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Saturday, 15 March 1890
Home International Championship 1889-90 (7th) Match
One of two games played on the same day.

Wales 1 England 3 [1-0]

Match Summary
Wales Party

England Party
Team Records

The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, Denbighshire
Kick-off (GMT): 3.45pm (kicked-off fifteen minutes late)
Attendance: 5,000; Receipts: over £100 (new Welsh record);

Wales kicked-off. England won the toss
[1-0] Billy Lewis 38
'made a very fine run down and finished up by sending in a shot'
[1-1] ES Currey 49

'a shot that Gillam could not get to'
[1-2] ES Currey nk

'a clinking shot'
[1-3] Tinsley Lindley nk
'a lightining shot'

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]





Play was suspended several times due to the spectators encroaching.
James Davies
Sam Weller Widdowson
38 (16 April 1851)
Nottingham Forest FC
Hucknall Torkard
James B. Walker
(Scottish FA)
The 1889 International Football Association Board meeting:
The throw-in defined and new powers for the referee

Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th
Colours: possibly Crimson and white
Capt: Alf Davies Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee, on Monday, 3 March 1890.
Wales Lineup
  Gillam, Samuel G. 23 early 1867
born in Wiltshire
G Wrexham AFC & Shrewsbury Town FC, England 4 9 GA
  Davies, Dr. Alfred O. 27 early 1863 RB Wrexham AFC & Crewe Alexandra FC, England 9 0
  Jones, David 22/23 1867 LB Chirk AAA FC & Bolton Wanderers FC, England 6 0
  Davies, Joseph E. 25 12 July 1864 RH Druids FC & Newton Heath LYMR FC, England 5 0
  Jones, Humphrey 24 7 December 1862 CH Bangor FC & East Stirlingshire FC, Scotland 11 1
  Evans, Walter G. 22 Summer 1867 LH Builth FC & Bootle FC, England 1 0
  Challen, John B. 26 26 March 1863 OR Ruthin FC & Corinthians FC, England 4 0
  Jones, Richard O. 22/23 1867 IR Bangor FC & Crewe Alexandra FC, England 3 0
  Doughty, John 24 October 1865 CF Druids FC & Newton Heath LYMR FC, England 8 6
  Howell, E. Gwynne 22 Summer 1867 IL Builth FC 2 2
Lewis, William 25/26 1864 OL Bangor FC & Crewe Alexandra FC, England 10 2


Gillam and Evans were originally reserves. The others were the halves:- P.Griffith (Chirk FC) and Abel Heyes (Wrexham AFC), right wing:- D. Evans (Builth FC & Oswestry FC) and W.E. Pryce-Jones (Newtown AFC), centre:- D. Lewis (Bangor FC), left wing:- W.H. Turner (Wrexham AFC) and R.H. Jarrett (Ruthin FC).

team notes:

James Trainer (Preston North End FC) was due to start in goal, but his club refused to release him, and his place went to Gillam. Similarly, Bolton Wanderers FC refused to release Bob Roberts, his place going to Walter Evans.
Challen only worked at Wellingborough Grammar School, he did not play football for them.
This is the most experienced to team to face England, and possibly the oldest, thus far.
2-3-5 Gillam -
A.Davies, Jones -
J.Davies, H.Jones, Evans -
Challen, R.Jones, Doughty, Howell, Lewis.


Age 23.8-24.1 Appearances/Goals 5.7 0.9


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Percy Walters, fourth captaincy Selectors:
In Charge: NL Jackson (Corinthians FC)
The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Wednesday, 26 February 1890, at the Midland Hotel, Derby, following trial games.
8th match, W 7 - D 0 - L 1 - F 39 - A 8.
England Lineup
  Moon, William R. 21 7 June 1868 G Old Westminsters AFC & Corinthians FC 5 6 GA
  Walters, Percy M. 26 30 September 1863 RB Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 12 0
  Walters, Arthur M. 25 26 January 1865 LB Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 8 0
  Fletcher, Albert T. 23 1 April 1866 RH Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 2 0
  Holt, John 24 10 April 1865 CH Everton FC 1 0
  Shelton, Alfred 24 12 September 1865 LH Notts County FC 2 0
  Bassett, William I. 21 27 January 1869 OR West Bromwich Albion FC 4 1 or 2
Currey, Edmund Samuel 21 28 June 1868 IR Oxford University AFC, Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 1 2
Lindley, Tinsley 23 27 October 1865 CF

Nottingham Forest FC & Corinthians FC

11 11
  Wood, Harry 21 26 June 1868 IL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1 0
  Daft, Harry B. 23 5 April 1866 OL Notts County FC & Corinthians FC 2 0


As well as those named below, and those that took the field against Ireland, Bill Rowley (Stoke FC, goal), Harry Green (West Bromwich Albion FC, fullback), Harry Allen and Arthur Lowder (both Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, halfbacks), John Devey (Mitchell St. George FC, centre-forward), Davie Weir (Bolton Wanderers FC) and Edgar Chadwick (Everton FC, left wing).

team notes:

E.S. Currey withdrew from the match against Ireland to take George Cotterill's (Cambridge University AFC) place in this match.
Percy and Arthur Walters were brothers. Alf Shelton is the younger brother of Charlie (1888).
2-3-5 Moon -
P. Walters, A. Walters -
Fletcher, Holt, Shelton -
Bassett, Currey, Lindley, Wood, Daft


Age 22.9 Appearances/Goals 4.4 1.1


    Match Report

"There was a large gathering on the racecourse at Wrexham to witness the annual match between England and Wales. Lewis started the ball for the home team, but the visitors soon acted on the aggressive...

Jones and Doughty effected good runs, after which a free kick was allowed to the Welsh. This was at once followed by a goal, secured by Lewis...

At length the English made an incursion into their rivals' territory, and Currey sent the ball between the posts, thus bringing the score level...

At length Currey got in possession, and with a skilful shot obtained a second goal for England...

Lindley, however, quickly afterwards scored another goal". - Monday ,17 March, 1890, The Times

"The English team arrived at Chester on Saturday morning. They dressed at the Queen Hotel in that city, and left for Wrexham by special train at 2.35, in charge of Mr Jackson of the Corinthians, and were accompanied by several leading members of the English Association... Half-past three was the time announced for the kick-off, and about ten minutes after that time the Englishmen entered the enclosure, being received with loud cheers. A minute or two later the Welshmen came on the ground, and received quite an ovation. No time was wasted in getting the teams in position, and at a quarter to four the game commenced...." -

    The Football League on 15 March 1890:

Table 15 March 1890
Team P Pts
Preston North End 21 31
Everton 21 31
Blackburn Rovers 21 27
Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 25
Accrington 22 24
West Bromwich Albion 21 23
Derby County 22 21
Bolton Wanderers 21 18
Aston Villa 20 16
Notts County 20 16
Burnley 21 12
Stoke 20 8

  Kirkham, Barbour (J.Ross, Haworth OG)
 6,000 at Thorneyholme Road, Accrington

 Stewart 2, nk
 4,000 at Turf Moor, Burnley

Notts County were without Daft and Shelton, who were playing for England at Wrexham.

 Ferguson, Milward OG, Williamson OG.
  12,000 at Anfield, Liverpool.

Everton were without Johnny Holt, who was playing for England at Wrexham, whilst Fred Geary was scoring for England in Belfast.

 Woodhall, Bayliss (Owen)
  1,600 at Stoney Lane, West Bromwich.
West Brom were without Billy Bassett, who was playing for England at Wrexham, whilst Perry and Roberts were playing for England in Belfast.

 Wykes 3, Worrall, Brodie (Cassidy)
2,500 at Molineux, Wolverhampton.

Wolves were without Fletcher and Wood, who were playing for England at Wrexham, whilst Baugh and Mason were playing for England in Belfast. Bolton were without Kenny Davenport, who was in Belfast, and Di Jones, who was playing for Wales against England at Wrexham.

Everton's win put them level on points with League Champions, Preston, with only one match remaining. Defeat at West Brom, the following week, effectively ended their chances, and Preston went on to retain the title with a victory at Notts County. It was to be their last League Championship success.


It was on 16 March 1890 that the decision was taken to flood the Morfa Colliery at Port Talbot, as it continued to burn following an explosion, which killed 87 men, five days earlier. Some of the survivors described seeing ghostly apparitions below ground in the weeks before the disaster.

Source Notes

Welsh Football Data Archive
Original newspaper reports 
Rothmans Yearbooks
FA Yearbooks 1950-60