First Ever International Football Fixture
30th of November 1872, West of Scotland Cricket Club at Hamilton Crescent in Partick Scotland. The first ever official association football international match would be played between Scotland and England.
Incredibly all eleven Scottish players were selected from Queens Park FC, the top Scottish club of this era. Queens are still playing in the Scottish Third Division to this day and are the only amateur club in the Scottish league. The England side consisted of players from nine different clubs with three of those representing Oxford University.
Paying an entrance fee of a shilling, the crowd totalled 4,000 but they had to wait as the kickoff for this eagerly awaited contest was delayed by twenty minutes due to fog. The Scots lined up in dark blue jerseys with the thistle embroidered with the English team in white shirts with the three lions on their chests.
The pitch wasn’t the best due to the heavy rainfall that had descended on Glasgow for the previous three days but nothing could deter the expectant crowd that attended.
Reports from the game show Scotland had the edge withทางเข้า ufabet ภาษาไทย superior running and dribbling skills as was expected due to the Scots eleven all playing for the same club side. Players of this time predominately dribbled with the ball as there was no mention of any passing moves in any reports of the game. Although Scotland had a goal disallowed in the first half, the umpire stating the ball had gone over the tape which was used before crossbars were brought in, the game ended in a nil – nil stalemate.
This was the start of a great football rivalry between the two countries which has seen them play 110 times with England winning 45 times, Scotland winning 41 games with 24 draws.