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Saturday, 3 April 1909
Home International Championship 1908-09 (26th) Match

England 2 Scotland 0 [2-0]

Match Summary
England Party

Scotland Party
Team Records

Sports Arena, Crystal Palace Park, Penge, Kent
Attendance: 23,667;
Receipts: £2,081; Kick-off tbc

England - George Wall (''from a Pentland corner, Wall's first attempt was blocked, his second attempt flew in from fifteen yards' 3, 'dribbled from midfield, he nearly fell, but recovered himself, ended with a magnificent shot high into the net' 15).
Scotland - James Stark (saved penalty 'late on')

Results 1901-14

England won the toss, Scotland kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - James B. Stark

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

Played before The Prince of Wales, George Frederick Ernest Albert (within thirteen months, he will be King George V), who had arrived five minutes before kick-off. He was accompanied by Lord Rosebery, Lord Howe (Richard George Penn Curzon) and Lord Desborough (William Henry Grenfell).

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Just prior to the start of the match the following statement was handed to the press :—
"We, the members of the English International team, desire to declare that, notwithstanding what has appeared in the Press, there was never the slightest doubt as to our determination to play our hardest and do our best to accomplish a victory for England against Scotland, and we consider any suggestion to the contrary an insult to us individually and as a team."
This was signed by the whole of the team and the reserves.

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: "The Englishmen were in white shirts and dark knickers..."
Capt: Bob Crompton, ninth captaincy Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Saturday, 27 March 1909 at Bramall Lane, Sheffield, after the FA Cup semi-final match.
69th match, W 51 - D 12 - L 6 - F 243 - A 57.
England Lineup
  Hardy, Sam 26 26 August 1882 G Liverpool FC 7 3 GA
  Crompton, Robert 29 26 September 1879 RB Blackburn Rovers FC 24 0
  Pennington, Jesse 25 23 August 1883 LB West Bromwich Albion FC 8 0
  Warren, Benjamin 29 7 May 1879 RH Chelsea FC 16 1
  Wedlock, William J. 28 28 October 1880 CH Bristol City FC 13 1
  Lintott, Evelyn H. 25 2 November 1883 LH Bradford City FC 5 0
  Pentland, Frederick B. 25 29 July 1883 OR Middlesbrough FC 2 0
  Fleming, Harold J. 21 30 April 1887 IR Swindon Town FC 1 0
  Freeman, Bertram C. 23 13 October 1885 CF Everton FC 2 1
  Holley, George H. 23 20 November 1885 IL Sunderland AFC 2 1
Wall, George 24 20 February 1885 OL Manchester United FC 3 2


The Wednesday FC's Tom Brittleton and Sunderland AFC's Arthur Bridgett. Everton FC's Jack Sharp was also asked by the FA to attend, in case his services were required. Southampton FC's goalkeeper Herbert Lock was a reserve also, but was injured in a club match the week beforehand.
A report from 1911 states that Derby County FC's George Richards was also a reserve.

team notes:

Harold Fleming replaced Tottenham Hotspur FC's Vivian Woodward in the line-up the day before the match. Woodward had injured his ankle in the match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Gainsborough Trinity FC the previous Saturday. Although he participated in practice, he still felt pain and so withdrew. As he was the original chosen captain, Crompton was then given the responsibility.
Bob Crompton overtook Steve Bloomer's tally to become England's record appearance holder.
England have extended their record by keeping five clean sheets in a row. In doing so, for the second time in their history, they have kept three Home clean sheets in a row, and created a new record of going 356 minutes without conceding a home goal.
2-3-5 Hardy -
Crompton, Pennington -
Warren, Wedlock, Lintott -
Pentland, Fleming, Freeman, Holley, Wall.


Age 25.3 Appearances/Goals 7.5 0.4


Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th
Colours: "...The Scotsmen in rose and primrose. Lord Rosebery's colours".
Primrose yellow and pink hooped striped shirts, white shorts.
Capt: James Stark Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, of seven members, chosen, following the inter-league match, on Monday, 29 March 1909.
Scotland Lineup
  Brownlie, James 23 15 May 1885 G Third Lanark FC 2 2 GA
  Cameron, John nk not known RB Chelsea FC, England 2 0
  Watson, James 31 4 October 1877 LB Middlesbrough FC, England 6 0
  McNair, Alexander 25 26 December 1883 RH The Celtic FC 5 0
Stark, James 28/29 1880 CH Rangers FC 2 0
  McWilliam, Peter 29 21 September 1879 LH Newcastle United FC, England 6 0
  Bennett, Alexander 27 20 October 1881 OR Rangers FC 6 1
  Walker, Robert 30 10 January 1879 IR Heart of Midlothian FC 24 6
  Quinn, James 30 8 July 1878 CF The Celtic FC 6 4
  Wilson, George W. 24/25 1884 IL Newcastle United FC, England 6 0
  Paul, Harold M. 22 31 August 1886 OL Queen's Park FC 3 2


The Celtic FC's Jimmy Hay and Jimmy McMenemy.
2-3-5 Brownlie -
Cameron, Watson -
McNair, Stark, McWilliam -
Bennett, Walker, Quinn, Wilson, Paul


Age 26.9-27.1 Appearances/Goals 6.2 1.2


    Match Report

The 38th contest between England and Scotland, played on the Crystal Palace ground on Saturday, produced one of the best international games of recent years. At times the play reached a very high standard, and there was nothing in the shape of rough or foul play to mar what proved to be a most enjoyable game to watch. During the 90 minutes there was only one brief stoppage for an injury to a player. England gained a well-deserved victory by two goals to none, and earned the distinction of being the first country to win the three international games without the loss of a goal.

The weather was fine and the attendance numbered about 35,000. The Prince of Wales was present, and met with a most enthusiastic reception on entering and leaving the pavilion. He was received by Lord Kinnaird, the president of the Football Association...

Three minutes from the start a centre by Pentland compelled the Scotch defence to concede a corner-kick. The ball came out to Wall and his shot struck one of the backs. It rebounded to the same player, who promptly shot into the net from about 18 yards range...

...15 minutes from the start a brilliant individual effort by Wall resulted in a second goal. The player got the ball in midfield, eluded McNair and Cameron, and, running right into goal, scored with a magnificent shot that Brownlie had no chance of saving...

The referee awarded a penalty kick to Scotland for what appeared to be accidental handling by Pennington, but Stark made a poor attempt to score, and Hardy easily cleared...

The winners were the superior team both in attack and defence. The elaborate short passing tactics adopted by the Scottish forwards compared unfavourably with the dashing individual runs and long passing methods of the winners. - The Times - Monday 5th April, 1909

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