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Saturday, 5 April 1890
Home International Championship 1889-90 (7th) Match

Scotland 1 England 1 [1-1]

Match Summary
Scotland Party

England Party
Team Records

Hampden Park, Crosshill, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Kick-off (GMT): 'shortly before 4 o'clock'
Attendance: 26,379 (a new world record attendance), receipts £1400;

Scotland kicked-off. England won the toss

[1-1] John McPherson 37

 'from the corner Robertson returned beautifully into goal, and MacPherson equalised with another overhead kick'
[0-1] Harry Wood 17
'made a really magnificent run, passing three men, and shooting a splendid goal'

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]





The mass numbers were not confined to the stands, nor did they remain behind the ropes. They 'squatted round the the touchline, interfering greatly with the game'.
Richard Philip Gregson
37 (early 1853), England
(Lancashire FA secretary)
Charles Campbell
(Scottish FA President)

John Reid
(Irish FA)

Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: "...in their dark blue jerseys and white knickers."
Capt: James McLaren Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, chosen, on Saturday, 15 March, following a trial match.
Scotland Lineup
  Wilson, James 23/24 1866 G Vale of Leven FC 3 4 GA
  Arnott, Walter 28 12 May 1861 RB Queen's Park FC 11 0
  McKeown, Thomas M. 20/21 1869 LB The Celtic FC 2 0
  Robertson, Thomas 25 28 December 1864 RH Queen's Park FC 2 0
  Kelly, James 24 15 October 1865 CH The Celtic FC 3 0
  McLaren, James 29/30 1860 LH The Celtic FC 3 0
  Groves, William 20 8 November 1869 OR The Celtic FC 3 0
  Berry, William H. 22 20 August 1867 IR Queen's Park FC 3 0
  Johnstone, William 25 4 November 1864 CF Third Lanark FC 3 0
McPherson, John 21 19 June 1868 IL Cowlairs FC 4 2
  McCall, James 25 2 March 1865 OL Renton FC 5 0


The Selection Committee named the three sides for Scotland's three matches on Saturday, 15 March in Glasgow, with a fourth team made up of reserves:- Goal, McIntosh (St. Bernard's FC); backs, James Adams (Heart of Midlothian FC) and John Murray (Vale of Leven FC); half-backs, J. Russell (Cambuslang FC), Love (Third Lanark FC) and John Hill (Heart of Midlothian FC); forwards, right, William Gulliland (Queen's Park FC) and Robert Buchanan (Abercorn FC); centre, John McPherson (Heart of Midlothian FC); left, Ross (Ayr FC) and Grieve (Greenock Morton FC).
As well those listed, the team that was named to face Wales were also named specifically as the reserves to face England. These were:- Goal, George Gillespie (Queen's Park FC); backs, Andrew Whitelaw (Vale of Leven) and Thomas McKeown (The Celtic FC); half-backs, Matthew McQueen (Leith Athletic), Andrew Brown (St. Mirren FC) and Lalty Wilson (Newmilne FC); forwards, right, Francis Watt (Kilbirnie FC) and J. Brown (Cambuslang FC); centre, William Paul (Partick Thistle FC); left, James Dunlop (St. Mirren FC) and Daniel Bruce (Vale of Leven FC).

team notes:

Queen's Park FC's Robert Smillie was the original named left-back, his place going McKeown.
2-3-5 Wilson -
Arnott, McKeown -
Robertson, Kelly, McLaren -
Groves, Berry, Johnstone, McPherson, McCall.


Age 23.8 Appearances/Goals 3.8 0.2


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Arthur Walters, only captaincy Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Saturday, 29 March 1890, following trial games.
9th match, W 7 - D 1 - L 1 - F 40 - A 9.
Almost certain it was Arthur Walters on this occasion, instead of his brother, Percy - but there is doubt.  The London Times, The Sportsman, Sporting Chronicle, Alcock's Annual 1890, Athletic News Annual 1891-92, Preston Herald and Glasgow Herald decline to mention any England captain. In The Field, Arthur Walters is listed as captain in the line-up, the Athletic News reads as 'PM and AM Walters (Capt)'.  But Arthur Walters is usually second in the line-up, and this publication could have got the brothers mixed-up. Besides, The Field notes that it was Percy who gave the post-match dinner speech, not Arthur.
England Lineup
  Moon, William R. 21 7 June 1868 G Old Westminsters AFC & Corinthians FC 6 7 GA
  Walters, Percy M. 26 30 September 1863 RB Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 13 0
  Walters, Arthur M. 25 26 January 1865 LB Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 9 0
  Haworth, George 25 17 October 1864 RH

Accrington FC

5 1
  Allen, Harry 24 19 January 1866 CH

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

5 0
  Shelton, Alfred 24 12 September 1865 LH Notts County FC 2 0
  Bassett, William I. 21 27 January 1869 OR West Bromwich Albion FC 5 1 or 2
  Currey, Edmund Samuel 21 28 June 1868 IR Oxford University AFC, Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 2 1
  Lindley, Tinsley 23 27 October 1865 CF

Nottingham Forest FC & Corinthians FC

12 11
Wood, Harry 21 26 June 1868 IL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 2 1
  Daft, Harry B. 24 5 April 1866 OL Notts County FC & Corinthians FC 3 0


Bob Roberts (West Bromwich Albion FC, goal), Teddy Brayshaw (Wednesday FC) and John Oliver (Sunderland AFC, fullbacks), Henry Hammond (Oxford University AFC) James Forrest (Blackburn Rovers FC) and Charlie Perry (West Bromwich Albion FC, halfbacks), Joe Lofthouse (Blackburn Rovers FC) and George Cotterill (Cambridge University AFC, right wing), John Southworth (centre), Nat Walton, Bill Townley (all Blackburn Rovers FC, left wing).

team notes:

Fred Geary (Everton FC) was seriously injured during the trial match on 22 March. He was playing for the Whites, and after taking a corner, he was legally barged, and after falling, cracked his head on a wooden seat.
Percy and Arthur Walters were brothers. Alf Shelton is the younger brother of Charlie (1888).
John McPherson's 37th minute goal ended England's record sequence of six away victories in a row.
2-3-5 Moon -
P. Walters, A. Walters -
Haworth, Allen, Shelton -
Bassett, Currey, Lindley, Wood, Daft


Age 23.2 Appearances/Goals 5.7 1.4

England teams v. Scotland:


Moon P.Walters A.Walters Hammond Allen Forrest Bassett Goodall Brodie Weir Lindley


Moon P.Walters A.Walters Haworth Allen Shelton Bassett Currey Lindley Wood Daft


    Match Report

The match 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 score level...

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 April, 1890

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 surging humanity. - 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


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.

Source Notes

England Football Factbook: Cris Freddi
Scottish Football Association
Scotland - The Complete International Record: Richard Keir
London Hearts
original newspaper reports
FA Yearbooks 1950-60
ScottishSportHistory: Andy Mitchell