Scotland became the first Home Nation side to own their own ground when they purchased land at Inverleith, Edinburgh in 1897 and it was on this day in rugby history two years later that Scotland played their first match.
Scotland played gracious host losing to Ireland 9-3 in the Five Nations match. It was Scotland’s only loss in the Five Nations that year in the second place finish.
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The match had other first; the match was the first with a penalty awarded for an off-ball tackle. The match was also the first time Ireland beat Scotland in Scotland.
Inverleith was the home ground for the Scotland Rugby Union until it was replaced by Murrayfield Stadium in 1925.
Scotland: JM Reid (Edinburgh Acads), GT Campbell (London Scottish), DB Monypenny (London Scottish), RT Neilson (W. of Scotland), T Scott (Langholm), WP Donaldson (W. of Scotland) capt., JT Mabon (Jedforest), JH Couper (W. of Scotland), L Harvey (Greenock Wands), GC Kerr (Durham), WM McEwan (Edinburgh Acads) A MacKinnon (London Scottish), Mark Coxon Morrison (Royal HSFP), HO Smith (Watsonians), RC Stevenson (Northumberland)
Ireland: PE O'Brien-Butler (Monkstown), Gerry Doran (Lansdowne), JB Allison (Campbell C, Belfast), C Reid (NIFC), Edward Fitzhardinge Campbell (Monkstown), Louis Magee (Bective Rangers) capt., A Barr (Methodist C. Belfast), Tom McGown (NIFC), M Ryan (Rockwell College), WG Byron (NIFC), JH Lytle (NIFC), J Ryan (Rockwell College), Arthur Meares (Dublin University), Jim Sealy (Dublin U), TJ Little (Bective Rangers)
1909 - Tuppy Owen-Smith, South African cricketer and English rugby union player, Wisden COY 1929 (d. 1990)