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Match Results


Saturday, 18 January 1879,
International friendly match.

England 2 Wales 1 [2-0]
*played for only 60 minutes, 30 minutes per half.

The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London,
Kick-off
not known
 

 

 

 

 

 

England Squad
Wales Squad
Team Records

Attendance - Anything from 85 to 300.

England - Herbert Whitfield (8), Thomas Heathcote Sorby (20);
Wales - William Henry Davies (45-47).

 

 

Match Summary

 

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]

Referee - Segar R. Bastard, 24 (25-Jan-1854), Bow, London
Umpires
 - not known;
Played according to the London FA rules.
Both opposing captains agree to play only 30 minutes per half - due to the atrocious weather conditions.

Notes

The Field on 25 January 1879, reported an attendance of just 85.
Some sources/tales suggest that William Clegg turned up 20 minutes late for the game.  Clegg, a solicitor, was working late on a case (the trial of Charlie Peace, the Banner Cross murderer) and unable to leave Sheffield for London on the Friday night.  The next morning, the southbound train with Clegg on it, was delayed by heavy snow.

England Team

 

Ranking:

No official ranking system established;
ELO (2nd)
Colours: White shirts, white shorts and dark blue caps. - To be confirmed.
Captain: Not known with any certainty. Coach: None; team selection by the Football Association Committee with secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence.

Newspaper reports of the time conflict on who was the actual captain against Wales.  Three reports, The Field, The Sportsman and Football Annual give the captaincy to Arthur Cursham, whilst The London Times, Athletic News and Bell's Life, gives it to Henry Wace.  The fact that Charles Alcock's own Football Annual lists Cursham makes us favour the Notts County forward, but one can never be sure and we will not commit ourselves with any degree of certainty.

England Lineup

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Anderson, Rupert Darnley 19 29-Apr-1859 G

Old Etonians FC

1 1 GA
- Bury, Lindsay 21 09-Jul-1857 FB Old Etonians FC 2 0
- Wilson, Claude W. 20 09-Sep-1858 FB

Oxford University FC

1 0

-

Bailey, Norman C. 21 23-Jul-1857 HB

Clapham Rovers FC

2 0

-

Clegg, William E. 20 21-Apr-1852 F

Sheffield Albion FC

2 0

-

Parry, Edward H. 23 24-Apr-1855 F

Old Carthusians FC

1 0

Sorby, Thomas Heathcote 22 16-Feb-1856 F

Thursday Wanderers FC

1 1

-

Cursham, Arthur W. 24 14-Mar-1853 F Notts County FC 4 1

-

Wace, Henry 25 21-Sep-1853 CF

Wanderers FC

2 0

Whitfield, Herbert 20 25-Nov-1858 CF

Old Etonians FC

1 1

-

Mosforth, William 20/21 early-1858 OL

Sheffield Albion FC

3 0
 

formation not known

-

 

Wales Team

 

Ranking:

No official ranking system established;
ELO (3rd)
Colours: White and green halved shirts, and black shorts.
Captain: Llewellyn Kenrick. Coach: not known

Only one source suggests Llewellyn Kenrick, the rest remain silent. He was afterall, the founder of the Football of Wales, and the captain in his first two international appearances.

Wales Lineup

-

Glascodine, George - - G

CP Wrecsam

1 2 GA
- Kenrick, Samuel Llewellyn 31 Summer-1847 B

Oswestry FC

3 0
- Higham, George Garnett 23 Summer-1855 B

Oswestry FC

2 0

-

Williams, William - - B

Oswestry FC

3 0
- Owen, Thomas poss.
16
- B

Oswestry FC

1 0
Davies, William Henry - - F

Oswestry FC

3 1

-

Shone, Watkin William 20/21 early-1858 F

Oswestry FC

1 0

-

Heywood, Dennis - - F

CP Derwyddon

1 0
Dennis Heywood left the field injured before the end of play.

-

Price, John - - F

CP Wrecsam

3 0

-

Owen, William Digby 21 Summer-1857 F

Oswestry FC

1 0

-

Roberts, William - - F

CP Llangollen

1 0
 

formation not known

-

 

Match Report

Pitch covered in snow.

In spite of the fact that a thick layer of snow covered Kennington-oval on Saturday, the match between England and Wales, announced for that day, was played. - The Times – Sunday 20th January, 1879

Source Notes

'Tom' and Digby Owen were not brothers.  Digby Owen, who was a private tutor, died of  pneumonia on June 2, 1901, at the age of only 44.  Thomas Owen, is believed to be the father of famous wartime poet Wilfred Owen.  He was a railwayman who died on October 17, 1931, at the age of 70. - IFFHS

Official Programme, England vs. Albania, 26 April 1989.
Cris Freddi: Football Historian
Welsh Football Data Archive
TheFA.com
Wrexham.Gov.uk: The story of Welsh football
IFFHS.de
FreeBMD.org.uk
Rothmans Yearbooks
HistoricalKits.co.uk/international/Wales

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CG