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Saturday, 7 April 1894
Home International Championship 1893-94 (11th) Match

Scotland 2 England 2 [1-1]

Match Summary
Scotland Party

England Party
Team Records

Celtic Park, Kerrydale Street, Parkhead, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Kick-off (GMT): 3.35pm.
Attendance: 45,107 (new world record attendance); receipts: £2016.

Scotland won the toss England kicked-off.
[1-0] William Lambie 7
'with a lightning shot, scored'

[2-1] Sandy McMahon 75
'sent it flying into the net'

[1-1] Jack Goodall 12
'from a partial clearance following a bundled save',
[2-2] Jack Reynolds 85
'with a long shot'

Match Summary





Referee - John Reid
Ireland (Irish FA)

Linesmen - according to the Daily Telegraph - Richard Philip Gregson, 40 (9 March 1854), Clitheroe, (Lancashire FA secretary) according to the Glasgow Herald - Nicholas Lane Jackson, 44 (1 November 1849), West Hackney, London (Corinthians FC & FA Hon. Secretary) & Archibald Sliman (Scottish FA Chairman)

Ugly scenes had marred this match when ticketless fans had stormed a barricade and in the ensuing confusion some had been injured; while others, including many pressmen, had been displaced from their allocated seats.  The whole incident had said much about the rising intensity of supporters' passions, but also, rather more worryingly, the inability of the authorities to successfully manage large crowds. - England Expects: James Corbett

Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: Dark blue jerseys and white shorts
Capt: Ned Doyle Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, of seven members, chosen, on Tuesday, 6 March 1894, following several trial matches.
Scotland Lineup
  Haddow, David 24 12 June 1869 G Rangers FC 1 2 GA
  Sillars, Donald B. 25 30 October 1868 RB Queen's Park FC 4 0
  Doyle, Daniel 29 16 September 1864 LB The Celtic FC 3 0
  Begbie, Isaac 25 4 June 1868 RH Heart of Midlothian FC 4 0
  McCreadie, Andrew 23 19 November 1870 CH Rangers FC 2 0
  Mitchell, David 27 29 April 1866 LH Rangers FC 5 0
  Gulliland, William 23 3 February 1871 OR Queen's Park FC 3 0
  Blessington, James 20 28 February 1874 IR The Celtic FC 2 0
McMahon, Alexander 24 1870 CF The Celtic FC 4 2
  McPherson, John 25 19 June 1868 IL Rangers FC 6 0
Lambie, William A. 21 10 January 1873 OL Queen's Park FC 3 3


The Selection Committee named the three sides for Scotland's three matches on Tuesday, 6 March in Glasgow. The team selected to play Ireland served as the reserves for the England match:- Goal, Andrew Baird (Queen's Park FC); backs, Wally Arnott (St. Bernard's FC) and Jock Drummond (Rangers FC); half-backs, Robert Marshall (Rangers FC), James Kelly (The Celtic FC) and David Stewart (Queen's Park FC); forwards, right, John Taylor (Dumbarton FC) and Thomas Waddell (Queen's Park FC); centre, David Alexander (East Stirlingshire FC); left, Robert Scott (Airdrieonians FC) and Alexander Keillor (Dundee FC).

team notes:

"it is the first occasion on which professionals have figured on the Scotch side"
2-3-5 Haddow -
Sillars, Doyle -
Begbie, McCreadie, Mitchell -
Gulliland, Blessington, McMahon, McPherson, Lambie


Age 24.2 Appearances/Goals 3.4 0.3


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: White jerseys and navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: John Goodall, second captaincy Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Thursday, 15 March 1894 at 61 Chancery Lane, London, following the trial match. Confirmed on Saturday, 31 March at The Alexandra Hotel in Liverpool.
21st match, W 17 - D 3 - L 1 - F 86 - A 20.
England Lineup
  Gay, Leslie H. 23 24 March 1871 G Cambridge University AFC, Old Brightonians FC & Corinthians FC 3 5 GA
  Clare, Thomas 29 4 February 1865 RB Stoke FC 4 0
  Pelly, Frederick R. 24 11 August 1869 LB Old Foresters AFC & Corinthians FC 3 0
Reynolds, John 25 21 February 1869 RH Aston Villa FC 5 2
  Holt, John 28 10 April 1865 CH Everton FC 8 0
  Needham, Ernest 21 21 January 1873 LH Sheffield United FC 1 0
  Bassett, William I. 25 27 January 1869 OR West Bromwich Albion FC 11 3 or 4
Goodall, John 30 19 June 1863 IR Derby County FC 9 8 or 9
  Smith, Gilbert O. 21 25 November 1872 CF Oxford University AFC, Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 3 1
  Chadwick, Edgar W. 24 14 June 1869 IL Everton FC 5 3
  Spiksley, Frederick 24 25 January 1870 OL Wednesday FC 4 7


Bob Chatt (Aston Villa FC)

team notes:

Original centre-forward John Southworth withdrew from the original line-up because of a knee injury. His place went to Gilbert Smith. Clare replaced Burnley FC's Jimmy Crabtree at right-back. Ernest Needham replaced Bolton Wanderers FC's James Turner. Cunliffe Gosling was the original Captain and inside-left, Edgar Chadwick being drafted in to replace him. Goodall was instead, handed the captaincy.
"Several players with claims to be considered in connection with international honours are at present unsound, and as the match does not take place for more than three weeks, the Committee reserve to themselves the right to make any changes they deem fit. The team will be definitely selected at a meeting to be held at Liverpool at noon on Saturday, March 31."
Jack Reynolds had already played five times for the Irish team, scoring once (1890-91 (two appearances and one goal against England)).
England's unbeaten run has now reached a record fifteen matches, since March 1890.
For the second time, they have recorded two draws in a single season.
2-3-5 Gay -
Clare, Pelly -
Reynolds, Holt, Needham -
Bassett, Goodall, Smith, Chadwick, Spiksley


Age 24.9 Appearances/Goals 5.1 2.0-2.2

England teams v. Scotland:


Gay Holmes Harrison Reynolds Holt Kinsey Bassett Chadwick Cotterill Gosling Spiksley


Gay Clare Pelly Reynolds Holt Needham Bassett Goodall Smith Chadwick Spiksley


    Match Report

The last few years have seen the reduction in some degree of the preponderance of Scottish victories in the record of this match, played for the 23rd time at Glasgow on Saturday ; but in the latest contest the result, after Scotland had narrowly missed winning, was a tie. In every respect it was a brilliant game, and an immense crowd, over 40,000 in number, followed it with enthusiastic interest. All the preparations made on the Celtic ground for the reception of a big company were needed, and before the game began the crowd surged into the enclosure without, however, encroaching on the field of play...

...Their passing was very accurate, and scarcely had the play settled down before Lambie scored. Supported by the well-judged placing of Holt and Reynolds, the English forwards attacked vigorously, and only a short time had elapsed when Goodall equalized amid loud applause...

The home forwards passed splendidly, and within 20 minutes of the finish, the second goal was obtained for them...

When the last five minutes began the lead was still with Scotland ; but they were not to win the match, for the English right wings received a pass from Holt and made a close attack. During this the ball was kicked back to Reynolds, who shot it through and made the result a tie of two goals each, " Time " being called soon after the score. The teams were well-matched, and the excellence of the contest seemed thoroughly appreciated by the company. Any advantage possessed by Scotland's forwards was balanced by the fine play of the English half-backs, especially Reynolds and Holt. - Monday 9th April 1894, The Times

    The Football League on 7 April 1894:

Division One Table
7 April 1894
Team P Pts
Aston Villa 29 42
Sunderland 29 38
Derby County 29 34
Burnley 29 32
Nottingham Forest 29 32
Blackburn Rovers 29 32
West Bromwich Albion 30 32
Everton 29 31
Wolverhampton Wanderers 29 31
Sheffield United 30 31
Stoke 29 29
The Wednesday 30 26
Bolton Wanderers 28 22
Preston North End 29 21
Darwen 29 19
Newton Heath 29 14

(Geddes, Bostock 2)
 3,500 at Pike's Lane, Bolton

West Brom were without Billy Bassett, who was playing for England in Glasgow.

Turnbull, Buchanan, Place (Groves 2, Hodgetts 2, Devey 2)
6,000 at Turf Moor, Burnley

Villa were without Jack Reynolds, who scored for England in Glasgow.

(Gillespie, Hyslop, nk)
5,000 at Barley Bank, Darwen

McMillan, Latta 2, Hartley, Geary 2 (Schofield 2)
10,000 at Goodison Park, Liverpool

Everton were without Chadwick and Holt, who were playing for England in Glasgow, as was Stoke's Tommy Clare.

Brodie 2
5,000 at Town Ground, Nottingham

Beckton 2, Drummond
4,000 at Deepdale, Preston
United were without Ernest Needham, who was playing for England in Glasgow.

   Aston Villa clinched their first League Championship in style, by giving their hosts a lesson in ruthless finishing power.

Division Two Table
7 April 1894
Team P Pts
Liverpool 27 48
Small Heath 28 42
Notts County 28 39
Newcastle United 27 35
Grimsby Town 27 31
Burslem Port Vale 27 30
Burton Swifts 27 29
Woolwich Arsenal 27 28
Lincoln City 28 28
Walsall Town Swifts 27 21
Middlesbrough Ironopolis 27 20
Ardwick 27 18
Crewe Alexandra 27 17
Rotherham Town 26 13
Northwich victoria 28 9

 Spittle (J.Woolfe, Sandham)

2,500 at Hyde Road, Manchester

Dean, Wood (
McVean, McQueen)
5,009 at Athletic Ground, Stoke

2,000 at Peel Croft, Burton

1,500 at John O'Gaunt's, Lincoln

Bailey 2 (Coulthard)
1,000 at Drill Field, Northwich

Hands 2, Walton
6,000 at Coventry Road, Birmingham




Crewe's victory at Ardwick (playing their last home game before becoming Manchester City) meant that the final re-election place would go to the last match and it was the Alex that managed to rise out of the danger zone, ahead of their rivals, who lost their last game at Walsall, the following week.


It was on 7 April 1894 that the United States Senate expressed concern that the Behring Sea Arbitration Bill read in the House of Commons, four days earlier, included a clause allowing fifty or sixty Canadian ships currently at sea, to continue killing seals in the open water, without punishment. The Act that followed banned the killing of seals in a sixty-mile zone around the Pribilof Islands, off the coast of Alaska, but was, ultimately, ineffective, due to the seals moving beyond the regulated area.

Source Notes

The Venue of Celtic Park was chosen when the teams were chosen, Tuesday, 6 March 1894. It was chosen ahead of Ibrox and Hampden because the Celtic club were in 'difficulties'. 21 voted for, and four voted for the other venues.

Although the English team was named on 15 March 1894, the Selection Committee required confirmation that the team they had voted for was in fact, English.  The two weeks prior to the meeting in Liverpool on 31 March 1894 was ample time to receive the required information.

England Football Factbook: Cris Freddi
Scottish Football Association
Scotland - The Complete International Record: Richard Keir
London Hearts
original newspaper reports
FA Yearbooks 1950-60
England Expects: James Corbett, [2006] p28.