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Saturday, 7 April 1906
Home International Championship 1905-06 (23rd) Match

Scotland 2 England 1 [1-0]

Match Summary
Scotland Party

England Party

Team Records

Hampden Park, Kinghorn Drive, Mount Florida, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Kick-off (GMT): 3.30pm.

Attendance: 102,741 (a new world record attendance);
Receipts £4,391.

Scotland kicked-off. England won the toss
[1-0] James Howie 40
'Ashcroft caught the ball from a Howie 'pop,' from a Dunlop free-kick, but he stepped back over his line' goal awarded on appeal
[2-0] James Howie 56
'Smith's cross found Howie, who scored with his right foot'

[2-1] Albert Shepherd 81
'a rocket delivery from a direct free-kick'

Match Summary





Referee - William Nunnerley

Linesmen - John Liddell (Queen's Park FC) and unknown

With England down to ten men from very early on, both teams attempted to even the field by playing a one-back system, but then at two-nil down mid-way through the second half, England restored the two-back system and the match turned into a farcical display of the offside trap. The offside rule covered the entire pitch, so with the majority of the English team upfront, everytime a Scottish player kicked the ball, one was inevitably and rightly offside. It was a negative ploy, and however legal, the offside rule overhauled within months.

Scotland Team


No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th
Colours: "The Scotchmen...turning out in Lord Rosebery's racing colours of primrose and rose" hooped striped shirts and white knickers
Capt: Alec Raisbeck Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, of seven members, chosen on Monday, 2 April 1906.
Scotland Lineup
  McBride, Peter 31 16 November 1874 G Preston North End, England 2 2 GA
  McLeod, Donald 23 28 May 1882 RB The Celtic FC 4 0
  Dunlop, William P. 31 11 August 1874 LB Liverpool FC, England 1 0
  Aitken, Andrew 28 27 April 1877 RH Newcastle United FC, England 8 0
  Raisbeck, Alexander G. 27 26 December 1878 CH Liverpool FC, England 7 0
  McWilliam, Peter 26 21 September 1879 LH Newcastle United FC, England 2 0
  Stewart, George 22/23 1883 OR Hibernian FC 2 0
Howie, James 28 19 March 1878 IR Newcastle United FC, England 2 2
  Menzies, Alexander W. 23 25 November 1882 CF Heart of Midlothian FC 1 0
  Livingstone, George T. 29 5 May 1876 IL Manchester City FC, England 1 0
  Smith, Alexander 29 7 November 1876 OL Rangers FC 17 6


An entire team was named as reserves - Goalkeeper - Harry Rennie (Hibernian FC), Backs - Tommy Jackson (St. Mirren FC), David Hill (Third Lanark FC), Half-backs - Alec Gardner (Newcastle United FC), last season's captain Charlie Thomson (Heart of Midlothian FC), James Hay (The Celtic FC), Forwards - Billy Clark (Bristol Rovers FC), Bobby Walker (Heart of Midlothian FC), Jock Peddie (Manchester United FC), Ronald Orr (Newcastle United FC) and George Wilson (Heart of Midlothian FC).

team notes:

James Howie's goal was the first goal England had conceded for 325 minutes, setting a new record.
2-3-5 McBride -
McLeod, Dunlop -
Aitken, Raisbeck, McWilliam -
Stewart, Howie, Menzies, Livingstone, Smith.


Age 27.0-1 Appearances/Goals 4.3 0.5

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: "The Englishmen, as usual, donning white" collared jerseys and navy blue shorts
Capt: Stan Harris, fourth captaincy Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Saturday, 24 March 1906, following the inter-league match at Stamford Bridge.
57th match, W 41 - D 10 - L 6 - F 194 - A 51.
England Lineup
  Ashcroft, James 27 12 September 1878 G Woolwich Arsenal FC 3 2 GA
  Crompton, Robert 26 26 September 1879 RB Blackburn Rovers FC 11 0
  Burgess, Herbert 23 25 February 1881 LB Manchester City FC 4 0
  Warren, Benjamin 26 7 May 1879 RH Derby County FC 3 0
  Veitch, Colin C.M. 24 22 May 1881 CH Newcastle United FC 3 0
  Makepeace, J.W. Henry
 injured off 10 mins
24 22 August 1881 LH Everton FC 1 0
  Bond, Richard 22 14 December 1883 OR Preston North End FC 5 2
  Day, Samuel H. 27 29 December 1878 IR Old Malvernians AFC & Corinthians FC 3 2
Shepherd, Albert 20 10 December 1885 CF Bolton Wanderers FC 1 1
  Harris, Stanley S. 24 19 July 1881 IL Old Westminsters AFC & Corinthians FC 6 2
  Conlin, James 24 6 July 1881 OL Bradford City AFC 1 0


Woolwich Arsenal FC's Tim Coleman, and Harry Makepeace

team notes:

Southampton FC's 33 year old left-half, Kelly Houlker was named in the original line-up. He was 'indisposed' and his place went to Harry Makepeace, on Thursday, 5 April.
Makepeace only managed the first ten minutes of the match, after he received a 'severe sprain of his right thigh' from landing on the ground heavily. He and Alex Menzies had jumped for the same ball and Makepeace came off worse for wear, he was carried off the field and advised not to resume. (The Manchester Courier and Daily Telegraph reports that he twisted and wrenched the muscles in his lower back). He had also broken his hand.
Albert Shepherd's goal was only the second-ever direct free-kick scored by England, the last being in 1898.
2-3-5 Ashcroft -
Crompton, Burgess -
Warren, Veitch, Makepeace -
Bond, Day, Shepherd, Harris, Conlin.


Age 24.3 Appearances/Goals 3.7 0.5


    Match Report

Playing very bright and dashing football at New Hampden-park, Glasgow, on Saturday, Scotland beat England by two goals to one and in so doing scored their 16th victory in the course of 35 matches between the two countries, England being able to claim 11 wins, and eight of the contests having ended in drawn games. The success of the Scotsmen was by no means expected, but the home team held the upper hand almost from start to finish and, on the general run of the game, deserved a much more decisive victory. Rarely, indeed, have anticipations been more completely upset than in the estimates formed of the respective merits of the two sets of forwards. The English front rank never succeeded in developing their attack in the face of some admirable work on the part of the Scottish half-backs, whereas the home forwards always played with spirit and confidence and, as the game progressed, obtained quite a creditable understanding with one another. It is only fair to the English team to state that they laboured under one great disadvantage, the match having been in progress for little more than ten minutes when Makepeace injured himself so badly that he had to be led off the field and could take no further part in the game...

Scotland's first point came from a free kick given against Crompton. Dunlop dropped the ball in front of goal, and Howie shot hard but straight to Ashcroft. The English goalkeeper threw out, but he had been standing over the line and so the referee allowed a goal. This was the only score of the opening half. About ten minutes after the interval Smith centred finely, and, although Menzies missed, Howie dashed up and sent the ball into the net. Less than ten minutes remained when a foul was given against Scotland just outside the penalty area. Shepherd took the free kick and scored for England, the end coming with Scotland victorious by two goals to one. The attendance proved the largest that had ever gathered at an International match, the number being officially estimated at 100,000. The gate receipts amounted to 4,300, and it is expected that, with the sum paid for tickets added, the takings will be between 5,500 and 6,000. - The Times - Monday 9th April, 1906

Stanley Harris, the English captain, travelled North on Friday by the two o'clock train from Euston, together with four members of the English Association. From Carlisle the train was run North in two portions, Mr. Harris and his companions travelling by the first portion, while the second, which followed a few minutes later, was smashed up near Glasgow in a disastrous collision. - Manchester Courier, Monday, 9th April 1906.

Source Notes

England Football Factbook: Cris Freddi
Scottish Football Association
Scotland - The Complete International Record: Richard Keir
ScottishSportHistory: Andy Mitchell's excellent blog
London Hearts
original newspaper reports
FA Yearbooks 1950-60