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16 vs. Wales
17
18 vs. Ireland

Saturday, 3 February 1883
International Friendly Match

England 5 Wales 0 [2-0]
 

The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London
Attendance: 2,000;
Kick-off probably around 3.00pm GMT

England - Clem Mitchell ('obtained' 16/17th, 70, 86), Charlie Bambridge ('got the ball past' 42nd/43rd), Arthur Cursham ('secured' 65); Match Summary
England Squad

Wales Squad
Team Records
Results 1872-90 According to the match report, the last three goals were scored 'at length', Mitchell completing his hat-trick 'before time was called' and 'a few minutes' after scoring his second goal.

Wales won the toss, England kicked-off.

 

Match Summary

 
Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]

England

Type

Wales

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  
  Possession  

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers
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, Harry A. 24 early 1859 G

Pilgrims FC

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

Cambridge University AFC & Old Etonians FC

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 HB

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 FC & 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:

reserves unknown

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.
   
2-2-6 Swepstone -
de Paravicini, Russell -
Bailey, MacRae -
C.Bambridge, H.Cursham, Mitchell, Goodhart, A.Bambridge, A.Cursham

Averages:

Age 23.7 Appearances/Goals 3.5 0.8

 

Wales Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd
Colours: Crimson and white
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

unaffiliated

10 2
  Powell, John - - B

Druids FC

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

Northwich Victoria FC, England

3 0
  Burke, Thomas 18/19 early 1864 HB

Wrexham AFC

1 0
  Roberts, Walter Hugh 24/25 spring 1858 IR

Ruthin FC

3 0
  Owen, William Pierce 22 20 November 1860 OR

Ruthin FC

8 4
  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

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 -
J.Roberts, J.Vaughan, Davies, W.Roberts, W.H. Roberts, Owen.

Averages:

Age tbc Appearances/Goals 4.8 0.8

 

    Match Report

Source Notes

Cris Freddi: Football Historian
Welsh Football Data Archive
Original newspaper reports 
TheFA.com
FreeBMD.org.uk
Rothmans Yearbooks
IFFHS.de
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