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Monday, 17 March 1884
Home International Championship 1883-84 (1st) Match

Wales 0 England 4 [0-1]

Match Summary
Wales Party

England Party
Team Records

The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, Denbighshire
Kick-off (GMT): 3.05pm
Attendance: 4,500.

Wales won the toss England kicked-off
  [0-1] William Bromley-Davenport 7 'neat shot'
[0-2] Norman Bailey 75
'quickly sent in'
[0-3] William Bromley-Davenport 85
'sent it thro'
Billy Gunn 90
'sent the ball along the ground but Powell allowed it to pass him without an attempt to arrest its progress, and the goalkeeper adopting similar tactics, the leather rolled inbetween the posts'

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]





Charles William Alcock
41 (2 December 1842)
(FA secretary)
Samuel Llewellyn Kendrick
36 (summer 1847),
Druids FC (Welsh FA).

(Alcock replaced original choice, Major Marindin)

Sydney Broadfoot
Scottish F.A. Vice-President

Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd
Colours: White shirts, white shorts, white socks
Capt: Jack Powell Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee, following a series of trial matches.
Wales Lineup
  Owen, Elias - - G Ruthin FC 1 4 GA
  Powell, John - - B

Bolton Wanderers FC, England

10 0
  Conde, Charles 24/25 1859 B

Chirk AAA FC

1 0
  Evans, Maurice - - HB

Oswestry White Stars FC

1 0
  Williams, Joseph H. - - HB

Oswestry White Stars FC

1 0
  Griffiths, Peter - - HB

Chirk AAA FC

1 0
  Owen, William Pierce 23 20 November 1860 OR

Ruthin FC

10 4
  Owen, William - - IR

Chirk AAA FC

1 0
  Eyton-Jones, J. Arthur 20/21 1863 CF

Wrexham AFC & Bootle FC, England

3 1
  Vaughan, John 28 1855 IL

Bolton Wanderers FC, England

11 2
  Jones, R. Albert - - OL

Druids FC

1 0


reserves unknown

team notes:

The FA Committee, led by Charles Alcock, objected to the inclusion of F.W. Hughes again, who up until 1883, was believed to be Welsh-born, but this had proven inaccurate. This time, the objection was upheld. But a similar objection regarding Arthur Eyton-Jones was not upheld and he was allowed to play. - The Liverpool Mercury, Monday, March 14 1884.
Elias and William P. Owen were brothers.
2-3-5 Owen -
Powell, Conde -
Williams, Griffiths, Morris -
W.P.Owen, W.Owen, Eyton-Jones, Vaughan, Jones


Age tbc Appearances/Goals 3.7 0.6


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Norman Bailey, eighth captaincy. Selectors: The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on Thursday, 28 February 1884.
England Lineup
  Rose, William C. 22 1 December 1861 G

Swindon Town FC & Swifts FC

3 2 GA
  Dobson, Alfred T.C. 24 28 March 1859 RB Notts County FC & Corinthians FC 4 0
  Beverley, Joseph 27 12 November 1856 LB

Blackburn Rovers FC

3 0
Bailey, Norman C. 26 23 July 1857 HB

Clapham Rovers FC

12 1
  Forrest, James H. 19 24 June 1864 CB

Blackburn Rovers FC

1 0
  Wilson, Charles P. 24 12 May 1859 HB

Hendon FC & Corinthians FC

2 0
  Holden, George H. 24 6 October 1859 OR

Wednesbury Old Athletic FC

4 1
  Vaughton, O. Howard 23 9 January 1861 IR Aston Villa FC 5 6
Bromley-Davenport, William 22 21 January 1862 CF

Old Etonians AFC & Oxford University AFC

2 2
Gunn, William 25 4 December 1858 IL

Notts County FC

2 1
  Bambridge, E. Charles 25 30 July 1858 OL

Swifts FC

10 10


reserves unknown

team notes:

Jimmy Forrest was a late replacement for Stuart MacRae (Notts County FC). Gunn again, coming in for Harry Cursham (Notts County FC).
Norman Bailey extends his record appearance tally and extends his record as the player with the most captaincies.
2-3-5 Rose -
Dobson, Beverley -
Wilson, Forrest, Bailey -
Holden, Vaughton, Bromley-Davenport, Gunn, Bambridge


Age 23.8 Appearances/Goals 4.4 1.5


    Match Report

This international contest was played under Association rules yesterday on Wrexham Racecourse, before nearly 4,000 spectators. Wales won the toss, and decided to have the wind in their favour during the early portion of the game. Bromley-Davenport set the ball in motion for the visitors and after about five minutes' play, he scored a goal for them...

Positions having been exchanged, England played with renewed vigour and secured three additional goals... - The Times - Tuesday 18th March, 1884


It was on 17 March 1884 that the Prime Minister, William Gladstone was unable to attend the House of Commons as he was suffering from laryngitis.

Source Notes

Cris Freddi: Football Historian
Welsh Football Data Archive
Original newspaper reports 
Rothmans Yearbooks
FA Yearbooks 1950-60