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Back in the Day: the first international football match

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Back in the Day: the first international football match

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November 30, 1872 England play Scotland in the first official international football match. The game was held at the West of Scotland Cricket Club in Hamilton Crescent, Scotland in front of around 4,000 spectators. It resulted in a 0-0 draw; contemporary records suggest Scotland hit the tape that was used instead of a crossbar. Since 1872, the two teams have played 110 matches, with England winning 45 and Scotland 41, while there have been 24 draws. The last meeting, at Wembley in 1999, saw Scotland win 1-0.

Also on November 30: in Paris, the Folies Bergères opens its first revue (1886); South Yemen becomes independent from the UK (1967); release of Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1982).

Born on November 30: Mark Twain (1835), Winston Churchill (1874), Ridley Scott (1937), Terrence Malick (1943), Gary Lineker (1960), Ben Stiller (1965).