Rous Cup

The Rous Cup was a short-lived football competition in the second half of the 1980s, contested between England, Scotland and, in later years, a guest team from South America.[1]

Rous Cup
Number of teams1985–86: 2
1987–89: 3
Most successful team(s)England (3 titles)


The Rous Cup arose from the ashes of the British Home Championship, which had been discontinued in 1984. Initially, the competition (which was named after Sir Stanley Rous, a former secretary of The Football Association and president of FIFA) was merely a replacement for the annual England v Scotland match that had been lost due to the end of the British Home Championship. Thus, the competition consisted of just one game between England and Scotland (with home advantage alternating annually) with the winner claiming the Cup (a format identical to the Calcutta Cup in rugby union).

After two years under this format, it was decided to invite a different South American team to compete each year to create more excitement and to fulfil England and Scotland's desire to regularly play 'stronger' teams (which was one of their reasons for leaving the British Home Championship). As there were now three teams competing, a league system, just like the one used in the British Home Championship, was introduced. Each team would play the other two once, receiving two points for a win, one for a draw and none for a loss, with goal difference being used to differentiate between teams level on points. England and Scotland continued to play each other home and away in alternating years, but the guest South American team would play both their games away.

Though large numbers of travelling Scots to London had been a feature of England-Scotland games for many years, travelling English support to Glasgow was negligible in comparison until 1987 when minor scuffles broke out on the Hampden Park terracing. In 1989, major disturbances across Glasgow were reported as significant numbers of English hooligans appeared at this fixture for the first time. With English club sides banned from European football at the time, the FA were anxious not to see the national side banned too and the Scotland-England match was a high-profile game that brought interest from across the world. This was a major factor in the demise of the fixture.

The cup was discontinued, after five years, in 1989. The annual England vs Scotland fixture was also abandoned at this point. For many years since then, the oldest rivalry in world football was only renewed when the two nations were drawn together in the Euro 96 group stage and in a two-match qualification play-off for Euro 2000. In the 21st century, the teams have only played each other in two friendly matches (August 2013 and November 2014) and in two 2018 World Cup qualifying group matches.

In 1986, the England vs Scotland match was played in April, restoring it to the time of the year when it had generally been played in the post-war years before the Home Internationals were concentrated in May from 1969. In every other year, the Rous Cup was played in May. This usually fell just after the domestic seasons in each country had finished. In 1989, it coincided with the end of the English domestic season, which had been extended after fixtures were postponed following the Hillsborough disaster.


Year Results
Winners Runners-Up Third Place







All-time table

Team T Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts %
 England 5 8 3 4 1 7 4 +3 10 62.50%
 Scotland 5 8 2 2 4 4 7 −3 6 37.50%
 Brazil 1 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 3 75.00%
 Colombia 1 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2 50.00%
 Chile 1 2 0 1 1 0 2 −2 1 25.00%

Note: Two points for win, one for a draw



  1. ^ Morrison, Neil (10 July 2004). "Rous Cup". RSSSF. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
1982–83 British Home Championship

The 1982–83 British Home Championship was the penultimate in the series of football tournaments between the British Home Nations which stretched back 99 years to 1884. In 1983 England and then Scotland announced their withdrawal from future competition after the 1984 competition with the arrangement of the Rous Cup between the two nations to eliminate Wales and Northern Ireland, who were seen as weaker opposition. The 1983 tournament was a tight contest, which England won with a final victory at home over Scotland following an opening victory over Wales and a draw in Belfast. The game at Wembley was played in midweek in an attempt to curb the large number of travelling Scottish supporters. The Scots came second with a win over Wales and a draw with Northern Ireland off-setting their final day defeat. The Welsh succumbed to goal difference as the points system then in use meant that the Irish, who had drawn twice and lost once without scoring themselves gained the same number of points for a smaller goal difference despite Wales' victory over them in their final game.

1984–85 in Scottish football

The 1984–85 season was the 88th season of competitive football in Scotland. This is the last time a non-Old Firm club has won the Scottish Premier title.

1985 Rous Cup

The 1985 Rous Cup was the first staging of the Rous Cup international football competition, initially established to continue the then-traditional annual game between rivals England and Scotland following the demise of the British Home Championship.

The cup was won by Scotland, who defeated England 1–0 in the match played on 25 May 1985. Richard Gough got the only goal of the game, a header in the 69th minute. This was to be the only time they lifted the Rous Cup during its five-year existence.

1986 Rous Cup

The 1986 Rous Cup was the second staging of the Rous Cup international football competition, centred on the then-traditional annual game between rivals England and Scotland.

The cup was won by England, who defeated the previous year's winners Scotland 2–1. This was the final time in which the cup would only be contested by the two nations; from 1987 onward, a third team was also invited to participate.

1986–87 in Scottish football

The 1986–87 season was the 90th season of competitive football in Scotland.In the first full season under the management of player-manager Graeme Souness, Rangers won their first league title since 1978, and also won the League Cup. The title winning side featured two English players enjoying their first season north of the border - defender Terry Butcher and goalkeeper Chris Woods.

Celtic manager David Hay paid the price for a trophyless season and was sacked after four years, paving the way for the return of Billy McNeill, the man he had succeeded in 1983.Aberdeen manager Alex Ferguson moved south of the border on 6 November to manage Manchester United. He was succeeded at Pittodrie by Ian Porterfield. At the end of the season, Ferguson brought Celtic's top scorer Brian McClair to United, while McClair's strike-partner Mo Johnston moved to France to sign for Nantes.

St Mirren won the Scottish Cup with a 1-0 win over Dundee United in the final. Dundee United also lost to IFK Goteborg of Sweden in the UEFA Cup final.

1987 Rous Cup

The 1987 Rous Cup was the third staging of the Rous Cup international football competition, based around the England–Scotland football rivalry. For the first time, a third team was invited to create a three-team tournament.

In order to gain more experience of playing top level opposition, the FA invited Brazil to be the third entrant. They subsequently won the competition after defeating Scotland in the final game to take the trophy.

1987 in Brazilian football

The following article presents a summary of the 1987 football (soccer) season in Brazil, which was the 86th season of competitive football in the country.

1987–88 in Scottish football

The 1987–88 season was the 91st season of competitive football in Scotland.

1988 Rous Cup

The 1988 Rous Cup was the fourth staging of the Rous Cup international football competition, based around the England–Scotland football rivalry. For the second year in succession, a third team was invited to create a three-team tournament.

After having Brazil's participation in the previous year, the FA again invited South American opposition to participate, this time Colombia.

England won the competition for a second time after being the only team to win a game; the two other matches ended in draws.

1988–89 in Scottish football

The 1988–89 season was the 92nd season of competitive football in Scotland.

1989 Rous Cup

The 1989 Rous Cup was the fifth and final staging of the Rous Cup international football competition, based around the England–Scotland football rivalry.

As in the previous two years, a South American team was also invited to compete in a triangular tournament, with Chile being this year's entrant. World champions Argentina had been originally invited but declined, citing domestic fixture congestion. Their invitation had been disapproved of by the British government, given the cut relations between the two nations following the 1982 Falklands War.England won the competition for the second year running, and third time in its five years of existence. This marked the final time any England vs Scotland matches would be arranged besides a friendly played in August 2013. To date, the countries have only met six times since, five times when drawn together – during Euro '96 group stage and in qualification for Euro 2000 and FIFA World Cup 2018.

Due to the English First Division being extended to enable Liverpool to complete their fixtures that had been postponed following the Hillsborough disaster on 15 April 1989, England were unable to select any players from Liverpool or Arsenal (Liverpool's final opponent) for the tournament.

England national football team

The England national football team represents England in senior men's international football and is controlled by The Football Association, the governing body for football in England.England is one of the two oldest national teams in football, alongside Scotland, whom they played in the world's first international football match in 1872. England's home ground is Wembley Stadium, London, and their headquarters are at St George's Park, Burton upon Trent. The team's manager is Gareth Southgate. Although part of the United Kingdom, England's representative side plays in major professional tournaments, but not the Olympic Games.

Since first entering the tournament in 1950, England has qualified for the FIFA World Cup 15 times. They won the 1966 World Cup, when they hosted the finals, and finished fourth in 1990 and 2018. Since first entering in 1964, England have never won the UEFA European Championship, with their best performances being a third-place finish in 1968 and 1996, the latter as hosts.

England national football team all-time record

The following tables show the England national football team's all-time international record. The statistics are composed of FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Football Championship, UEFA Nations League and British Home Championship (1883–1984) matches, as well as numerous international friendly tournaments and matches.England played the world's first international fixture against Scotland on 30 November 1872, which ended in a 0–0 draw. England and Scotland have since contested 114 official matches, the most of either nation (England have won 48, Scotland have won 41 and 25 have been drawn).

Aside from Scotland, England have contested matches against over 80 other national teams. Of the other teams, England have not lost to 51 of them, having earned a perfect winning percentage against 27 of the teams. England have also never beaten five teams; Algeria, Ghana, Honduras, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. England have contested four of these teams only once, the other being Saudi Arabia where two matches have been played (both of which ended in a draw).

England national football team results (1980–99)

This is a list of the England national football team results from 1980 to 1999 (Matches 537 – 764).

List of football matches between British national teams

The national football teams of the four Home Nations of the United Kingdom have played each other more times than any other footballing nations in the world. The world's first international football match was played between Scotland and England in Glasgow in 1872 (a 0–0 draw). From then on, all four teams started playing regular friendlies against each other. In 1883 a formal competition between the UK's teams, the British Home Championship, was introduced, guaranteeing that each team would play the other three at least once a season. The Championship was discontinued in 1984, partly due to problems of crowd trouble, and partly due to the desire of England (and to a lesser extent Scotland) to contest international fixtures against larger and more powerful nations.

While the British Home Championship was being played, the UK teams were also drawn together on a number of occasions during qualification competitions for the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championships. Early tournaments simply used the British Championship as a qualifying group, but during qualification for the 1974 World Cup, England and Wales were drawn in the same group. Subsequent to this, three more qualification tournaments saw UK teams drawn together while the British Championship was being played. Since the end of the British Home Championship, the teams have played each other mainly when drawn together in international competitions such as the European Championship or the World Cup, with occasional friendly fixtures.Teams –


Northern Ireland (as Ireland between 1882 and 1950)



Paul McStay

Paul Michael Lyons McStay, , nicknamed the Maestro, (born 22 October 1964) is a Scottish former footballer who spent his entire career with Celtic, making his senior debut in 1982 and retiring in 1997. He captained both Scotland and Celtic at all age levels. He was capped 76 times for his country and scored nine goals. He helped Celtic win three league titles, the last one in 1988.


Rous may refer to:

Baron Rous, in the peerage of Great Britain

Rodent of unusual size, a creature from the book and film The Princess Bride

Rous Cup, a football competition

Scotland national football team 1980–99 results

This article lists the results for the Scotland national football team between 1980 and 1999.

Theresa Wiseman

Theresa "Terry" Wiseman (born 1956) is an English animator and former footballer. She played as a goalkeeper and represented England at senior international level.

Wiseman won 60 caps for England. After a period as understudy to England's original goalkeeper Sue Buckett, Wiseman made her debut on 23 July 1979, in a 2–0 win over Switzerland held in Sorrento, Italy during an unofficial European Championship. Ten years later she made her 50th appearance in a 2–0 home friendly defeat to Sweden. The match was held at Wembley Stadium to mark the 20th anniversary of the Women's Football Association (WFA), played as a curtain–raiser to the male national team's Rous Cup game against Chile. She had played in the penalty shootout defeat to Sweden in the 1984 European Competition for Women's Football final. At club level she played for Tottenham Hotspur's women's section and represented Friends of Fulham in the WFA Cup final. Wiseman won the WFA Cup in 1984 with Howbury.

— Marieanne Spacey speaking to On the Ball magazine.In her other career as an animator Wiseman worked on The Snowman and later moved to Los Angeles County to work for DisneyToon Studios, recently working as a timing director on Phineas and Ferb. She trained at Hornsey College of Art.

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