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48 vs. Wales
50 vs. Ireland

Saturday, 1 April 1893
Home International Championship 1892-93 (10th) Match

England 5 Scotland 2 [1-1]

Athletic Ground, Kew Foot Road, Richmond, Surrey
Attendance: 16,000; Receipts: 811; Kick-off 3.30pm GMT

England - Cunliffe Gosling ('finely headed through from a Spiksley cross' 15), George Cotterill ('succeeded in driving the ball through' 65), Fred Spiksley (a nine-yard volley from a sixty-yard Bassett cross 78, another Bassett cross, Spiksley danced through 80, a fifteen-yard left-footed volley set up by Cotterill 84).
Spiksley scored the fifth goal, not Reynolds, thus completing his hat-trick.
Scotland - Tom Waddell (Gay was charged over by Sellar to allow Waddell a free header 30), William Sellar ('put the ball between Gay and the upright' 55)
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England won the toss, Scotland kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - John Charles Clegg
46 (15 June 1850), Sheffield, FA Vice-president

Linesmen - William McGregor (replaced T. Gunning, London), 49 (13 April 1846), Birmingham, FA Chairman & Archibald Sliman, Scottish FA Chairman.

"The match was honoured by HRH The Duchess of Teck (Princess Mary Adelaide Wilhelmina Elizabeth of Cambridge, b.1833), the Duke of Teck (Franz Paul Karl Ludwig Alexander b.1837)  and the Princess Mary (Victoria Mary Augusta Louise Olga Pauline Claudine Agnes, b.1867), [and Prince Adolphus of Teck (Adolphus Charles Alexander Albert Edward George Philip Louis Ladislaus of Cambridge, b.1867)] to whom the captains of the two teams were presented before the game began."

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: "The Englishmen wore white shirts...."
Capt: George Cotterill, second captaincy Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Saturday, 25 March 1893 after the FA Cup Final at Fallowfield, following the trial match in Derby.
18th match, W 16 - D 1 - L 1 - F 77 - A 15.
England Lineup
  Gay, Leslie H. 22 24 March 1871 G Cambridge University AFC, Old Brightonians FC & Corinthians FC 1 2 GA
  Holmes, Robert 25 23 June 1867 RB Preston North End FC 5 0
  Harrison, A. Hugh 23 30 November 1869 LB Old Westminsters AFC & Corinthians FC 2 0
  Reynolds, John 24 21 February 1869 RH West Bromwich Albion FC 3 1
  Holt, John 27 10 April 1865 CH Everton FC 6 0
  Kinsey, George 26 20 June 1866 LH Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 2 0
  Bassett, William I. 24 27 January 1869 OR West Bromwich Albion FC 10 3 or 4
  Chadwick, Edgar W. 23 14 June 1869 IR Everton FC 4 3
Cotterill, George H. 24 4 April 1868 CF Old Brightonians AFC & Corinthians FC 4 2
Gosling, R. Cunliffe 24 15 June 1868 IL Old Etonians AFC & Corinthians FC 2 1
Spiksley, Frederick 23 25 January 1870 OL Wednesday FC 2 6


reserves not known

team notes:

Bob Howarth (Everton FC) was the original right-back, his place going to Bob Holmes. Jack Goodall (Derby County FC) was replaced with George Cotterill. Goodall had injured himself in a match the previous day.
Jack Reynolds had already played five times for the Irish team, scoring once (1890-91 (two appearances and one goal against England)).
It should be recognised that Fred Spiksley scored his second hat-trick for England in his first two appearances. Spiksley and other eye witnesses confirm he scored England's fifth, not Reynolds.
England extend their record of back-to-back victories, now at nine matches, and extend their unbeaten record to twelve matches. Their 'Home' record now stands at six victories in a row.
2-3-5 Gay -
Holmes, Harrison -
Reynolds, Holt, Kinsey -
Bassett, Chadwick, Cotterill, Gosling, Spiksley.


Age 24.1 Appearances/Goals 3.7 1.1

England teams v. Scotland:


Toone Holmes Dunn Reynolds Holt Shelton Bassett Goodall Southworth Chadwick Hodgetts


Gay Holmes Harrison Reynolds Holt Kinsey Bassett Chadwick Cotterill Gosling Spiksley


Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: "...and the Scotch dark blue."
Capt: James Kelly Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, of seven members, chosen, on Saturday, 25 March 1893, following a trial match.
Scotland Lineup
  Lindsay, John 30/31 1862 G Renton FC 3 11 GA
  Arnott, Walter 31 12 May 1861 RB Queen's Park FC 14 0
  Smellie, Robert 27 15 October 1865 LB Queen's Park FC 6 0
  Mitchell, David 26 29 April 1866 RH Rangers FC 4 0
  Kelly, James 27 15 October 1865 CH The Celtic FC 6 1
  Maley, William 24 25 April 1868 LH The Celtic FC 2 0
Sellar, William 26 21 September 1866 OR Queen's Park FC 9 4
Waddell, Thomas S. 22 9 November 1870 IR Queen's Park FC 4 1
  Hamilton, James nk not known CF Queen's Park FC 3 3
  McMahon, Alexander 23 1870 IL The Celtic FC 3 1
  Campbell, John 21/22 1871 OL The Celtic FC 2 0


reserves not known

team notes:

most certainly the oldest team to face England thus far.
2-3-5 Lindsay -
Arnott, Smellie -
Mitchell, Kelly, Maley -
Sellar, Wadell, Hamilton, McMahon, Campbell


Age 25.8-26.0 Appearances/Goals 5.1 0.7


    Match Report

The general estimate of the attendance at the Richmond Athletic Ground on Saturday, when the 22nd match between England and Scotland took place, was 20,000. Everything was favourable for the spectators, but the summer weather could not have been very welcome to the players, who, however, maintained a fast pace to the end. England were able to claim a decisive victory after a match in which the tide of success inclined to each side before finally turning strongly for the home eleven. The nature of the play kept the spectators at a high pitch of excitement, and the football seemed thoroughly appreciated. Although the partisan spirit was very marked among the large company perfect good humour prevailed ; and the Scottish element, after making much noise in the time that they were leading, submitted quietly to the banter of the English team's friends as, within some quarter of an hour to 20 minutes, England recovered their form and scored four goals. The Duke and Duchess of Teck, Princess May, and Prince Alexander of Teck witnessed the play from an enclosure set apart for them in front of the grand stand. In spite of the well-planned arrangements the spectators crowded in front of the place occupied by the Press, some of whom must have been greatly hampered in their work...

...Chadwick and Spikesley brought the ball along the left side, and taking a fine centre from the former Gosling butted it through. Thus the England team obtained the opening goal...

...Campbell and M'Mahon forced the ball close to the home line and it was sent into the mouth of the goal, and Waddell drive it through...

Ends had not long been changed when the Scottish again forced the play, and the outcome of some accurate passing was a goal by Sellar, who had received the ball from Waddell...

...Following close play near the Scottish posts and a dexterous save by Lindsay, the ball was returned from the right wing, and Cotterill, amid loud cheering, brought the figures level...

...but a few minutes later Bassett and Gosling dribbled down the right side and a long pass was given to Spikesley, who had got so well forward that a prompt appeal was made for " off-side," and he scored with a fine shot. The off-side appeal was over-ruled. Again, England forced the game, the wing men playing splendidly. Bassett helped Spikesley to get the fourth goal, and a long kick from the left (by Chadwick) was followed by Reynolds registering the fifth point with a lofty shot from half-back...

It was little less than remarkable the style that England half-way through the second stage managed to renew their combination...

This is England's third consecutive victory, and they have now won six matches to Scotland's 11. There have been five drawn matches. - The Times - Monday 3rd April 1893

    Football League


Football League Division One
1 April 1893
Team P Pts
Sunderland 27 43
Preston North End 25 33
Everton 27 32
Aston Villa 27 32
Bolton Wanderers 29 32
Stoke 29 28
Blackburn Rovers 29 28
West Bromwich Albion 28 27
Nottingham Forest 29 27
Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 26
Burnley 27 26
The Wednesday 29 25
Derby County 27 24
Notts County 28 22
Accrington 27 20
Newton Heath 28 17


Division One matches played on 1 April 1893:

Bentley, Weir (Campbell)
13,000 (
Pike's Lane, Bolton)

Turnbull, nk
 8,000 (Turf Moor, Burnley)

Wolves were without George Kinsey, who was playing for England against Scotland at Richmond.

Jones, McMillan, Geary, Maxwell
  14,000 (Goodison Park, Liverpool)

Everton were without Chadwick and Holt, who were playing for England against Scotland at Richmond.

Donaldson 2 (Stewart)
  9,000 (North Road, Manchester)

Preston were without Bob Holmes, who was playing for England against Scotland at Richmond.

  5,000 (Olive Grove, Sheffield)

Wednesday were without Fred Spiksley, who was scoring a hat-trick for England against Scotland at Richmond.

T.Perry, nk, C.Perry (A.Goodall)
  3,655 (Stoney Lane, West Bromwich)

West Brom were without Bassett and Reynolds, who were playing for England against Scotland at Richmond.

Preston's hopes of reclaiming the title for the third time in five years were all but over following a shock defeat at Newton Heath, who were already destined for the test matches where they would successfully retain their First Division status. Although Sunderland only needed one more point, Preston faltered again, two days later, on Easter Monday, by failing to beat Accrington, and the so-called 'team of all talents' retained the Championship, emulating Preston's achievement of three years earlier.

Football League Division Two
1 April 1893
Team P Pts
Small Heath 22 36
Sheffield United 20 32
Darwen 21 30
Grimsby Town 21 23
Ardwick 21 19
Northwich Victoria 20 18
Burton Swifts 21 18
Lincoln City 20 17
Bootle 21 17
Crewe Alexandra 21 15
Burslem Port Vale 21 13
Walsall Town Swifts 21 12


Division Two matches played on 1 April 1893:

(Hill, Waller, Gallacher)
3,000 (
Peel Croft, Burton)

Higgins, nk
 1,000 (Abbey Park, Grimsby)

Raby 2, Smallman 2, Roberts (nk)
  2,000 (John O'Gaunt's, Lincoln)

Hallam 2, Walton (Yates, Carson)
  1,000 (Coventry Road, Birmingham)


Small Heath completed their league fixtures with a ninth successive victory, but it was another two weeks before they could claim to be champions, and they then lost their test match to Newton Heath, thus failing to win promotion, with Darwen and Sheffield United both successful.




It was on 1 April 1893 that the British Admiralty sent its congratulations to the Neptune Salvage Company on its successful re-floating of the battleship HMS Howe after it had run aground five months earlier whilst attempting to negotiate the narrow entrance to Ferrol Harbour on the Spanish coast.

Source Notes

The venue of The Athletic Ground in Richmond was chosen by the FA Council at Chancery Lane on Thursday, 8 March 1893. It became the first venue to hold an England vs. Scotland match at both codes. Rugby and Association.

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
Flying Over an Olive Grove - Clive Nicholson, pp.111-121.