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Monday, 15 March 1880
Association Friendly Match

Wales 2 England 3 [0-1]
 
 
Wales is the second nation visited by England

The Racecourse, Mold Road, Springfield, Wrexham, Denbighshire
Kick-off (London Time): 'at 3.20', 'kicked off at 20 minutes past three.";

Attendance: 'in the presence of about 3,000 spectators'; 'about 3,000 spectators assembled'.
Receipts: "something over £50"

John Price kicked-off Francis Sparks won the toss
  [0-1]Henry Hibbott own goal 32
'stopped it but made a stumble and put it through'

 
 

[1-3] William Roberts 80

 'from Price on left-wing'

[2-3] John Roberts 89
 'put the ball through'
[0-2] Francis Sparks 56
'running right thro' and placed'
[0-3] Francis Sparks 68
 'thro' the goal'
William Brindle inured - ten men 75
  Played according to WFA rules.
 
Match Summary
Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance] Wales Team Records England Party

Umpires

The footballs were supplied by Mr N.S. Scotcher, 36 High Street, Wrexham.
Segar Richard Bastard
26 (25 January 1854)
Upton Park FC, London
Samuel Llewellyn Kenrick
32 (9 June 1847), Ruabon
Druids FC
played for England two days ago played against England in 1879
Referee
Robert
Ernest Lythgoe
30/31 (1849), Birkenhead
   
Wales Team
Rank: No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd
Colours: White shirts with red belt, blue shorts, red socks
Capt: John Morgan Selectors: Team chosen by the Welsh Selection Committee.
Wales Lineup
  Hibbott, Henry 20 summer 1859 G Newtown Excelsior FC 1 3ᵍᵃ
the second own goal scored for England
     
  Morgan, John R. 25 1855 Backs unaffiliated 3 0
  Powell, John 19
357 days
24 March 1860 Druids FC 2 0
  Edwards, Henry Valentine nk nk Half
Backs
Wrexham AFC 2 0
  Williams, William nk nk Oswestry FC 5 0
  Owen, William Pierce 19
116 days
20 November 1860 Right
Forward
Ruthin FC 1 0
  Davies, William Henry nk nk Oswestry FC 4 1
final app 1876-80
  Boden, Thomas Henry
 played second half with an injury
19 spring 1860
in Birmingham, England
Centre
Forward
Wrexham AFC 1 0
only app 1880
  Price, John nk nk Wrexham AFC 4 0
Roberts, William nk nk Left
Forward
Llangollen FC 3 2
Roberts, John nk nk Corwen FC 2 1
reserves: not known
 
 2-2-6 Hibbott -
Morgan, Powell -
Edwards, Williams -
Owen, Davies, Boden, Price, W.Roberts, J.Roberts.
Averages: Age n/a Appearances/Goals 2.5 0.4
 

England Team
 
Rank: No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: White shirts, white shorts and dark blue caps.
Capt: Francis Sparks¹ ²
W 1 - D 0 - L 0 - F 3 - A 2
Selectors: The Football Association Committee with secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, chose the team on 13 March 1880. P 11 - W 4 - D 2 - L 5 - F 24 - A 31.
first captain to score twice
England Lineup
(a new record low six changes to the previous match)

12

  Sands, John 25 summer 1854 G Nottingham Forest FC 1 2ᵍᵃ

75

only app 1880
  Brindle, William, injured off 75th min. 26
296 days
24 May 1853 RB Darwen FC 2 0
final app 1880
  Luntley, Edwin 22
322 days
28 April 1857 LB Nottingham Forest FC 2 0
final app 1880
  Hunter, John 28
215 days
13 August 1851 Half
Back
Heeley FC, Providence FC, Wednesday Club & Sheffield Albion FC 3 0

 76

  Hargreaves, Frederick W. 21
212 days
16 August 1858 Blackburn Rovers FC 1 0
first Rovers player to represent England

 77

  Marshall, Thomas 21
185 days
12 September 1858 OR Darwen FC 1 0
 78   Cursham, Henry A. 20
109 days
27 November 1859 IR Notts County FC 1 0
final app 1879-80
Sparks, Francis J. 24
255 days
4 July 1855 Centre
Forward
Hertfordshire Rangers FC & Clapham Rovers FC 3 3
final app 1879-80

 79

  Mitchell, Clement 18
24 days
20 February 1862 Upton Park FC 1 0
80   Johnson, Edward 20 early 1860 IL St. Peters College FC & Stoke FC 1 0
first Stoke player to represent England
  Mosforth, William 22
73 days
2 January 1858 OL Sheffield Albion FC 6 2
most apps
reserves: originally Tom Marshall (replacements not known)
team notes: The original team line-up included Oxford University AFC's Claud Wilson, his place going to Luntley. James Prinsep's place went to Hunter. Charlie Bambridge's place went to Tom Marshall. Both rights were replaced, Royal Engineers FC's Charles Learoyd and Old Etonians AFC's Charles Clerke replaced by Cursham and Johnson.
William Brindle had to leave the field halfway through the second half due to a back injury, probably circa 75th minute. England carried on with ten men.
Harry Cursham's brother, Arthur, also played for England 1876-79. Charlie Bambridge's brother, Ernest, played for England in 1876.
records: This match is England's sixth match away from home, and mark's their first victory, ending the record sequence of four away losses in a row, and five without victory - and their first match on a Monday.
 
2-2-6 Sands -
Brindle, Luntley -
Hunter, Hargreaves -
Marshall, Cursham, Sparks, Mitchell, Johnson, Mosforth.
Averages: Age 23 years 2-21 days Appearances/Goals 2.0 0.5
most experienced team so far
 
Match Report - Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle, Saturday, 20 March 1880 In Other News.....
This annual international match, played according to Association rules, was decided on Monday, the scene of action being the racecourse at Wrexham. Quite 3,000 persons were present, and the weather proved exceedingly fine. Notwithstanding their defeat by the Scotch players on Saturday, the English players were greatly fancied, but there was, on the whole, not such a vast difference between the elevens. Having lost the toss, Wales kicked off at 3.20, and at once attacked the English citadel, which narrowly escaped. The play was very fast, and each goal-keeper had several times to use his hands. Still, no score resulted to either side during the first half. Five minutes after ends had been changed, however, Sparks shot the ball under the Welsh cross-bar, and a second goal fell to the Englishmen a few minutes later. Although deprived of the services of Brindle, a third notch was placed to the credit of England, but subsequently the home players had matters nearly all their own way. Working well together, Wales kept their opponents continually on the defensive, and twice in quick succession the colours of the latter were lowered. They were, however, unable to make matters level, and "Time" left England victors by three goals to two.
  
  At the Oval, Oxford University made up for Saturday's defeat by beating the Royal Engineers by a single goal to go through to the F.A. Cup semi-finals. John Eyre scored the goal with only eight minutes remaining and Oxford went on to reach the final.

It was on 15 March 1880 that Lord Oranmore and Browne, an Irish Representative, complained that the government was not doing enough to suppress organised violence against those who did not support Home Rule in Ireland.
At Wrexham, on Monday afternoon, the second match between the Association representatives of England and Wales was decided in the presence of a large number of spectators. During the first half of the game England secured one goal. Soon after ends were changed Sparks kicked a second goal for England, who were then deprived of the services of Brindle. Wales now played up with great determination, and succeeded in placing two goals to their credit. The visitors, however, for the third time lowered their opponents' colours, and thus won by three goals to two." - The Times, Wednesday, 17 March 1880
Source Notes  
Official Matchday Programme
Cris Freddi: Football Historian
Welsh Football Data Archive
HistoricalKits.co.uk/international/Wales
Nick Gibbs' England: The Football Facts
Wrexham.Gov.uk: The story of Welsh football
FreeBMD.org.uk
Rothmans Yearbooks
Alan Brown: Football Historian
Cambrian News, Friday, 19 March 1880 & Wrexham Advertiser, Saturday, 20 March 1880
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