150 years ago today, representatives from seven Scottish clubs came together to discuss the future standards of football in Scotland and to officially form the Scottish Football Association (SFA). In doing so, they created the second-oldest football association in the history of the game.
The clubs that took part in that historic meeting were Queen’s Park, Clydesdale, Vale of Leven, Dumbreck, Third Lanark, Eastern and Granville. However, there were in fact eight founding members because Kilmarnock, although not physically present, had already sent a letter to voice their eagerness to join.
The first match
Founded in 1867, Queen’s Park (who still play in the second tier of Scottish football today) is the country’s oldest association football club and was the driving force behind the formation of the SFA. In fact, six months before that historic meeting on 13 March 1873, Queen’s Park had already made up the majority of the Scotland side in the latter’s first international fixture – a match that took place at the ground of the West of Scotland Cricket Club in Glasgow against neighbouring England.
Not only was this the first recognised international match for each of the participants, it was also the first in football history, and despite the 0-0 scoreline, it proved to be an incredibly important milestone in the development of the game. Scotland and England are still famous rivals, with the Scots often nicknaming their neighbours as the “auld enemy”, referring to their numerous historic battles - both on and off the pitch!