How International Football Started: Scotland v England 1872
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Sports historian Andy Mitchell, former head of communications at the Scottish FA, has researched the events that led to the creation of a global phenomenon. He brings to life the players who set the ball rolling in first international in Glasgow on 30 November 1872 and describes how this game was not just a beginning but also marked the end of two years of arguments – which included five experimental contests in London and even sparked the first rugby international. For historians of the game and anyone interested in football’s origins, this is essential reading.
Andy Mitchell sat on the Scotland bench at the opening match of the 1998 World Cup, but sadly was not called upon to face Brazil. As head of communications at the Scottish FA, he saw international football up close when he travelled with the Scotland team from the Faroes to the Far East, and now works as a media officer for UEFA. Passionate about sports history, he is on the selection panel for the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame and is a member of the British Society of Sports History.
A short history of St Bernard’s FC (1995)
The Scotland International Programme Guide (2008)
Arthur Kinnaird: First Lord of Football (2011)
Visit Andy’s website: www.scottishsporthistory.com