1881 - The 15th and 16th Internationals

On 12th March 1881 a Scots team had travelled South for a tour of two away-matches, both international. The first, Scotland's fifteenth, would take place that afternoon at The Oval in London, the second, its sixteenth, two days later. It was an unusual tour. For a start the Scots for the first time and in both games did not play in blue but in the primrose and pink and colours of Lord Roseberry, later but not then President of the Scottish FA. The shirts would have had to have been specially made and might have been a thank-you for what would amount to the World's first example of team-sponsorship. And second in both games unusually there is confusion about who were the captains. Then there were the scores. England were beaten 1-6, the largest away-victory over the Auld Enemy ever, and the Welsh at 1-5 did only marginally better. Moreover, the team and, indeed, the forward line against England was drawn from five clubs, whilst against Wales it was six, both suggesting a very high degree of stylistic compatibility. Moreover, the both teams included Andrew Watson, the World's first, Black, international footballer and for his first and second cap. In fact he was to win only one cap in Scotland before a change of rules excluded him from national selection.      

As to the games themselves against at The Oval, London England the Scots were one up in the 10th minute and had one chalked off for offside before from a second in the 55th minute the flood-gates rather opened. Three more goals followed plus an own goal with two more disallowed for off-side. In the end with Watson or Charles Campbell captain it was a bit of a rout. 

And ultimately much the same, with again Watson and now Vallance but probably Davidson Scotland's captain, would transpire against Wales at Wrexham, except that the Welsh would open the scoring on four minutes. But they had let in three by ten minutes, including another own goal, and would ship two more just a little later in the game, a further own goal amongst them, at which point Scotland seemed to cruise for the full last forty. 

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