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12 vs. Wales

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Results 1872-90

Monday, 13 March 1882
International Friendly Match

Wales 5 England 3 [1-2]

Match Summary
Wales Party

England Party
Team Records

The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, Denbighshire
Attendance: 5,000
; Kick-off 3.07pm GMT

Wales won the toss. England kicked-off.

[1-2] William Owen 43
'shouldered through'

John Morgan
Goal awarded after the Welsh claimed that the ball crossed the line, but that was incorrect

Alf Jones 68
headed into his own goal

[4-3] William Owen 87
'put through'

[5-3] John Vaughan 89
 [0-1] Billy Mosforth 25
[0-2] Edward Parry 37
'sent through'

[1-3] Harry Cursham 48
'sent the ball thro' at precicelsy 4 o'clock''

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]




Umpires -
Segar R. Bastard
28 (25 January 1854), Upton Park FC, London &
Llewellyn Kendrick
34 (summer 1847), Druids FC

Referee -
J. Roberts
Llantysillo, Wales.

Played according to the Welsh FA rules

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
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.

Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd
Colours: White shirts with red sash, white shorts, red socks
Capt: John Morgan Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee, following a series of trial matches.
Wales Lineup
  Adams, Harry or Henry - - G

Berwyn Rangers FC

2 x GA
Morgan, John R. - - B


7 1
  Powell, John - - B

Druids FC

4 0
  Edwards, Henry Valentine - - HB

Wrexham AFC

4 0
  Hughes, Frederick William 21 28 October 1860 HB

Northwich Victoria FC, England

1 0
  Williams, William - - F

Druids FC

9 1
Owen, William Pierce 21 20 November 1860 F

Ruthin FC

5 2
  Roberts, Walter Hugh 23/24 spring 1858 F

Ruthin FC

1 0
  Price, John - - F

Wrexham AFC

9 4
  Roberts, John - - F

Corwen FC

4 1
Vaughan, John 26 1855 F

Druids FC

5 1


not known

team notes:

In terms of appearances, this is the most experienced side to face England thus far.
2-2-6 Adams -
Morgan, Powell -
Edwards, Hughes -
Williams, Owen,
W.H.Roberts, Price, J.Roberts, Vaughan.


Age tbc Appearances/Goals 4.6 0.9


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Norman Bailey, third captaincy. Selectors: The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on Tuesday, 7 March 1882.
England Lineup
  Swepstone, H. Albemarle 23
58 days
14 January 1859 G

Pilgrims FC & Corinthians FC

3 15 GA
  Hunter, John 29 summer 1852 RB Heeley FC, Providence FC, Wednesday Club & Sheffield Albion FC 7 0
Jones, Alfred 21 early 1861 LB

Walsall Swifts FC

2 0
  Bailey, Norman C. 24
233 days
23 July 1857 HB

Clapham Rovers FC

7 0
  Bambridge, E. Charles
 injured off 3 min.
226 days
30 July 1858 HB

Swifts FC

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

Old Carthusians AFC, Swifts FC & Remnants FC

3 1
Cursham, Henry A. 22
106 days
27 November 1859 IR

Notts County FC & Corinthians FC

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

Wednesday FC

9 3


Arthur Mallinson (Barnsley Wanderers FC, goal), Edwin Buttery (Heeley FC, half-back), William Page and E.J. Wilson (both Old Carthusians AFC, forwards).

team notes:

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 Russell.
Charlie Bambridge '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.
Billy Mosforth extends his record appearance total in his final match
, resulting in the most experienced England team so far.
Norman Bailey has now become the player with the most captaincies.
Albemarle Swepstone extends his record as the goalkeeper with the most appearances.
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 23.5 (142 days... so far) Appearances/Goals 4.4 1.7


    Match Report

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. - Weekly Mail - Saturday 18th March, 1882


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
Original newspaper reports
Rothmans Yearbooks