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27 vs. Scotland

29 vs. Ireland

Results 1872-90

Monday, 29 March 1886
originally due to be played on 22 March
Home International Championship 1885-86 (3rd) Match

Wales 1 England 3 [1-0]

Match Summary
Wales Party

England Party
Team Records

The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, Denbighshire
Attendance: 5,000; Kick-off 3.00pm GMT

Wales - Billy Lewis ('scored by a grand low shot' 42)
England - Andrew Amos ('free-kick' 70-75), George Brann ('shortly after' 'a shot was appealed against on the ground that the ball went through without being touched. The objection was disallowed'), Fred Dewhurst ('shot a third').

Wales won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]




Umpires -
Nicholas Lane Jackson
36 (1 November 1849), West Hackney, London (Corinthians FC & FA Hon. Secretary) &

Richard Thomas Gough
26 (
April 1859), Oswestry, Welsh FA

Thomas Lawrie
Scotland (SFA vice-President)
This match was due to be played on 22 March and was not postponed until 18 March.

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Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th


Red collared shirts, white shorts, black socks
Capt: Humphrey Jones


Team selection chosen by Committee, following a series of trial matches.
Wales Lineup
  Mills-Roberts, Dr Robert H. 23 5 August 1862 G

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

4 20 GA
  Davies, Alfred O. 23 early 1863 B

Barmouth FC

2 0
  Powell, Seth 23/24 1862 B

West Bromwich Albion FC, England

3 0
  Vaughan, John O. 22/23 1863 HB

Rhyl FC

3 0
  Bell, William S. 26 summer 1859 HB

Crewe Alexandra FC, England

4 1
  Jones, Humphrey 23 7 December 1862 HB

Bangor FC

5 1
  Wilding, Job 24 early 1862 OR

Wrexham Olympic FC

5 2
  Roberts, William 27 18 March 1859 IR

Wrexham Olympic FC

2 0
  Davies, Thomas 20/21 1865 CF

Oswestry FC

1 0
  Bryan, Thomas 19/20 1866 IL

Oswestry FC

2 1
Lewis, William 21/22 1864 OL

Bangor FC

2 1


reserves unknown
2-3-5 Mills-Roberts -
A.Davies, Powell -
Vaughan, Bell, Jones -
Wilding, Roberts,
T.Davies, Bryan, Lewis


Age 22.8/23.3 Appearances/Goals 3.0 0.5


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd


White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Norman Bailey, 13th captaincy.


The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on Friday, 19 March 1886.
England Lineup
  Arthur, W.J. Herbert 23 14 February 1863 G Blackburn Rovers FC 4 3 GA
  Squire, Ralph T. 22 10 September 1863 RB

Cambridge University AFC, Old Westminsters AFC & Corinthians FC

3 0
  Walters, Percy M. 22 30 September 1863 LB Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 4 0
  Bailey, Norman C. 28 23 July 1857 HB

Clapham Rovers FC & Corinthians FC

17 1
Amos, Andrew 22 20 September 1863 CB Cambridge University AFC, Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 2 1
  Forrest, James H. 21 24 June 1864 HB

Blackburn Rovers FC

5 0
Dewhurst, Frederick 22 16 December 1863 OR

Preston North End FC & Corinthians FC

2 2
Brann, George 20 23 April 1865 IR

Swifts FC & Corinthians FC

2 1
  Lindley, Tinsley 20 27 October 1865 CF

Nottingham Forest FC, Cambridge University AFC & Corinthians FC

3 2
  Cobbold, W. Nevill 23 4 February 1863 IL Cambridge University AFC, Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 5 3
  Bambridge, E. Charles 27 30 July 1858 OL

Swifts FC & Corinthians FC

15 12


reserves unknown

team notes:

Francis Ingram (Old Westminsters AFC & Corinthians FC) withdrew from the line-up before this match.
The original team stated that it was either Dewhurst or Ben Spilsbury was to play.
Norman Bailey extends his record appearance tally and extends his record as the player with the most captaincies in this match that for only the second time in 13 years, had no debutants.
England have now gone on a record unbeaten sequence of seven matches, lasting two years.
2-3-5 Arthur -
Squire, Walters -
Amos, Forrest, Bailey -
Dewhurst, Brann, Lindley, Cobbold, Bambridge


Age 22.7 Appearances/Goals 5.6 1.7


    Match Report

Yesterday, at Wrexham, the eighth annual match under Association rules between England and Wales was played in fine weather and with the turf in fairly good order. Both sides showed good combination...

So well did they play that shortly before half-time was announced Lewis registered a goal for them. After ends had been changed, England severely pressed their opponents, and from a free kick near the Welsh posts Amos scored, the ball going through off the defending goalkeeper... - The Times Tuesday 30th March, 1886


It was on 29 March 1886 that the Prime Minister announced that the Irish Home Rule Bill would be read the following month.

Source Notes

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