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26 vs. Ireland
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28 vs. Wales

Saturday, 27 March 1886
Home International Championship 1885-86 (3rd) Match

Scotland 1 England 1 [0-1]

Match Summary
Scotland Squad

England Squad
Team Records

Hampden Park, Crosshill, Glasgow
Attendance: 11,000; Kick-off 3.30pm GMT

England - Tinsley Lindley ('shot the ball' 35)
Scotland - George Somerville ('one of his daisy-cutters' 80).
Results 1872-90

England won the toss, Scotland kicked-off.

 

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]

Scotland

Type

England

Umpires -
Nicholas Lane Jackson
36 (1 November 1849), West Hackney, London (Corinthians FC & FA Hon. Secretary) &
Alexander Stuart
Scotland (SFA vice-President)
(Another source names James McKillop as the Scottish umpire)

Referee -
Alexander
Hunter Hunter
23/24 (early 1862), Tiverton, Devon (Welsh FA secretary)

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  Fouls Conceded  
  Possession  
Some sources say this match was played on 31st March, after the Wales' match. But this is just wrong.  All newspaper reports put this match rightly on 27 March. It must be remembered that the four Associations were not playing for a Championship, this was added retrospectively.

Scotland Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st

Colours:

Blue shirts, white shorts

Capt:

Walter Arnott

Selectors:

The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, chosen, following a trial match, on Tuesday, 23 March 1886.
Scotland Lineup
  McAuley, James 25 30 August 1860 G

Dumbarton FC

7 1
5 GA
  Arnott, Walter 24 12 May 1861 RB

Queen's Park FC

6 0
  Paton, Michael nk not known LB

Dumbarton FC

5 0
  Campbell, Charles 31/32 1854 HB

Queen's Park FC

13 1
  Macdonald, John nk not known HB

Edinburgh University FC

1 0
  Hamilton, Alexander 20 24 July 1865 OR

Queen's Park FC

3 0
  Sellar, William 19 21 September 1866 IR

Battlefield FC

2 0
  Lindsay, Joseph
 injured off second half
27 13 November 1858 CF

Dumbarton FC

8 6
Somerville, George nk not known CF

Queen's Park FC

1 1
  Aitken, Ralph 23 11 February 1863 IL

Dumbarton FC

1 0
  Gray, Woodville 19 1867 OL

Pollockshields Athletic FC

1 0

reserves:

reserves not known

team notes:

A team of Probables and Improbables were chosen by the SFA on Tuesday, 9 March 1886. A first eleven was then chosen to play England on 23 March, the remaining eleven were to play Wales.
James McAuley played as a forward on his debut, scoring one of the five goals, against Wales, 25 March 1882.
Joseph Lindsay was still playing with an injury he received in a club match the week before. It resulted it him retiring from the field.
   

2-2-6

McAulay -
Arnott, Paton -
Campbell, Macdonald -
Hamilton, Sellar, Lindsay, Somerville, Aitken, Gray

Averages:

Age tbc Appearances/Goals 4.4 0.7

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd

Colours:

White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers

Capt:

Norman Bailey, 12th captaincy.

Selectors:

The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on Friday, 19 March 1886.
England Lineup
  Arthur, W.J. Herbert 23 14 February 1863 G Blackburn Rovers FC 5 4 GA
  Walters, Percy M. 22 30 September 1863 RB Old Carthusians FC & Corinthians FC 5 0
  Walters, Arthur M. 21 26 January 1865 LB Cambridge University AFC, Old Carthusians FC & Corinthians FC 3 0
  Forrest, James H. 21 24 June 1864 HB

Blackburn Rovers FC

6 0
  Squire, Ralph T. 21 10 September 1864 CB

Cambridge University AFC, Old Westminsters FC & Corinthians FC

2 0
  Bailey, Norman C. 28 23 July 1857 HB

Clapham Rovers FC & Corinthians FC

16 1
  Spilsbury, Benjamin W. 21 1 August 1864 OR Cambridge University AFC, Derby County FC & Corinthians FC 3 5
  Brann, George 20 23 April 1865 IR

Swifts FC & Corinthians FC

1 0
Lindley, Tinsley 20 27 October 1865 CF

Nottingham Forest FC, Cambridge University AFC & Corinthians FC

2 2
  Cobbold W. Nevill 23 4 February 1863 IL

Cambridge University AFC, Old Carthusians FC & Corinthians FC

6 3
  Bambridge, E. Charles 27 30 July 1858 OL

Swifts FC & Corinthians FC

14 11

reserves:

reserves not known

team notes:

The Scottish FA insisted that J.H. Forrest wear a different-coloured shirt to the rest of the England team. The Scots were still dominated by the gentlemen-amateurs of Queens' Park FC who objected to playing against a professional (He was receiving £1 a week from Blackburn Rovers FC). His club also had to agree not to pay him his wages this week. There is no record of what Forrest wore in this match but he probably wore his club shirt.
The original team stated that it was either Fred Dewhurst or Spilsbury was to play.
Percy and Arthur Walters were brothers.
Norman Bailey extended his record cap tally in this. the most experienced England team thus far.
   
2-3-5 Arthur -
P.Walters, A.Walters -
Bailey, Forrest, Squire -
Spilsbury, Brann, Lindley, Cobbold, Bambridge

Averages:

Age 22.4 Appearances/Goals 5.7 1.9

 

    Match Report

Source Notes

This match very nearly did not take place because of the ongoing row over payments to players. On Tuesday, 26 January 1886, the Scottish Football Association met in Glasgow. They 'decided not to play England an international football match this year because England intended to send forth her full strength by including professional football players in the team. The Scottish Football Association disapprove of there being professional football, and hold that when Scotland is willing to select eleven amateur players England should adopt the same course. England will not agree to this, and consequently there is a rupture between the Associations representing the two countries.' - The Dundee Courier and Argus, Wednesday, 27 January 1886.

England Football Factbook: Cris Freddi
TheFA.com
Scottish Football Association
London Hearts
original newspaper reports
England Expects: James Corbett
FA Yearbooks 1950-60
ScottishSportHistory: Andy Mitchell
Richard Sanders (HFK)
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