Scotland national football team 1872–1914 results

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The Scotland national football team represents Scotland in international association football and is controlled by the Scottish Football Association. It is the joint-oldest national football team in the world, alongside England, Scotland's opponents in what is now recognised as the world's first international football match, which took place at Hamilton Crescent in Glasgow in November 1872.[1] Prior to this, a series of matches had been played between teams representing the two countries, but the Scottish team was drawn almost entirely from players based in and around London and these games are now not regarded as full international matches.[2] The lack of involvement by players from Scottish clubs in these matches led to some controversy, which was resolved when The Football Association arranged to send a team to play in Glasgow, where the English players took on a Scotland team composed entirely of players from the Queen's Park club.[1]

Between 1872 and 1914, when competitive football was interrupted by the First World War, Scotland played 113 international matches, resulting in 70 victories, 23 draws and 20 defeats. This total does not include a match in 1902 which was declared void after a disaster at Ibrox Park in which 25 spectators died. Scotland played an annual friendly against England each year until 1883, and added a regular game against Wales in 1876. These two teams remained Scotland's only opponents until the British Home Championship was instituted in 1884, consisting of a round-robin tournament between England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.[3] Of the 31 tournaments staged prior to the war, Scotland won 10 outright and 6 jointly.[3] Scotland's 11–0 defeat of Ireland in 1901 is the national team's biggest win,[4] and the 6–1 victory over England at Kennington Oval in 1881 remains the team's biggest win away to fierce rivals England.[5] Scotland's games with England during this period drew extremely large crowds, with five matches prior to the First World War attracting crowds of over 100,000 spectators. The compilers of the World Football Elo Ratings retrospectively consider Scotland to have been ranked at number 1 during much of the early period of international football.[6]

Key[edit]

Results[edit]

Scotland's score is shown first in each case.

Date Venue Opponents Score Competition Scotland scorers Att. Ref.
30 November 1872 Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow (H)  England 0–0 Friendly 3,000 [7]
8 March 1873 Kennington Oval, London (A)  England 2–4 Friendly Henry Renny-Tailyour, William Gibb 3,000 [7]
7 March 1874 Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow (H)  England 2–1 Friendly Frederick Anderson, Angus MacKinnon 7,000 [7]
6 March 1875 Kennington Oval, London (A)  England 2–2 Friendly Henry McNeil, Peter Andrews 2,000 [7]
4 March 1876 Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow (H)  England 3–0 Friendly Billy MacKinnon, Henry McNeil, Thomas Highet 15,000 [7]
25 March 1876 Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow (H)  Wales 4–0 Friendly John Ferguson, Jimmy Lang, Billy MacKinnon, Henry McNeil 17,000 [7]
3 March 1877 Kennington Oval, London (A)  England 3–1 Friendly John Ferguson (2), James Richmond 2,000 [7]
5 March 1877 Acton Park, Wrexham (A)  Wales 2–0 Friendly Own goal, Charles Campbell 4,000 [7]
2 March 1878 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 7–2 Friendly John McDougall (3), John McGregor, Henry McNeil (2), Billy MacKinnon 10,000 [7]
23 March 1878 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  Wales 9–0 Friendly Peter Campbell (2), Jerry Weir (2), John Ferguson (2), John Baird, James Watson, Jimmy Lang 6,000 [7]
5 April 1879 Kennington Oval, London (A)  England 4–5 Friendly Billy MacKinnon (2), John McDougall, John Smith 4,500 [7]
7 April 1879 Acton Park, Wrexham (A)  Wales 3–0 Friendly John Smith (2), Peter Campbell 2,000 [7]
13 March 1880 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 5–4 Friendly George Ker (3), John Baird, John Kay 12,000 [7]
27 March 1880 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  Wales 5–1 Friendly David Davidson, William Beveridge, Joseph Lindsay, J. McAdam, John Campbell 2,000 [7]
12 March 1881 Kennington Oval, London (A)  England 6–1 Friendly John Smith (3), George Ker (2), David Hill 8,500 [5]
14 March 1881 Acton Park, Wrexham (A)  Wales 5–1 Friendly George Ker (2), Henry McNiel, two own goals 1,500 [5]
11 March 1882 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 5–1 Friendly George Ker (2), William Harrower, John Kay, Robert McPherson 10,000 [5]
25 March 1882 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  Wales 5–0 Friendly Eadie Fraser (2), John Kay, George Ker, James McAulay 5,000 [5]
10 March 1883 Bramall Lane, Sheffield (A)  England 3–2 Friendly John Smith (2), Eadie Fraser 7,000 [5]
12 March 1883 Acton Park, Wrexham (A)  Wales 3–0 Friendly John Smith, Eadie Fraser, William Anderson 2,000 [5]
26 January 1884 Ulster Ground, Belfast (A)  Ireland 5–0 British Home Championship James Gossland (2), William Harrower (2), John Goudie 2,000 [5]
15 March 1884 Cathkin Park, Glasgow (H)  England 1–0 British Home Championship John Smith 10,000 [5]
29 March 1884 Cathkin Park, Glasgow (H)  Wales 4–1 British Home Championship John Kay (2), Joseph Lindsay, Francis Shaw 5,000 [5]
14 March 1885 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  Ireland 8–2 British Home Championship Alexander Higgins (3), Alexander Barbour, W. Lamont, William Turner, John Marshall, Robert Calderwood 6,000 [5]
21 March 1885 Kennington Oval, London (A)  England 1–1 British Home Championship Joseph Lindsay 8,000 [5]
23 March 1885 Acton Park, Wrexham (A)  Wales 8–1 British Home Championship Joseph Lindsay (3), Robert Calderwood (2), William Anderson (2), David Allan 4,000 [5]
20 March 1886 Ulster Ground, Belfast (A)  Ireland 7–2 British Home Championship Charles Heggie (4), John Lambie, James Gourlay, Michael Dunbar 3,000 [5]
27 March 1886 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 1–1 British Home Championship George Somerville 11,000 [5]
10 April 1886 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  Wales 4–1 British Home Championship Bob McCormick, James McCall, David Allan, William Harrower 5,500 [5]
19 February 1887 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  Ireland 4–1 British Home Championship William Watt, Tom Jenkinson, William Johnstone, James Lowe 1,000 [5]
19 March 1887 Leamington Road, Blackburn (A)  England 3–2 British Home Championship James McCall, Leitch Keir, James Allan 12,000 [5]
21 March 1887 Acton Park, Wrexham (A)  Wales 2–0 British Home Championship William Robertson, James Allan 2,000 [5]
10 March 1888 Hibernian Park, Edinburgh (H)  Wales 5–1 British Home Championship Alex Latta (2), William Paul, Neil Munro, Willie Groves 8,000 [5]
17 March 1888 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 0–5 British Home Championship 10,000 [5]
24 March 1888 Solitude Ground, Belfast (A)  Ireland 1010–2 British Home Championship William Dickson (4), Geordie Dewar, Thomas Breckenridge, Allan Stewart, Neil McCallum, Ralph Aitken, own goal 5,000 [5]
9 March 1889 Ibrox Park, Glasgow (H)  Ireland 7–0 British Home Championship Willie Groves (3), Frank Watt (2), David Black, Tom McInnes 6,000 [5]
13 April 1889 Kennington Oval, London (A)  England 3–2 British Home Championship Neil Munro, Jimmy Oswald, James McLaren 10,000 [5]
15 April 1889 The Racecourse, Wrexham (A)  Wales 0–0 British Home Championship 6,000 [5]
22 March 1890 Underwood Park, Paisley (H)  Wales 5–0 British Home Championship William Paul (4), Hughie Wilson 7,500 [5]
29 March 1890 Ulster Ground, Belfast (A)  Ireland 4–1 British Home Championship Gilbert Rankin (2), Tom Wylie, John McPherson 5,000 [5]
5 April 1890 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 1–1 British Home Championship John McPherson 26,379 [5]
21 March 1891 The Racecourse, Wrexham (A)  Wales 4–3 British Home Championship Bob Boyd (2), James Logan, Robert Buchanan 4,000 [8]
28 March 1891 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)  Ireland 2–1 British Home Championship James Low, Tom Waddell 8,000 [8]
4 April 1891 Ewood Park, Blackburn (A)  England 1–2 British Home Championship Frank Watt 31,000 [8]
19 March 1892 Solitude Ground, Belfast (A)  Ireland 3–2 British Home Championship Alexander Keillor, William Lambie, James Ellis 10,500 [8]
26 March 1892 Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh (H)  Wales 6–1 British Home Championship James Hamilton (2), John McPherson (2), Davie Baird, William Thomson 600 [8]
2 April 1892 Ibrox Park, Glasgow (H)  England 1–4 British Home Championship Jack Bell 20,000 [8]
18 March 1893 The Racecourse, Wrexham (A)  Wales 8–0 British Home Championship Jake Madden (4), John Barker (3), William Lambie 4,500 [8]
25 March 1893 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)  Ireland 6–1 British Home Championship William Sellar (2), James Kelly, James Hamilton, own goal 12,000 [8]
1 April 1893 Richmond Athletic Ground, London (A)  England 2–5 British Home Championship William Sellar (2) 16,000 [8]
24 March 1894 Rugby Park, Kilmarnock (H)  Wales 5–2 British Home Championship Davidson Berry, John Barker, Thomas Chambers, David Alexander, John Johnstone 10,000 [8]
31 March 1894 Solitude Ground, Belfast (A)  Ireland 2–1 British Home Championship John Taylor, own goal 6,000 [8]
7 April 1894 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)  England 2–2 British Home Championship William Lambie, Sandy McMahon 45,017 [8]
23 March 1895 The Racecourse, Wrexham (A)  Wales 2–2 British Home Championship Jake Madden, John Divers 4,000 [8]
30 March 1895 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)  Ireland 3–1 British Home Championship John Walker (2), William Lambie 15,000 [8]
6 April 1895 Goodison Park, Liverpool (A)  England 0–3 British Home Championship 42,500 [8]
21 March 1896 Carolina Port, Dundee (H)  Wales 4–0 British Home Championship Robert Neil (2), Alexander Keillor, Daniel Paton 11,700 [8]
28 March 1896 Solitude Ground, Belfast (A)  Ireland 3–3 British Home Championship Robert Smyth McColl (2), Patrick Murray 8,000 [8]
4 April 1896 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)  England 2–1 British Home Championship William Lambie, Jack Bell 56,500 [8]
20 March 1897 The Racecourse, Wrexham (A)  Wales 2–2 British Home Championship John Ritchie, John Walker 5,000 [8]
27 March 1897 Ibrox Park, Glasgow (H)  Ireland 5–1 British Home Championship John McPherson (2), Neil Gibson, Robert Smyth McColl, Alexander King 15,000 [8]
3 April 1897 Crystal Palace, London (A)  England 2–1 British Home Championship Tommy Hyslop, Jimmy Millar 35,000 [8]
19 March 1898 Fir Park, Motherwell (H)  Wales 5–2 British Home Championship James Gillespie (3), James McKie (2) 3,500 [8]
26 March 1898 Solitude Ground, Belfast (A)  Ireland 3–0 British Home Championship Thomas Robertson, Robert Smyth McColl, William Stewart 5,000 [8]
2 April 1898 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)  England 1–3 British Home Championship Jimmy Millar 40,000 [8]
18 March 1899 The Racecourse, Wrexham (A)  Wales 6–0 British Home Championship Robert Smyth McColl (3), John Campbell (2), Henry Marshall 12,000 [8]
25 March 1899 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)  Ireland 9–1 British Home Championship Robert Smyth McColl (3), John Campbell (2), Robert Hamilton (2), Jack Bell, Alex Christie 12,000 [8]
8 April 1899 Villa Park, Birmingham (A)  England 1–2 British Home Championship Robert Hamilton 25,590 [8]
3 February 1900 Pittodrie, Aberdeen (H)  Wales 5–2 British Home Championship Davie Wilson (2), Jack Bell, Alexander Smith, Robert Hamilton 12,500 [8]
3 March 1900 Solitude Ground, Belfast (A)  Ireland 3–0 British Home Championship Alexander Smith, John Campbell (2) 6,000 [8]
7 April 1900 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)  England 4–1 British Home Championship Robert Smyth McColl (3), Jack Bell 63,000 [8]
23 February 1901 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)  Ireland 1111–0 British Home Championship Sandy McMahon (4), Robert Hamilton (4), John Campbell (2), Davie Russell 15,000 [4]
2 March 1901 The Racecourse, Wrexham (A)  Wales 1–1 British Home Championship John Robertson 5,000 [4]
30 March 1901 Crystal Palace, London (A)  England 2–2 British Home Championship John Campbell, Robert Hamilton 18,520 [4]
1 March 1902 Grosvenor Park, Belfast (A)  Ireland 5–1 British Home Championship Robert Hamilton (3), Robert Walker, Albert Buick 15,000 [4]
15 March 1902 Cappielow Park, Greenock (H)  Wales 5–1 British Home Championship Alec Smith 3, Jock Drummond, Albert Buick 5,284 [4]
3 May 1902 Villa Park, Birmingham (A)  England 2–2 British Home Championship Bobby Templeton, Ronald Orr 15,000 [A][4]
9 March 1903 Arms Park, Cardiff (A)  Wales 1–0 British Home Championship Finlay Speedie 11,000 [4]
21 March 1903 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)  Ireland 0–2 British Home Championship 17,000 [4]
4 April 1903 Bramall Lane, Sheffield (A)  England 2–1 British Home Championship Finlay Speedie, Robert Walker 32,000 [4]
12 March 1904 Dens Park, Dundee (H)  Wales 1–1 British Home Championship Robert Walker 12,000 [4]
26 March 1904 Dalymount Park, Dublin (H)  Ireland 1–1 British Home Championship Robert Hamilton 1,000 [4]
9 April 1904 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)  England 0–1 British Home Championship 45,000 [4]
6 March 1905 The Racecourse, Wrexham (A)  Wales 1–3 British Home Championship John Robertson 6,000 [4]
18 March 1905 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)  Ireland 4–0 British Home Championship Charles Thomson (2 pens.), Bobby Walker, Jimmy Quinn 35,000 [4]
1 April 1905 Crystal Palace, London (A)  England 0–1 British Home Championship 32,000 [4]
3 March 1906 Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh (H)  Wales 0–2 British Home Championship 25,000 [4]
17 March 1906 Dalymount Park, Dublin (A)  Ireland 1–0 British Home Championship Thomas Fitchie 8,000 [4]
7 April 1906 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 2–1 British Home Championship James Howie (2) 102,741 [4]
4 March 1907 The Racecourse, Wrexham (A)  Wales 0–1 British Home Championship 7,715 [4]
16 March 1907 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)  Ireland 3–0 British Home Championship Frank O'Rourke, Robert Walker, Charles Thomson (pen.) 26,000 [4]
6 April 1907 St James' Park, Newcastle (A)  England 1–1 British Home Championship Own goal 35,829 [4]
7 March 1908 Dens Park, Dundee (H)  Wales 2–1 British Home Championship Alex Bennett, Willie Lennie 18,000 [4]
14 March 1908 Dalymount Park, Dublin (A)  Ireland 5–0 British Home Championship Jimmy Quinn (4), James Galt 10,000 [4]
4 April 1908 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 1–1 British Home Championship Andrew Wilson 121,452 [4]
1 March 1909 The Racecourse, Wrexham (A)  Wales 2–3 British Home Championship Robert Walker, Harold Paul 6,000 [4]
15 March 1909 Ibrox Park, Glasgow (H)  Ireland 5–0 British Home Championship James McMenemy (2), Sandy MacFarlane, Alexander Thomson, Harold Paul 24,000 [4]
3 April 1909 Crystal Palace, London (A)  England 0–2 British Home Championship 27,000 [4]
5 March 1910 Rugby Park, Kilmarnock (H)  Wales 1–0 British Home Championship Archie Devine 22,000 [4]
19 March 1910 Windsor Park, Belfast (A)  Ireland 0–1 British Home Championship 17,000 [4]
2 April 1910 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 2–0 British Home Championship Jimmy McMenemy, Jimmy Quinn 106,205 [4]
6 March 1911 Ninian Park, Cardiff (A)  Wales 2–2 British Home Championship Robert Hamilton (2) 14,000 [4]
18 March 1911 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)  Ireland 2–0 British Home Championship William Reid, James McMenemy 32,000 [4]
1 April 1911 Goodison Park, Liverpool (A)  England 1–1 British Home Championship Alexander Higgins 38,000 [4]
2 March 1912 Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh (H)  Wales 1–0 British Home Championship James Quinn 32,000 [4]
16 March 1912 Windsor Park, Belfast (A)  Ireland 4–1 British Home Championship Walter Aitkenhead (2), William Reid, Bobby Walker 12,000 [4]
23 March 1912 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 1–1 British Home Championship Andrew Wilson 127,307 [4]
3 March 1913 The Racecourse, Wrexham (A)  Wales 0–0 1913 British Home Championship 8,000 [4]
15 March 1913 Dalymount Park, Dublin (A)  Ireland 2–1 British Home Championship William Reid, Alex Bennett 12,000 [4]
5 April 1913 Stamford Bridge, Chelsea (A)  England 0–1 British Home Championship 52,500 [4]
28 February 1914 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H)  Wales 0–0 British Home Championship 10,000 [4]
14 March 1914 Windsor Park, Belfast (A)  Ireland 1–1 British Home Championship Joseph Donnachie 31,000 [4]
14 April 1914 Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)  England 3–1 British Home Championship Charles Thomson, James McMenemy, William Reid 105,000 [4]
Notes
  • A. ^ This match replaced the original England–Scotland game, played at Ibrox Park on 5 April, which was declared void after a disaster in which 25 spectators died.

Record by opponent[edit]

Opponent P W D L GF GA
 England 43 18 12 13 85 75
 Ireland 31 25 3 3 109 27
 Wales 39 27 8 4 128 35

British Home Championship record by season[edit]

Year Placing[3]
1883–84 1st
1884–85 1st
1885–86 1st (joint)
1886–87 1st
1887–88 2nd
1888–89 1st
1889–90 1st (joint)
1890–91 2nd
1891–92 2nd
1892–93 2nd
1893–94 1st
1894–95 2nd (joint)
1895–96 1st
1896–97 1st
1897–98 2nd
1898–99 2nd
1899–1900 1st
1900–01 2nd
1901–02 1st
1902–03 1st (joint)
1903–04 3rd (joint)
1904–05 3rd (joint)
1905–06 1st (joint)
1906–07 3rd
1907–08 1st (joint)
1908–09 3rd
1909–10 1st
1910–11 2nd
1911–12 1st (joint)
1912–13 2nd (joint)
1913–14 2nd

References[edit]

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  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq Brown, Alan; Tossani, Gabriele (31 December 2009). "Scotland – International Matches 1881–1890". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
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  6. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings: Scotland". World Football Elo Ratings. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
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