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5 vs. Scotland
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Results 1872-1890

Saturday, 3 March 1877
International 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
Attendance: between 2,000 and 3,000; Kick-off 'a few minutes past' 3:00pm London Time

Scotland - John Ferguson ('kicked' 25, 'free-kick' 69/80), James Richmond ('kicked' 48).
England - Alfred Lyttleton ('kicking' 55).

England won toss, Scotland kicked-off.


Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]




Umpires -
William A. Dick
Scotland (Hon. Secretary Scottish FA) &
George Hubert Hugh Heron
25 (30 January 1852), Wanderers FC & Swifts FC.

Referee -
Robert A.M.M. Ogilvie
24 (20 October 1852), Clapham Rovers FC, England.

Played according to London Association rules

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
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.

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 FB Cambridge University AFC & Old Etonians AFC 1 0
  Rawson, William S. 22 14 October 1854
in South Africa
FB Oxford University AFC, Wanderers FC & Old Westminsters AFC 2 0
  Jarrett, Beaumont Griffiths 21 18 July 1855 HB Cambridge University AFC, Old Harrovians AFC & Grantham FC 2 0
  Wollaston, Charles H.R. 27 31 July 1849 F Wanderers FC, Lancing Old Boys AFC & Clapham Rovers FC 3 1
Lyttelton, Alfred 20
20 days
7 February 1857 F 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
CF 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 OL 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.


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 HB

Rangers FC

1 0
  Campbell, Charles - - HB

Queen's Park FC

3 0
  Phillips, James - - HB

Queen's Park FC

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

Clydesdale FC

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

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 CF

Mauchline FC

1 0
Ferguson, John 28 22 June 1848 F 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

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