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69 vs. Wales
71 vs. Ireland

Saturday, 7 April 1900
Home International Championship 1899-1900 (17th) Match

Scotland 4 England 1 [4-1]

Match Summary
Scotland Party

England Party
Team Records

Celtic Park, Kerrydale Street, Parkhead, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Attendance: 63,000; Receipts £4387 9s. 6d.; Kick-off 3.30pm GMT

Scotland - Bob McColl ('from a throw-in, the ball was turned over to McColl, who easily beat his defenders and scored with a wonderful shot' 1, 'Smith and Campbell got through to make an opening for McColl' 30, 'a fine piece of combination by the forwards ended in a McColl goal' [England's 100th goal conceded] 44), John Bell ('got the ball and dribbled it through' 6)
England - Steve Bloomer ('Athersmith's pass, Bloomer's faultless shot' 35)
Results 1891-1900

England won the toss, Scotland kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - James Torrans

Linesmen - not known


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Lord Rosebery, Archibald Philip Primrose, the former Prime Minister (1894-95), was an attendee, with his two sons, Albert Edward Harry Meyer and Neil James. In his honour, Scotland wore primrose yellow and pink, Rosebery´s racing colours.
In the surging crowd at Celtic Park, Glasgow, previous to the start of the international football match, Robert Ferguson, a clerk, residing at 10 Elder Park, Govan, had his leg broken, and Kenneth Miller, 64 Fernie Street, Maryhill, received a severe lacerated wound on the thigh. Both were removed to the Infirmary. Several police received cuts from stones thrown by spectators."

Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: "Celtic Park furnished a great display of Lord Rosebery's racing colours, which the Scottish eleven also wore as a mark of their appreciation of his visit..."
Capt: John Robertson Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, of seven members, chosen, following the inter-league match, on Saturday, 30 March 1900.
Scotland Lineup
  Rennie, Henry G. 26 1 June 1873 G Heart of Midlothian FC 2 1 GA
  Smith, Nicol 26 25 December 1873 RB Rangers FC 8 0
  Drummond, John 29 13 April 1870 LB Rangers FC 9 0
  Gibson, Neil 27 23 February 1873 RH Rangers FC 12 1
  Raisbeck, Alexander G. 21 26 December 1878 CH Liverpool FC, England 1 0
  Robertson, John T. 23 25 February 1877 LH Rangers FC 4 0
Bell, John 30 6 October 1869 OR The Celtic FC 10 5
  Walker, Robert 21 10 January 1879 IR Heart of Midlothian FC 2 0
McColl, Robert S. 23 13 April 1876 CF Queen's Park FC 9 13
  Campbell, John 28/29 1871 IL The Celtic FC 6 1
  Smith, Alexander 23 7 November 1876 OL Rangers FC 4 3


reserves not known
2-3-5 Rennie -
N.Smith, Drummond -
Gibson, Raisbeck, Robertson -
Bell, Walker, McColl, Campbell,


Age 25.2 Appearances/Goals 6.1 1.7


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: "...with the Englishmen in white."
Capt: Gilbert Smith, twelfth, 13th or 14th captaincy Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Saturday, 30 March 1900, following the inter-league match at The Crystal Palace.
39th match, W 30 - D 5 - L 4 - F 155 - A 37.
England Lineup
  Robinson, John W. 28 22 April 1870 G Southampton FC 10 11 GA
  Oakley, William J. 26 27 April 1873 RB Corinthians FC 13 0
  Crabtree, James W. 28 23 December 1871 LB Aston Villa FC 12 0
  Johnson, W. Harrison 24 4 January 1876 RH Sheffield United FC 3 0
  Chadwick, Arthur 24 26 August 1875 CH Southampton FC 2 0
  Needham, Ernest 27 21 January 1873 LH Sheffield United FC 12 2
  Athersmith Harper, W. Charles 27 10 May 1872 OR Aston Villa FC 12 3
Bloomer, Stephen 26 20 January 1874 IR Derby County FC 12 20
  Smith, Gilbert O. 27 25 November 1872 CF Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 19 11
  Wilson, Geoffrey P. 22 21 February 1878 IL Corinthians FC 2 1
  Plant, John J. 29 23 March 1871 OL Bury FC 1 0


reserves not known

team notes:

After about ten minutes play, with England already two goals down, Oakley and Robinson collided, with the Corinthian being worse off. Although he resumed play, he did so with an injury.
Gilbert Smith equals Norman Bailey's record tally of England appearances, in this, the most experienced and oldest England team thus far. Steve Bloomer extends his tally as England's record goalscorer and Jack Robinson extends his record of most appearances by a goalkeeper.
2-3-5 Robinson -
Oakley, Crabtree -
Johnson, Chadwick, Needham -
Athersmith, Bloomer, Smith, Wilson, Plant


Age 26.2 Appearances/Goals 8.9 3.3


    Match Report

For the first time for 17 years Scotland gained, at Celtic Park, Glasgow, on Saturday, a really decisive victory over England in the big international match of the Association season. Within this period the Scotchmen have been able to claim several successes, but the margin in their favour had never until Saturday exceeded a single goal. In the 29th game, however, the Scottish players exhibited superiority at all points, except in the matter of goalkeeping, and won in the end by four goals to one. An immense crowd, estimated at between 60,000 and 65,000 people, assembled to witness the struggle, which, except for a slight breeze blowing across the ground, took place under most favourable conditions. Amongst those present was Lord Rosebery, an old patron of the Scottish Football Association, and as a compliment to him the pavilion was adorned with his racing colours, while the Scottish players abandoned the customary dark blue for the primrose and pink. His lordship on arriving at the ground met with an enthusiastic reception from the spectators, and at the finish--when Scotland had won so triumphantly--had to yield to the demand for a speech...

In less than a minute after the kick off a centre by A. Smith was smartly seized upon by McColl, who with a hard right foot kick sent the ball between the posts at a tremendous pace, Robinson being quite unable to get near it. This first score by Scotland was followed five minutes later by another goal from Bell, but in the second instance the work which led up to a point being recorded against England was unfortunately associated with a somewhat serious accident to Oakley. Walker dribbled down cleverly, and, the English back looking in danger of being beaten, Robinson rushed out to clear. In a kind of scrimmage which ensued both Robinson and Oakley fell, and Bell, being at hand, had no one to prevent him from putting the ball between the posts. Oakley did not rise, and it first it was feared he had sustained an injury which would prevent him from taking further part in the game. Matters were not quite so bad as that, for in a few minutes he resumed, but he was obviously quite dazed, and in the evening the doctor, finding him suffering from slight concussion of the brain, forbade him travelling back to England that night...

...within half an hour he was beaten for the third time. This goal was the result primarily of some neat work between A. Smith and Campbell, but the chief credit belonged to McColl, whose shot--a stinging one sent in from some considerable distance--whizzed past Robinson at a pace which no one could have stopped. A minute or two later came England's one success, Athersmith running down and, getting rather the better of Drummond and Bloomer, putting the ball between the posts...

...within a minute or two of half-time Bell came away, and, easily eluding Oakley, sent in a fine centre to McColl, who neatly kicked through, out of Robinson's reach...

Of the 29 matches now played between the two countries, Scotland have won 14, England nine, and six have been drawn. - The Times - Monday 9th April, 1900

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