The SFA v the EFA

Letter Archibald Rae 4 Oct 1872

This letter, from the Secretary of Queen’s Park: Archibald Rae, invited players to take part in the world’s first international. The game was held on St. Andrew’s Day, in Partick, Glasgow. It was the first time an international team used the Scotch Professor fast passing and running game, complete with practice and tactics. It started the longest running rivalry in world football. More importantly, it was the start of Scotland showing England how the game should be played and how the Laws of the Game could be made efficient. This game led to Welsh and Irish football, founded by Scots and the International Football Association Board to agree the rules.