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

England 4 Wales 1 [1-1]

Victoria Athletic Ground, Boothen, Stoke-upon-Trent, Staffordshire
Kick-off (GMT): 'shortly after half past three'.
Attendance: 'about 5,000 persons on the ground'; 'there were 7,000 people'; 'presence of 8,000 spectators'; 'eight to nine thousand spectators assembled'; 'presence of some 10,000 spectators'.
Receipts: 'nearly £150'.

Football League Record
England's first visit to the Victoria Ground, to Stoke-upon-Trent, and to Staffordshire
Jack Southworth kicked-off Humphrey Jones won the toss

[1-1] John Goodall 17
 'kicked a goal over [Trainer's] head to equalise'
[0-1] Billy Owen 15
'Owen baffled the two Walters and sent it spinning into the goal'
<England's 50th first half goal (66 in 2nd half)
also England's 100th goal on a Saturday
[2-1] Billy Bassett 57
 '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'
- probably offside
[3-1] Fred Dewhurst ?
 'while Trainer was down after a loose scrimmage, Dewhurst scored a third'

[4-1] Jack Southworth ?
 'from another corner'

<The 100th goal conceded by Wales

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance] England Team Records Wal es
Charles Crump
46 (15 December 1840), Kingsland
Birmingham & District FA President
not known
John McIntyre Campbell
23 (3 April 1865), Thornliebank, Scotland

England Team

Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers
Captain Percy Walters Selection  following a trial game, The seven-man FA International Selection Committee.
P 2 of 4, W 2 - D 0 - L 0 - F 10 - A 2. Ebeneezer Morley, Charlie Clegg, Monty Betts & a W.H.Hope, were four of them. P 4 of 195, W 4 - D 0 - L 0 - F 19 - A 3.
  teams chosen at The Grand Hotel in Birmingham on Wednesday, 13 February 1889.
England Lineup
  eight changes to the previous match (only P.Walters, Bassett & Dewhurst remain) league position (13th February) ave lge pos: 3rd
  Moon, William R. 20
261 days
7 June 1868 G Old Westminsters AFC & Corinthians FC 3 2ᵍᵃ
  Walters, Percy M. 25
146 days
30 September 1863 RB Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 10 0
  Walters, Arthur M. 24
28 days
26 January 1865 LB Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 6 0
152   Fletcher, Albert T. 22
328 days
1 April 1866 RHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 3rd) 1 0
the 3rd/4th Wanderer to represent England
153   Lowder, Arthur 26
12 days
11 February 1863 CHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 3rd) 1 0
the 3rd/4th Wanderer to represent England only app 1889
154   Betts, William 24
334 days
26 March 1864 LHB Wednesday FC 1 0
the 7th Wednesday player to represent England only app 1889
Bassett, William I. 20
27 days
27 January 1869 OR West Bromwich Albion FC (FL 5th) 2 1
youngest comp. scorer so far
Goodall, John 25
249 days
19 June 1863 IR Preston North End FC (FL Champions) 3 2
155 Southworth, John 22
56 days
29 December 1866 CF Blackburn Rovers FC (FL 4th) 1 1
the 9th/10th Rover to represent England

Dewhurst, Frederick
69 days
16 December 1863
Preston North End FC (FL Champions) & Corinthians FC
9 12
=mst gls
final app 1886-89
156   Townley, William 23
9 days
14 February 1866 OL Blackburn Rovers FC (FL 4th) 1 0
the 9th/10th Rover to represent England
reserves: not known
team changes: Both half-backs, Davie Weir (Bolton Wanderers FC (FL 9th)) and Alf Shelton (Notts County FC (FL 10th)), 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.
team notes: Arthur and Percy Walters are the first set of brothers to play in the same team six times.
appearance notes: Percy Walters is the third player to make ten England appearances, whereas Fred Dewhurst is the eighth player to make nine, and Arthur Walters the fourteenth to make six.
44 players have appeared for England for more than three times, only 78 have done so more than once.
Only only player has now played in all four matches under the auspices of the ISC:- Dewhurst.
records: For the first time in their history, England have won four matches in a row, all under the oversight of the newly-formed International Selection Committee.
2-3-5 Moon -
P.Walters, A.Walters -
Fletcher, Lowder, Betts -
Bassett, Goodall, Southworth, Dewhurst, Townley.
Averages: Age 23 years 240 days Appearances/Goals 3.5 1.1


Wales Team

Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th
Colours "the Welshmen, clothed in a sort of red jersey..."
Dark red and blue halved collared shirts, white shorts, black socks
Captain Humphrey Jones Selectors Wales Selection Committee, following a series of trial matches
P 8 of 12, W 2 - D 1 - L 5 - F 18 - A 26. team chosen on Monday, 18 February 1889.
Wales Lineup
  Trainer, James 26
47 days
7 January 1863 G Wrexham AFC & Preston North End FC, England 3 11ᵍᵃ
110   Jones, William Parry 18
338 days
22 March 1870 RB Druids FC 1 0
  Jones, David 22
12 days
11 February 1867 LB Chirk AAA FC & Bolton Wanderers FC, England 3 0
  Hughes, Edward Percival Whitley 20
351 days
9 March 1868 RHB Bangor FC 2 0
  Jones, Humphrey 26
78 days
7 December 1862 CHB Wrexham AFC & Queen's Park FC, Scotland 8 1
  Roberts, Robert 24/25 1864 LHB Druids FC & Bolton Wanderers FC, England 5 1
111   Hallam, John 19
242 days
26 June 1869 OR Oswestry FC 1 0
only app 1889
  Jones, John Richard 24/25 1864 IR Bangor FC 2 0
  Lewis, William 24/25 1864 CF Bangor FC 7 2
112   Lea, Arthur 22
92 days
23 November 1866 IL Wrexham AFC 1 0
Owen, William 27
197 days
10 August 1861 OL Chirk AAA FC 5 2
reserves: not known
team changes: William Jones replaced the named captain, Alf Davies (Wrexham AFC), Percy Hughes replaces Peter Griffiths (Chirk AAA FC), Jack Hallam replaces G.Owen (Chirk AAA FC) and Arthur Lea replaces centre-forward Jack 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
Averages: Age 23 years 106-205 days Appearances/Goals 3.5 0.5


       Match Report Athletic News, Monday, 25 February 1889

Humphrey Jones beat 'P. M.' for the choice of ends, and decided to play with the wind. The English forwards started as though they meant to go in for passing, and the first bit of work by all the five was very good. They reached D. Jones, but that powerful young man sent the ball on a return journey, only to be brought back, and for a little while Trainer was kept jumping about. Then the Welsh forwards broke away and put in some pretty passing, Lewis at length scoring from a bonny pit of play. Owen got the ball in the centre, passed to Hallam, who gave it to R. Jones, and this player sent it across, Lewis rushing up and placing the ball past Moon in rare style. They fell off considerably after this, and we had quite an exhibition of outside wing play. Bassett and Townley going at a fine speed up the touchline, and from a splendid centre by 'the boy' there was a scrummage, and Goodall piloted the ball past his clubmate. England had the best of it, but not much, the two striplings on the Welsh right causing no end of trouble. However, no more scoring was done up to half-time, when honours were easy.
  The second half was very much in favour of England, and brought out Trainer's abilities as a goalkeeper, and he was again and again cheered for his fine display. The English forwards kept the ball well in the Welsh quarters, but for all that they did not display very great form, and were badly supported by the half-backs. At length, from a corner nicely placed by Lowder, Bassett beat Trainer with a sharp shot, but he was off-side when he made it, though the referee did not see it. Southworth neatly headed the ball to him, and Bassett was certainly behind one of the backs. Dewhurst was responsible for the third, after Trainer had saved, and Southworth obtained a fourth from a centre by Bassett—the little wonder thus having a hand in each of the goals. The Welshmen finished up, as they started, with some downright good play, and once Fletcher saved a certain goal in splendid fashion, bringing it right from under the bar. However, 'Time' was called without any further score being made, and England won by four goals to one.

       Match Report The Times, Monday, 25 February 1889

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...
              In Other News....
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.
Domestic Football Results (23 February 1889)                                  Teams in a silver box denotes a player representing England     
Football Association Challenge Cup 2nd Round replay: 
Nottingham Forest 2 Chatham 2ᴭᵀ
   Gregory Grounds, Lonton Sands (5,000)
Lindley, Tolley
~ Hibbard (2)
Lindley dropped out of the England team to play in this match.
Chatham won the second replay, at The Oval, five days later, two days before a quarter-final at home to the holders which they lost 10-1!
The Football League:              
Everton 0 West Bromwich Albion 1
   Anfield Road, Liverpool
Johnny Holt and Edgar Chadwick started for Everton
Bob Roberts, Charlie Perry, and scorer Jem Bayliss started for Albion, who were without Billy Bassett
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Notts County 1
   Dudley Road, Wolverhampton
Wood, Knight ~ Jackson
Wolves were without Jack Brodie, Albert Fletcher and Arthur Lowder. However, Billy Rose did start, as did Dick Baugh, Charlie Mason, Harry Allen and scorer, Harry Wood.
Alf Shelton dropped out of the England team to play for County
Team P
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
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.


"[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
The Annual University Match
Oxford 1 Cambridge 1
   Queen's Club, Kensington (3,000)
Hammond ~ Veitch
....also played
London 7 Sheffield 0
Newton Heath 1 Preston North End 0

      Source Notes

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