09/08/1902 Belfast Scotland 0-3 3,000
James Vincent Nolan-Whelan, William Gibson, Bill McCracken, John Darling, Bob Milne, George Cochrane, John Mercer, James McCashin, Hugh McKelvey, Bernard Donaghey, Henry Buckle
Ibrox Disaster Fund
The Scotland-England international at Ibrox Park (Glasgow) on April 5, 1902, was played before a then world record crowd of 80,500 spectators. The newly-built westside stands had been seriously damaged by the pouring rain during the previous night. In the 51st minute, a section of these stands collapsed, bringing down thousands of spectators with them. Panic ensued, the British Championship match was stopped at 1:1, and Irish referee James Torrans led both teams to the locker rooms. When a few minutes later the full extent of the catastrophe became apparent – 26 dead and 587 injured – it was decided to abandon the match.
The Scottish Football Association (SFA) had arranged a full international with the Irish Football Association (IFA), the entire proceeds of which were to be donated to the Ibrox Disaster Fund. The IFA accepted, but preferred August 9, 1902. In order to ensure a good attendance however, it was essential that both national teams field their England-based players. However, the English clubs cynically refused to release them, and the Football Association (FA) did not intervene. Since both sides could field only home-based players, turnout was accordingly low, a paltry 3,000 spectators watched Scotland beat Ireland 3:0 at the Balmoral Show Grounds, and the aid for the Glasgow families was rather modest.