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.[1]

Match details

Scotland  1–0  England
Gough Goal 69' Report (Page 15)
Attendance: 66,439
GK 1 Jim Leighton (Aberdeen)
DF 2 Richard Gough (Dundee United)
DF 3 Maurice Malpas (Dundee United) YC
MF 5 Roy Aitken (Celtic)
DF 4 Alex McLeish (Aberdeen)
DF 6 Willie Miller (Aberdeen)
MF 11 Gordon Strachan (Manchester United)
MF 9 Graeme Souness (Sampdoria) (c)
FW 10 Steve Archibald (Barcelona) YC
MF 8 Jim Bett (Lokeren)
FW 7 David Speedie (Chelsea) Substituted off 71'
GK 12 Alan Rough (Hibernian)
MF 15 Paul McStay (Celtic)
MF 16 Murdo MacLeod (Celtic) Substituted in 71'
FW 17 Mo Johnston (Celtic)
FW 14 Paul Sturrock (Dundee United)
Scotland Jock Stein
GK 1 Peter Shilton (Southampton)
DF 2 Viv Anderson (Arsenal)
DF 3 Kenny Sansom (Arsenal)
DF 4 Terry Fenwick (Queen's Park Rangers)
DF 5 Terry Butcher (Ipswich Town)
MF 10 Glenn Hoddle (Tottenham Hotspur) Substituted off 79'
MF 6 Ray Wilkins (Milan) YC
MF 7 Bryan Robson (Manchester United) (c)
FW 8 Trevor Francis (Sampdoria)
FW 9 Mark Hateley (Milan)
MF 11 John Barnes (Watford) Substituted off 63'
GK 12 Gary Bailey (Manchester United)
DF 14 Dave Watson (Norwich City)
MF 16 Chris Waddle (Newcastle United) Substituted in 63'
FW 15 Kerry Dixon (Chelsea)
FW 17 Gary Lineker (Leicester City) Substituted in 79'
England Bobby Robson

Match rules:

  • 90 minutes
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Five substitutes named, of which two may be used


  1. ^ "1985 Rous Cup". Soccernostalgia. Retrieved 24 February 2017.