Scotland Unofficial Matches 1902-1919


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Saturday 5th April 1902 (Ibrox disaster match - declared void)
SCOTLAND - ENGLAND  1-1  (1-1)
Referee: James Torrans (Belfast)
Crowd: 68.114, Ibrox Park, Glasgow
Goals: 1-0 Brown (25), 1-1 Settle (44)

SCOTLAND:
John Edward Doig                       (Sunderland)
Nicol Smith                            (Rangers)
John Drummond    		       (Rangers)
Andrew Aitken                          (Newcastle) capt.
Alexander Galloway Raisbeck            (Liverpool)
John Tait Robertson                    (Rangers)
Robert Bryson Templeton                (Aston Villa)
Robert Staig Walker                    (Heart of Midlothian)
Alexander Brown                        (Tottenham Hotspur)
George Turner Livingston               (Celtic)
Alexander Smith                        (Rangers)

ENGLAND:
William George (Aston Villa), Robert Crompton (Blackburn Rovers), George Molyneux (Southampton), Albert Wilkes 
(Aston Villa), Frank Forman (Nottingham Forest), Albert Edward Houlker (Blackburn Rovers), William Hogg (Sunderland), 
Stephen Bloomer (Derby County), William Edwin Beats (Wolverhampton Wanderers), James Settle (Everton), John Davies Cox
(Liverpool).
    
Notes:  Suddenly during the match the back of the newly built West Terrace collapsed. Wooden terracing was built 
        on a steel framework and disintegrated under the pressure of the overflowing crowd and in torrential rain.  
        Hundreds of supporters fell up to 40 feet (12 m) to the ground below. 25 people died and 587 were injured. 
        The tragedy occurred after 51 minutes of the match, which was restarted 18 minutes later and played to a 
        finish to avoid supporters exiting en masse and crowding the area, obstructing rescue work. The match was 
        later declared void by the two Football Associations. However, we have included the match for the historical 
        record.


Saturday 9th August 1902 (Ibrox Disaster Fund) IRELAND - SCOTLAND 0-3 (0-2) Referee: James Torrans (Belfast) Linesmen: G Wilson (Ireland) and J Stevenson (Scotland) Crowd: 3.000, Balmoral Showgrounds, Belfast Goals: 0-1 Speedie (30), 0-2 Campbell (40), 0-3 McDermott (60) IRELAND: James Valentine Joseph Nolan-Whelan (Dublin Freebooters), William Kennedy Gibson (Cliftonville) capt., William Robert McCracken (Distillery), John Darling (Linfield), Robert George Milne (Linfield), George Cochrane (Cliftonville), John Thompson Mercer (Distillery), James Wilson McCashin (Cliftonville), Hugh McKelvey (Glentoran), Bernard Donaghey (Belfast Celtic), Henry Redmond Buckle (Cliftonville). SCOTLAND: Henry George Rennie (Hibernian) John Drummond (Rangers) Robert Glen (Hibernian) Bernard Breslin (Hibernian) Albert Thoroughgood Buick (Heart of Midlothian) John Tait Robertson (Rangers) John Walker (Rangers) Thomas McDermott (Celtic) John James Campbell (Celtic) Finlay Ballantyne Speedie (Rangers) Alexander Smith (Rangers)
Saturday 22th March 1919 (Victory international) SCOTLAND - IRELAND 2-1 (1-1) Referee: AA Jackson (Glasgow) Crowd: 50.000, Ibrox Park, Glasgow Goals: 1-0 Wilson (25) penalty, 1-1 Halligan (29), 2-1 Wilson (60) SCOTLAND: James Brownlie (Morton) Alexander McNair (Celtic) Robert John Orr (Third Lanark) James Eadie Gordon (Rangers) capt. William Cringan (Celtic) James McMullan (Partick Thistle) Alexander Pollock Donaldson (Arthurlie & Bolton Wanderers) James Bowie (Rangers) Andrew Nesbit Wilson (Heart of Midlothian) George P Miller (Heart of Midlothian) Alan Lauder Morton (Queen's Park) IRELAND: Elisha Scott (Belfast Celtic), William Robert McCracken (Newcastle United), David Rollo (Linfield), Patrick Joseph O'Connell (Rochdale), William Lacey (Linfield), William John Emerson (Glentoran), David Lyner (Glentoran), Daniel McKinney (Belfast Celtic), William Halligan (Rochdale), Michael Hammill (Belfast Celtic), William John Moore (Glentoran). Notes: McNair and McMullan arrived 20 minutes late due to a train breakdown that left them stranded at Larbert. Scotland started with nine men. Gordon initially played at right back and Miller at left half. This Victory International and the return match on 19th April 1919 were organised between the Scottish FA and Irish FA to raise funds to help football to re-commence in the 1919/20 season. 1,185 was taken at the gate and 483 in the stands. This was a record for an international with Ireland. Players' clubs are shown at the time of the match. Some players were playing as guest players at this time. The name of the Scottish club 3rd Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers was changed to Third Lanark AC in June 1903, when official links with the military were severed.
Saturday 19th April 1919 (Victory international) IRELAND - SCOTLAND 0-0 Referee: William Cowan (Belfast) Crowd: 25.000, Windsor Park, Belfast IRELAND: Elisha Scott (Belfast Celtic), William Robert McCracken (Newcastle United), David Rollo (Linfield), William McCandless (Linfield), Matthew John Hoffman Scraggs (Glentoran), William John Emerson (Glentoran), Daniel McKinney (Belfast Celtic), William Lacey (Linfield), William Halligan (Rochdale), Michael Hammill (Belfast Celtic), Edward Kerr (Belfast Celtic). SCOTLAND: James Brownlie (Morton) capt. John Marshall (St.Mirren) James Blair (Rangers) James Eadie Gordon (Rangers) William McNamee (Hamilton Academical) James McMullan (Partick Thistle) Alexander Pollock Donaldson (Arthurlie & Bolton Wanderers) John Anderson Crosbie (Ayr United) James Richardson (Ayr United) Thomas Cairns (Rangers) Malcolm Wright McPhail (Kilmarnock)
Saturday 26th April 1919 (Victory international) ENGLAND - SCOTLAND 2-2 (1-2) Referee: A Warner (Nottingham) Crowd: 31.809, Goodison Park, Liverpool Goals: 0-1 Wright (2), 0-2 Bowie (15), 1-2 Turnbull (30), 2-2 Puddefoot (75) ENGLAND: Sam Hardy (Aston Villa), Ephraim Longworth (Liverpool), Frederick Duckworth (Blackburn Rovers) capt., Thomas Fleetwood (Everton), Joseph McCall (Preston North End), Arthur Grimsdell (Tottenham Hotspur), Robert Joseph Turnbull (Bradford (Park Avenue)), Daniel Harold Shea (Tottenham Hotspur), Sydney Charles Puddefoot (West Ham United), Joseph Smith (Bolton Wanderers), Henry Martin (Sunderland). SCOTLAND: James Brownlie (Morton) capt. Alexander McNair (Celtic) James Blair (Rangers) James Eadie Gordon (Rangers) John Stewart Wright (Morton) James McMullan (Partick Thistle) Alexander Pollock Donaldson (Arthurlie & Bolton Wanderers) James Bowie (Rangers) James Richardson (Ayr United) James McMenemy (Celtic) Alan Lauder Morton (Queen's Park)
Saturday 3rd May 1919 (Victory international) SCOTLAND - ENGLAND 3-4 (0-3) Referee: AA Jackson (Glasgow) Crowd: 80.000, Hampden Park, Glasgow Goals: 0-1 Grimsdell (15), 0-2 Grimsdell (35), 0-3 Puddefoot (40), 1-3 Wilson (50) penalty, 2-3 Morton (65), 2-4 Puddefoot (75), 3-4 Wilson (88) SCOTLAND: James Brownlie (Morton) capt. Alexander McNair (Celtic) James Blair (Rangers) James Eadie Gordon (Rangers) John Stewart Wright (Morton) James McMullan (Partick Thistle) James Greig Reid (Airdrieonians) James Bowie (Rangers) Andrew Nesbit Wilson (Heart of Midlothian) James McMenemy (Celtic) Alan Lauder Morton (Queen's Park) ENGLAND: Sam Hardy (Aston Villa), Ephraim Longworth (Liverpool), Frederick Duckworth (Blackburn Rovers) capt., Thomas Fleetwood (Everton), Joseph McCall (Preston North End), Arthur Grimsdell (Tottenham Hotspur), Robert Joseph Turnbull (Bradford (Park Avenue)), Daniel Harold Shea (Tottenham Hotspur), Sydney Charles Puddefoot (West Ham United), Joseph Smith (Bolton Wanderers), Henry Martin (Sunderland).


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