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8 vs. Wales
10 vs. Scotland

Saturday, 5 April 1879
match postponed from Saturday, 1 March 1879

International Friendly Match
England 5 Scotland 4

Match Summary
England Party
Scotland Party
Team Records

The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, Surrey
Attendance: 4,500; Kick-off 4:18 p.m London Time... "after the Boat Race".

England - Billy Mosforth ('shot' 5), Charlie Bambridge ("made one of the most magnificent runs we have ever witnessed", 'kicked' 48, 'finely kicked' 83), Arthur Goodyer ('kick' 60), Robert Parlane ('scrimmage from a Bailey throw-in' own goal 75) notes: Parlane or Bailey?
Scotland - Billy MacKinnon ('back kick' 20, 'well kicked' 41), John Smith (35), John McDougall ('foot' 30).
The Athletic News match report credits Mackinnon with three goals, but the second came out of a scrimmage in front of the goal, and is usually attributed to McDougall.

Results 1872-1890

Scotland won toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]




Umpires -
Lord Arthur F. Kinnaird
32 (16 February 1847), Perth, Scotland (FA Treasurer) &
R.B. Colquhoun
Lennox, Scotland (SFA Vice-President);

Referee -
Charles H.R. Wollaston
29 (31 July 1849), Felpham, Sussex,
(replaced Major Marindin).

Played according to London Association rules.

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
"After the selection of the players, the match was postponed in consequence of the weather" - 26 February 1879.
"...and will probably played on the same day as the Cambridge and Oxford boat race, April 5" - 28 February 1879.

England Team


No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: White shirts with the English Arms in black on the breast, white shorts.
Capt: Henry Wace, first definite captaincy. Selectors: The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on 26 February 1879, and again on the 29 March 1879.
England Lineup
  Birkett, Reginald H. 30 28 March 1849 G

Clapham Rovers FC

1 4 GA
  Christian, Edward 20 14 September 1858 B

Old Etonians AFC & Cambridge University AFC

1 0
  Morse, Harold 19 4 December 1859 B

Notts County FC

1 0
  Prinsep, James F.M. 17
253 days
27 July 1861
in India

Clapham Rovers FC

1 0
  Bailey, Norman C. 21 23 July 1857 HB

Old Westminsters AFC & Clapham Rovers FC

3 0
  Hills, Arnold F. 22 12 March 1857 IR

Old Harrovians AFC

1 0
Goodyer, Arthur C. 24 late 1854 OR

Nottingham Forest FC

1 1
7 Wace, Henry 25 21 September 1853 CF

Wanderers FC & Clapham Rovers FC

3 0
  Sparks, Francis J. 23 4 July 1855 CF

Hertfordshire Rangers FC & Clapham Rovers FC

1 0
Bambridge, E. Charles 20 30 July 1858 IL

Swifts FC

1 2
Mosforth, William 21 2 January 1858 OL

Sheffield Albion FC

4 1


E.R. Hammond (Nottingham Forest FC), Lindsay Bury (Old Etonians AFC), E.D. Ellis (Grey Friars FC), Robert Hedley (Royal Engineers FC), William Page (Oxford University AFC), Henry A. Cursham (Notts County FC), H.B. Sedgwick (Old Etonians AFC).

team notes:

The original team named on 26 February line-up included Old Etonians AFC's Lindsay Bury, Nottingham Forest FC's Edwin Luntley and Sam W. Widdowson, Oxford University AFC's George Childs and Royal Engineers FC's Robert Hedley.
At the age of 17 years and 253 days, James Prinsep becomes England's youngest player.
Arthur Goodyer is the tenth player to score on his England debut.
Charlie Bambridge equals the England scoring record, shared with William Kenyon-Slaney.
This is the first time England have won two matches in a row.


 Birkett -
Christian, Morse -
Prinsep, Bailey -
Hills, Goodyer, Wace, Sparks, Bambridge, Mosforth.


Age 22.0 Appearances/Goals 1.6 0.5

England teams v. Scotland:

1878: Warner Hunter Lyttelton Jarrett Bailey Fairclough Wylie Cursham Wace Heron Mosforth
1879: Birkett Christian Morse Prinsep Bailey Hills Goodyer Wace Sparks Bambridge Mosforth


Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: Dark blue shirts, white shorts.
Capt: Charles Campbell Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee
Scotland Lineup
Parlane, Robert - - G

Vale of Leven FC

2 5 GA
Parlane's own goal came from a Norman Bailey throw-in.  Parlane tried to save, but still went in off his hands.  Goals were not allowed direct from throw-ins.
2 Somers, William S. - - B

Queen's Park FC

1 0
3 Vallance, Thomas A. 22/23 1856 B

Rangers FC

4 0
  Campbell, Charles - - HB

Queen's Park FC

6 1
  McPherson, John C.M. - - HB

Vale of Leven FC

1 0
  Beveridge, William 20 27 November 1858 F

Ayr Academy FC

1 0
Smith, John 23 12 August 1855 F

Mauchline FC

3 1
McDougall, John 25/26 1855/56 F

Vale of Leven FC

4 4
9 Paton, Robert - - F

Vale of Leven FC

1 0
MacKinnon, William M. 27 18 January 1852 F Queen's Park FC 9 5
  McNiel, Henry 26/27 1853 F Queen's Park FC 7 5


D. Davison junior (Queen's Park FC), P. Campbell (Rangers FC).

team notes:

Scotland remained with the same team that was named for the 1 March match.
2-2-6 Parlane -
Somers, Vallance -
Campbell, McPhesron -
Beveridge, Smith, McDougall, Paton, MacKinnon, McNiel


Age n/a Appearances/Goals 3.5 1.5


Match Report

"The weather was very dull and threatening, but happily the rain kept off till after the conclusion of the game. Later on it fell heavily"

"The Scottish umpire said 'goal', the English one was just as confident that is was 'offside'.  And so the hapless referee, Lord Kinnaird, was called upon.  He was surrounded by the Scottish players, and Mr C. W. Alcock came running from the pavilion to render him apparently necessary succour.  But the Scotsmen chased him back again, and Lord Kinnaird stated that he thought the goal was 'offside'.  The consequence was that the Scotsmen were unable to settled own anymore, and before the close, either Bambridge or Mosforth put on a fifth goal for England.  'I don't know which of us it was,' he said.  'But I know they carried me off the field afterwards, so I must have played pretty well.' - Billy Mosforth - England Expects: James Corbett

This association match has been looked forward to for some time with great interest by football players, and should have been played to-morrow at The Oval, Kennington. Unfortunately, however, the weather has been of so unfavourable a character that the Football Association Committee have deemed a postponement advisable, and the game will most likely be played on April 5, the day of the Oxford and Cambridge Boatrace. - The Times - Friday 28th February, 1879

A better football match than that played on Saturday at The Oval between England and Scotland, under Association rules, has probably never been witnessed. From the kick off to the call of 'Time' the play was exceedingly fast, and the interest well sustained up to the last moment...

As the time approached for the commencement of hostilities on Saturday the sky became overcast with clouds, but fortunately a sharp breeze sprung up and prevented their downfall until after the match was over. Play began within ten minutes of the stipulated time - 4 o'clock, when there were nearly 4,000 spectators present. Scotland were successful in the toss, and at once decided to have the wind as an ally for the first half of time, leaving Wace to kick off for England from the eastern goal...

...Bailey got in possession of the ball, and after a short run, by a clever piece of passing, gave it to Mosforth, who shot it between the posts, and thus gained first point for England...

One corner kick having failed to produce any satisfactory result, a second fell to Scotland. M'Dougall was entrusted with it, and most judiciously aimed the ball a few yards in front of goal. Campbell then headed it to M'Kinnon, who cleverly sent it between the posts...

M'Dougall kicked the second goal for his side, Smith then secured a third, and shortly afterwards M'Kinnon obtained a fourth. This did certainly not look at all hopeful for England. The change of ends, however, put a different aspect on affairs. By no means disheartened, the English forwards, with the wind at their backs, quickly assumed the aggressive. Bambridge was the first to show to advantage. Getting in possession of the ball, he ran it over more than half the length of the ground, and then kicked it underneath the bar. This really wonderful piece of play infused new vigour into the home team, and proved to be the turning-point in the match. England now had a deficiency of two goals, and this was quickly rubbed out. Mosforth made a smart run and passed the ball to Goodyear, who kicked the third goal for his side, and Bailey soon afterwards having a throw-in close to the corner flag, planted the ball in the very mouth of the goal, and although Parlane tried to stop it the ball passed through off his hand...

...then the ball, having been passed to Bambridge, that player kicked the fifth goal for his side. - The Times - Monday 7th April, 1879

The Own Goal:-

'a throw-in fell to England close to the goal line. This was so well done by Bailey that although the Scotch goalkeeper touched the ball, it passed between the posts.' - Glasgow Herald - Monday 7th April, 1879

'Bailey soon afterwards having a throw-in close to the corner flag, pIanted the ball in the very mouth of the goal, and although Parlane tried to stop it the ball passed through off his hand.' - The Times - Monday 7th April, 1879

'The ball went into touch close to their lines, and Bailey aimed the ball right in front of the goal, and although struck by Parlane it glanced between the posts.' - The Field - Saturday 5th April, 1879

'Then Bailey, with a well-directed throw-in, caused a scrimmage to be formed right in front of the Scotch goal, which, despite the worthy efforts of Parlane, fell before the enemy'. - Bell's Life - Saturday 5th April, 1879

For the matter of arguments sake, The Leeds Mercury; 7 April 1879: 'out of a comfortable bully the Scottish flag, figuratively was lowered through the combined efforts of Sparks, Mosforth, Goodyear, Bailey, and Wace'! and The Belfast News-letter; 7 April 1879: 'a fourth was secured out of a scrimmage.' and finally, The Athletic News; 9 April 1879: 'out of a desperate scrummage'.


Cambridge won the University Boat Race by a comfortable three and a half lengths.

It was on 4 April 1879 that Lord Shaftesbury brought the continued harsh working conditions of cotton-mill workers in India to the attention of the House of Lords and appealed for legislative improvements.

Source Notes

England Football Factbook: Cris Freddi
Scottish Football Association
London Hearts
original newspaper snippets
England Expects: James Corbett