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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)


  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  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.
This defeat put an end to England's unbeaten twenty-match run, which had run for over six years. They were also protecting an unbeaten away record, which had went on for 18 matches.
2-3-5 Raikes -
Lodge, Oakley -
Henfrey, Crawshaw, Crabtree -
Bassett, Goodall, Smith, Wood, Burnup


Age 24.6 Appearances/Goals 6.2 2.2

England teams v. Scotland:


Sutcliffe Crabtree Lodge Reynolds Holt Needham Bassett Bloomer Goodall Gosling S.Smith


Raikes Lodge Oakley Henfrey Crawshaw Crabtree Bassett Goodall G.Smith Wood Burnup


    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 most 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

    Football League


Football League Division One
4 April 1896
Team P Pts
Aston Villa 29 43
Derby County 28 38
Everton 27 36
Sunderland 29 35
Bolton Wanderers 27 34
Stoke 29 30
Blackburn Rovers 26 28
Preston North End 29 28
The Wednesday 27 27
Bury 27 25
Burnley 29 25
Sheffield United 28 24
Nottingham Forest 29 23
Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 17
Small Heath 27 17
West Bromwich Albion 28 16


Division One matches played on 4 April 1896:

Cassidy, Jack (Banks)
 7,000 (Burnden Park, Bolton)

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

Nicol, Place jnr. (Paul, nk)
 6,000 (Turf Moor, Burnley)

Derby were without John Goodall, who was playing for England in Glasgow.

McInnes, Carnelly, Smellie (Scott o.g., Fleming)
 4,000 (Town Ground, Nottingham)

Wolves were without Harry Wood, who was playing for England in Glasgow.

Smith (Barr)
 7,000 (Deepdale, Preston)

Johnson, W.Maxwell 2
 6,000 (Victoria Ground, Stoke)

Stoke were without Tommy Hyslop, who was playing for Scotland against England in Glasgow, as was Blackburn's Tom Brandon.

Davis, Bell, Spiksley
 6,000 (Olive Grove, Sheffield)

Wednesday were without Tom Crawshaw, who was playing for England in Glasgow.


Although they recovered from being two goals down, Derby's draw at Burnley stretched their run without a win to four games and meant that Aston Villa were League Champions for the second time in three years.

Football League Division Two
4 April 1896
Team P Pts
Liverpool 30 46
Manchester City 29 44
Burton Wanderers 29 42
Grimsby Town 28 38
Newcastle United 27 34
Newton Heath 28 31
Leicester Fosse 27 30
Woolwich Arsenal 28 30
Darwen 28 26
Notts County 28 24
Burton Swifts 29 24
Lincoln City 28 18
Rotherham Town 29 17
Loughborough 26 16
Burslem Port Vale 25 15
Crewe Alexandra 29 13


Division Two matches played on 4 April 1896:

Garfield 3, A.J.Capes (Frettingham)
2,000 (Derby Turn, Burton)

Higgins (Boyd)
 5,000 (Abbey Park, Grimsby)

McArthur (Meredith, Robson)
 5,000 (Filbert Street, Leicester)

Stott, Wardrope 2, Thompson 2
 7,000 (St. James' Park, Newcastle)

Smith, Donaldson
 6,000 (Bank Street, Manchester)

Chadburn, Bull 2, McCallum, Kiddier, Shelton
 1,000 (Trent Bridge, Nottingham)





Although Manchester City could still mathematically catch Liverpool, they would have to beat Notts County by 63 goals in their last match to clinch the title on goal average. This would mean equalling their goals tally of the other 29 games in just one match! Of more concern, was Burton Wanderers pipping them to the second test match place, but Burton were to lose at home to Notts County, just two days later, and City won 2-0, two days after that, but only Liverpool were to gain promotion.


It was on 4 April 1896 that Whitechapel, scene of the Jack the Ripper murders, eight years earlier, was once again witness to a horrific double murder. A wealthy retired 75-year-old, John Levy and his 37-year-old housekeeper, Annie Gale were both butchered by William Seaman, who had a history of violent crimes. Seaman claimed that Levy had tried to avoid paying him the 70 that he was owed from a deal relating to stolen goods and ransacked the house after murdering the couple, but a neighbour arrived and called the police before Seaman could escape. He climbed up onto the roof and then jumped about forty feet into a crowd of people that had gathered on the street. The police arrested him and he was hanged for the crimes, two months later, after willingly accepting his fate.

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