Picture : William Stanley Kenyon-Slaney scored the FIRST Goal in the History of International matches !

Football in XIX century – Part 8
Best one-match goal-scorers of national teams in XIX Century

The very first goal in the history of international matches was scored on 8 March 1873, in the game England - Scotland (4-2). William Stanley Kenyon-Slaney became the author of this goal. He scored another goal there and made hence the very first brace.
The first player to score a hat-trick for a national team was John McDougall (Scotland). It happened in the game Scotland – England (7-2) on 2 March 1878.
Another four years had to wait for a higher individual performance. England defeated Ireland 13-0 on 18 February 1882. Two players scored more than 3 goals that day. Oliver Howard Vaughton netted 5 times and Arthur Brown 4 times.
Vaughton remained the record holder in this category until the end of XIX century. His record was repeated by Steve Bloomer who scored a penta-trick in 1896.
In total, there were 11 cases during XIX century when a player scored 4+ goals in an international game (they are listed in the table).

Oliver Howard Vaughton5England18.02.1882Ireland13:0Belfast
Steve Bloomer5England16.03.1896Wales9:1Cardiff
Arthur Brown4England18.02.1882Ireland13:0Belfast
John Price4Wales25.02.1882Ireland7:1Wrexham
Benjamin Ward Spilsbury4England13.03.1886Ireland6:1Belfast
Charles Winton Heggie4Scotland20.03.1886Ireland7:2Belfast
John Doughty4Wales03.03.1888Ireland11:0Wrexham
William Alexander Dickson4Scotland24.03.1888Ireland10:2Belfast
William Paul4Scotland22.03.1890Wales5:0Paisley
John Madden4Scotland18.03.1893Wales8:0Wrexham
Gilbert Oswald Smith4England18.02.1899Ireland13:2Sunderland