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Saturday, 3 February 1883
International Friendly Match

England 5 Wales 0 [2-0]

The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, Surrey
Kick-off (GMT): "a few minutes after three o'clock"

Attendance: 2,000; Receipts: "something over 50."

England kicked-off. Wales won the toss.

[1-0] Clem Mitchell 16/17
[2-0] Charlie Bambridge 42/43
 'got the ball past'
[3-0] Arthur Cursham 65

[4-0] Clem Mitchell 70
[5-0] Clem Mitchell 86
 'before time was called'
Match Summary
England Party

Wales Party
Team Records

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]




Umpires -
Charles H.R. Wollaston
33 (31 July 1849), Felpham &
Samuel Llewellyn Kendrick
35 (summer 1847), Druids FC

Referee -
Captain Donald Hamilton
Scotland (SFA Vice-President).

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

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: "The representatives of England wore white jerseys..."
Capt: Norman Bailey, fourth captaincy. Selectors: The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on Tuesday, 23 January 1883.
England Lineup
  Swepstone, H. Albemarle 24 14 January 1859 G

Pilgrims FC & Corinthians FC

4 15 GA
  de Paravicini, Percy J. 20 15 July 1862 RB

Cambridge University AFC & Old Etonians AFC

1 0
  Russell, Bruce B. 23 25 August 1859 LB Royal Engineers FC 1 0
  Bailey, Norman C. 25 23 July 1857 HB

Clapham Rovers FC

8 0
  MacRae, Stuart 27 7 December 1855
in Bengal, India

Notts County FC & Corinthians FC

1 0
Cursham, Arthur W. 29 14 March 1853 OR Notts County FC 5 2
  Bambridge, Arthur L. 21 16 June 1861 IR

Swifts FC & Corinthians FC

2 0
Mitchell, Clement 21 20 February 1862 CF

Upton Park FC & Corinthians FC

3 3
  Goodhart, Harry Chester 24 17 July 1858 CF

Old Etonians AFC & Corinthians FC

1 0
  Cursham, Henry A. 23 27 November 1859 IL

Notts County FC & Corinthians FC

5 2
Bambridge, E. Charles 24 30 July 1858 OL

Swifts FC

7 7


reserves not known

team notes:

William Vidal (Royal Engineers FC) withdrew from the England line-up. He was replaced by MacRae.
One other source states that Oliver Whateley (Aston Villa FC) was replaced by Arthur Bambridge. But it was Bambridge, not Whateley, that was in the line-up named by the Selection Committee.
Arthur and Charlie Bambridge, as well as Arthur and Harry Cursham, were brothers. Charlie extends his record as England's top goalscorer.
Norman Bailey extends his record as the player with the most captaincies.
Albemarle Swepstone extends his record as the goalkeeper with the most appearances.
2-2-6 Swepstone -
de Paravicini, Russell -
Bailey, MacRae -
A.Cursham, A.Bambridge, Mitchell, Goodhart, H.Cursham, C.Bambridge.


Age 23.7 Appearances/Goals 3.5 0.8


Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd
Colours: "...while the men of Wales wore as their colors white and crimson"
Capt: John Powell Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee, following a series of trial matches.
Wales Lineup
  Adams, Harry or Henry - - G

Berwyn Rangers FC

4 x GA
  Morgan, John R. - - B


10 2
  Powell, John - - B

Druids FC

7 0
  Hughes, Frederick William 22 28 October 1860
born in Northwich

Northwich Victoria FC, England

3 0
  Burke, Thomas 18/19 early 1864 HB

Wrexham AFC

1 0
  Owen, William Pierce 22 20 November 1860 OR

Ruthin FC

8 4
  Roberts, Walter Hugh 24/25 spring 1858 IR

Ruthin FC

3 0
  Davies, John Price 25 summer 1857 CF

Druids FC

1 0
  Roberts, William - - CF

Rhyl FC

1 0
  Vaughan, John 27 1855 IL

Druids FC

8 2
  Roberts, John - - OL

Berwyn Rangers FC

7 1


reserves not known

team notes:

The FA Committee, led by Charles Alcock, objected to the inclusion of F.W. Hughes, who up until now, was believed to be Welsh-born, but this has proven inaccurate.  The Welsh though, did not supply a substitute and Hughes was allowed to play. - The Liverpool Mercury, Monday, March 14 1884.
This is the most experienced team to face England thus far.
2-2-6 Adams -
Morgan, Powell -
Hughes, Burke -
Owen, W.H.Roberts, W.Roberts, Davies, J.Vaughan, J.Roberts.


Age tbc Appearances/Goals 4.8 0.8


    Match Report

Representatives of the Association game in England and Wales met on Saturday at Kennington-oval to play their annual match. The weather was delightfully fine, and an exceptionally large number of spectators were present. Play began soon after 3 o'clock, when Wales, who had won the toss, took up their station at the western goal, which gave them the advantage of the wind at their backs...

Goodhart now carefully conducted the ball down the centre of the ground and passed it to H. A. Cursham, who in turn kicked it over to E. C. Bambridge, who shot it between the posts...

At length E. C. Bambridge carefully steered the ball along the left side, and, eluding the efforts made to stop him, sent it under the bar, thus gaining the second point for the home team...

After one or two attacks by their forwards, E. C. Bambridge again distinguished himself by an expert run, and, passing the ball to A. W. Cursham, the Nottingham player gained a third goal. It was not long before Mitchell shot the ball between the posts for the English. The Welsh strove hard to stem the tide which had set in against them, but to no purpose, as the ball was again forced back on their lines, and Mitchell secured a further goal... - The Times - Monday 5th February, 1883


Blackburn Olympic beat their local rivals, Church, 2-0 to reach the F.A. Cup quarter-finals for the first time.

It was on 3 February 1883 in Dublin that the Crown Prosecutor in the trial of the Irish National Invincibles announced that the knives used in the Phoenix Park murders of Lord Cavendish and the Permanent Under-secretary, Thomas Burke, had been found. Five of the group were convicted and hanged after their leader, James Carey testified against them, only to be subsequently murdered himself following his release, when he fled to South Africa.

Source Notes

Cris Freddi: Football Historian
Welsh Football Data Archive
Original newspaper reports 
Rothmans Yearbooks