On this day (May 3) in 1902: Aston Villa hosted an international football match for the very first time – England v Scotland in the Home International Championship, replayed from April 5 after the two sides drew 1-1.

The Three Lions drew 2-2 with the Tartan Army in front of 15,000 supporters in May, and the game was the first time both sides featured exclusively professional players.

From Brian Beard’s ‘Aston Villa On This Day – History, Facts & Figures from Every Day of the Year’

England didn’t have a manager at the time and were run by the FA Select Committee between 1872 and 1939. Against Scotland, William George, Robert Crompton, George Molyneux, Albert Wilkes, Frank Forman, Albert E Houlker, William Hogg, Stephen Bloomer, William E Beats, James Settle and John T Cox were chosen to start.

George and Wilkes were Villa players at the time too, so it would have been a special moment for the pair.

Scotland took the lead in the game through Bobby Templeton in the third minute before Ronald Orr doubled their advantage near the half-hour mark. Settle halved the deficit for England in the 65th minute and Wilkes equalised minutes later.

Scotland finished top of the 1901/02 International Home Championships with five points from three games while England were second on four points.