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23 vs. Ireland
25 vs. Scotland

Saturday, 14 March 1885
Home International Championship 1884-85 (2nd) Match

England 1 Wales 1 [1-1]

Match Summary
England Party
Wales Party
Team Records

Leamington Street, Wagtail, Blackburn, Lancashire
7,500; Kick-off 3.30pm GMT

England - Clem Mitchell ('The leather came back to Mitchell, who put a grand shot in quite out of the reach of Roberts' 35)
Wales - Billy Lewis ('Arthur ran out, and the ball shot through, the goalkeeper falling' 37)
a small minority list Job Wilding as the Welsh goalscorer
Results 1872-90

Wales won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]



Wal es

Umpires -
Nicholas Lane Jackson
35 (1 November 1849), West Hackney, London &
Richard Thomas Gough
26 (April 1859), Oswestry, Welsh FA

Referee -
Alexander Stuart
Scotland (Edinburgh FA)

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Norman Bailey, tenth captaincy. Selectors: The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on Monday, 2 March 1885.
England Lineup
  Arthur, W.J. Herbert 22 14 February 1863 G Blackburn Rovers FC 2 1 GA
  Moore, Henry T. 21 27 June 1861 RB Notts County FC 2 0
  Ward, James 19 28 March 1865 LB

Blackburn Olympic FC

1 0
  Bailey, Norman C. 27 23 July 1857 HB

Clapham Rovers FC

14 1
  Forrest, James H. 20 24 June 1864 HB

Blackburn Rovers FC

3 0
  Lofthouse, Joseph M. 19 14 April 1865 OR Blackburn Rovers FC 2 0
  Davenport, J. Kenyon 22 23 March 1862 IR Bolton Wanderers FC 1 0
Mitchell, Clement 23 20 February 1862 CF

Upton Park FC & Corinthians FC

5 5
  Brown, James 22 31 July 1862 CF

Blackburn Rovers FC

4 3
  Dixon, John A. 23 27 May 1861 IL

Notts County FC & Corinthians FC

1 0
  Bambridge, E. Charles 26 30 July 1858 OL

Swifts FC

12 11


reserves not known

team notes:

Goalkeeper George Vidal (Oxford University AFC) withdrew from the England line-up, his place going to Herby Arthur. Nevill Cobbold (Cambridge University AFC) was named as the original inside-left, his place going to Dixon.
"[Forrest] had to figure in a different jersey from the others in the English team against Wales in 1885 in order that he should be distinguished from them." - Lancashire Evening Post, Saturday, 2 January 1926.
Norman Bailey extends his record appearance tally and extends his record as the player with the most captaincies.
England have now gone on a record unbeaten sequence of three matches.
2-2-6 Arthur -
Moore, Ward -
Bailey, Forrest -
Lofthouse, Davenport, Mitchell, Brown, Dixon, Bambridge


Age 22.2 Appearances/Goals 4.3 1.7


Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd
Colours: Green and white halved collared shirts, white shorts, black socks
Capt: Humphrey Jones, possibly Tom Burke Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee, following a series of trial matches.
Wales Lineup
  Mills-Roberts, Dr Robert H. 22 5 August 1862 G

St. Thomas' Hospital FC, London, & Corinthians FC, England

1 1 GA
  Jones, Frederick R. 21/22 1863 B

Bangor FC

1 0
  Thomas, George 27/28 1857 B

Wrexham Olympic FC

1 0
  Burke, Thomas 20/21 early 1864 HB

Wrexham AFC

3 0
  Davies, Robert 21/22 1863 HB

Druids FC

1 0
  Jones, Humphrey 20 7 December 1862 HB

Bangor FC

1 0
  Vaughan, Thomas 20/21 1864 OR

Rhyl FC

1 0
  Davies, John E. 21/22 1863 IR

Oswestry White Star FC

1 0
  Wilding, Job 23 early 1862 CF

Wrexham Olympic FC

1 0
Lewis, William 20/21 1864 IL

Bangor FC

1 1
  Farmer, George 21/22 early 1863 OL

Oswestry White Star FC

1 0


reserves not known

team notes:

Other than the matches at the birth of international football, this is the most debutants fielded, making it the least inexperienced team to face England.
Billy Lewis' goal was the first England goal conceded for 299 minutes, setting a new record.
2-3-5 Mills-Roberts -
F.Jones, Thomas -
R.Davies, H.Jones -
J.Davies, Wilding, Lewis, Farmer


Age 21.4/22.2 Appearances/Goals 1.2 0.0


    Match Report

The seventh annual match under Association rules between England and Wales was played on Saturday, at Blackburn, in the presence of about 5,000 spectators. The weather was bright and the turf in excellent order...

Bambridge, however, being on the alert, then secured the ball and placed the first point to the credit of the home eleven. Wales speedily equalized matters and the score was still even when positions were reversed. During the second period of the game, the play was exceptionally fast and exciting. Although unable to increase their score, a fact mainly attributable to the splendid goal-keeping of Mills-Roberts, the Englishmen had rather the better of the game, their forwards playing very unselfishly and making excellent shots... - The Times - Monday 16th March, 1885


Having beaten Notts County in the quarter-final, Queen's Park found Nottingham Forest a tougher nut to crack and drew 1-1 at Derby in the F.A. Cup semi-final.

It was on 13 March 1885 that memorial services were held around the country for General Gordon and all of the officers and men killed whilst serving their country in Sudan.

Source Notes

Lt Col Robert Herbert Mills-Roberts FRCS (Edinburgh) CMG TD and later JP, who commanded the 131st Field Ambulance, had a particularly interesting career.
As the senior Field Ambulance commander of the Welsh Division he often acted for the ADMS when the latter was on leave. A Welsh international footballer, Mills-Roberts kept goal for Preston North End in the season in which they lost no matches and conceded no goals in the final. (Not until 2004 was this unbeaten performance equalled by Arsenal FC.) Author of several medical papers, he was surgeon of the Dinorwic Hospital and Quarries before the War and Deputy Commissioner for Medical Services in North Wales and Shropshire afterwards.  
He had served with the Welsh Hospital in South Africa and later, from 1906 to 1915, was second-in-command of the 6th Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He then reverted to a medical role, commanding first the 131st FA and later the 41st Stationary Hospital. In having experience of both fighting and medical units, Mills-Roberts resembled Lt Col John McCrae RCAMC, author of the well-.known poem 'In Flanders Fields'.
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