On This Day – William Kenyon-Slaney Scores First International Goal

8-3-1873 On this day in 1873 the second ever international football match was played. The first match, also between England and Scotland, had been played in 1872, but ended goalless. The game was played at the Surrey cricket ground, The Oval, in front of approximately 4,000 spectators. England won the match 4-2 and William Kenyon-Slaney opened the scoring, Alexander Bonsor scored the second, before Kenyon-Slaney scored his second. Charley Chenery scored the final England goal. Henry Renny-Tailyour and William Gibb scored for Scotland.

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Kenyon-Slaney was educated at Eton, played cricket for the MCC and football for the Wanderers and was decorated for his exploits in the Battle of Tel el-Kebir. After leaving the armed forces he represented the Conservative Party in the House of Commons.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Kenyon-Slaney

http://www.englandfootballonline.com/Seas1872-00/1872-73/M0002Sco1873.html

Photo: VictoriaPeckham

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