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Saturday, 3 March 1877
Association Friendly Match

England 1 Scotland 3 [0-1]

Match Summary
England Party
Scotland Party
Team Records

The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, Surrey
Kick-off (London Time): 'a few minutes past' 3:00pm

Attendance: between 2,000 and 3,000.

England won toss Scotland kicked-off.

[1-2] Alfred Lyttleton 55
[0-1] John Ferguson 25
[0-2] James Richmond 48

[1-3] John Ferguson 69/80



Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]


Played according
to FA rules



His Grace, The Marquis of Lorne was in attendance. Probably the first Royalty to watch an England match. He was also known as the Duke of Argyll, John George Edward Henry Douglas Sutherland Campbell. He watched alongside George Anderson, MP for Glasgow.
William A. Dick
(Hon. Secretary SFA)
George Hubert Hugh Heron
25 (30 January 1852)
Wanderers FC & Swifts FC.
Robert A.M.M. Ogilvie
24 (20 October 1852)
Clapham Rovers FC, England

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: White shirts with the English Arms in black on the breast, white shorts and dark blue caps.
Capt: William Rawson, only captaincy. Selectors: The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on 26 February 1877.
England Lineup

Betts, Morton P.

29 30 August 1847 G

Old Harrovians AFC & Wanderers FC

1 3 GA
  Lindsay, William 29 3 August 1847
in India

Wanderers FC & Old Wykehamists AFC

1 0
  Bury, Lindsay 19
237 days
9 July 1857 Cambridge University AFC & Old Etonians AFC 1 0
  Rawson, William S. 22 14 October 1854
in South Africa
Oxford University AFC, Wanderers FC & Old Westminsters AFC 2 0
  Jarrett, Beaumont Griffiths 21 18 July 1855 Half
Cambridge University AFC, Old Harrovians AFC & Grantham FC 2 0
  Wollaston, Charles H.R. 27 31 July 1849 For Wanderers FC, Lancing Old Boys AFC & Clapham Rovers FC 3 1
Lyttelton, Alfred 20
20 days
7 February 1857 Cambridge University AFC & Old Etonians AFC 1 1
7 Cursham, Arthur W. 23 14 March 1853 CF Notts County FC 2 0
  Bain, John 22 15 July 1854
in Scotland
Oxford University AFC & Old Wykehamists FC 1 0
  Mosforth, William 19
61 days
2 January 1858 OL

Wednesday FC

1 0
  Wingfield-Stratford, Cecil V. 23 7 October 1853 Royal Engineers FC 1 0


Norman C. Bailey, Walter S. Buchanan, C.J. Fox (all Clapham Rovers FC), J. Lewis (Cambridge University AFC), William Page (Charterhouse School AFC).

team notes:

Wingfield-Stratford was listed as C.W. Stratford.
William Mosforth becomes the youngest player to appear for England.
Alf Lyttelton's goal now makes his the youngest player to score a debut goal, at 20 years and 24 days.
This is the first ocassion that England have lost two matches in a row.


Betts -
Lindsay, Bury -
Rawson, Jarrett -
Wollaston, Lyttelton, Cursham, Bain, Mosforth, Wingfield-Stratford.


Age 21.2 Appearances/Goals 1.5 0.2


Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: "The distinctive uniforms were dark blue jerseys, with the Scottish lion in white as a badge;".
Capt: Charles Campbell Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee
Scotland Lineup
1 McGeoch, Alexander 21/22 1855 G

Dumbreck FC

3 1 GA
2 Neill, Robert W. - - FB

Queen's Park FC

2 0
3 Vallance, Thomas A. 20/21 1856 Half

Rangers FC

1 0
  Campbell, Charles - -

Queen's Park FC

3 0
  Phillips, James - -

Queen's Park FC

1 0
Richmond, James T. 18 22 March 1858 For

Clydesdale FC

1 1
  MacKinnon, William M. 24/25 1852 Queen's Park FC 7 3
  McGregor, John 25/26 1851

Vale of Leven FC

1 0
9 McDougall, John 23/24 1853 CF

Vale of Leven FC

1 0
  Smith, John 21 12 August 1855

Mauchline FC

1 0
Ferguson, John 28 22 June 1848 For Vale of Leven FC 4 3


reserves not known

team notes:

John Ferguson's second goal appearas to be the first free-kick scored in International Football.
2-2-6 McGeoch -
Neill, Vallance -
Phillips, Campbell -
Richmond, McKinnon, McGregor, MacDougall, Smith, Ferguson.


Age n/a Appearances/Goals 2.3 0.6


Match Report

Disagreeable weather; Rain before kick-off.

The winners played well throughout, although deprived of the services of J.B. Weir, one of their best backs, whose place was taken by J.B. Ferguson.

Their passing was extremely good, and it would have been better if some of their opponents had pursued the same tactics, instead of selfishly keeping the ball until it was too late.

Several of the English forwards were indefatigable in their efforts, but at times a certain amount of looseness was noticeable in the ranks of the home team, especially amongst the backs. - Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle - Sunday 4th March, 1877

Saturday proved most wretched in point of weather for the purpose of outdoor sports. Yet this did not deter about four thousand spectators, amongst whom was the Marquis of Lorne, from being present at The Oval, Kennington to witness the annual match between England and Scotland. - The Times - Monday 5th March, 1877


It was on 3 March 1877 that Rutherford B. Hayes was finally confirmed as the 19th President of the United States by an electoral commission, appointed after the results from three states were contested in the election of November 1876.

Source Notes

FA Library
Glasgow Herald, 5 March 1877

Scottish Football Association
London Hearts
Cris Freddi's invaluable research
The Football Association Yearbook, various years

original newspaper snippet