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81 vs. Ireland
83 vs. Ireland

Saturday, 9 April 1904
Home International Championship 1903-04 (21st) Match

Scotland 0 England 1 [0-0]

Match Summary
Scotland Party

England Party

Team Records

Celtic Park, Kerrydale Street, Parkhead, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Attendance: 40,000;
Receipts £1900 (gate) £600 (stands); Kick-off 3.32pm GMT
Glasgow Herald states 45,000, whilst The Mirror states 'just short of 50,000.

England - Steve Bloomer ('Blackburn received from Harris. The former tried to pass across, and Watson to clear, but he missed his kick, and the ball came to Bloomer, who found the net with a high shot' 64)
Results 1901-14

England won the toss, Scotland kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - William Nunnerley

Linesmen - A. Davis (Berkshire) and Captain Robert Main Christie, 38 (15 November 1865), (SFA President).

Attended by Lord Provost of Glasgow, Sir John Ure Primrose, Baronet, LLD, and friends and colleagues.

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Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd to 3rd
Colours: "The Scotsmen, who appeared first, attired in dark blue jerseys and white knickers...
Capt: John Robertson Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, of seven members, chosen, on Monday, 4 April 1904, following the inter-league match.
Scotland Lineup
  McBride, Peter 29 16 November 1874 G Preston North End, England 1 1 GA
  Jackson, Thomas A. 25 12 November 1878 RB St. Mirren FC 3 0
  Watson, James 26 4 October 1877 LB Sunderland AFC, England 3 0
  Aitken, Andrew 26 27 April 1877 RH Newcastle United FC, England 5 0
  Raisbeck, Alexander G. 25 26 December 1878 CH Liverpool FC, England 6 0
  Robertson, John T. 27 25 February 1877 LH Rangers FC 15 1
  Niblo, Thomas B. 26 24 September 1877 OR Aston Villa FC, England 1 0
  Walker, Robert 25 10 January 1879 IR Heart of Midlothian FC 13 3
  Brown, Alexander 25 7 April 1879 CF Middlesbrough FC, England 1 0
  Orr, Ronald 23 6 August 1880 IL Newcastle United FC, England 2 1
  Templeton, Robert B. 23 22 June 1879 OL Newcastle United FC, England 4 1


reserves not known

team notes:

Goalkeeper McBride replaced the original choice, Hibernian FC's Harry Rennie, who had injured his ankle in the inter-league match. Other changes include Tom Jackson replacing Newcastle United's Andrew McCombie at right-back. In the forward-line, Sandy Brown replaced Rangers FC's Bob Hamilton in the centre and Ronald Orr replaced Manchester City FC's Livingstone on the left.
2-3-5 McBride -
Jackson, Watson -
Aitken, Raisbeck, Robertson -
Niblo, Walker, Brown, Orr, Templeton.
Notes: Niblo, a natural left foot forward, swapped wings with Templeton after the interval'


Age 25.5 Appearances/Goals 4.9 0.5

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: "the Englishmen, who, as of old, sported white shirts and dark knickers."
Capt: Bob Crompton, fifth captaincy Selectors:
(inc. Charlie Clegg and Joe Lofthouse)
The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 4 April 1904, following the inter-league match in Manchester.
51st match, W 37 - D 9 - L 5 - F 182 - A 47.
England Lineup
  Baddeley, Thomas 29 2 November 1874 G Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 5 4 GA
  Crompton, Robert 24 26 September 1879 RB Blackburn Rovers FC 8 0
  Burgess, Herbert 23 25 February 1881 LB Manchester City FC 3 0
  Wolstenholme, Samuel 27 16 March 1877 RH Everton FC 1 0
  Wilkinson, Bernard 26 12 March 1878 CH Sheffield United FC 1 0
  Leake, Alexander 32 11 July 1871 LH Aston Villa FC 2 0
  Rutherford, John 19 12 October 1884 OR Newcastle United FC 1 0
Bloomer, Stephen 30 20 January 1874 IR Derby County FC 18 26
  Woodward, Vivian J. 24 3 June 1879 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 5 4
  Harris, Stanley S. 22 19 July 1881 IL Old Westminsters AFC, Cambridge University AFC & Corinthians FC 1 0
  Blackburn, J.T. Alfred 25 20 July 1878 OL Blackburn Rovers FC 3 1


Alf Common (Sheffield United FC) and Abraham Jones (Middlesbrough FC)

team notes:

Tom Baddeley played with two broken fingers, and needed brandy to help revive him after the match.
Steve Bloomer extends his tally as England's record goalscorer.
2-3-5 Baddeley -
Crompton, Burgess -
Wolstenholme, Wilkinson, Leake -
Rutherford, Bloomer, Woodward, Harris, Blackburn


Age 25.6 Appearances/Goals 4.4 2.7


    Match Report

About 40,000 spectators were present at the Celtic-park ground, Glasgow, on Saturday afternoon, to witness the last international match of the season, between Scotland and England. The English team, only required to draw the match to win the championship. They did more than this, however, and won the game by a goal to none. It was an extremely bad day for football. Snow and hail storms swept the district at intervals during the morning, and just before the time for beginning play a violent storm added to the general discomfort. The match itself was played in bright weather, but the high wind was always disturbing, and the hail and snow had made the turf very slippery. Scotland, who lost the toss, for a time adapted themselves to the trying conditions far better than England...

...England continued to hold the upper hand, and eventually Bloomer, having an open goal, sent in a shot which McBride had no chance of stopping. The game slowed down considerably near its conclusion, both sides being exhausted by the hard work on the slippery turf. - The Times - Monday 11th April, 1904

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