How International Football Started: Scotland v England 1872

How International Football Started: Scotland v England 1872


Andy Mitchell

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[cc_tabs name=”tabbs”] [cc_tab name=”Overview”]England v Scotland is the world football’s oldest rivalry, and this fascinating book tells the story of how it all began.

Soft FallingSports 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.[/cc_tab] [cc_tab name=”Author”]

Andy MitchellAndy 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.

Previous publications

A short history of St Bernard’s FC (1995)

The Scotland International Programme Guide (2008)

Arthur Kinnaird: First Lord of Football (2011)

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“Fascinating reading for historians and Tartan Army fans” The Scotsman

“What Andy Mitchell, the former SFA PR chief, doesn’t know about the history of our game you could write on the back of a yellow card with a paint brush.” Gary Ralston, Daily Record

“A superb account of the people who conceived of and organised the very first football internationals between Scotland and England in the 1870s.” Roy Hay, Goal Weekly

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