March 4, 1876
The international match between the eleven of all England and the eleven of all Scotland took place on Saturday last at Partick, Glasgow, under Association Rules. Though the weather was exceedingly wet all day, and even during the match, there were fully 15,000 spectators on the ground. The price of admission was 1s., and to the Grand Stand 2s. 6d., a fact which shows better than anything that the interest in the contest for national supremacy in football was great.
The two teams were brought from Glasgow to the ground in an omnibus draw by four white horses, and when they stepped into the arena they were received with prolonged cheers. The ground was very soft, rendering play both difficult and fatiguing. The Scotch won the toss, and elected to play down the hill, with the wind in their favour.
The game was very fast on both sides, the Englishmen showing best at the beginning, but gradually the Scotch settled down to their best form, and showed their superiority of combined play by taking a goal in eight minutes, Mackinnon sending the ball under the tape by a back kick over his head.
A determined struggle soon ensued again near the strangers’ goal, and, unfortunately, they touched the ball about twenty yards from it. Taylor had thus a free kick, which he managed to well as to pass it to Kennedy, who then touched it over to Highet, who in turn punted it through the English goal.
Matters now looked serious for England, its representatives played with great determination, Savage, who acted as goal-keeper, time after time kicking the ball down the field. But after the lapse of another quarter of an hour Miller and Ferguson had a fine run towards the English quarters, the latter missing the post by a yard; but another run by Ferguson and a screw kick dropped the ball to Highet, who kicked it under the English tape amidst great cheering, and at half-time the Scotch had scored three goals.
Sides being changed, the strangers played down the hill, and several times got into the Scotch quarters; but Hunter and Taylor were equal to the occasion, and repelled the onslaught. But if the English were determined to score, so were their opponents, who time after time besieged the English fortress and made various shies at goal, which either missed their aim or were caught by Savage.
The play after this was very equal, capital runs being made on both sides, to be arrested by the respective backs. Time was called at five o’clock, the match resulting in three goals to Scotland for none to England.
Jarett, Bambridge, the two Herons, and Smith played in rare form for their country, and had they been supported by some of the men who defeated the Senior Scotch Club some weeks ago in London, the result of the match would have been different. The fact is that the English team was much weaker than usual, while the Scotch never were stronger, all the men picked by the committee being able to play. The match last year was contested in London, when both sides took two goals each.
The English team were entertained in the evening at dinner in the George Hotel by the Scottish Football Association.
Scotland: Alex McGeoch (Dumbreck), Joseph Taylor (Queen`s Park), John Hunter (Third Lanark), Alex McLintock (Vale of Leven), Alex Kennedy (Eastern), Henry McNeil (Queen`s Park), William MacKinnon (Queen`s Park), Thomas Highet (Queen`s Park), William Miller (Third Lanark), John Ferguson (Vale of Leven), John Baird (Vale of Leven).
England: Arthur Savage (Crystal Palace), Edgar Field (Clapham Rovers), Fred Green (Wanderers), Beaumont Jarrett (Cambridge University), Ernest Henry Bambridge (Swifts), Walter Buchanan (Clapham Rovers), George Heron (Wanderers), Charles Smith (Crystal Palace), William Maynard (1st Surrey Rifles), Charles Heron (Wanderers), Arthur Cursham (Notts County).
(Athletic News: March 11, 1876)