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60 vs. Wales
62 vs. Ireland

Saturday, 3 April 1897
Home International Championship 1896-97 (14th) Match

England 1 Scotland 2 [1-1]

Match Summary
England Party
Scotland Party
Team Records

The Sports Arena, Crystal Palace Park, Croydon, Surrey
Attendance: 33,715 (Played on the same day as the Boat Race); Kick-off 4.00pm GMT

England - Steve Bloomer ('a tricky dribble from a Milward header' 19)
Scotland - Tom Hyslop ('free-kick' 22), James Millar ('rounded the keeper, a tremendous drive' 80)
Results 1891-1900

Scotland won the toss, Scotland kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Richard Thomas Gough
36 (April 1859), Oswestry, Wales Football Association

Linesmen - George Stuart Sherrington, 36 (20 August 1861 in Islington), Suffolk FA, England & Walter Crichton, Scottish FA President.

  Goal Attempts  
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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: "England play in white shirts"
Capt: Gilbert Smith, fourth, fifth or sixth captaincy Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, following the previous match, on Monday, 29 March 1897 in Sheffield.
30th match, W 23 - D 4 - L 3 - F 123 - A 26.
England Lineup
  Robinson, John W. 26 22 April 1870 G Derby County FC 2 2 GA
  Oakley, William J. 23 27 April 1873 RB Corinthians FC 7 0
  Spencer, Howard 21 23 August 1875 LB Aston Villa FC 2 0
  Reynolds, John 28 21 February 1869 RH Aston Villa FC 8 2
  Crawshaw, Thomas H. 24 28 December 1872 CH Wednesday FC 7 0
  Needham, Ernest 24 21 January 1873 LH Sheffield United FC 5 1
  Athersmith Harper, W. Charles 24 10 May 1872 OR Aston Villa FC 4 1
Bloomer, Stephen 23 20 January 1874 IR Derby County FC 7 13
  Smith, Gilbert O. 24 25 November 1872 CF Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 10 4
  Chadwick, Edgar W. 27 14 June 1869 IL Everton FC 7 3
  Milward, Arthur 26 12 September 1870 OL Everton FC 4 3


James Turner (Derby County FC)

team notes:

Tommy Crawshaw received a leg injury early in the match, and spent some of time off the field of play, recovering.
Steve Bloomer equals the record goalscoring tally held with Tinsley Lindley.
Jack Reynolds had already played five times for the Irish team, scoring once (1890-91 (two appearances and one goal against England))
This is the first 'Home' defeat for eight years, ending a sequence of eleven matches unbeaten at home. Tom Hyslop's 22nd minute goal also extended England's Home record of 317 minutes without conceding.
2-3-5 Robinson -
Oakley, Spencer -
Reynolds, Crawshaw, Needham -
Athersmith, Bloomer, Smith, Chadwick, Milward.


Age 24.5 Appearances/Goals 5.7 2.4

England teams v. Scotland:


Raikes Lodge Oakley Henfrey Crawshaw Crabtree Bassett Goodall Smith Wood Burnup


Robinson Oakley Spencer Reynolds Crawshaw Needham Athersmith Bloomer Smith Chadwick Milward


Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: "Scotland play in dark blue shirts and white knickers"
Capt: William Lambie Selectors:
Trainer: J. Aitken
The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, of seven members, chosen, on Saturday evening, 27 March 1897, following the Ireland match.
Scotland Lineup
  Patrick, John 27 10 January 1870 G St. Mirren FC 2 3 GA
  Smith, Nicol 23 25 December 1873 RB Rangers FC 1 0
  Doyle, Daniel 32 16 September 1864 LB The Celtic FC 6 0
  Gibson, Neil 24 23 February 1873 RH Rangers FC 6 1
  Cowan, James 28 17 October 1868 CH Aston Villa FC, England 2 0
  Wilson, Hugh 28 18 March 1869 LH Sunderland FC, England 2 1
  Bell, John 27 6 October 1869 OR Everton FC, England 4 2
Millar, James 27 2 March 1870 IR Rangers FC 1 1
  Allan, George H. 21 23 April 1875 CF Liverpool FC, England 1 0
Hyslop, Thomas 22 22 September 1874 IL Rangers FC 2 1
  Lambie, William A. 24 10 January 1873 OL Queen's Park FC 9 5


reserves not known

team notes:

Ned Doig was the original chosen goalkeeper, but his club, Sunderland AFC, needed him to play for them in a vital league fixture against Stoke FC, on the same day. His place going to Patrick.
Even after the programme was printed, the advertised David Russell (The Celtic FC) was replaced by Neil Gibson.
Tom Hyslop's free-kick comes twenty years after the first time England conceded a direct free-kick. This is only the second.
2-3-5 Patrick -
Smith, Doyle -
Gibson, Cowan, Wilson -
Bell, Miller, Allan, Hyslop, Lambie


Age 25.7 Appearances/Goals 3.3 0.9


    Match Report

Scotland beat England at the Crystal Palace on Saturday by two goals to one. They have now won 13 games to seven, and six games have been drawn. Scotland, who had perhaps the best of the luck, owed their success as much as anything to the perfect defence of their full backs and the finished work of their halves. England's game was, almost at the outset, much hampered by an accident to Crawshaw, the centre half, for not only was he absent from the field for a time, but when he returned his form was obviously affected by the wound on his leg...

Soon after Crawshaw's return the Englishmen scored the first goal, Bloomer seizing an opening made by a dexterous centre from almost off the line by Athersmith. But England were not long in front--less than five minutes in fact--for, after a free kick, the ball was scrimmaged through by the Scottish, Hyslop apparently giving it the final impetus that sent it past Robinson...

...Robinson failed at last to stop a shot from Miller, which followed immediately after one in saving which he had stumbled and had not recovered when Miller got up. This decided the match, for the last seven minutes passed without any change in the score. - The Times - Monday 5th April, 1897

    Football League


Football League Division One
3 April 1897
Team P Pts
Aston Villa 27 41
Sheffield United 28 34
Derby County 25 32
Liverpool 29 32
Preston North End 25 31
Bolton Wanderers 26 28
The Wednesday 27 27
Everton 26 25
Nottingham Forest 27 25
Bury 25 25
West Bromwich Albion 27 25
Blackburn Rovers 28 25
Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 22
Sunderland 29 22
Stoke 27 19
Burnley 28 17


Division One matches played on 3 April 1897:

Michael, Becton pen. (Brady, Bell)
6,000 (Anfield, Liverpool)

Wednesday were without Tom Crawshaw, who was playing for England against Scotland at Crystal Palace, whilst Liverpool were without George Allan, who was playing for Scotland.

Henderson, Sanders 2, Smith (Campbell)
5,000 (Deepdale, Preston)

Everton were without Chadwick and Milward, who were playing for England against Scotland at Crystal Palace, and Jack Bell, who was playing for Scotland.

5,000 (Victoria Ground, Stoke)

Sunderland were without Hughie Wilson, who was playing for Scotland against England at Crystal Palace.

McLeod, Williams, Flewitt
3,100 (Stoney Lane, West Bromwich)


Although Burnley defeated West Brom, 5-0, just a week later, they were now destined for the test matches which would, ultimately, relegate them to the Second Division for the first time.


Football League Division Two
3 April 1897
Team P Pts
Notts County 29 42
Newton Heath 29 39
Grimsby Town 29 36
Newcastle United 27 33
Small Heath 27 32
Gainsborough Trinity 26 29
Manchester City 26 28
Leicester Fosse 25 27
Darwen 26 26
Blackpool 26 26
Woolwich Arsenal 25 24
Walsall 26 20
Burton Swifts 26 19
Burton Wanderers 26 19
Loughborough 26 18
Lincoln City 27 8


Division Two matches played on 3 April 1897:

Handley, Arkesden
 1,000 (Derby Turn, Burton)

C.Brown, Webster
2,000 (The Northolme, Gainsborough)

Fletcher 2, Graham
 4,000 (Abbey Park, Grimsby)

Boucher (Abbott 2)
 5,000 (Trent Bridge, Nottingham)

(Smellie, Aitken pen.)
 4,000 (Hilary Street, Walsall)

(Boyd, Donaldson)
 6,000 (Manor Ground, London)


Newton Heath secured their place in the test matches, but defeats at Burnley and Sunderland would leave them in the Second Division for another season.




Oxford beat Cambridge to win the University Boat Race for the eighth year in succession.

It was on 3 April 1897 that the great German classical music composer, Johannes Brahms, died at the age of 63, in Vienna.

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