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Monday, 13 March 1882
Association Friendly Match
Wales 5 England 3 [1-2]

The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, Denbighshire
Kick-off (GMT): 'ball was started at 3.5'.

Attendance: 'in the presence of 2,500 spectators'; '5,000 persons being present'.

England's second visit to The Racecourse, to Wrexham, to Denbighshire and to Wales
John Morgan won the toss England kicked-off

[1-2] William Owen 43
  'shouldered through' from a Morgan centre

[1-2] Morgan scores from throw-in:-disallowed
Charlie Bambridge injured - ten men 3
[0-1] Billy Mosforth 25
'Brown dribbled and made a shot at goal but failed to score, but Mosforth was quickly on the leather'
[0-1] Vaughton shots his the crossbar
[0-2] Edward Parry 37
'sent through'

[2-3] John Morgan 50

 Goal awarded after the Welsh claimed that the ball crossed the line

[3-3] Alf Jones headed own goal 68
 headed into his own goal

[4-3] William Owen 87
 'put through'
[5-3] Jackie Vaughan 89

disputed, but allowed
[1-3] Harry Cursham 48
'sent the ball thro' at precisely 4 o'clock'
"The weather was very fine and the turf in excellent order." Played according to WFA rules.

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]

Team Records



An experimental law was introduced, that empowers the referee to award a goal in cases where, in his opinion, a goal has been prevented from a deliberate handball by the defending team.  It lasts one season only, and it is unknown as to whether it resulted in any England goals in 1881-82.

The intention was for the referee to be from Scotland, and the FAW asked the Football Association to arrange this. However, the FA did not, and this oversight meant that John Roberts was brought in at short notice.
Segar Richard Bastard
28 (25 January 1854)
Upton Park FC, London
Samuel Llewelyn Kenrick
34 (9 June 1847), Druids FC
FAW Secretary
played against Scotland in 1880 played against England in 1879 & 1881
John Roberts
34/35 (b.1857), Cerrigydrudion
  played against England in 1880

Wales Team

Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd
Colours White shirts with red sash, white shorts, red socks
Captain John Morgan Selection The Welsh Selection Committee
P 6 of 7, W 3 - D 0 - L 3 - F 17 - A 17. team chosen in Ruabon on Thursday evening, 2 March 1882
Wales Lineup
  Adams, Harry 26 January 1856
in Crick, England

Berwyn Rangers FC

2 4ᵍᵃ
Morgan, John Richard 27
163 days
1 October 1854 RB


8 2
  Powell, John 22
353 days
25 March 1859 LB

Druids FC

5 0
  Williams, William 26
52 days
20 January 1856  Half

Druids FC

9 0
=mst apps
  Edwards, Henry Valentine 25/26 1856

Wrexham AFC

4 0
  Hughes, Frederick William 21
136 days
28 October 1860
in Northwich, England

Northwich Victoria FC, England

2 0
Owen, William Pierce 21
113 days
20 November 1860 OR

Ruthin FC

6 2
50   Roberts, Walter Hugh 23
267 days
19 June 1858 IR

Ruthin FC

1 0
  Price, John 27/28 1854 CF

Wrexham AFC

9 4
=mst apps mst gls
  Roberts, William 22/23 1859 IL Llangollen FC 7 2
Vaughan, John 23/24 1858 OL

Druids FC

6 2
reserves: goal:- Henry Phoenix (Wrexham AFC); half-back:- John Roberts (Ruthin FC); back:- John Jones (Berwyn Rangers FC); forwards:- J. Lloyd (Oswestry FC), Charles Ketley (Druids FC) and William Roberts (Berwyn Rangers FC).
team notes: The referee for this match was 'arranged for one of the members of the Scotch Football Association to act', however, Jack Roberts, who was originally named into the Welsh team, stepped up, and his vacancy in the team went to William Roberts.
2-3-5 Adams -
Morgan, Powell -
Williams, Edwards, Hughes -
W.H.Roberts, Price, J.Roberts, Vaughan.


Age 24 years 95-231 days Appearances/Goals 5.4 0.7
most experienced team that England have faced so far


England Team

Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers

Norman Bailey Selection Following a trial match, The Football Association Committee with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, chose two teams on Tuesday, 7 March 1882.
most captaincies so far 
P 3 of 15, W 0 - D 0 - L 3 - F 5 - A 16.  P 16 of 31, W 5 - D 2 - L 9 - F 42 - A 48.
  two teams were chosen at 23 Paternaster Row on Tuesday, 7 March 1882.
England Lineup
(a record-equalling low six changes to the previous match)
  Swepstone, H. Albemarle 23
58 days
14 January 1859 G

Pilgrims FC & Corinthians FC

3 15ᵍᵃ
most gk apps
  Hunter, John 30
212 days
13 August 1851 RB Heeley FC, Providence FC, Wednesday FC & Sheffield Albion FC 7 0
final app 1878-82
  Jones, Alfred 21
57 days
15 January 1861 LB

Walsall Swifts FC

2 1ᵒᵍ
the second own goal conceded by England
  Bailey, Norman C. 24
233 days
23 July 1857 Half

Clapham Rovers FC

7 0
  Bambridge, E. Charles, injured off (dislocated shoulder) 3rd min 23
226 days
30 July 1858

Swifts FC

6 6
=mst gls
Parry, Edward H. 26
323 days
24 April 1855
in Toronto, Canada

Old Carthusians AFC, Swifts FC & Remnants FC

3 1
final app 1878-82
Cursham, Henry A. 22
106 days
27 November 1859 IR

Notts County FC & Corinthians FC

4 2
98   Parr, Percivall C. 22
101 days
2 December 1859 CF Oxford University AFC 1 0
only app 1882
  Brown, Arthur 23
100 days
3 December 1858 CF/
Aston Villa FC 3 4
final app 1882
  Vaughton, O. Howard 21
63 days
9 January 1861 IL Aston Villa FC 3 6
=mst gls
Mosforth, William 24
70 days
2 January 1858 OL

Wednesday FC

9 3
mst apps
final app 1877-82
reserves: Arthur Mallinson (Barnsley Wanderers FC, goal), Edwin Buttery (Heeley FC, half-back), William Page and Ernest Wilson (both Old Carthusians AFC, forwards).
team changes: The original starting eleven was the same starting eleven originally chosen to begin the Scotland match two days prior to this match. And like the Scotland match, Old Carthusians AFC's James Prinsep withdrew because of injury, his place going to Hunter. Parry, this time, took the place of Royal Engineers FC's Bruce Bremner.
team notes: Charlie Bambridge 'had to retire, receiving a dislocation during a scrimmage' 'had to retire, receiving a dislocation during a scrimmage' after only three minutes play and left the field, leaving England to battle with only ten men.
Charlie 's brother, Ernest, played for England in 1876. Harry Cursham's brother, Arthur, also played for England 1876-79.
appearance notes: Jack Hunter and Norman Bailey are the second and third players to have made seven England appearances, whereas Charlie Bambridge is the fourth to make six.
Harry Cursham is the eighth England player to have made four appearances.
records: With a third country to play - this is the first time England have played three matches in one season. But the second time they have lost two games in a single season.
England lose a match after being a winning position, for the second time, the first since 1874.
The first time England have scored seventeen goals in a season and the first time they have conceded ten in a season.
Billy Mosforth on his ninth outing, becomes the most experienced England player to score a goal.
On their seventh appearances, both Norman Bailey and Jack Hunter continue their records of being the most experienced England players to have not scored a goal.
2-2-6 Swepstone -
Hunter, Jones -
Bailey, Bambridge
(Brown) -
Parry, Cursham, Parr, Brown, Vaughton, Mosforth.
After Bambridge was withdrawn, Brown dropped back to half-back, leaving Parr as the lone centre forward.


Age 23 years 340 days Appearances/Goals 4.4 1.7
most experienced starting XI until 1892

       Match Report Sheffield Independent, Tuesday, 14 March 1882

This annual association international contest was played at Wrexham yesterday, and resulted in a victory for Wales by five goals to three, although it is but just to the Englishmen to state that two of the Welsh goals should not have been allowed, the decisions of the Welsh umpire and referee being most unfair. Bailey won the toss and chose to play against a slight wind, and almost immediately the game commenced Bambridge had a nasty charge which dislocated his shoulder, and thus England had but ten men for the whole of the game. Notwithstanding this disadvantage the play was very even. Mosforth made a fine run, and was tackled by Morgan a few yards from goal, but the Welsh back missing his kick Mosforth put the ball through, and thus scored the first goal for England. After re-starting Wales were the aggressors and soon obtained a corner, but nothing came of it, and the English retaliated. Parry made a fine middle to Vaughton, who shot, but the ball hit the bar and went over. Brown was again to the fore, and Mosforth middling to Parry, the latter scored for England. Again the Welshmen got a corner from the kick off, this time with better effect, as the ball glanced through the goal, just touching Owen en routee. Some very fine play by Hunter and Jones was cheered, and then the Welsh got another corner, but were unable to score. Bailey was all the time playing in splendid form, and had the English played together they would have won easily. Half-time being called, ends were changed, and shortly afterwards Parry had a rare chance of scoring, but missed it. Hunter then had a corner, and placed it so well that it was headed through. The game thus stood three to one in favour of England, but a change then set in. Roberts took a shot which Swepstone saved, but the Welsh claimed that the ball had gone over the line, which was incorrect. The referee gave it a goal, and shortly afterwards Jones, by mistake, headed the ball through his goal, thus equalising matters. The Welshmen obtained two more goals, the last of which should have been given off-side, and were thus declared winners by five to three. Cursham played in place of Greenwood, the latter being hurt in the Scotch match.

       Match Report Weekly Mail, Monday, 18 March 1882

The international football match between England and Wales was played on Monday afternoon at Wrexham, when the Welsh won by five goals to three. The weather was very fine and the turf in excellent order. The play on both sides was admirable.
              In Other News....
It was on 14 March 1882 that Queen Victoria left for a short holiday on the French Riviera after expressing her gratitude to the protection she had been afforded during the recent attempt on her life.

      Source Notes

Cris Freddi: Football Historian
Welsh Football Data Archive
Nick Gibbs' England: The Football Facts
Ian Garland & Gareth M. Davies' Sons of Cambria
  Wrexham.Gov.uk: The story of Welsh football
Rothmans Yearbooks
John Treleven