1872 Scotland v England – The first international association football match played in Glasgow

Hamilton Crescent is a cricket ground located in the Partick area of Glasgow. It is the home of the West of Scotland Cricket Club. Hamilton Crescent hosted the first ever international football match, played between Scotland and England. The game was played on 30 November 1872, ended in a goalless draw, and was watched by a crowd of 4,000.

West of Scotland Cricket Club / Image source

Though the match finished goalless, the quality of play was widely praised. “It was allowed to be the best game ever seen in Scotland” wrote the Aberdeen Press and Journal. Sports magazine The Field wrote that “The result was received with rapturous applause by the spectators” and that “The match was in every sense a signal success, as the play was throughout as spirited and a pleasant as can possibly be imagined.”

West of Scotland Cricket Ground / Image source

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