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29 vs. Ireland
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Saturday, 26 February 1887
Home International Championship 1886-87 (4th) Match

England 4 Wales 0 [1-0]

Match Summary
England Party

Wales Party
Team Records

The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, Surrey
4,500; Kick-off 'shortly after' 3.00pm GMT

England - Jack Powell ('Cobbold headed the ball, it going through off [Powell]' own-goal 14), Tinsley Lindley (55, 80), Nevill Cobbold (75).
some sources state that the first goal was a Nevill Cobbold goal.
Results 1872-90

England won the toss, Wales kicked-off.


Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]




Umpires -
Morton Peto Betts
39 (30 August 1847), Old Harrovians FC &
Richard Thomas Gough
26 (April 1859), Oswestry, Welsh FA

Referee -
Thomas Devlin

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Norman Bailey, 14th captaincy. Selectors: The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on Friday, 21 February 1887.
England Lineup
  Arthur, W.J. Herbert 24 14 February 1863 G Blackburn Rovers FC 7 4 GA
  Walters, Percy M. 23 30 September 1863 RB Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 6 0
  Walters, Arthur M. 22 26 January 1865 LB Cambridge University AFC, Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 4 0
  Haworth, George 22 17 October 1864 RH Accrington FC 2 0
  Bailey, Norman C. 29 23 July 1857 CH

Clapham Rovers FC & Corinthians FC

18 1
  Forrest, James H. 22 24 June 1864 LH

Blackburn Rovers FC

8 0
  Lofthouse, Joseph M. 21 14 April 1865 OR Blackburn Rovers FC 4 0
  Dewhurst, Frederick 23 16 December 1863 IR

Preston North End FC & Corinthians FC

4 4
Lindley, Tinsley 21 27 October 1865 CF

Nottingham Forest FC, Cambridge University AFC & Corinthians FC

5 7
Cobbold, W. Nevill 24 4 February 1863 IL

Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC

8 6
  Bambridge, E. Charles 28 30 July 1858 OL

Swifts FC & Corinthians FC

17 12


Bob Roberts (West Bromwich Albion FC, goal), Bob Howarth (Preston North End FC) and Charlie Mason (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, back), Cecil Holden-White (Swifts FC) Charlie Shelton (Notts Rangers) and Andrew Amos (Old Carthusians AFC, half-backs), George Woodhall (West Bromwich Albion FC) and Kenny Davenport (Bolton Wanderers FC, right forwards) Jem Bayliss (West Bromwich Albion FC, centre forward), George Farmer (Everton FC and ex-Wales forward) and John Goodall (Preston North End FC, left forwards).

team notes:

Percy and Arthur Walters were brothers.
Norman Bailey extends his record appearance tally and extends his record as the player with the most captaincies. Herby Arthur overtakes Albemarle Swepstone's record of most appearances as a goalkeeper, in this, the most experienced England team thus far by a clear two appearances each. It is also only the third match in 14 years that there has been no debutants.
This is the first time England have won three matches in a row, but, they have gone on a record unbeaten sequence of nine matches, lasting nearly three years. Their 'Home' record is now at a record five matches unbeaten.
2-3-5 Arthur -
P.Walters, A.Walters -
Haworth, Bailey, Forrest -
Lofthouse, Dewhurst, Lindley, Cobbold, Bambridge


Age 23.5 Appearances/Goals 7.5 2.4


Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th
Colours: possibly Crimson and white
Capt: Humphrey Jones Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee, following a series of trial matches.
Wales Lineup
  Mills-Roberts, Dr Robert H. 24 5 August 1862 G

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

5 24 GA
  Davies, Alfred O. 24 early 1863 B

Barmouth FC & Swifts FC, England

4 0
Powell, John 26 25 March 1860 B

Druids FC & Newton Heath LYR FC, England

11 0
  Burke, Thomas 20/21 1864 HB

Wrexham AFC & Newton Heath LYR FC, England

6 0
  Jones, Humphrey 21 7 December 1862 HB

Bangor FC, Swifts FC, England & East Stirlingshire FC, Scotland

7 1
  Evelyn, Edward C. 24 winter 1862 HB

Radnorshire FC & Crusaders FC, England

1 0
  Owen, William 23/24 1862 OR

Chirk AAA FC

3 1
  Challen, John B. 23 26 March 1863 IR

Ruthin FC, Swifts FC, England, & Corinthians FC, England

1 0
  Wilding, Job 25 early 1862 CF

Wrexham Olympic FC & Bootle FC, England

6 1
  Lewis, William 20/21 1864 IL

Bangor FC

4 2
  Turner, William H. 19 summer 1867 OL

Wrexham AFC

1 0


reserves not known

team notes:

Wales had lost four players before the match. Jack Powell replaced his brother Albert (Druids FC), Tom Burke replaced Robert Roberts (Druids FC and Bolton Wanderers FC), Bill Turner replaced Tom Bryan (Oswestry FC and Merionethshire FC) and Job Wilding replaced Thomas Britten (Crusaders FC).
Dr. Robert Mills-Roberts apparently played in this match with both his wrists in plaster.  He was club secretary of St. Thomas Hospital.
2-3-5 Mills-Roberts -
Davies, Powell -
Burke, Jones, Evelyn -
Owen, Challen, Wilding, Lewis, Turner


Age 22.6/23.0 Appearances/Goals 4.4 0.5


    Match Report

The team chosen to represent England in this international match at the Oval on Saturday proved far too powerful for Wales...

About 4,000 people witnessed the contest. Choice of positions fell to England, who selected the western goal, which gave them the advantage of a light wind, and at five minutes past 3 Wilding kicked off for Wales...

England continued their aggressive tactics, and when rather more than a quarter of an hour had elapsed Cobbold shot the ball between the posts off one of the defending backs...

Ten minutes had elapsed since half-time when a fine middle by Cobbold enabled Lindley to register the second goal for England, who quickly afterwards again pressed their opponents...

Good passing among the forwards ended in Cobbold securing a third point for England, while a fourth resulted from the foot of Lindley. - The Times - Monday 28th February, 1887


Preston North End defeated the F.A. Cup holders, Blackburn Rovers, 8-2.

It was on 26 February 1887 that southern France and northern Italy were counting the cost of the Mediterranean earthquake, three days earlier. The death toll reached an estimated 2000 people.

Source Notes

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