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Saturday, 7 March 1874
Association Friendly Match

Scotland 2 England 1 [1-1]

Match Summary
Scotland Party

England Party
Team Records

The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Peel Street, Partick, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Kick-off (London Time): 3:30pm.
Attendance: 7,000;

Scotland kicked-off. England won toss.

Frederick Anderson
[2-1] Angus MacKinnon
[0-1] Robert Kingsford 25

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]


Played according to Scottish FA rules.



English and Scottish, each 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.
Alexander Morten
42/43 (1831/32)
Paddington, Middlesex, England
Crystal Palace FC
William Keay
Queen's Park FC
Archibald Rae

Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: Dark blue shirts, white shorts.
Capt: James Thomson Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee
Scotland Lineup
1 Gardner, Robert 26
280 days
31 May 1847 G

Clydesdale FC

3 5 GA
2 Hunter, John - - Backs 3rd Lanark Rifle Volunteers FC 1 0
3 Taylor, Joseph 23
81 days
16 December 1850 Queen's Park FC 3 0
4 Campbell, Charles - - Half
Queen's Park FC 1 0
5 Thomson, James J. 22
72 days
25 December 1851 Queen's Park FC 3 0
6 Weir, James B. 22
104 days
23 November 1851 For Queen's Park FC 2 0
7 Ferguson, John 25
258 days
22 June 1848 Vale of Leven FC 1 0
8 McNiel, Henry 20/21 1853 Queen's Park FC 1 0
9 MacKinnon, William M. 22
48 days
18 January 1852 Queen's Park FC 3 0
McKinnon, Angus - - Queen's Park FC 1 1
Anderson, Frederick - - Clydesdale FC 1 1


David Wotherspoon (Clydesdale FC) and Robert Neill (Queen's Park FC).

team notes:

The original team included Clydesdale FC's David Wotherspoon and Queen's Park FC's Robert Leckie. Their place went to John Ferguson and John Hunter.


Gardner -
Hunter, Taylor -
Campbell, Thomson -
Weir, Ferguson, McNiel, MacKinnon, McKinnon, Anderson.


Age n/a Appearances/Goals 1.8 0.2


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st

Colours: White shirts, white shorts and dark blue caps.
Capt: Cuthbert Ottaway, second and final captaincy. Selectors: The Football Association Committee, including Alfred Baker, with secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on 25 February 1874.
England Lineup

Welch, Reginald C.

141 days
17 October 1851 G

Harrow Chequers FC

2 2 GA
2 Ogilvie, Robert A.M.M. 21
138 days
20 October 1852 Full
Clapham Rovers FC 1 0
3 Stratford, Alfred H. 20
183 days
5 September 1853 Malvern College AFC & Wanderers FC 1 0
4 Birley, Francis H. 24
1 day
6 March 1850 Oxford University AFC 1 0
5 Ottaway, Cuthbert J. 23
231 days
19 July 1850 For Oxford University AFC 2 0
6 Wollaston, Charles H.R.
 playing with an injury
219 days
31 July 1849 Wanderers FC, Lancing Old Boys & Clapham Rovers FC 1 0
Kingsford, Robert K. 24
74 days
23 December 1849 Wanderers FC, Old Marlburians FC & Crystal Palace FC 1 1
8 Edwards, J. Hawley 23/24 early 1850 Shropshire Wanderers FC & Wanderers FC 1 0
9 Owen, John R.B. 25
286 days
25 May 1848 Sheffield FC 1 0
10 Chenery, Charles J. 24
65 days
1 January 1850 Crystal Palace FC 3 1
11 Heron, G. Hubert H. 22
37 days
30 January 1852 CF Uxbridge FC, Wanderers FC & Swifts FC 2 0


Frederick Brunning Maddison (Oxford University AFC), William Henry Stacey (Sheffield FC), John Berger van Sommer (Pilgrims FC) (van Sommer would be dead by the year was complete)

team notes:

The original team included Shropshire Wanderers FC's John Wylie. His place went to Hawley Edwards. Another source states that Alcock was also in the original line-up, and that his place went to Wollaston.
Charles Wollaston played with a knee injury throughout this match.
Charles Chenery becomes England's sole most appearances record holder in his final match.
A record eight players will not play for England again.

Welch -
Ogilvie, Stratford -
Birley -
Owen, Edwards, Chenery, Kingsford, Heron, Ottaway, Wollaston.


Age 22.9/23.0 (22 138 days) Appearances/Goals 1.5 0.2


Match Report

Although the game was won by Scotland it must be admitted that the English team played splendidly and, in an individual point of view, surpassed the Scotch team, but the latter, who all knew each other's play, acted magnificently together, and completely puzzled their opponents in the art of passing the ball and close dribbling.

What the Scotch lacked in weight was amply made up in swiftness and playing-together power - a course which was splendidly illustrated during the game, and there can only be one opinion about the manner in which they profited by each other's play, passing the ball, in several instances, in a way that completely astonished their opponents. - Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle, Sunday, 8 March 1874


It was on 7 March 1874 that Prince Alfred, the Duke of Edinburgh and son of Queen Victoria, arrived back in England, with the new Duchess of Edinburgh, the daughter of the Russian Tsar Alexander II, following their wedding in St. Petersburg.

Source Notes

A week after this match, on 14 March 1874, Alfred George Goodwyn died in action in East India.  Goodwyn had played for England as a half-back only a year ago.  He thus becomes the first international footballer to die.

Hubert Heron and John Hawley Edwards played for Wanderers FC in their 4-0 victory against Westminster School on 4 March 1874, three days prior to this match. Although original documents still give their original club affiliations.  It was not unheard of for players to play for two clubs. - The Wanderers F.C.: Five Times F.A. Cup Winners. Cavallini, Rob (2005). Dog N Duck Publications., pp. 74-75 & 102.

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