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57 vs. Wales
59 vs. Ireland

Saturday, 4 April 1896
Home International Championship 1895-96 (13th) Match

Scotland 2 England 1 [2-0]

Celtic Park, Kerrydale Street, Parkhead, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Attendance: 51,345 but attendance most likely 56,500 (a new-world record attendance). Receipts: £3640-£3744; Kick-off 3.55pm GMT

Match Summary
Scotland Party

England Party
Team Records

Scotland - William Lambie ('Raikes threw the ball out, Lambie at once got the ball, and gave the goalkeeper no chance' 25), Jack Bell ('King kicked across the goalmouth, Bell got up and close in, kicked a goal' 30).
England - Billy Bassett ('Goodall passed out to Bassett, who steadied the ball, and with a swinging shot, scored' 75)
Results 1891-1900

Scotland won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Humphrey Jones
33 (7 December 1862), from Wales, but worked as schoolmaster at Blair Lodge, Polmont, Falkirk.

Linesmen - R.F. Harrison, Scotland & Nicholas Lane Jackson, 45 (1 November 1849), West Hackney, London (Corinthians FC & FA Hon. Secretary)


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  Fouls Conceded  
The mass attendance was not without its problems, many scaled fences and obtained entry without ticket. A number upwards of 60,000 present could be considered. The spectators stood right up to the touchline throughout and naturally handicapped the wing men.

Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: Dark blue jerseys and white shorts
Capt: John Drummond Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, of seven members, chosen, following a trial match.
Scotland Lineup
  Doig, John Edward 29 29 October 1866 G Sunderland AFC, England 3 2 GA
  Brandon, Thomas 27 26 February 1869 RB Blackburn Rovers FC, England 1 0
  Drummond, John 25 13 April 1870 LB Rangers FC 6 0
  Gibson, Neil 23 23 February 1873 RH Rangers FC 4 0
  Cowan, James 27 17 October 1868 CH Aston Villa FC, England 1 0
  Hogg, George 26 2 December 1869 LH Heart of Midlothian FC 2 0
Bell, John 26 6 October 1869 OR Everton FC, England 3 2
  Blessington, James 22 28 February 1874 IR The Celtic FC 4 0
  Hyslop, Thomas 21 22 September 1874 CF Stoke FC, England 1 0
Lambie, William A. 23 10 January 1873 IL Queen's Park FC 7 5
  King, Alexander 24 27 July 1871 OL Heart of Midlothian FC 2 0


reserves not known
2-3-5 Doig -
Brandon, Drummond -
Gibson, Cowan, Hogg -
Bell, Blessington, Hyslop, Lambie, King


Age 24.8 Appearances/Goals 3.1 0.5


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: White jerseys and navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Gilbert Smith, first, possibly second, maybe even third captaincy Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Wednesday, 25 March 1896 at 61 Chancery Lane, London, following a trial match.
27th match, W 21 - D 4 - L 2 - F 111 - A 24.
England Lineup
  Raikes, George B. 22 14 March 1873 G Oxford University AFC & Corinthians FC 4 4 GA
  Lodge, L. Vaughan 23 21 December 1872 RB Cambridge University AFC & Corinthians FC 5 0
  Oakley, William J. 22 27 April 1873 LB Oxford University AFC & Corinthians FC 4 0
  Henfrey, Arthur G. 28 19 December 1867 RH Corinthians FC 5 2
  Crawshaw, Thomas H. 23 28 December 1872 CH Wednesday FC 4 0
  Crabtree, James W. 24 23 December 1871 LH Aston Villa FC 6 0
Bassett, William I. 27 27 January 1869 OR West Bromwich Albion FC 16 6 or 7
  Goodall, John 32 19 June 1863 IR Derby County FC 13 11 or 12
  Smith, Gilbert O. 23 25 November 1872 CF Oxford University AFC, Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 7 4
  Wood, Harry 27 26 June 1868 IL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 3 1
  Burnup, Cuthbert James 20 21 November 1875 OL Cambridge University AFC, Old Malvernians AFC & Corinthians FC 1 0


reserves not known

team notes:

An injury to Steve Bloomer in a FA Cup semi-final tie between Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers prevented him from taking his place in the starting line-up. On Wednesday, 1 April, it was reported that Goodall would move to inside-right and and his replacement Wood to inside-left.
Elsewhere, Ernest Needham also withdrew on Thursday, 2 April, after his arrival in Glasgow, what was described as an indisposition, he could not leave his bed on the morning of the match, so Jimmy Crabtree moved back to left-half, Oakley moved across and Lodge came in as replacement.
Incidentally, Lodge had only been telegraphed the day before after Jimmy Crabtree had not yet turned up in Glasgow.
2-3-5 Raikes -
Crabtree, Oakley -
Needham, Crawshaw, Henfrey -
Bassett, Goodall, Smith, Wood, Burnup


Age 24.6 Appearances/Goals 6.2 2.2


    Match Report

The victory of Scotland by two goals to one on Saturday at Glasgow has occurred in a season when the English football public held high hopes of a reduction in the lead of wins established by Scotland in the 25 years of the match. But England on Saturday were beaten on their merits, and the secret of their loss was to be found in the important position of half-back. Here England were weak, and the Scottish in the same line were fast and strong. The half is the first line of defence and a second line of attack, so it will be easily understood that when the Scottish forwards were often unchecked, and the English forwards waited in vain for the ball to be sent up, England's chances of success were much prejudiced. These things were must palpable in the first period, but subsequently the Englishmen mended their ways and had more of the game than the Scots. Forward the Scottish executed a lot of sound work, in which their quickness in kicking was a characteristic, and, as already stated, the home halves not only broke up the English combination but placed the ball well for the forwards...

Scotland's forwards again broke away, and Lambie on the left gave Raikes a swift shot which the latter failed to clear, and Lambie, closing up, got Scotland's first goal rather less than half an hour from the start. Some fine kicking by the Scottish backs kept the play generally up in the visitors' quarters, and pretty passing soon yielded a goal by King...

...However, Doig was at last beaten by Bassett, to whom Goodall had passed...

This was Scotland's 12th victory to England's seven. Six matches have been drawn. The goal aggregate is : --Scotland 60 ; England 52. - The Times - Monday 6th April, 1896

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
England Expects: James Corbett, [2006] p28.
Cris Freddi for the team pic