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
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
BOYS OF THE OLD BRIGADE
"[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