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32 vs. Wales

34 vs. Ireland

Saturday, 17 March 1888
Home International Championship 1887-88 (5th) Match

Scotland 0 England 5 [0-4]

Match Summary
Scotland Party

England Party
Team Records

Hampden Park, Crosshill, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Attendance: 16,000; Kick-off 3:49pm GMT.

England - George Haworth ('placing the ball neatly...from a corner' 30), Dennis Hodgetts ('swift low shot from another corner' 31), Fred Dewhurst ('header' 40, 'an impossible shot to save' 49), John Goodall ('from a Dewhurst free-kick' 43);
The Sheffield and Rotherham Independent states that Howarth (Accrington) placed the ball neatly, following a corner kick. The Sunderland Daily Echo states that Howarth scored for England. The Nottingham Evening Post says that England scored first, by the aid of Howarth.
Results 1872-90

England won the toss, Scotland kicked-off.


Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]




Umpires -
A. McKennedy
Scottish FA President &
Morton Peto Betts
40 (30 August 1847), Old Harrovians FC, Middlesex.

Referee -
John Sinclair

31/32 (1856), Belfast, Ireland (Irish FA)

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  

Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: Blue shirts, white shorts
Capt: Donald Gow Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, chosen, following a trial match, on Friday, 24 February 1888.
Scotland Lineup
  Lindsay, John nk not known G

Renton FC

1 5 GA
  Arnott, Walter 26 12 May 1861 B

Queen's Park FC

9 0
  Gow, Donald R. 20 8 February 1868 B

Rangers FC

1 0
  Kelso, Robert R. 22 2 October 1865 HB

Renton FC

6 0
  Kelly, James 22 15 October 1865 HB

Renton FC

1 0
  Keir, Leitch 26 22 June 1861 HB

Dumbarton FC

5 1
  Hamilton, Alexander 22 24 July 1865 OR

Queen's Park FC

4 0
  Berry, William H. 20 20 August 1867 IR

Queen's Park FC

1 0
  Sellar, William 21 21 September 1866 CF

Battlefield FC

5 0
  McCall, James 23 2 March 1865 IL

Renton FC

4 2
  Lambie, John A. 19 18 December 1868 OL

Queen's Park FC

3 1


reserves not known
2-3-5 Lindsay -
Arnott, Gow -
Kelso, Kelly, Keir -
Hamilton, Berry, Sellar, McCall, Lambie


Age 22.1 Appearances/Goals 3.6 0.4


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Tinsley Lindley, second captaincy. Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Saturday, 10 March 1888 at The Oval, Kennington, following trial games.
2nd match, W 2 - D 0 - L 0 - F 10 - A 1.
England Lineup
  Moon, William R. 19 7 June 1868 G

Old Westminsters AFC & Corinthians FC

2 1 GA
  Walters, Percy M. 24 30 September 1863 RB

Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC

8 0
  Howarth, Robert H. 22 20 June 1865 LB Preston North End FC 3 0
Haworth, George 23 17 October 1864 RH

Accrington FC

4 1
  Allen, Harry 22 19 January 1866 CH

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

2 0
  Holden-White, Cecil H. 27 3 November 1860 LH

Swifts FC, Clapham Rovers FC & Corinthians FC

2 0
  Woodhall, George 24 5 September 1863 OR West Bromwich Albion FC 2 1
Goodall, John 24 19 June 1863 IR Preston North End FC 2 1
  Lindley, Tinsley 22 27 October 1865 CF

Nottingham Forest FC & Corinthians FC

8 9
Dewhurst, Frederick 24 16 December 1863 IL

Preston North End FC & Corinthians FC

7 10
Hodgetts, H. Dennis 24 28 November 1863 OL

Aston Villa FC

2 1


reserves not known

team notes:

James Forrest (Blackburn Rovers FC) withdrew from the line-up, replaced by Cecil Holden-White.
For the fourth time in 15
years, England have started a match without any debutants.
2-3-5 Moon -
Walters, Howarth -
Haworth, Allen, Holden-White -
Woodhall, Goodall, Lindley, Dewhurst, Hodgetts


Age 23.2 Appearances/Goals 3.8 1.6

England teams v. Scotland:





Haworth Bailey Forrest Lofthouse Dewhurst Lindley




Moon P.Walters Howarth Haworth Allen Holden-White Woodhall Goodall Lindley Dewhurst Hodgetts


    Match Report

Many thousand spectators were present at Hampden Park, Glasgow, on Saturday, when the international contest was played under Association rules. Hitherto the Scotch have been most fortunate in these engagements, having registered ten victories against two by their opponents. On this occasion, however, England placed a strong eleven in the field, which gained a complete mastery over their rivals...

A further corner kick fell to England; this was well placed by Howarth, and Allen headed the ball between the posts. This was almost immediately supplemented with a second goal, kicked by Dewhurst after a corner, while the same player soon headed a third. Scotland played up very smartly, but before half-time a fourth goal was gained by their rivals after a foul...

A combined run was effected by Dewhurst and Goodall, which ended in the former kicking a fifth goal...

It was generally admitted that the English eleven was one of the best at all points that has visited Scotland. - The Times - Monday 19th March, 1888

The great fault, one cannot help designating it defect, in all previous international elevens, was lack of combination and want of staying power among the forwards, but this could not be laid to their charge on Saturday, for their dribbling, passing and general play were splendid, and much admired by all who saw the contest, and we can scarcely single out individual worth... - North British Daily Mail - Monday 19th March, 1888

The Scottish forwards could not match their English counterparts for speed and fitness... - Daily Mail - Monday 19th March, 1888


It was on 16 March 1888 that the first German Emperor, Wilhelm the Great, was buried in Berlin. He had died, seven days earlier, at the age of 90.

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