Dec 16

Scotland vs England 1872

Share post on:

Scotland 0-0 England

30 November 1872 | Friendly |West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Glasgow |No Scorers

The Unofficial Football World Championships, and the glory that is international football, kicked off in 1872 with this very historic goalless draw – an undeniable anticlimax. Up until this point England had been the only international football side in the world, which made arranging international fixtures slightly problematic.

The English busied themselves by playing games against a ‘London Scottish’ side, but appetite for a real England versus Scotland clash was whetted by Queen’s Park FC’s appearance in the FA Cup semi-finals in 1871. The cash-strapped Scottish club drew 0-0 with England’s Wanderers in the semi, but couldn’t afford to return for a replay. Wanderers were given a bye, and won the FA Cup. But Queen’s Park’s gumption so impressed the English FA that plans were made to send an England team north of the border to play an official Scotland side.

The Scottish 11, selected by the (perhaps slightly impartial) Queen’s Park captain and goalkeeper Robert Gardner, consisted entirely of Queen’s Park players. England captain and selector (and secretary of the English FA) CW Alcock chose an 11 containing players from nine different clubs. Unluckily, Alcock was injured in a league match in the run-up to the game and was forced to replace himself as skipper with Oxford University forward Cuthbert Ottaway. For the fashion conscious:

Scotland wore dark blue shirts with lion crests, white knickerbockers, and red head cowls, while England wore white shirts bearing the three lions crest, white knickerbockers, and blue caps. England, playing with an adventurous 1-2-7 formation, produced an impressive display of attacking football.

But Scotland, playing 2-2-6, defended resolutely. The Bell’s Life in London journal described the game as, ‘a splendid display of football in the really scientific sense of the word, and a most determined effort on the part of the representatives of the two nationalities to overcome each other.’ At the final whistle, despite the lack of goals, both sides were afforded ‘three hearty cheers’.

Almost 4,000 spectators turned up for the game, with the gate receipts for the day totalling a whopping £109. But, despite the enthusiasm of those in attendance, the first ever UFWC title match failed to produce a winner. Captains Gardner and Ottaway both left emptyhanded. What a bally rotten show.

Related offers

Get A £20 Free Bet When You Bet £5

Bet on any Sport, with one of the UK's most trusted Bookies.

UK+ROI only. Min deposit £5 and minimum first bet £5 at odds 1/2 or more to qualify for 1x £20 free bet. Certain deposit methods and bet types excluded. Free bet valid for 7 days. Free bet stake not returned. Restrictions and T&Cs apply.

Bet £15 Get £10 Free Bet

Extensive coverage of Global leagues with over 20 Sports available for sports fans over the world 24/7.

New customers only. Wager £15 on a Sport to activate the Free Bet Token. Minimum deposit of £10. Get a free bet of £10. Customers who deposit using PayPal, Neteller, Paysafe, Skrill or Skrill 1-Tap will not be eligible. Free bet must be used within 14 days of being credited. The free bet token will be awarded once you have made your first deposit and have bet £15 on Sports with odds of Evens (2.00) or greater. The Free Bet Token can only be used on a bet with total odds of 4/5 (1.80) or higher. T&Cs apply

Bet £5 Get £20 In Free Bets!

Quite possibly the UK's Top Bookmaker, massive assortment of markets and great odds on Snooker and Cricket. Mind blowing Enhanced Odds Deals.

UK+IRE new customers only. Get £/€20 in Free Bets (4 x £5) when you sign-up and stake £/€5 on sports! Place cumulative qualifying stakes to a total of £/€5 win or £/€5 each-way at odds totalling 1/2 or greater. You’ll be credited with 4 x £/€5 Free Bets to use straight away! Once your Free Bets are credited, you’ll have seven days to use them.

Bet £10 Get £40 Welcome Offer

One of the Best Bookies for Football and Horse Racing Odds. Best for Flexibility - Request your own Bet with #priceitup.

18+ Opt in, bet £10+ at odds 2.00+, in 7 days. No cash out. Get 3x £10 Free Bets on selected events. Plus a £10 Slot Bonus, selected games, wager 20x to withdraw max £250. 7 day bonuses expiry. Card payments only. T&Cs Apply.

Welcome Bonus - Bet £10 Get £15

Explore classic, video, arcade slots, sports betting and live casino with Mr Play.

This offer is for new customers only and is available once per household. Minimum deposit and wagering on sport to activate the Bet token is £10. The Welcome Bet token must be used at within 14 days of being credited to your account. Offer only applies to players who are residents of United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway, Finland, Germany and Canada.