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78 vs. Wales
80 vs. Wales

Saturday, 4 April 1903
Home International Championship 1902-03 (20th) Match

England 1 Scotland 2 [1-0]

Match Summary
England Party

Scotland Party
Team Records

Bramall Lane, Little Sheffield, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire
Attendance: 31,789;
receipts £2525; Kick-off 3.31pm GMT

England - Vivian Woodward ('close in, getting the ball in the net, from a corner' 10)
Scotland - Finlay Speedie ('a Smith corner and a beautiful goal that Baddeley had no chance in stopping' 57), Bobby Walker ('another Smith corner and a sting shot' 59)
one source states that Speedie also missed a penalty kick

Results 1901-14

England won the toss, Scotland kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - William Nunnerley
Linesmen - Arthur G. Kingscott, 38/39 (1864), Long Eaton and Captain Robert Main Christie, 37 (15 December 1865), Scotland
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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: White collared jerseys and navy blue shorts
Capt: Bob Crompton, second captaincy Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Wednesday, 25 March 1903, at 104 High Holborn, following the inter-league match.
48th match, W 35 - D 8 - L 5 - F 176 - A 44.
England Lineup
  Baddeley, Thomas 28 2 November 1874 G Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 2 1 GA
  Crompton, Robert 23 26 September 1879 RB Blackburn Rovers FC 5 0
  Molyneux, George 27 24 July 1875 LB Southampton FC 4 0
  Johnson, W. Harrison 27 4 January 1876 RH Sheffield United FC 6 0
  Booth, Thomas E. 28 25 April 1874 CH Everton FC 2 0
  Houlker, Albert E. 30 27 April 1872 LH Portsmouth FC 3 0
  Davis, Harry injured 23 8 November 1879 OR The Wednesday FC 3 1
  Humphreys, Percy 22 3 December 1880 IR Notts County FC 1 0
Woodward, Vivian J. 23 3 June 1879 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 3 4
  Capes, Arthur J. 28 23 February 1875 IL Stoke FC 1 0
  Cox, John T. 25 21 December 1877 OL Liverpool FC 3 0


Sheffield United FC's Bernard Wilkinson.

team notes:

Aston Villa FC's Joe Bache was the original starting inside-left. He dropped out, suffering from influenza, Arthur Capes was his late replacement.
Harry Davis received a serious chest injury from a dangerous challenge by Sunderland's Jimmy Watson. He was hospitalised because of the challenge.
If Tom Baddeley did face a penalty kick, at 28 years 156 days, he was the oldest goalkeeper so far to do so.
2-3-5 Baddeley -
Crompton, Molyneux -
Johnson, Booth, Houlker -
Davis, Humphreys, Woodward, Capes, Cox.


Age 25.8 Appearances/Goals 3.0 0.4


Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd to 2nd
Colours: Dark blue shirts and white shorts
Capt: Alec Raisbeck Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, of seven members, chosen on Wednesday, 25 March 1903, in Glasgow, following the inter-league match.
Scotland Lineup
  Doig, John Edward 36 29 October 1866 G Sunderland AFC, England 5 5 GA
  McCombie, Andrew 26 30 June 1876 RB Sunderland AFC, England 2 0
  Watson, James 25 4 October 1877 LB Sunderland AFC, England 2 0
  Aitken, Andrew 25 27 April 1877 RH Newcastle United FC, England 4 0
  Raisbeck, Alexander G. 24 26 December 1878 CH Liverpool FC, England 5 0
  Robertson, John T. 26 25 February 1877 LH Rangers FC 12 1
  Templeton, Robert B. 23 22 June 1879 OR Newcastle United FC, England 3 1
Walker, Robert 24 10 January 1879 IR Heart of Midlothian FC 10 2
  Hamilton, Robert C. 25 13 May 1877 CF Rangers FC 9 12
Speedie, Finlay B. 22 18 August 1880 IL Rangers FC 3 2
  Smith, Alexander 26 7 November 1876 OL Rangers FC 13 6


Andrew Wilson (The Wednesday FC), Jimmy Howie (Bristol Rovers FC) and Tommy Niblo (Aston Villa FC);
2-3-5 Doig -
McCombie, Watson -
Aitken, Raisbeck, Robertson -
Templeton, Walker, Hamilton, Speedie, Smith


Age 25.6 Appearances/Goals 6.2 2.0


    Match Report

The 32nd meeting of England and Scotland under Association rules took place on the Bramall-lane ground at Sheffield on Saturday. Only once previously had the annual match between the two countries been played there, and that was so far back as 1883, when Scotland won by three goals to two. The attendance at Saturday's match was about 32,000. The usual playing area at Bramall-lane was partially discarded, and a portion of the cricket ground was taken in in order to afford more accommodation for spectators. The result of the match was a win for Scotland by two goals to one. The game proved a very stubborn contest. There were intervals of brilliancy, but, taken as a whole, it was more an exhibition of dogged pertinacity than of skilful football. There was far too much indiscriminate kicking and rash shooting for the play to be called high class ; and, moreover, more fouls occurred than ought to be seen in international engagements. The English team, who had the advantage of winning the toss and playing with a strong wind and the sun behind them in the first half, gave the impression of being the sharper of the two sides, especially in the forward line, where the combination was excellent...

...The ball was twice cleverly centred, and at the second opportunity Woodward smartly put the ball through, Doig having no chance of saving the point...

...The attack had its reward at last. Speedie shot a beautiful goal, which Baddeley had not the slightest chance of stopping. Two minutes later Walker gave Scotland the lead. Both goals, it should be said, were got from corners, and Smith centred finely in each case. Occasionally England were dangerous after this, but Scotland were the better side and deserved their victory. - The Times - Monday 6th April, 1903

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