1875–76 in English football

The 1875–76 season was the fifth season of competitive football in England. The only international match was the fifth match between England and Scotland.

Football in England
Men's football
FA CupWanderers
← 1874–75 England 1876–77 →


Date Venue Opponents Score Scotland scorers
4 March 1876 Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow (A)   Scotland 0–3[1] William Muir MacKinnon (8), Henry McNeil(12), Thomas Highet

According to Philip Gibbons, "the England side tended to be chosen on availability rather than skill alone."[2] England struggled throughout the game, which saw the home team run out winners by three goals to nil.[3][4]

In May 2008, a photograph of the 1876 England team was discovered in the archives of the Derby City Council Local Studies Library. Edgar Field had sent the photograph to the Derbyshire Football Express, and the picture was used in an article published on the 50th anniversary of the match. This picture came to light in May and is believed to be the earliest known picture of an England football team.[5][6]


Competition Winner
FA Cup Wanderers (3*)

Notes = Number in parentheses is the times that club has won that honour. * indicates new record for competition


  1. ^ Scotland v England, 4 March 1876. 11v11.com. Retrieved 27 June 2013. Archived 2013-06-30.
  2. ^ Gibbons, Philip (2001). Association Football in Victorian England – A History of the Game from 1863 to 1900. Upfront Publishing. p. 46. ISBN 1-84426-035-6.
  3. ^ Scotland 3 – England 0; 4 March 1876 (Match summary). englandstats.com. Retrieved 20 June 2013
  4. ^ Report on Scotland v England match. London Hearts Supporters Club. Retrieved 20 June 2013
  5. ^ "Picture unearthed of England's First(sic) Football Team". skynews. Archived from the original on 22 July 2008. Retrieved 10 June 2008.
  6. ^ Britten, Nick (8 May 2008). "First ever England football team picture". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 4 September 2008.

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