It's 132 years since the first ever international football match, played between England and Scotland.
Today is the 132nd anniversary of the first ever international football match - between England and Scotland, played in Glasgow.
It was FA secretary Charles Alcock’s idea to play a football match between England and Scotland. His letter to the Glasgow Herald, dated 3rd November 1870, announced that a match between England and Scotland - "the best elevens at their disposal" - would take place in London later that month.
That was one of four unofficial internationals, slightly ragged affairs in which neither team was a truly representative one, and it wasn’t until two years later that the first official match was played (on 30th November 1872) at the West of Scotland Cricket Club in Glasgow.
Heavy rain had fallen for two or three days and there was some light drizzle on the morning of the match - but by the time the match kicked off at 2.20 (20 minutes late) there was some sunshine.
The price of admission was a shilling, as it had been for the first FA Cup Final, and a crowd of around 3,500 assembled to watch a match that finished goalless, despite both teams playing with eight forwards!
There was no crossbar at the time but a late shot by Scotland’s Robert Leckie landed on top of the tape. No goals but Bell’s Life called it "one of the jolliest, one of the most spirited and most pleasant matches that have ever been played according to Association rules".
It was the first international match played anywhere in the world and its 132nd anniversary is today.
Scotland v England
Hamilton Crescent (West of Scotland Cricket Ground)
30 November 1872
Scotland: Bob Gardner (Queen's Park), William Ker (Queen's Park), Joseph Taylor (Queen's Park), James Thompson (Queen's Park), James Smith (Queen's Park), Robert Smith (Queen's Park), Robert Leckie (Queen's Park) , Alexander Rhind (Queen's Park), William Muir MacKinnon (Queen's Park), Jamie Weir (Queen's Park), David Wotherspoon (Queen's Park)
England: Robert Barker (Hertfordshire Rangers), Ernest Greenhalgh (Notts County), Reginald Welch (Wanderers), Frederick Chappell (Oxford University), William John Maynard (1st Surrey Rifles), John Brockbank (Cambridge University), Charles Clegg (Sheffield Wednesday), Arnold Kirke Smith (Oxford University), Cuthbert Ottaway (Oxford University/Old Etonians), Charles John Chenery (Crystal Palace), Charles John Morice (Barnes)
Referee - William Keay (Scotland).
Umpires - Charles W. Alcock (England) and H. Smith (Scotland).