Scotland Unofficial Matches 1870-1891


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Unofficial Matches 1902-1919

Saturday 5th March 1870 (Unofficial international)
ENGLAND - SCOTLAND  1-1  (0-0) (There is a half-time score because no goals were scored within the first 45 minutes)
Referee: No mention is ever made of Umpires and Referees, which indicates that any disputes were settled between 
         the Captains.
Crowd: 500-600, The Oval (Surrey County Cricket Club's ground), Kennington, London
Goals: 0-1 Crawford (75), 1-1 Baker (89)
  
ENGLAND:
(in alphabetical order): Charles William Alcock (Old Harrovians) [c], Alfred Joseph Baker (No Name), 
Edward Ernest Bowen (Wanderers), William Charles Butler (Barnes), William Parry Crake (Harrow School),
Evelyn Freeth (Civil Service) back, Edgar Lubbock (Old Etonians) back, Alexander Andrew Ellis Nash 
(Clapham Rovers), Giulio Cowley Tyler Smith (Crusaders), Alfred Horace Thornton (Old Harrovians), 
Robert Walpole Sealy Vidal (Westminster School).
 
SCOTLAND:
Alexander Morten                       (Crystal Palace) goalkeeper
William Henry Gladstone MP             (Old Etonians) full-back
James Kirkpatrick [c]                  (Civil Service) 
Robert Erskine Wade Crawford           (Harrow School)
George Croughly Gordon                 (No Name)
Charles Robert Baillie-Hamilton        (Civil Service)
William Alexander Baillie-Hamilton     (Old Harrovians)
Arthur Fitzgerald Kinnaird             (Crusaders)
William Lindsay                        (Old Wykehamists)
John Wingfield Malcolm                 (London Scottish Rifles) back
Kenneth Augustus Muir Mackenzie        (Old Carthusians)
 
Notes:  Alexander Morten, William Lindsay and Arnold Kirke-Smith, who played for Scotland in the unofficial
        matches (1870 to 1872), later played for England. These early Scottish teams were drawn from players 
        living and working in and around London. Some of the players' Scottish links were tenuous and in some 
        cases non-existent.  
        William Henry Gladstone MP was the son of the serving Prime Minister, William Ewart Gladstone MP.
        Giulio Cowley Tyler Smith was often named as JC Smith thought to be due to the phonetic expression 
        of his first name Giulio as Julio.
        The No Name Club came from Kilburn, North London.
        Until 1875 there was no half-time as we know it today. The teams would change ends after each goal 
        was scored. If no goals were scored after 45 minutes the teams would change ends but with no interval.        
        

Saturday 19th November 1870 (Unofficial international) ENGLAND - SCOTLAND 1-0 (There is no half-time score) Umpires: Morton Peto Betts (England) and Alexander Morten (Scotland) Crowd: 600-700, The Oval (Surrey County Cricket Club's ground), Kennington, London Goal: 1-0 Walker (10) ENGLAND: (in alphabetical order): Charles William Alcock (Harrow Pilgrims) [c], Alfred Joseph Baker (Wanderers), Thomas Neil Carter (Eton College) back, John Cockerell (Brixton Club) back, William Parry Crake (Barnes Club), Thomas Charles Hooman (Wanderers), Edgar Lubbock (West Kent) back, Walter Boldero Paton (Harrow School), Henry Jacob Preston (Eton College), Robert Walpole Sealy Vidal (Westminster School), Robert Sandilands Frowd Walker (Clapham Rovers). SCOTLAND (in alphabetical order): Galfrid Francis Congreve (Old Rugbeians) Robert Erskine Wade Crawford (Harrow School) William Alexander Baillie-Hamilton (Old Harrovians) Quintin Hogg (Wanderers) back Gilbert George Kennedy (Wanderers) Arthur Fitzgerald Kinnaird (Old Etonians) back James Kirkpatrick [c] (Civil Service) goalkeeper William Lindsay (Old Wykehamists) Charles Edward Burroughs Nepean (University College, Oxford) back Henry William Primrose (Civil Service) Robert Smith (Queen's Park) Notes: Galfrid Francis Congreve was listed as an Old Rugbeian but was not educated at Rugby School and there is no record of him playing for the club.
Saturday 25th February 1871 (Unofficial international) ENGLAND - SCOTLAND 1-1 (There is no half-time score) Referee: Charles Mansfield Tebbut (Wanderers) Umpires: Robert Barker (Hertfordshire Rangers, for England) and William Wallace (Wanderers, for Scotland) Crowd: 500, The Oval (Surrey County Cricket Club's ground), Kennington, London Goals: 0-1 Nepean (20), 1-1 Walker (30) ENGLAND: Morton Peto Betts (West Kent) goalkeeper 1, Charles William Stephenson (Westminster School) back, Edgar Lubbock (West Kent) half-back, Charles William Alcock (Harrow Pilgrims) [c], Alfred Joseph Baker (Wanderers), William Butler (Civil Service), John Cockerell (Brixton) goalkeeper 2, William Parry Crake (Barnes), Thomas Charles Hooman (Wanderers), Robert Walpole Sealy Vidal (Westminster School), Robert Sandilands Frowd Walker (Clapham Rovers). SCOTLAND: James Kirkpatrick (Civil Service) goalkeeper 1 William Henry Gladstone MP (Old Etonians) back Quintin Hogg (Wanderers) half-back Arthur Fitzgerald Kinnaird [c] (Wanderers) Frederick Chappell (Oxford University) John Frederic Inglis (Charterhouse School) William Lindsay (Old Wykehamists) Arnold Kirke-Smith (Oxford University) Charles Edward Burroughs Nepean (University College, Oxford) Robert Smith (Queen's Park) goalkeeper 2 Gilbert Edward Primrose (Civil Service) Notes: In the newspaper reports a player named F McLean (or alternatively Maclean, McClew or McClean) was discovered to be a pseudonym for Frederick Chappell who had no Scottish connections. He played for England in the first official international (Match 1). Both teams had two goalkeepers who alternated in the position.
Saturday 18th November 1871 (Unofficial international) ENGLAND - SCOTLAND 2-1 (There is no half-time score) Umpires: Alfred Stair (England) and Gilbert Kennedy (Scotland) Crowd: 650, The Oval (Surrey County Cricket Club's ground), Kennington, London Goals: 1-0 Walker (quickly in the first 45 mins), 2-0 Walker (quickly in the first 45 mins), 2-1 Renny-Tailyour (towards the end of the match) ENGLAND: Charles William Stephenson (Wanderers) goalkeeper, Albert Childers Thompson (Eton Club, Cambridge) back, Edgar Lubbock (Old Etonians) half-back, Charles William Alcock (Wanderers) [c], Thomas Southey Baker (Clapham Rovers), Morton Peto Betts (Harrow Chequers), Jarvis Kenrick (Clapham Rovers), Robert Walpole Sealy Vidal (Westminster School), Robert Sandilands Frowd Walker (Clapham Rovers), Percy Weston (Barnes), William Parry Crake (Harrow Chequers). SCOTLAND: Robert Smith (South Norwood) goalkeeper William Lindsay (Old Wykehamists) back Charles Edward Burroughs Nepean (Oxford University) half-back Lt.Henry Waugh Renny-Tailyour [c] (Royal Engineers) Hugh Mitchell (Royal Engineers) Robert Erskine Wade Crawford (Old Harrovians) Harold Stuart Ferguson (Royal Military Academy, Woolwich) Fitzgerald Hamilton Crawford (Harrow Chequers) Arnold Kirke-Smith (Oxford University) James Kirkpatrick (Civil Service) Edward Hay Mackenzie Elliot (Harrow Chequers) Notes: Although the Scottish player Renny-Tailyour is often listed as Colonel in records, he attained that rank much later in his Army career and was a Lieutenant at the time of this match.
Saturday 24 February 1872 (Unofficial international) ENGLAND - SCOTLAND 1-0 (There is no half-time score) Umpires: Alexander Morten (the only official mentioned in reports) Crowd: 800-900, The Oval (Surrey County Cricket Club's ground), Kennington, London Goal: 1-0 Clegg (20) ENGLAND: Charles William Stephenson (Wanderers) goalkeeper, Edgar Lubbock (Old Etonians) back, Albert Childers Thompson (Old Etonians) half-back, Charles William Alcock (Wanderers) [c], Alexander George Bonsor (Old Etonians), Charles John Chenery (Crystal Palace), John Charles Clegg (Sheffield), Thomas Charles Hooman (Wanderers), Percy Weston (Barnes), Robert Walpole Sealy Vidal (Westminster School), Charles Henry Reynold Wollaston (Oxford University). SCOTLAND: Charles Edward Burroughs Nepean (Oxford University) goalkeeper 1 Edward Hay Mackenzie Elliot (Harrow Chequers) back William Lindsay (Old Wykehamists) half-back Montague Johnstone Muir-Mackenzie [c] (Old Carthusians) goalkeeper 2 Robert Erskine Wade Crawford (Harrow Chequers) Harold Stuart Ferguson (Royal Artillery) Hugh Mitchell (Royal Engineers) Fitzgerald Hamilton Crawford (Harrow Chequers) Edward Vincent Ravenshaw (Charterhouse School) Henry Holmes Stewart (Cambridge University) Charles Maude Thompson (Trinity College, Cambridge)
Wednesday 19th September 1888 (Unofficial international) SCOTLAND XI - CANADA 4-0 (1-0) Referee: Charles Campbell (Queen's Park) Crowd: 6.000, Exhibition Grounds, Glasgow Goals: 1-0 McColl (nk), 2-0 Berry (nk), 3-0 McColl (nk), 4-0 Berry (nk) SCOTLAND XI: George Gillespie (Queen's Park) Donald Robertson Gow (Rangers) John Forbes (Vale of Leven) Allan Stewart (Queen's Park) John Robertson Auld (3rd Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers) John Muir (Rangers) Alexander Hamilton (Queen's Park) William Hall Berry (Queen's Park) John Middleton Campbell (Renton) James McCall (Renton) John McPherson (1) (Cowlairs) CANADA: Alexander Noble Garrett (Toronto Varsity), Frederick Killer (Berlin Rangers), Solomon Brubacher (Berlin Rangers), Dr.Edward Payson Gordon (Toronto Varsity), Dr.Wilfred Pirt Mustard (Toronto Varsity), Dr.Henry Hempton Pirie (Queen's University), Alex Gibson (Berlin Rangers), Walter Wells Bowman (Berlin Rangers), Thomas Gibson (Berlin Rangers), Dr.Walter Proudfoot Thomson (Toronto Varsity), EW Webster (Galt). Notes: John McPherson (1) - this is the John McPherson who won 9 full caps for Scotland between 1888-1897. Berlin Rangers - In 1916 the city of Berlin (Ontario) was re-named Kitchener.
Saturday 21st March 1891 (1891 England warm-up match) SCOTLAND XI - CORINTHIAN (OXFORD & CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITIES) 9-2 (4-2) Referee: Mr Bishop (Falkirk) Crowd: 10.000, 2nd Hampden Park, Crosshill (the autonomous burgh became part of the city of Glasgow in November 1891) Goals: 0-1 Clarke (12), 0-2 Currey (20), 1-2 Sellar (35), 2-2 Sellar (40), 3-2 Watt (41), 4-2 Watt (44), 5-2 Baird (50), 6-2 Baird (53), 7-2 Watt (nk), 8-2 Rankin (nk), 9-2 Watt (89) SCOTLAND XI: James Wilson (Vale of Leven) Walter Arnott [c] (Queen's Park) Robert Smellie (Queen's Park) Isaac Begbie (Heart of Midlothian) John McPherson (2) (Heart of Midlothian) John Jack Hill (Heart of Midlothian) Francis Watt (Kilbirnie) William Hall Berry (Queen's Park) William Sellar (Queen's Park) David Baird (Heart of Midlothian) Gilbert Rankin (Vale of Leven) CORINTHIAN (OXFORD & CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITIES): Leonard R Wilkinson (Christ Church - Oxford University, Old Carthusians & Corinthian), A Hugh Harrison (Trinity College - Cambridge University, Old Westminsters & Corinthian), Elphinstone Jackson (Oriel College - Oxford University & Corinthian), Anthony H Hossack (Jesus College - Cambridge University, Casuals & Corinthian), Charles Wreford-Brown (Oriel College - Oxford University, Old Salopians, Old Carthusians & Corinthian), N F Shaw (Magdalen College - Oxford University & Old Carthusians), Thelwell M Pike (Sidney Sussex College - Cambridge University, Crusaders & Corinthian), Edmund Currey (Magdalen College - Oxford University, Old Carthusians & Corinthian), Tinsley Lindley (Caius College - Cambridge University, Nottingham Forest & Corinthian), Thomas Bishop Andrews Clarke (Trinity College - Oxford University, Wentworth, Sheffield, Sheffield United & Corinthian), M Hugh Stanborough (Caius College - Cambridge University, Old Carthusians & Corinthian). Notes: John McPherson (2) - this is the John McPherson who won 1 full cap for Scotland in 1891. This could be described as the first warm-up match played by a Scotland XI. William Sellar, the Queen's Park centre forward, had been selected to play against England on 4th April 1891 and had the idea that the Scotland team should play a warm-up match. John McTavish, the Queen's Park match secretary, followed up the idea. His club were due to play Corinthian and he organised matters so that the Scotland team represented Queen's Park. Captain, Walter Arnott would take charge of team affairs. Queen's Park had already played their annual home and away matches against Corinthian, made up of London-based players. This was a Corinthian team drawn from Oxford and Cambridge Universities. It is thought highly likely that the match had the tacit approval of the Scottish FA. Scotland were playing an international match against Wales in Wrexham on the same day but two selectors watched this game. The Glasgow Herald (23rd March 1891) described it as a "Scotland's International team" although they played in Queen's Park's hooped jerseys and white knickers. At half-time, Walter Arnott re-arranged the forward line and made three changes - Berry (inside right to inside left), Baird (inside left to outside left) and Rankin (outside left to outside right). It was this formation that lined up against England.
Saturday 3rd October 1891 (Unofficial international) SCOTLAND XI - CANADIAN-AMERICAN XI 5-1 (1-0) Referee: John Reid (Ireland) Crowd: 5.000, Ibrox Park, Govan (the autonomous burgh became part of the city of Glasgow in 1912) Goals: 1-0 Hamilton (35), 2-0 McCreadie (49), 2-1 Bell (60), 3-1 Hamilton (63), 4-1 Hamilton (nk), 5-1 Bell (nk) SCOTLAND XI: John McLeod (Dumbarton) Walter Arnott (Queen's Park) Hugh Fleming Smith (3rd Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers) Matthew McQueen (Leith Athletic) Andrew McCreadie (Rangers) William Patrick Maley (Celtic) George Hector (Battlefield) William Hall Berry (Queen's Park) James Hamilton (Queen's Park) Alexander McMahon (Celtic) John Bell (Dumbarton) CANADIAN-AMERICAN XI: Alexander Noble Garrett (Toronto - club nk), EJ Gregory (Fall River Rovers), Henry Waring (Fall River Rovers), Dr.John Clarke Warbrick (Toronto Varsity), James J Dalton (Pawtucket), C Forrester (Toronto Varsity), Robert Bell (Fall River Rovers), Alex Jeffrey (Pawtucket), Dr.Walter Proudfoot Thomson (Toronto Varsity), Edward Cumming Senkler (Osgoode Hall (Toronto)), Neil Munro (Pawtucket). Notes: This team was made up of Canadians and Americans. The Americans are indicated by . The tour was originally intended to be made by Canadian players from the Western Football Association. However, some withdrew and replacements were recruited from American clubs in New England with whom the WFA had close ties.


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