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9 vs. Scotland
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Results 1872-1890

Saturday, 13 March 1880
International Friendly Match

Scotland 5 England 4 [3-2]




Match Summary
Scotland Party
England Party
Team Records

Hampden Park, Hampden Terrace, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Attendance: 12,000; Kick-off 3.30pm London Time

Scotland - Geordie Ker ('hard, low, shot' 5, 41, 48-51 hat-trick), John Baird (44), Johnny Kay (70).
England - Billy Mosforth ('smart shot' 6), Charlie Bambridge ('clever low shot' 42, 'parting-kick' 88-89), Francis Sparks ('hard-in, off the post' 85).

England won toss, Scotland kicked-off.


Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]




Umpires -
J. Nicholson
Vale of Leven FC &
Pierce Dix
26 (winter 1853), Eccleshall, Sheffield (Sheffield FA Hon. secretary)

Referee -
Captain Donald Hamilton

Parkgrove, Scotland (SFA vice-President);

Played according to Scottish Association rules.

  Goal Attempts  
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Scotland Team



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


Rowan, Archibald - - G

Glasgow Caledonian FC

1 4 GA
  Neill, Robert W. 26 4 August 1953 B

Queen's Park FC

5 0
  McLintock, Alexander - - B

Vale of Leven FC

3 0
  Campbell, Charles
injured second half
- - HB

Queen's Park FC

7 1


McPherson, John C.M. - - HB

Vale of Leven FC

3 0
  Smith, John 22 12 March 1857 F

Mauchline FC

5 1


McNiel, Moses M. 25 late 1854 F

Rangers FC

2 0
Ker, George - - F

Queen's Park FC

1 3


McGregor, John C. 28/29 1851 F

Vale of Leven FC

4 1

Baird, John C. 23 27 July 1856 F

Vale of Leven FC

3 2
Kay, John L. - - F

Queen's Park FC

1 1


reserves not known

team notes:

Charles Campbell had his jaw-bone was seriously bruised in the last 20-15 minutes. Leaving Scotland with one player short.


Rowan -
Neill, McLintock -
Campbell, McPherson -
Smith, McNiel, Ker, McGregor, Baird, Kay.


Age n/a Appearances/Goals 3.2 0.8


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: Charles Wollaston, first captaincy; Selectors: The Football Association Committee with secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on the 13 March 1880.
England Lineup


Swepstone, H. Albemarle 21 14 January 1859 G

Pilgrims FC

1 5 GA
  Luntley, Edwin 22 28 April 1857 RB

Nottingham Forest FC

1 0
  Brindle, William 26 24 May 1853 LB

Darwen FC

1 0


Bailey, Norman C. 22 23 July 1857 HB

Old Westminsters AFC & Clapham Rovers FC

4 0


Hunter, John 27 Summer 1852 HB

Heeley FC & Providence FC

2 0
  Bastard, Segar R. 26 25 January 1854 OR

Upton Park FC

1 0


Wollaston, Charles H.R. 30 31 July 1849 IR Wanderers FC, Lancing Old Boys AFC & Clapham Rovers FC 4 1
Sparks, Francis J. 24 4 July 1855 CF

Hertfordshire Rangers FC & Clapham Rovers FC

2 1


Widdowson, Sam W. 28 16 April 1851 CF

Nottingham Forest FC

1 0

Bambridge, E. Charles 21 30 July 1858 IL

Swifts FC

2 4

Mosforth, William 22 2 January 1858 OL

Sheffield Albion FC

5 2


Thomas Marshall (Darwen FC), Charles D. Learoyd (Royal Engineers FC)

team notes:

The original team line-up included Old Etonians AFC's back Lindsay Bury, his place went to Brindle.
Billy Mosforth equals Hubert Heron's record of five England appearances.
Charlie Bambridge takes clear his record as England's top goalscorer.
2-2-6 Swepstone -
Luntley, Brindle -
Bailey, Hunter -
Bastard, Wollaston, Sparks, Widdowson, Bambridge, Mosforth.


Age 24.5 Appearances/Goals 1.8 0.2

England teams v. Scotland:

1879: Birkett Christian Morse Prinsep Bailey Hills Goodyer Wace Sparks Bambridge Mosforth
1880: Swepstone Luntley Brindle Bailey Hunter Bastard Wollaston Sparks Widdowson Bambridge Mosforth

Match Report

Bright, warm Spring day with a slight wind, following a day of heavy rain;

Saturday last was the day appointed for the ninth annual match between England and Scotland according to Association rules. The heavy rain which fell in Glasgow on Friday caused many fears lest it should continue on the following day. Fortunately, however, these were not realized, as the weather was gloriously fine, and over 12,000 spectators were present at Hampden-park. Scotland set the ball rolling against the wind; but it was soon returned by the English forwards, and a shot at goal was made by them, but the ball went about half a yard the wrong side of the post...

The game had lasted about a quarter of an hour before anything of a definite character was secured. Ker then got in possession of the ball, and placed the first goal to the credit of Scotland. This thoroughly called forth the enthusiasm of the large number of people present, but their cause for exultation was short-lived, as Mosforth quickly shot the ball through for the Southerners, it having been well passed to him by Bambridge. For some little time after this the English kept the play in close proximity to their rivals' posts, causing the goal-keeper some anxiety. A claim of "hands," however, was given in favour of Scotland who, thus aided, drove their assailants back and carried the warfare into England's domains when, despite the activity of Swepstone, Baird kicked a second goal for his side. The visitors, however, were bent on not leaving them long in possession of this advantage, and Bambridge, who kept well on the ball throughout, got another goal for England. The score having been thus equalized for a second time the contest became keener than ever, and a few minutes before half-time Ker kicked a third goal for Scotland. Ends had changed, and the ball had not long been restarted, before Ker obtained a fourth goal. Level play ensued, but the home team again asserted their superiority, and Kay once more sent the ball between the posts. An accident to Campbell now caused his retirement, and the English played up in a style which soon threatened to take the victory out of the hands of their opponents. The ball was taken in front of the home team's fortress, and out of a loose scrimmage, it was shot under the cross-bar. Thus encouraged, England continued to press their rivals, and within three minutes of the last success Bambridge gained a fourth...

The teams were very evenly matched in both weight and skill, and although the ground was rather heavy, the play was pretty fast. The players afterwards dined together at the Grand Hotel. - The Times - Monday 15th March, 1880


In the seventh annual universities match at Kennington Oval, Oxford were the favourites, but suffered a third successive defeat to Cambridge, by 3-1, despite taking an early lead; Cambridge thus completing the first hat-trick of victories.

It was on 13 March 1880 that the Leader of the Opposition, Lord Hartington was a calming influence as he addressed thousands of people in a weaving shed in Accrington at the beginning of the Liberal party's ultimately successful election campaign.

Source Notes

Scottish Football Association
London Hearts
Andy Mitchell's extensive research
Cris Freddi's England Football Factbook
The Football Association Yearbook
James Corbett's England Expects