 (2 December 1842)
Sunderland
(Hon. Secretary of FA)
Henry Norris Smith
40/41 (1831/32)
Glasgow.
(President of Queen's Park FC)

Referee
William Keay
Scotland
(Hon. Treasurer of Queen's Park FC)

Scotland Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours:
The colours of Queen's Park FC
Dark blue shirts with a red single-lion crest, white knickerbockers, with blue & white striped socks, red head cowls.
Capt: Robert Gardner
(first captaincy)
Selectors: Robert Gardner, Queen's Park FC.
Scotland Lineup
1 Gardner, Robert 25
183 days
31 May 1847 G/For

Queen's Park FC

1 0 GA
2 Ker, William 20
254 days
21 March 1852 Backs Queen's Park FC & Granville FC 1 0
3 Taylor, Joseph 21
350 days
16 December 1850 Queen's Park FC 1 0
4 Thomson, James J. 20
341 days
25 December 1851 Half
Backs
Queen's Park FC 1 0
5 Smith, James 28 summer 1844 Queen's Park FC & South Norwood FC, England 1 0
6 Smith, Robert 24
213 days
1 May 1848 For/G Queen's Park FC & South Norwood FC, England 1 0 GA
7 Leckie, Robert 26
42 days
19 October 1846 For Queen's Park FC 1 0
8 Rhind, Alexander 23
71 days
20 September 1849 Queen's Park FC 1 0
9 MacKinnon, William M. 20
317 days
18 January 1852 Queen's Park FC 1 0
10 Weir, James B. 21
7 days
23 November 1851 Queen's Park FC 1 0
11 Wotherspoon, David 23
235 days
9 April 1849 Queen's Park FC 1 0

reserves:

Alexander Broadfoot and William Keay (both Queen's Park FC)

team notes:

James and Robert Smith were brothers.
Scotland's team was provided by the entire Queen's Park FC team, a record that can never be broken. Eleven players from one club
 

 2-2-6

Gardner (*R.Smith) -
Ker, Taylor -
Thompson,
J.Smith -
R.Smith (*Gardner), Leckie, Rhind, MacKinnon, Weir, Wotherspoon.
*Gardner and R.Smith switched positions after 45 minutes.

Averages:

Age 23 yrs 115-148 days Appearances/Goals 1.0 0.0

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: "For the purposes of distinction, the Englishmen will wear white jerseys with the English arms embroidered on left breast, dark blue appearances, and white flannel trousers or knickerblockers"
Capt: Cuthbert Ottaway
(first (2) captaincy)
Selectors: The Football Association Committee with secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on 14 November 1872 from seventeen names.
youngest & oldest
England Lineup
1  

Barker, Robert

25
164 days
19 June 1847 G/Left

Hertfordshire Rangers FC & Wanderers FC

1 0 GA only app
1872
oldest player so far
2  

Greenhalgh, E. Harwood

23
269 days
6 March 1849 3/4
back
Notts County FC 1       0
3  

Welch, Reginald C.

21
44 days

17 October 1851

HB Wanderers FC & Harrow Chequers FC 1       0
4   Chappell, Frederick 23
131 days
22 July 1849 fly kick

Oxford University AFC

1 0 only app
1872
5  

Maynard, W. John

19
257 days
18 March 1853 Left/G 1st Surrey Rifles FC 1     0 GA
youngest player so far
6   Brockbank, John 24
100 days
22 August 1848 Right Cambridge University AFC 1 0 only app
1872
7  

Clegg, J. Charles

22
168 days
15 June 1850 Middle Wednesday FC 1 0 only app
1872
8   Ottaway, Cuthbert J. 22
134 days
19 July 1850 Oxford University AFC 1       0
9  

Chenery, Charles J.

22
334 days
1 January 1850 Crystal Palace FC 1       0
10   Smith, Arnold K. 22
221 days
23 April 1850 Oxford University AFC 1 0 only app
1872
11  

Morice, Charles J.

22
187 days
27 May 1850 Left Barnes FC & Harrow Chequers FC 1 0 only app
1872

reserves:

George Holden (Clapham Rovers FC). John Maynard was also originally named as the second reserve.

team notes:

The original team, chosen sixteen days previous to this match included Harrow Chequers FC's Monty Betts, Crystal Palace FC's Alec Morten and Wanderers FC's Thomas Hooman. But due to illness, they were replaced with Barker, Maynard and Smith.
The Scotman, in their humorous wisdom, changed the names for Hooman to Whichman, and Morten to Lester.
Frederick Chappell was written in the teamsheet as F. McLean.

records:

The Oxford University AFC provide three players for this team, a record so far.
 
1-2-7 Barker (Maynard*) -
Greenhalgh -
Welch, Chappell -
Maynard
(Barker*), Brockbank, Clegg, Chenery, Ottaway, Smith, Morice.
*Barker and Maynard switched positions after 45 minutes.

Averages:

Age 22 years 283 days Appearances/Goals 1.0      0.0
"At the conclusion of the match, three hearty cheers were given to the England team, a compliment they returned to the Scottish team. In the evening the Englishmen were entertained to dinner in Carrick's Royal Hotel." - The Scotsman, Monday, 2 December 1872

 

Match Report - Bell's Life, Sunday, 1 December 1872 In Other News.....

Pitch slightly greasy from two or three days' sustained rain, which slowed to a drizzle on the morning of the match and gave way to weak sunshine by kick-off time.

A splendid display of football in the really scientific sense of the word, and a most determined effort on the part of the representatives of the two nationalities to overcome each other.

The only thing which saved the Scotch team from defeat, considering the powerful forward play of England, was the magnificent defensive play and tactics shown by their backs, which was also taken advantage of by the forwards.
    

  It was on 29 November 1872 that Adolphe Thiers, the provisional President of the (yet to be declared) French Republic, faced mounting opposition in the National Assembly at Versailles, causing several of his Cabinet ministers to resign.

Ground Notes  
The West of Scotland Cricket Ground were to be offered £10 for the match, and in case the gross drawings exceeded £45 one-half of any drawings over that sum, until the drawings reached £65, and one-third of the drawings over £50 whatever they might be ; or, should these offers be refused, £10, and a further sum of £10 should the drawings amount to £50. This last was apparently accepted by the West of Scotland club, as £20 was the sum paid the West of Scotland Cricket Ground for the use of their ground. The game financially proved to be an enormous success, as the takings amounted to £102 19s. 6d., and the expenditure £69 l1s. 6d., leaving a balance of £33 8s. 0d. This credit balance was set aside as an "International fund," and £32 of it was used to send Queen's Park players to London to play the return International there on 8th March, 1873. 
It could have been so different...
Glasgow Academical Rugby Club offered their ground at Burnbank free of cost for the International. The West of Scotland Cricket Club ground at Partick was, however, preferred, and fixed upon as the scene of the great encounter.
- Queen's Park FC minutes
Source Notes  

The Football Association Yearbook
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
Nick Gibbs England: The Football Facts
Brian James' England v Scotland

John Maxwell's Scottish International Football Archive (website)

Andy Mitchell's First Elevens: The birth of international football
David Rice (ElectricScotland.com)
Jack Rollin's Rothmans Book of Football Records
The Scottish Football Association, Scottish Match Archive
Mark Shaoul & Tony Williamson's Forever England: A History of the National Side
Michael Southwick's Cuthbert Ottaway: England's First Football Captain
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