1895 World Championship (football)

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1895 World Championship
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EventFootball World Championship
Date27 April 1895
VenueTynecastle Park, Edinburgh
RefereeMr Dickson (Scotland)

The 1895 World Championship was a football match that took place at Tynecastle Park on 27 April 1895 between the winner of the English Football League First Division, Sunderland, and Scottish League First Division, Heart of Midlothian.[1][2] The match was won by Sunderland 5–3.[1][3][4]

The wealthy miner Samuel Tyzack, who alongside and shipbuilder Robert Turnbull funded the Sunderland side known as the "team of all talents," often pretended to be a priest while scouting for players in Scotland, as Sunderland's recruitment policy in Scotland enraged many Scottish fans. In fact, the Sunderland lineup in the 1895 World Championship consisted entirely of Scottish players - Scottish players who moved to England to play professionally in those days were known nicknamed the Scotch Professors.[4][5]

The game was not the first "World Championship" game between English and Scottish sides; and it was the second such club competition won by an English team, with previous winners being Aston Villa and Renton (both Scottish Cup and FA Cup winners, as the leagues had not been yet created at the time). The Scottish and English leagues were pre-eminent in the world at that time.[2] However, it was the first ever game played between the respective champions of two different leagues.[5]

This was the only international competition Sunderland won; they subsequently participated in the British League Cup in 1902 and the Empire Exhibition Trophy in 1938 but exited early in those competitions.[6][4]

Participant teams[edit]

Team Qualification
England Sunderland 1894–95 Football League First Division champions
Scotland Heart of Midlothian 1894–95 Scottish Division One champions

Match details[edit]

1 Scotland Jock Fairbairn
2 Scotland Barney Battles
3 Scotland James Mirk
4 Scotland Alexander Hall
5 Scotland Bob McLaren
6 Scotland George Hogg
7 Scotland Willie Taylor
8 Scotland Thomas Chambers
9 Scotland Willie Michael
10 Scotland George Scott
11 Scotland Davie Baird
1 Scotland Ned Doig
2 Scotland Robert McNeill
3 Scotland Donald Gow
4 Scotland Billy Dunlop
5 Scotland John Auld
6 Scotland Harry Johnston
7 Scotland Jimmy Hannah
8 Scotland James Gillespie
9 Scotland John Harvey
10 Scotland John Campbell
11 Scotland Jimmy Millar


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  6. ^ "When Sunderland AFC Were World Champions! – Ryehill Football". Retrieved 2019-12-31.
  7. ^ "Hearts 3 Sunderland 5". The Stat Cat. Retrieved 2 May 2013.