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Saturday, 30 November 1872
Association Friendly Match

Scotland 0 England 0 [0-0]

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

Match Summary
Scotland Party
England Party

Team Records

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

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]


Played according to
FA rules.



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, England.
(Hon. Secretary of FA)
Henry Norris Smith
40/41 (1831/32)
Glasgow, Scotland
(President of Queen's Park FC)

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

Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
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
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


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

team notes:

James and Robert Smith were brothers.


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


Age 22.8 (201 days)
based on ten players
Appearances/Goals 1.0 0.0


England Team



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 captaincy. Selectors: The Football Association Committee with secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on 14 November 1872 from seventeen names.
England Lineup

Barker, Robert

164 days
19 June 1847 G/Left

Hertfordshire Rangers FC & Wanderers FC

1 0 GA

Greenhalgh, E. Harwood

269 days
6 March 1849 żB Notts County FC 1 0

Welch, Reginald C.

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

Maynard, W. John

257 days
18 March 1853 Left/G 1st Surrey Rifles FC 1 0 GA
6 Brockbank, John 24
100 days
22 August 1848 Right Cambridge University AFC 1 0

Clegg, J. Charles

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

Chenery, Charles J.

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

Morice, Charles J.

187 days
27 May 1850 Left Barnes FC & Harrow Chequers FC 1 0


George Holden (Clapham Rovers FC).

team notes:

The original team, chosen sixteen days previous to this match included Harrow Chequers FC's M.P. Betts, Crystal Palace FC's A. Lester and Wanderers FC's C.T. Whichman. But due to illness, they were replaced with Barker, Maynard and Smith.
Frederick Chappell was written in the teamsheet as F. McLean.
William Maynard is the youngest capped player, as Robert Barker is the oldest.
1-2-7 Barker (Maynard*) -
Greenhalgh -
Welch, Chappell -
(Barker*), Brockbank, Clegg, Chenery, Ottaway, Smith, Morice.
*Barker and Maynard switched positions after 45 minutes.


Age 22.3 (183 days) Appearances/Goals 1.0 0.0



Match Report

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. - Sunday, 1 December 1872, Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle.

*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


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.

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