Tuesday, 23 February 2010

First Ever International Fixture

30th of November 1872, West of Scotland Cricket Club at Hamilton Crescent in Partick Scotland. The first ever official association football international match would be played between Scotland and England.
 Incredibly all eleven Scottish players were selected from Queens Park FC, the top Scottish club of this era. Queens are still playing in the Scottish Third Division to this day and are the only amatuer club in the Scottish league. The England side consisted of players from nine different clubs with three of those representing Oxford University.
Paying an entrance fee of a shilling, the crowd totalled 4,000 but they had to wait as the kickoff for this eagerly awaited contest was delayed by twenty minutes due to fog. The Scots lined up in dark blue jerseys with the thistle embroidered with the English team in white shirts with the three lions on their chests.
The pitch wasn't the best due to the heavy rainfall that had descended on Glasgow for the previous three days but nothing could deter the expectant crowd that attended.
Reports from the game show Scotland had the edge with superior running and dribbling skills as was expected due to the Scots eleven all playing for the same club side. Players of this time predominately dribbled with the ball as there was no mention of any passing moves in any reports of the game. Although Scotland had a goal disallowed in the first half, the umpire stating the ball had gone over the tape which was used before crossbars were brought in, the game ended in a nil - nil stalemate.
This was the start of a great football rivalry between the two countries which has seen them play 110 times with England winning 45 times, Scotland winning 41 games with 24 draws.


SCOTLAND: all Queens Park

1Robert W Gardner captain

2William Ker

3Joseph Taylor

4James Thomson

5James Smith

6Robert Smith

7Robert Leckie

8Alexander Rhind

9Billy MacKinnon

10Jimmy Weir

11David Wotherspoon


1Robert Barker (Hertfordshire Rangers)

2Ernest Greenhalgh (Notts County)

3Reginald de Courtenay Welch (Harrow Chequers)

4Frederick Chappell (Oxford University)

5William Maynard (1st Surrey Rifles)

6John Brockbank (Cambridge University)

7Charles Clegg (Sheffield Wednesday)

8Arnold Kirke-Smith (Oxford University)

9Cuthbert Ottaway (Oxford University) (c)

10Charles Chenery (Crystal Palace)

11Charles Morice (Barnes)

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