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84 vs. Wales
86 vs. Ireland

Saturday, 1 April 1905
Home International Championship 1904-05 (22nd) Match

England 1 Scotland 0 [0-0]

Match Summary

England Party

Scotland Party
Team Records

The Sports Arena, Crystal Palace Park, Penge, Kent
Attendance: 27,599;
Kick-off 3.30pm GMT

England - Joe Bache ('Sharp opened up the defence and then sent across to Bache, who waiting unguarded twenty yards from goal, caught the ball and sent it flying into the top left hand corner of the net' 78)
Results 1901-14

England won the toss, Scotland kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - William Nunnerley
Wales F.A. Secretary

Linesmen -
G.T. Wagstaffe Simmons, 38 (early 1867), Hertfordshire FA, and Alexander Stevenson, 57 (June 1847) (Scottish FA president).
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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: "...and the Englishmen affecting the usual white [collared] jerseys and black knickers."
Capt: Howard Spencer, third and final captaincy Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 27 March 1905, at Anfield, following the Wales match.
54th match, W 39 - D 10 - L 5 - F 187 - A 49.
England Lineup
  Linacre, J. Henry 24 26 March 1881 G Nottingham Forest FC 2 1 GA
  Spencer, Howard 29 23 August 1875 RB Aston Villa FC 6 0
  Smith, Herbert 27 22 November 1877 LB Reading FC 2 0
  Ruddlesdin, Herod 28 9 June 1876 RH The Wednesday FC 3 0
  Roberts, Charles 21 6 April 1883 CH Manchester United FC 3 0
  Leake, Alexander 33 11 July 1871 LH Aston Villa FC 5 0
  Sharp, John 27 15 February 1878 OR Everton FC 2 1
  Bloomer, Stephen 31 20 January 1874 IR Derby County FC 21 27
  Woodward, Vivian J. 25 3 June 1879 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 8 6
Bache, Joseph W. 25 8 February 1880 IL Aston Villa FC 4 4
  Bridgett, G. Arthur 22 11 October 1882 OL Sunderland AFC 1 0


reserves not known

team notes:

Stephen Bloomer overtakes Gilbert Smith's tally of record appearances, and this, England's oldest side thus far.
2-3-5 Linacre -
Spencer, Smith -
Ruddlesdin, Roberts, Leake -
Sharp, Bloomer, Woodward, Bache, Bridgett.


Age 26.6 Appearances/Goals 5.2 3.4


Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: "The Scottish team were first to appear, and they wore Lord Rosebery's racing colours, primrose and rose [pink] hoops", white shorts.
Capt: Charlie Thomson Selectors:
Trainer: William Longmuir
(Dundee FC)
The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, of seven members, chosen, following the inter-league match, on Monday, 27 March 1905.
Scotland Lineup
  Lyall, John 23 16 April 1881 G The Wednesday FC, England 1 1 GA
  McCombie, Andrew 28 30 June 1876 RB Newcastle United FC, England 4 0
  Watson, James 27 4 October 1877 LB Sunderland AFC, England 4 0
  Aitken, Andrew 27 27 April 1877 RH Newcastle United FC, England 7 0
  Thomson, Charles B. 26 12 June 1878 CH Heart of Midlothian FC 4 2
  McWilliam, Peter 25 21 September 1879 LH Newcastle United FC, England 1 0
  Walker, Robert 26 10 January 1879 OR Heart of Midlothian FC 16 4
  Howie, James 27 19 March 1878 IR Newcastle United FC, England 1 0
  Young, Alexander S. 24 23 June 1880 CF Everton FC, England 1 0
  Somers, Peter 26 3 June 1878 IL The Celtic FC 2 0
  Wilson, George W. 20/21 1884 OL Heart of Midlothian FC 3 0


reserves not known

team notes:

Although he was never named in the original line-up, The Celtic FC's Jimmy Quinn seemed to be the selector's choice at centre-forward, but he 'was paying the penalty for misconducting himself in a recent cup-tie'. He was suspended for a month. He had kicked out at Rangers FC's Craig, and the resultant sending off ended in a crowd invasion.
2-3-5 Lyall -
McCombie, Watson -
Aitken, Thomson, McWilliam -
Walker, Howie, Young, Somers, WIlson.


Age 25.4/5 Appearances/Goals 4.0 0.5


    Match Report

Favoured with delightful weather the 34th annual Association match between England and Scotland took place at the Crystal Palace on Saturday in the presence of more than 30,000 people. England won by one goal to none, and in so doing reduced the balance of games against them to four, the record now standing :-- Scotland, 15 wins ; England, 11 wins ; and eight drawn games. A close and exciting struggle was witnessed, the one goal of the match not being obtained until within ten minutes of the finish, but, except in one particular, the play fell greatly below expectations. This one exception consisted in the work of the half-backs, who tackled with so much skill and judgment that on neither side were the forwards allowed to settle down to really effective combination. In fact it is very rarely that the half-backs control a game so completely from start to finish as they did on Saturday...

It was not until shortly before the close that the winning goal was scored. Receiving the ball from a throw-in, Bloomer centred to Bache, who shot hard just underneath the bar...

In gaining this victory, England carried off the international championship, as they have beaten Wales and Scotland and have drawn with Ireland. - The Times - Monday 3rd April, 1905


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