Royal Scots football team in India

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Postcard of Royal Scots football team in India.
© National Museums Scotland

Royal Scots football team in India

Association Football team of The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment), Champions of India, 1894-1895.

The cups won by the Regiment are shown in front of the players. Back row - the Rovers Presentation, and the Bombay and Malta Cups. Front row - the Madras, Secunderabad and Poona Cups. The badge of the Royal Scots can be seen on the jerseys of the players.

Whilst serving in India, soldiers could face long periods of inactivity. To combat boredom many played games, with the Scots often favouring football, or took part in camel or elephant rides.

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Online ID: 000-000-100-286-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0207: The Thistle at War
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  M.1953.593
Date: 1894 - 1895
Material: Paper
Dimensions: 206 mm H x 284 mm W
What: Photograph
Subject: Photographs
Who: 2nd Royal Scots (British land forces)
Description: 2nd Royal Scots - Photograph of football XI, champions of India, 1894 - 1895.
  • McCorry, Helen (ed.) The thistle at war: an anthology of the Scottish experience of war, in the services and at home. Edinburgh, NMS, 1997 
  • Wood, Stephen The Scottish soldier. Manchester: Archive Publications in association with the National Museums of Scotland, 1987 
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