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England - 1902 British Home Championship
Football - 1902 British Home Championship - England 2 Scotland 2 (replay)
The England Team Group before the game at Villa Park.
Back( l-r): William George (Aston Villa), Robert 'Bob' Crompton (Blackburn), Albert Wilkes (Aston Villa), George Molyneux (Southampton), Frank Forman (Nottingham Forest), Albert (Kelly) Houlker (Southampton, Blackburn & Portsmouth).
Front: William Hogg (Sunderland), Steve Bloomer (Derby & Middlesbrough), William Beats (Wolverhampton), James Settle (Bury & Everton), John Cox (Liverpool).
The 1902 British Home Championship was dominated and overshadowed by a disaster during the final deciding match between England and Scotland at Ibrox Park, which claimed 25 lives. Six minutes into the game, a section of the wooden West Tribune Stand suddenly collapsed due to heavy rainfall the night before. Over 500 people were injured as the stadium was packed to its 68, 000 capacity for the match. Although play was stopped in the immediate aftermath of the disaster as players, police and stewards rushed to aid the injured, it was later continued. The continued match finished 1?1 despite the players' reluctance and repeated pauses to allow police and injured spectators to cross the pitch.
After the match the Scottish and English Football Associations decided to void the result, and the match was replayed at Villa Park. All proceeds from the replay were contribued to the Disaster Fund set up to aid victims of the accident