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England v Scotland 1899

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England v Scotland, Villa Park, 08.04.1899

The England XI for this match was made up of 10 professionals and 1 amateur. These men illustrate the social gulfs that were bridged by the game in Victorian Britain.
Player 'a' is Raby Howell, of Liverpool. Howell was a Sheffield born Romany Gypsy.
Player 'b' is Gilbert Oswald Smith. Smith was a Charterhouse pupil and went on to Oxford University. After graduating he played for Corinthians and Old Carthusians. He won 20 caps and scored 11 international goals in the period 1894 to 1901. 
This was the deciding match in the British Home Championships. 
In their games against Wales and Ireland Scotland had scored 15 goals and England 17! 
England ran out winners at Aston lower Grounds. G.O Smith's 20 yard lob went in off the post after 25 minutes and Settle had an easy finish after a good cross from Athersmith 5 minutes before the break. 
Hamilton pulled one back in the 52nd minute after a scrimmage had floored Jack Robinson.

GK

Jack Robinson

Southampton

FB

Harry Thickitt

Sheffield United

Jimmy Crabtree

Aston Villa

HB

Frank Forman

Nottingham Forest

Raby Howell

Liverpool

Ernest Needham

Sheffield United

F

Charlie Athersmith

Aston Villa

Steve Bloomer

Derby County

G.O Smith

Old Carthusians

Jimmy Settle

Bury

Fred Forman

Nottingham Forest



GK

Ned Doig

Sunderland

FB

Nicol Smith

Glasgow Rangers

Davie Storrier

Celtic

HB

Neil Gibson

Glasgow Rangers

Alexander Christie

Queen’s Park

John Robertson

Southampton

F

John Campbell

Celtic

Robert Hamilton

Glasgow Rangers

Robert McColl

Queen’s Park

Hugh Morgan

Liverpool

Jack Bell

Celtic





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