Scotland Unofficial Matches 1902-1919


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Saturday 5th April 1902 (Ibrox disaster match - declared void)
SCOTLAND XI - ENGLAND  1-1  (1-1)
Referee: James Torrans (Belfast)
Crowd: 68.114, Ibrox Park, Govan (the autonomous burgh became part of the city of Glasgow in 1912)
Goals: 1-0 Brown (25), 1-1 Settle (44)

SCOTLAND XI:
John [Edward] Doig                     (Sunderland)
Nicol Smith                            (Rangers)
John Drummond    		       (Rangers)
Andrew Aitken [c]                      (Newcastle) 
Alexander Galloway Raisbeck            (Liverpool)
John Tait Robertson                    (Rangers)
Robert Bryson Templeton                (Aston Villa)
Robert Staig Walker                    (Heart of Midlothian)
Alexander Brown                        (Tottenham Hotspur)
George Turner Livingston               (Celtic)
Alexander Smith                        (Rangers)

ENGLAND:
William George (Aston Villa), Robert Crompton (Blackburn Rovers), George Molyneux (Southampton), 
Albert Wilkes (Aston Villa), Frank Forman (Nottingham Forest), Albert Edward Houlker (Blackburn Rovers), 
William Hogg (Sunderland), Stephen Bloomer (Derby County), William Edwin Beats (Wolverhampton Wanderers), 
James Settle (Everton), John Thomas Cox (Liverpool).
    
Notes:  Suddenly during the match the back of the newly built West Terrace collapsed. Wooden terracing 
        was built on a steel framework and disintegrated under the pressure of the overflowing crowd 
        and in torrential rain. Hundreds of supporters fell up to 40 feet (12 m) to the ground below. 
        25 people died and 587 were injured. The tragedy occurred after 51 minutes of the match, which 
        was restarted 18 minutes later and played to a finish to avoid supporters exiting en masse and 
        crowding the area, obstructing rescue work. The match was later declared void by the two Football 
        Associations. However, it is included here as an unofficial match to ensure a complete historical 
        record.


Saturday 9th August 1902 (Ibrox Disaster Fund) IRELAND - SCOTLAND XI 0-3 (0-2) Referee: James Torrans (Belfast) Linesmen: G Wilson (Ireland) and J Stevenson (Scotland) Crowd: 3.000, Balmoral Showgrounds, Belfast Goals: 0-1 Speedie (30), 0-2 Campbell (40), 0-3 McDermott (60) IRELAND: James Valentine Joseph Nolan-Whelan (Dublin Freebooters), William Kennedy Gibson (Cliftonville) [c], William Robert McCracken (Distillery), John Darling (Linfield), Robert George Milne (Linfield), George Cochrane (Cliftonville), John Thompson Mercer (Distillery), James Wilson McCashin (Cliftonville), Hugh McKelvey (Glentoran), Bernard Donaghey (Belfast Celtic), Henry Redmond Buckle (Cliftonville). SCOTLAND XI: Henry George Rennie (Hibernian) John Drummond (Rangers) Robert Glen (Hibernian) Bernard Breslin (Hibernian) Albert Thoroughgood Buick (Heart of Midlothian) John Tait Robertson (Rangers) John Walker (1) (Rangers) Thomas McDermott (Celtic) John Campbell (Celtic) Finlay Ballantyne Speedie (Rangers) Alexander Smith (Rangers) Notes: John Walker (1) this is the John Walker who won 5 full caps for Scotland between 1895-1904.
Saturday 8th June 1918 (Sir Douglas Haig Base Hospitals' Fund) SCOTLAND XI - ENGLAND 2-0 (1-0) Referee: nk Crowd: 45.000, Celtic Park, Glasgow Goals: 1-0 McLean (35), 2-0 Archibald (56) SCOTLAND XI: William Robb (Third Lanark) Alexander McNair (Celtic) Robert Scott McSkimming (Motherwell) James Bowie (Rangers) John Stewart Wright (Morton) Peter Nellies (Heart of Midlothian) Alexander Archibald (Rangers) Patrick Gallagher (Celtic) David Prophet McLean (Third Lanark) James "Napoleon" McMenemy* (Celtic) Alan Lauder Morton (Queen's Park) ENGLAND: Harold Gough (Sheffield United), William Robert McCracken (Newcastle United), John Cogal English (Sheffield United), James McMullan (Partick Thistle), Arthur Dixon (Oldham Athletic), Thomas Barber (Aston Villa), Robert Henry Simpson (Blackburn Rovers), George Holley (Sunderland), Henry Chambers (Liverpool), George Stanley Seymour (Morton), William Albert Morgan (Birmingham). Notes: The match was played to raise funds for the Sir Douglas Haig (head of the British Army) Base Hospitals' Fund. The game was also called the "Munitions Workers International" because it was organised by the Scottish Engineering and Munition Workers' Benevolent Association with support from Celtic FC. 1,303 was raised for the fund. James McMullan (Partick Thistle) and George Seymour (Morton) replaced Francis Cuggy (Sunderland) and John Cook (Middlesbrough) respectively in the England team as they had to call-off at the last minute. Patrick Gallagher was born in Ireland and during his career he won six full caps for Ireland against Scotland between 1920-1927. He also accepted a later invitation to play for the Scotland XI in the 1927 Canada tour organised by the Scottish Football Association. At some time the family changed the spelling of the surname to "Gallacher" and in the newspaper reports, etc. both surnames were used at different times. Morton's full name was originally registered as John Archibald Morton but changed two months later to Allan Lauder Morton, although in the newspaper reports, etc. his forename was always listed as Alan with a single "l". The name of 3rd Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers FC was changed to Third Lanark AC (Athletic Club) in June 1903, when official links with the military were severed.
Saturday 22nd March 1919 (Victory international) SCOTLAND XI - IRELAND 2-1 (1-1) Referee: Alexander Jackson (Glasgow) Crowd: 50.000, Ibrox Park, Glasgow Goals: 1-0 Wilson (25) penalty, 1-1 Halligan (29), 2-1 Wilson (60) SCOTLAND XI: James Brownlie (Morton) Alexander McNair (Celtic) Robert John Orr (Third Lanark) James Eadie Gordon [c] (Rangers) William Cringan (Celtic) James McMullan (Partick Thistle) Alexander Pollock Donaldson (Arthurlie & Bolton Wanderers) James Bowie (Rangers) Andrew Nisbet Wilson (Heart of Midlothian) George P Miller (Heart of Midlothian) Alan Lauder Morton (Queen's Park) IRELAND: Elisha Scott (Belfast Celtic), William Robert McCracken (Newcastle United), David Rollo (Linfield), Patrick Joseph O'Connell (Rochdale), William Lacey (Linfield), William John Emerson (Glentoran), David Lyner (Glentoran), Daniel McKinney (Belfast Celtic), William Halligan (Rochdale), Michael Hammill (Belfast Celtic), William John Moore (Glentoran). Notes: This Victory International and the return match on 19th April 1919 were organised between the Scottish FA and Irish FA to raise funds to help football to re-commence in the 1919-20 season. 1,185 was taken at the gate and 483 in the stands. This was a record for an international with Ireland. McNair and McMullan arrived 20 minutes late due to a train breakdown that left them stranded at Larbert. Scotland started with nine men. Gordon initially played at right back and Miller at left half. Players' clubs are shown at the time of the match. Some players were playing as guests at this time.
Saturday 19th April 1919 (Victory international) IRELAND - SCOTLAND XI 0-0 Referee: William Cowan (Belfast) Crowd: 25.000, Windsor Park, Belfast IRELAND: Elisha Scott (Belfast Celtic), William Robert McCracken (Newcastle United), David Rollo (Linfield), William McCandless (Linfield), Matthew John Hoffman Scraggs (Glentoran), William John Emerson (Glentoran), Daniel McKinney (Belfast Celtic), William Lacey (Linfield), William Halligan (Rochdale), Michael Hammill (Belfast Celtic), Edward Kerr (Belfast Celtic). SCOTLAND XI: James Brownlie [c] (Morton) John Marshall (St.Mirren) James Blair (Rangers) James Eadie Gordon (Rangers) William McNamee (Hamilton Academical) James McMullan (Partick Thistle) Alexander Pollock Donaldson (Arthurlie & Bolton Wanderers) John Crosbie (Ayr United) James Richardson (Ayr United) Thomas Cairns (Rangers) Malcolm Wright McPhail (Kilmarnock)
Saturday 26th April 1919 (Victory international) ENGLAND - SCOTLAND XI 2-2 (1-2) Referee: A Warner (Nottingham) Crowd: 31.809, Goodison Park, Liverpool Goals: 0-1 Wright (2), 0-2 Bowie (15), 1-2 Turnbull (30), 2-2 Puddefoot (75) ENGLAND: Sam Hardy (Aston Villa), Ephraim Longworth (Liverpool), Frederick Duckworth (Blackburn Rovers) [c], Thomas Fleetwood (Everton), Joseph McCall (Preston North End), Arthur Grimsdell (Tottenham Hotspur), Robert Joseph Turnbull (Bradford (Park Avenue)), Daniel Harold Shea (Tottenham Hotspur), Sydney Charles Puddefoot (West Ham United), Joseph Smith (Bolton Wanderers), Henry Martin (Sunderland). SCOTLAND XI: James Brownlie [c] (Morton) Alexander McNair (Celtic) James Blair (Rangers) James Eadie Gordon (Rangers) John Stewart Wright (Morton) James McMullan (Partick Thistle) Alexander Pollock Donaldson (Arthurlie & Bolton Wanderers) James Bowie (Rangers) James Richardson (Ayr United) James "Napoleon" McMenemy* (Celtic) Alan Lauder Morton (Queen's Park)
Saturday 3rd May 1919 (Victory international) SCOTLAND XI - ENGLAND 3-4 (0-3) Referee: Alexander Jackson (Glasgow) Crowd: 80.000, Hampden Park, Glasgow Goals: 0-1 Grimsdell (15), 0-2 Grimsdell (35), 0-3 Puddefoot (40), 1-3 Wilson (50) penalty, 2-3 Morton (65), 2-4 Puddefoot (75), 3-4 Wilson (88) SCOTLAND XI: James Brownlie [c] (Morton) Alexander McNair (Celtic) James Blair (Rangers) James Eadie Gordon (Rangers) John Stewart Wright (Morton) James McMullan (Partick Thistle) James Greig Reid (Airdrieonians) James Bowie (Rangers) Andrew Nisbet Wilson (Heart of Midlothian) James "Napoleon" McMenemy* (Celtic) Alan Lauder Morton (Queen's Park) ENGLAND: Sam Hardy (Aston Villa), Ephraim Longworth (Liverpool), Frederick Duckworth (Blackburn Rovers) [c], Thomas Fleetwood (Everton), Joseph McCall (Preston North End), Arthur Grimsdell (Tottenham Hotspur), Robert Joseph Turnbull (Bradford (Park Avenue)), Daniel Harold Shea (Tottenham Hotspur), Sydney Charles Puddefoot (West Ham United), Joseph Smith (Bolton Wanderers), Henry Martin (Sunderland).


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