November 30 - 1872 - The First International Football Match

When a representative England side and a representative Scotland side faced off in a football match, they were breaking new ground. There were previous "England" vs. "Scotland" matches, but the Scottish sides were really any Scots living in London who wanted to show up to face England footballers. With the larger spread of football from English public schools to young professionals, football had become quite popular throughout Britain, with the establishment of the Football Association in 1863 crystallizing a common set of rules. Yet the first international match between England and Scotland established a pattern that would be replicated around the world as the game of Association Football would go from country to country, even if ended in a scoreless draw.

William Floyd