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32 vs. Wales

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

England 4 Wales 0

The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, Surrey, SE
Kick-off (GMT): 'shortly after three o'clock'; 'at five minutes past 3'; 'at
'about four thousand people were present'; 'about four thousand people witnessed'; 'numbered well over 4,000'; 'estimated between 5,000 and 6,000'.

Norman Bailey won the toss Job Wilding kicked-off
[1-0] Jack Powell own goal 14
 'Cobbold headed the ball, it going through off [Powell]'
some sources state that the first goal was a Nevill Cobbold goal.
[2-0] Tinsley Lindley 55
 'Cobbold ran down very cleverly and gave Lindley a chance'

Nevill Cobbold 75
 'from a splendid centre by Lofthouse'

[4-0] Tinsley Lindley 80
 'after some pretty play between Lofthouse and Dewhurst'.

"The weather was delightfully fine with a light wind."

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]


Team Records


Umpires "He [Mills-Roberts], probably, had nearly 50 shots to save".
Morton Peto Betts
39 (30 August 1847)
Old Harrovians FC
Richard Thomas Gough
26 (April 1859), Oswestry
(Welsh FA)
South Wales Daily News state J.Armstrong (Union) & A.H.Hunter (Welsh FA)and state Thomas Gough (Welsh FA) as referee
played for England in 1877
Thomas Devlin
29 (11 July 1857), Dairymple, Ayrshire, Scotland

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Norman Bailey¹⁵ ¹
P 14 - W 6 - D 3 - L 5 - F 38 - A 25.
Selectors: The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on Friday, 21 February 1887.
P 30 - W 14 - D 5 - L 11 - F 95 - A 58.
most captaincies so far
England Lineup
(four changes to the previous match)
  Arthur, W.J. Herbert 24
12 days
14 February 1863 G Blackburn Rovers FC 7 4ᵍᵃ
most gk apps
  Walters, Percy M. 23
149 days
30 September 1863 RB Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 6 0
  Walters, Arthur M. 22
31 days
26 January 1865 LB Cambridge University AFC, Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 4 0
  Haworth, George 22
132 days
17 October 1864 RHB Accrington FC 2 0
  Bailey, Norman C. 29
218 days
23 July 1857 CHB

Clapham Rovers FC & Corinthians FC

18 1
oldest player to represent England competitively - until his next appearance most experienced captain & most apps
  Forrest, James H. 22
247 day
24 June 1864 LHB

Blackburn Rovers FC

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

Preston North End FC & Corinthians FC

4 4
Lindley, Tinsley 21
122 days
27 October 1865 CF

Nottingham Forest FC, Cambridge University AFC & Corinthians FC

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

Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC

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

Swifts FC & Corinthians FC

17 12
most gls


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:

Arthur and Percy Walters are the first set of brothers to play in the same team four times.
Charlie Bambridge's brothers
, Ernest, played for England in 1876, and Arthur in 1881-84.


It is also only the third match in 14½ years that there has been no debutants, ensuring that they have now topped the seven appearances per player ratio.
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.
In the 66th minute of this match, both England and Herby Arthur broke the clean sheet record of 203 minutes. The match ended with the record of going 228 minutes without conceding a goal.
Arthur is the first England goalkeeper to keep three clean sheets.
2-3-5 Arthur -
P.Walters, A.Walters -
Haworth, Bailey, Forrest -
Lofthouse, Dewhurst, Lindley, Cobbold, Bambridge


Age 23 years 339 days Appearances/Goals 7.5 2.4
most experienced starting XI so far


Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th
Colours: Red collared shirts, white shorts, black socks
Capt: Humphrey Jones Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee, following a series of trial matches.
Wales Lineup
  Mills-Roberts, Dr Robert H. 24
205 days
5 August 1862 G

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

5 24ᵍᵃ
  Davies, Alfred O. 24 early 1863 Back

Barmouth FC & Swifts FC, England

4 0
  Powell, John 26
338 days
25 March 1860

Druids FC & Newton Heath LYR FC, England

11 0
the fourth own goal scored for England
  Burke, Thomas 20/21 1864 Half Back

Wrexham AFC & Newton Heath LYR FC, England

6 0
  Jones, Humphrey 21
81 days
7 December 1862

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

7 1
  Evelyn, Edward C. 24 winter 1862

Radnorshire FC & Crusaders FC, England

1 0
  Owen, William 23/24 1862 OR

Chirk AAA FC

3 1
  Challen, John B. 23
337 days
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


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 Tommy 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 22/23 Appearances/Goals 4.4 0.5


Match Report - London Evening Standard, Monday, 28 February 1887 In Other News.....

About four thousand people were present at Kennington Oval on Saturday to witness the ninth annual match between England and Wales under Association rules. The weather was delightfully fine, and a most enjoyable game was witnessed. The Football Association had got together a very powerful team to represent England, with the result that Wales suffered a severe defeat. Successful in the toss, the Englishmen selected the western goal, and shortly after three o'clock Wales kicked off with a light wind in their faces. Not many minutes elapsed before the ball was taken close up to the Welsh goal, and Bambridge made an unsuccessful shot. Again the visitors were severely pressed, and Mills-Roberts stopped shots by Lofthouse, Cobbold, and Bambridge. A quarter of an hour from the start England obtained their first goal, the ball going through of the defending backs. On play being resumed England again asserted their superiority. Their combination was remarkably good, while the defence of their backs prevented the visitors' forwards becoming dangerous. The home eleven made several attempts to increase their advantage, but this they had been unable to do up to half-time, when they were leading by one goal to none. Positions having been reversed, the home forwards again forced the play. Cobbold and Bambridge showed brilliant form along the left side. It was after a clever run by the former that Lindley scored a second goal for England. In spite of these losses Wales played in a most spirited manner. Subsequently Cobbold and Lindley each secured a further goal for England, who were declared the winners by four goals to none.

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.

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, 28 February 1887.


Source Notes  
Cris Freddi: Football Historian
Welsh Football Data Archive
Nick Gibbs' England: The Football Facts
Rothmans Yearbooks
Original newspaper reports