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Saturday, 11 March 1882
Association Friendly Match

Scotland 5 England 1 [2-1]

Hampden Park, Hampden Terrace, Prospect Hill, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Kick-off (GMT):
'soon after half-past three'
Attendance: 'estimated that 10,000 persons were inside the ground'; 'before about 12,000 spectators'; 'presence of 12,000 spectators'.

England's third and final visit to Hampden Park, all defeats;
England's sixth visit to Glasgow, to Lanarkshire and to Scotland, still without a victory
Charles Campbell won the toss Arthur Brown kicked-off
[0-0] McIntyre free-kick scores: disallowed
William Harrower 15
 'shot through' -
an appeal for offside was allowed by England's umpire, but not upheld by the referee.
England's fourth equalising goal>
[2-1] Geordie Kerr 43

[1≡1] Howard Vaughton
'Gillespie caught it with his foot, he slipped and the ball was smartly put thro by Vaughton'
[3-1] Robert McPherson 46
 'kicked' -
disputed but allowed by the referee
[4-1] Geordie Kerr 70
 'beautiful shot'

[5-1] Johnny Kay 85

 'sent the ball through' - offside, allowed by the ref.

[5-1] after a scrimmage the ball hit the post


Played according to FA rules.

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]

Team Records



An experimental law is introduced, that empowers the referee to award a goal in cases where, in his opinion, a goal has been prevented from a deliberate handball by the defending team.  It lasts one season only, and it is unknown as to whether it resulted in any England goals in 1881-82.
Segar Richard Bastard
28 (25 January 1854)
Upton Park FC
(replaced Major Marindin)
Thomas Anderson
Renfrew FC President
played against Scotland in 1880
John Wallace
(SFA vice-president).

Scotland Team

Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours 'the Scotchmen having adopted a new jersey, the well-known blue and white stripes of the Edinburgh Academicals, with the Scottish lion worked in gold as a badge.'
Captain Charles Campbell Selection The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee
P 7 of 8, W 6 - D 0 - L 1 - F 31 - A 10 team chosen following a trial match on Tuesday, 7 March 1882
"The committee do not chose players because they play well in a trial match; they choose them on the form revealed throughout the season." - Wednesday, 8 March, 1882, The Athletic News
Scotland Lineup
Gillespie, George 23
344 days
1 April 1858 G

Rangers FC

4 4ᵍᵃ
  Watson, Andrew 25
291 days
24 May 1856
in Demerara, British Guiana

Queen's Park FC

3 0
final app 1881-82
  McIntyre, Andrew 26
214 days
9 August 1855 LB

Vale of Leven FC

2 0
  Campbell, Charles 28
50 days
20 January 1854 Half

Queen's Park FC

9 1
63   Miller, Peter 24
37 days
2 February 1858

Dumbarton FC

1 0
  Fraser, Malcolm John Eadie 22
7 days
4 March 1860
in Ontario, Canada

Queen's Park FC

2 0
64   Anderson, William 19
320 days
25 April 1862 IR

Queen's Park FC

1 0
Kerr, George 22
13 days
26 February 1860 Centre

Queen's Park FC

4 9
65 Harrower, William 20
144 days
18 October 1861

Queen's Park FC

1 1
tenth debutant to score against England
Kay, John Leck 24
186 days
6 September 1857 IL

Queen's Park FC

2 2
66 McPherson, Robert 22
269 days
15 June 1858 OL

Arthurlie FC

1 1
only app 1882
reserves: not known
team notes: George Kerr is often found as Ker in history books - but definitely baptised a Kerr in Govan. He is the younger brother of William, who played for Scotland in the first two fixtures.
records: George Kerr has now scored seven goals against England, making him the record opposing goalscorer.
2-2-6 Gillespie -
Watson, MacIntyre -
Campbell, Miller -
Fraser, Anderson, Kerr, Harrower, Kay, McPherson.


Age 23 years 270 days Appearances/Goals 2.7 0.7


England Team

Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours 'dressed in white jerseys and blue knickerbockers'

Norman Bailey Selection Following a trial match, The Football Association Committee, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence
P 2 of 15, W 0 - D 0 - L 2 - F 2 - A 11. P 15 of 31, W 5 - D 2 - L 8 - F 39 - A 43.
  two teams were chosen at 23 Paternaster Row on Tuesday, 7 March 1882.
England Lineup
(a record-equalling low six changes to the previous match)
  Swepstone, H. Albemarle 23
56 days
14 January 1859 G

Pilgrims FC & Corinthians FC

2 10ᵍᵃ
=most gk apps
  Greenwood, Doctor H.,
131 days
31 October 1860 RB

Blackburn Rovers FC

2 0
final app 1882
97   Jones, Alfred 21
55 days
15 January 1861 LB

Walsall Swifts FC

1      0
  Bailey, Norman C. 24
231 days
23 July 1857 Half

Clapham Rovers FC

6      0
  Hunter, John 30
210 days
13 August 1851 Heeley FC, Providence FC, Wednesday FC & Sheffield Albion FC 6      0
  Cursham, Henry A. 22
104 days
27 November 1859 OR

Notts County FC & Corinthians FC

3      1
  Parry, Edward H. 26
321 days
24 April 1855
in Toronto, Canada

Old Carthusians AFC, Swifts FC & Remnants FC

2      0
Vaughton, O. Howard 21
61 days
9 January 1861 Centre
Aston Villa FC 2      6
=mst gls
  Brown, Arthur 23
98 days
3 December 1858 Aston Villa FC 2      4
  Bambridge, E. Charles 23
224 days
30 July 1858 IL

Swifts FC

5      6 
=mst gls
  Mosforth, William 24
68 days
2 January 1858 OL

Wednesday FC

8      2
mst apps
reserves: Arthur Mallinson (Barnsley Wanderers FC & Heeley FC, goal), Edwin Buttery (Heeley FC, half-back), William Page, Ernest Wilson (both Old Carthusians AFC, forwards) and Percivall Parr (Oxford University AFC, centre).
team changes: Old Carthusians AFC's James Prinsep withdrew from the original line-up because of injury, his place going to Hunter. Greenwood took the place of Royal Engineers FC's Bruce Russell - both changes being announced the day before the match.
"Buttery magnanimously stood out to allow Greenwood playing thus displaying a self-abnegation rarely found."
team notes: Charlie Bambridge's brother, Ernest, played for England in 1876. Harry Cursham's brother, Arthur, also played for England 1876-79.
appearance notes: Charlie Bambridge is the fifth player to have made five England appearances, whereas Harry Cursham is the thirteenth to have made three appearances.
Albemarle Swepstone becomes only the second goalkeeper to earn a second appearance.
records: For the first time, England have started with only one debutant, having not done so with less than two so far, thus making this the most experienced England team so far.
The first time England have scored fourteen goals in a season, and scored by a new seasonal/year record of seven goalscorers.
On their sixth appearances, both Norman Bailey and Jack Hunter become the most experienced England players to have not scored a goal.
"The English team, it is expected, will arrive at the Central Station from London at eight o'clock to-night, and take up their quarters at the Bath Hotel." - Friday, 10 March 1882, Glasgow Evening Citizen
2-2-6 Swepstone -
Greenwood, Jones -
Bailey, Hunter -
Cursham, Parry, Vaughton, Brown, Bambridge, Mosforth.


Age 23 years 308 days Appearances/Goals 3.5      1.6
most experienced so far
"In the evening the teams were entertained to dinner in Robertson's Bath Hotel, Bath Street, by the Scottish Football Association. About eighty were present." - The Scotsman, Monday, 13 March 1882

England previous teams vs. Scotland:

1881: Hawtrey Wilson Field Hunter Bailey Holden Rostron Macauley Mitchell Bambridge Hargreaves
1882: Swepstone Greenwood Jones Bailey Hunter Cursham Parry Vaughton Brown Mosforth

       Match Report Morning Post, Monday, 13 March 1882

The annual match under Association rules between England and Scotland was played on Saturday afternoon at Hampden Park, Glasgow, in the presence of about 12,000 spectators. The weather was fine, and the ground in good condition. Scotland were successful in the toss, and at first elected to play with the wind in their favour. The home team speedily invaded their rivals' territory, and made repeated attacks on their goal, which for some time was saved by the dexterity of Swepstone. Good runs were then made by Parry and Cursham, by they were stopped by the Scottish backs. Bailey also ran the ball well down the ground, but took his kick too hurriedly, and it went over the cross-bar. Once more the home forwards acted on the aggressive, and a corner-kick seemed to imperil their fortress, but Swepstone proved equal to the occasion. At length, however, there are some determined play in front of the English posts, and out of a loose scrimmage the ball was shot through by Harrower. Very clever runs were made by Cursham and Bambridge down the centre of the ground, the ball being well passed from one to the other with great skill. Mosforth also made a fine attempt to score, and shot the ball into the hands of the goalkeeper, who threw it well away. He returned to the charge, and this time succeeded in sending the ball between the posts. The score having thus been brought level, the play became even more determined. A little before the time arrived for changing ends Kerr placed a second goal to the credit of Scotland. The sides having crossed over, the home team had the wind against them, but this did not prevent Harrower from immediately kicking a third goal, and the game had not proceeded much further before Ker added a fourth, and within five minutes of the cessation of hostilities Kaye sent the ball through. This was the last score, and thus, when time was called, victory rested with the Scotch by five goals to one.

       Match Report The Times, Monday, 13 March 1882

The international football match between England and Scotland, under Association rules, was played at Glasgow on Saturday before 15,000 spectators. Both countries were well represented, but the Scotchmen were the favourites. A stiff breeze prevailed during the progress of the game, but even with this advantage in their favour the Scotchmen did not make much of it, half-time being called with the score at - Scotland, two goals; England, one. The second half, however, proved disastrous to the Englishmen, who seemed to have shot their bolt in defending their goal in the first half, because they did not play so well and could not retain the ball when they did get possession. The consequence was that a third goal was soon added, and in a short time a fourth fell to the Scotchmen, who, hemming in their opponents, surrounded their goal continually. Five minutes before the call of time a fifth goal fell to Scotland, and the match was brought to a close before the Englishmen could increase their score of one goal.

       North British Daily Mail, Monday, 13 March 1882

There can be little doubt, if the contest had been played under Scottish rules, it certainly would have been a much prettier game to look at.
              In Other News....
It was on 10 March 1882 that Roderick Maclean was charged with high treason in attempting to assassinate Queen victoria by shooting at her carriage the previous week. He was found 'not guilty, but insane' and sent to Broadmoor Asylum for the rest of his life.

      Source Notes

Scottish FA
Cris Freddi's England Football Factbook
Andy Mitchell's extensive research
JAH Catton's The Story of Association Football
100 Great Black Britons
  Professional Footballer's Association
The Football Association Yearbook
James Corbett's England Expects
Original Newspaper Reports
Anton Gorovik & John Treleven