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Saturday, 23 February 1889
Home International Championship 1888-89 (6th) Match

England 4 Wales 1 [1-1]

Match Summary
England Party
Wales Party
Team Records

Victoria Athletic Ground, Boothen, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Attendance: 6,000; Kick-off 3.30pm

Wales - William Owen ('swift low shot' 15).
England -
John Goodall ('kicked a goal over [Trainer's] head to equalise'), Billy Bassett ('a corner taken by Shelton, the ball striking Southworth, bounded close to the goalpost where Bassett had only to move his foot to pass it through'), Fred Dewhurst ('while Trainer was down after a loose scrimmage, Dewhurst scored a third' [scored the 100th goal Wales have conceded]), Jack Southworth ('from another corner).
Results 1872-90

Wales won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]




Umpires -
C. Crump
Birmingham FA & not known
John Campbell

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
The 1888 International Football Association Board meeting:
The reconstruction of the umpires and refereeing system is to be decided upon at the next meeting.
Some rules rewritten.
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Percy Walters, second captaincy Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Wednesday, 13 February 1889 in Birmingham, following trial games.
4th match, W 4 - D 0 - L 0 - F 19 - A 3.
England Lineup
  Moon, William R. 20 7 June 1868 G Old Westminsters AFC & Corinthians FC 3 2 GA
  Walters, Percy M. 25 30 September 1863 RB Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 10 0
  Walters, Arthur M. 24 26 January 1865 LB Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 6 0
  Fletcher, Albert T. 22 1 April 1866 RH Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1 0
  Lowder, Arthur 26 11 February 1863 CH Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1 0
  Betts, William 24 26 March 1864 LH Wednesday FC 1 0
Bassett, William I. 20 27 January 1869 OR West Bromwich Albion FC 2 1
Goodall, John 25 19 June 1863 IR Preston North End FC 3 2
Southworth, John 22 29 December 1866 CF Blackburn Rovers FC 1 1
Dewhurst, Frederick 25 16 December 1863 IL

Preston North End FC & Corinthians FC

9 12
  Townley, William 23 14 February 1866 OL Blackburn Rovers FC 1 0


reserves not known

team notes:

Both half-backs, David Weir (Bolton Wanderers FC) and Alf Shelton (Notts County FC), Charlie's younger brother, withdrew from the line-up, replaced by William Betts and Arthur Lowder respectively. Tinsley Lindley (Nottingham Forest FC) was the original centre-forward, his place going to Jack Southworth on 19 February.
Percy and Arthur Walters were brothers. Fred Dewhurst equals the goalscoring record held with Charlie Bambridge.
For the first time in their history, England have won four matches in a row.
2-3-5 Moon -
P.Walters, A.Walters -
Fletcher, Lowder, Betts -
Bassett, Goodall, Southworth, Dewhurst, Townley.


Age 23.3 Appearances/Goals 3.5 1.1


Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th
Colours: possibly Crimson and white
Capt: Alf Davies Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee, following a series of trial matches.
Wales Lineup
  Trainer, James 26 7 January 1863 G Wrexham AFC & Preston North End FC, England 3 11 GA
  Jones, William P. 18/19 1870 RB

Druids FC

1 0
  Jones, David 21/22 1867 LB Chirk AAA FC & Bolton Wanderers FC, England 3 0
  Hughes, Edward P.W. 20/21 spring 1868 RH Bangor FC 2 0
  Jones, Humphrey 23 7 December 1862 CH

Wrexham AFC & Queen's Park FC, Scotland

8 1
  Roberts, Robert 24/25 1864 LH

Druids FC & Bolton Wanderers FC, England

5 1
  Hallam, John 19 summer 1869 OR

Oswestry FC

1 0
  Jones, Richard O. 21/22 1867 IR Bangor FC 2 0
  Lewis, William 24/25 1864 CF Bangor FC 7 2
  Lea, Arthur 22 23 November 1866 IL

Wrexham AFC

1 0
Owen, William 26/27 1862 OL

Chirk AAA FC

5 2


reserves not known

team notes:

WP Jones replaced Dr Alf Davies (Wrexham AFC), PW Hughes replaced Peter Griffiths (Chirk AAA FC), J.Hallam replaced G.Owen (Chirk AAA FC) and Arthur Lea replaced centre-forward John Doughty (Newton Heath LYR FC)
2-3-5 Trainer -
W.P.Jones, D.Jones -
Hughes, H.Jones, R.Roberts -
Hallam, R.Jones, Lewis, Lea, Owen


Age 22.1/22.8 Appearances/Goals 3.5 0.5


    Match Report

Many thousand spectators witnessed the annual encounter between England and Wales, played on Saturday under Association rules at Stoke. The visitors at first had the wind in their favour...

Wales now played up with greater determination, and when Moon had well met one attack, another was made, which ended in Owen scoring the first goal, after a quarter of an hour's play...

After a couple of ineffectual attempts to put the ball through, Goodall, who received it from Bassett, kicked a goal, and thus brought the score even...

England now had the advantage of the wind, and turned it to good account. A corner-kick fell to them, and this was so well made that Bassett registered a second goal. Other attacks were well met by Trainor; but at length Dewhurst shot the ball between the posts, thus gaining a third point for the home eleven...

Townley effected a good run and passed to Bassett, who in turn sent the ball over to Southworth, and the last-named shot it between the posts... - The Times - Monday 25th February, 1889.

    Football League

Football League Table
23 February 1889
Team P Pts
Preston North End 22 40
Aston Villa 21 29
Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 28
Blackburn Rovers 20 24
West Bromwich Albion 22 22
Accrington 20 18
Everton 21 18
Burnley 21 17
Bolton Wanderers 19 16
Notts County 19 12
Stoke 20 11
Derby County 17 9
  League matches played on 23 February 1889:

  2,079 (Anfield, Liverpool)

  West Brom were without Billy Bassett, who scored for England against Wales at Stoke.

  Wood, Knight (Jackson)
  4,000 (Dudley Road, Wolverhampton)

  Wolves were without Fletcher and Lowder, who were playing for England against Wales at Stoke.

Preston had already won the first League Championship with an unbeaten record and Aston Villa had clinched the runners-up place. West Brom and Wolves completed their fixtures with victories. Notts County lost their last three games and dropped to the bottom.

    Football Association Challenge Cup


Second Round replay (last 16) played on 23 February 1889:

  Tutin, Lindley (Hibbard 2)
  5,000 (Forest Recreation Ground, Nottingham)

Chatham won the second replay, at Kennington Oval, five days later, two days before a quarter-final at home to the holders which they lost 10-1!.


In the annual universities match, Cambridge and Oxford drew, 1-1, at Queen's Club in West Kensington.

It was on 22 February 1889 that three police officers were cleared at Newcastle Assizes of falsifying evidence in the Edlingham burglary case, ten years earlier. The two men convicted at the time had since been released after serving almost ten years in prison, when two other men confessed to the crime.

Source Notes


"[Albert] Fletcher related a good story about international teams. It was on an occasion that England were playing Wales at Wrexham "Pa" Jackson, of the Corinthians, had charge of the English team. "Pa" Jackson was a stickler for the alleged rights of the amateur over the professional. Only on the field of play could they fraternise. On the way to Wrexham the amateurs travelled in one compartment and Fletcher and his professional companions in another. They stayed at an hotel at Chester, and there was a like distinction.

Arriving at Wrexham, the amateurs dined and wined in one room at the hotel, while the "pros" had to make shift at another. Well, the hour of the match approached, and players arrived on the ground. Here there was not the slightest accommodation, not even to place coats, etc. The "Pros", however, discovered a fowl-pen close by, and utilised that, The amateurs and "Pa" Jackson had to do likewise! By the way, during the match Fletcher was "poached" by one of the amateurs, who offered to find him employment to go to another team." -
Sports Argus, Saturday, 30 December 1916

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