Association this year decided to play the international match with
Scotland at Blackburn. No more appropriate ground could have been
chosen, considering the keen interest that has been taken in the game
by the district and the skill shown there, a proof of which lies in
the fact that previous to this season the national competition had
been four times successfully carried off by Blackburn teams. Though
threatening in the early morning, the weather proved bright and
seasonable. This, however, had its drawback. The hot sun soon caused
the frost to disappear, and by the time fixed for the start the turf
was in an almost unplayable condition. Great preparation had been made
for the match, and special trains from Scotland and other parts
brought large numbers of visitors. It was estimated that there were
upwards of 12,000 people present. Both teams were thoroughly
representative. Within a few minutes of 3 30 the game was begun by
Sellars, England at first playing down the incline, with the wind at
The home players again visited their rivals' half, but Arnott relieved
his side by a long kick, while M'Coll finished up a splendid run along
the left side and scored the first goal for Scotland. A very short
time had elapsed, when a combined rush by the forwards ended in
Lindley equalising matters...
M'Coll and Allan resisted this invasion, and a free kick fell to the
Scotchmen. This was undertaken by Keir with such judgement that the
ball was scrimmaged through, and Scotland scored their second goal.
Again the record was made level, Dewhurst scoring from a fine pass by
Bambridge. Directly afterwards Allan registered a third goal for the
Scotchmen; the last three points had been scored in less than five
- The Times - Monday
The play was
very good considering that the men had to operate with a heavy and
Shooting was very difficult but Lindley and Bambridge were too slow in
getting rid of the ball. Cobbold was good, but Dewhurst has been seen
to better advantage, while the same might be said of the Walters
The contest was a match between goalkeepers and Roberts (England)
fumbled twice and lost the match...
North British Daily Mail - Monday 21st
A. M. Walters
handled the ball in trying to get it away, and Scotland had a free
kick in front of the home citadel. The ball was rushed down at the
forest of players round the goal, and seemed to pass all but keeper
Roberts, who fancied someone had touched it, and got his hand on the
leather but was charged through the goal, thus causing the
registration of the second goal for Scotland.
No sooner had the start been made from the centre than Dewhurst shot
the ball in, and Cobbold helped it past Macauley, an appeal for
offside being disallowed, and the scores were two each...
Daily Mail - Monday 21st
IN OTHER NEWS...
It was on 19 March 1887
that Father Keller, a Dublin priest, was imprisoned in Kilmainham Jail for
refusing to disclose details relating to a bankruptcy case, on the grounds
that they were given to him in confidence as a clergyman. He was released
two months later by the Court of Appeal.