between England and Scotland at Glasgow on Saturday resulted in a
close and well-played game. This year's game attracted more attention
than ever; but few anticipated the immense gathering of spectators at
Hampden Park. The numbers were variously estimated from 25,000 to
30,000. There were six Corinthians in the English eleven, which had
been chosen with great care. The late victories of the Queen's Park
and Third Lanark teams in London over the Corinthians gave the
Scotchmen additional hopes of success in the international. The
Glasgow clubs furnished the greater portion of the Scotch team, in
which Wilson, who played so well on the Oval a fortnight ago, filled
the important post of goal-keeper. The weather was fine, and with the
ground dry a fast game was the result. Choice of positions fell to
England, who, at first, had the advantage of the wind, and the
Scotchmen kicked off...
It was passed out to Wood, who effected a brilliant run, which he
finished up with a goal for England in a little less than 20 minutes
of the start...
The ball was taken towards the centre. Robertson, however, kicked it
close up to the goal, and M'Pherson, amid great cheering, brought the
It was a capital game and the interest was sustained throughout. The
combination of both teams was excellent, especially the left wing play
of the English. The goal keeping at both ends was very safe, and
altogether there was very little to choose between the sides.
- The Times - Monday 7th
As early as 12
o'clock the crowd began to gather thick and fast in lovely weather and
a pleasing prospect before them.
Up till close on the time for starting, the immense strain round the
substantial paling kept the crowd in position, but at length the wave
became too powerful opposite the gate stand and burst. They rushed
into the arena and at other parts of the field the more unruly soon
followed their example and for some time the touch-line was a scene of
North British Daily Mail - Monday 7th April 1890
The Englishmen, as is usually the case, shone out brilliantly at the
start, but towards the close of the day the hard work told on the
strangers, and in the last quarter of an hour they were lucky in
making it a draw. Their goal was again and again besieged in a way
never before seen at the close of an international.
Daily Mail - Monday 7th April 1890
IN OTHER NEWS...
It was on 4 April 1890
that the Home Secretary, Henry Matthews spared the life of 16-year-old,
George Davies after he was sentenced to death for the murder of his father
in Crewe, three months earlier. His brother, Richard, who was 19, however,
was hanged for the crime, four days later, despite insisting that it was
only his brother that had yielded the axe on their father. George's sentence
was commuted to life in prison.