On Saturday the
International Football Match between England and Scotland took place on
Kennington Oval. The ball had scarcely been kicked off when England,
with a determined and lively rush, bore it down to the Scottish
quarters, and in less than two minutes Mr. Kenyon-Slaney, of the
Household Brigade, had secured the first goal for England in the face of
the wind. The sides were quickly changed, and five minutes more had not
elapsed before Mr. A. G. Bonsor had secured another. It was thought that
Scotland was altogether overmatched by the lively Southerners, and that
the game would prove very uninteresting. But Scotland, slower to get
away, on the whole less active, pulled themselves together with a will.
Suddenly organising a raid, the whole pack rushed on together, and Mr.
Renny-Tailyour, by fine play,
forced the ball between the posts amidst cheering from Scotland. The
fourth goal was also scored by Scotland, but though playing all day with
determined pluck and spirit, here the Northern luck ended, and two more
goals were secured by Mr. Kenyon-Slaney and Mr. C. J. Chenery. Then,
when time was called, out of six goals England had won four, and was,
moreover, full of running and activity to the last.
proof were necessary to evince the growing popularity of the winter game
of wielders of the willow, there was sufficient evidence on this
occasion to convince the most sceptical that football, if only aided by
fine weather, is a game that could take its place among the leading
pastimes of the day.
The Scotchmen were
opposed to a most formidable eleven, and towards the finish they were
certainly overmatched. - Bell's Life, Sunday, 9 March 1973.
It was on 8 March 1873 that William Gladstone, the Prime Minister, met
with his Cabinet to discuss the composition of the controversial Irish
University Bill, which was eventually defeated in the House of Commons.
credit must be handed to Andy Mitchell of
for finding the essential information that is the Match Card, and the
long-awaited identity of the Referee.