Robert Barker

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Robert Barker, born in Wouldham on 19th June 1847, was an English professional footballer who had the claim to fame of playing in the first ever international football match (involving any nations) when he represented England against Scotland on the 30th November 1872 at West of Scotland Cricket Club's ground at Hamilton Crescent in Partick, Scotland. The game ended 0-0.

Barker started the game as goalkeeper, but ended the game as a forward. At 25 years of age, he was the oldest player in the line-up.

Later in his life, Robert Barker became a civil engineer, before passing away on the 11th November 1915.


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