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Saturday, 19 March 1887
Home International Championship 1886-87 (4th) Match

England 2 Scotland 3 [1-1]

Leamington Street, Wagtail, Blackburn, Lancashire
Attendance: 12,000;
Kick-off 3.35pm GMT

Scotland - James McCall ('McCall got off and outpacing Bailey and Walters had no difficulty in shooting' 30), Leitch Kier ('free-kick' 50), Jimmy Allan ('rushed the leather past Roberts, three goals being scored in three minutes' 53)
England - Tinsley Lindley (32), Fred Dewhurst (51)
The Daily Mail match report states that Cobbold deflected in Dewhurst's shot
Match Summary
England Party

Scotland Party
Team Records
Results 1872-90

England won the toss, Scotland kicked-off.


Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]




Umpires -
Richard Philip Gregson
34 (early 1853), England (Lancashire FA secretary) &
Richard Browne
Queen's Park FC, Scotland (SFA President)
Other reports state that Tom Lawrie was the Scottish umpire.

Referee -
John Sinclair

30/31 (1856), Belfast, Ireland (Irish FA)

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
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  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: "some arrayed in their spotless white flannels and trousers, and others in white flannels and black unmentionables".
Capt: Norman Bailey, 15th and final captaincy. Selectors: The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on Monday, 7 March 1887.
England Lineup
  Roberts, Robert J. 23 18 December 1863 G

West Bromwich Albion FC

1 3 GA
  Walters, Percy M. 23 30 September 1863 RB Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 7 0
  Walters, Arthur M. 22 26 January 1865 LB Cambridge University AFC, Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 5 0
  Haworth, George 22 17 October 1864 RH Accrington FC 3 0
  Bailey, Norman C. 29 23 July 1857 CH

Clapham Rovers FC & Corinthians FC

19 1
  Forrest, James H. 22 24 June 1864 LH

Blackburn Rovers FC

9 0
  Lofthouse, Joseph M. 21 14 April 1865 OR Blackburn Rovers FC 5 0
Dewhurst, Frederick 23 16 December 1863 IR

Preston North End FC & Corinthians FC

5 5
Lindley, Tinsley 21 27 October 1865 CF

Nottingham Forest FC, Cambridge University AFC & Corinthians FC

6 8
  Cobbold W. Nevill 24 4 February 1863 IL

Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC

9 6
  Bambridge, E. Charles 28 30 July 1858 OL

Swifts FC & Corinthians FC

18 12


Herby Arthur (Blackburn Rovers FC, goal); Frank Coulton (Aston Villa FC) and Bob Howarth (Preston North End FC, backs); Andrew Amos (Old Carthusians AFC) and Frank Saunders (Swifts FC, forwards).

team notes:

Percy and Arthur Walters were brothers.
Norman Bailey extends his record appearance tally and extends his record as the player with the most captaincies, in this, the most experienced England team thus far.
This defeat puts an end to England's record unbeaten record of nine matches that had been in place since March 1884. It also ends their unbeaten Home record of five matches. They have, however, created a new record of playing 280 minutes without conceding a goal at Home.
2-3-5 Roberts -
P.Walters, A.Walters -
Haworth, Bailey, Forrest -
Lofthouse, Dewhurst, Lindley, Cobbold, Bambridge


Age 23.5 Appearances/Goals 7.9 2.7

England teams v. Scotland:

















Haworth Bailey Forrest Lofthouse Dewhurst Lindley




Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: "Most of the Scotties wore a sombre costume, dark blue jerseys and black unmentionables being the prevailing dress".
Capt: Jimmy McAuley Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, chosen, following a trial match, on Tuesday, 8 March 1887.
Scotland Lineup
  McAuley, James 26 30 August 1860 G

Dumbarton FC

8 1
7 GA
  Arnott, Walter 25 12 May 1861 B

Queen's Park FC

7 0
  Forbes, John 25 13 January 1862 B

Vale of Leven FC

4 0
  Kelso, Robert R. 21 2 October 1865 HB

Renton FC

4 0
  Auld, John R. 25 7 January 1862 HB

Third Lanark FC

1 0
Keir, Leitch 25 22 June 1861 HB

Dumbarton FC

3 1
  Marshall, John nk not known OR

Third Lanark FC

3 1
  Robertson, William nk not known IR

Dumbarton FC

1 0
  Sellar, William 20 21 September 1866 CF

Battlefield FC

3 0
McCall, James 22 2 March 1865 IL

Renton FC

2 2
Allan, James nk not known OL

Queen's Park FC

1 1


John Lindsay (Renton FC, goal); Andrew Hannah and Archibald McCall (both Renton FC, backs); James McGhee (Hibernian FC), A. Martin (Abercorn FC) and J. Hutton (St Bernard's FC, half-backs); Alexander Hamilton (Queen's Park FC) and William Groves (Hibernian FC, right-wing); John Lindsay (Rangers FC, centre); James Lowe (St. Bernard's FC) and C. McLaren (Vale of Leven FC, left-wing);

team notes:

James McAuley played as a forward on his debut, scoring one of the five goals, against Wales, 25 March 1882.
2-3-5 McAuley -
Arnott, Forbes -
Kelso, Auld, Keir -
Marshall, Robertson, Sellars, McCall, Allan


Age tbc Appearances/Goals 3.4 0.2


    Match Report

The Football 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 their backs...

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 minutes... - The Times - Monday 21st March, 1887

The play was very good considering that the men had to operate with a heavy and dirt-laden ball...

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 brothers...

The contest was a match between goalkeepers and Roberts (England) fumbled twice and lost the match... - North British Daily Mail - Monday 21st March, 1887

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 March, 1887


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.

Source Notes

England Football Factbook: Cris Freddi
Scottish Football Association
London Hearts
original newspaper reports
England Expects: James Corbett
FA Yearbooks 1950-60
ScottishSportHistory: Andy Mitchell