1878 - The Seventh International

In 1877 Scotland had travelled to London with a team now drawn from not one or two clubs but six. It had won 1-3, the World's first international away-win. And in 1878 and at home it still drew from four sources but with Robert Gardner back in goal. In fact it was an experienced team all round with only one debutant, experience that was needed when Tom Vallance had to go off injured for the last twenty-minutes or so. But by then Scotland was already six goals up, only with ten men conceding two to one more scored. Thus the final score was a remarkable and record 7-2 and might have been better still. Moreover, it was a match that was also marked by the World's first international hat-trick, John McDougall of Vale of Leven scoring in the 7th, 41st and 46th minutes.

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