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The 1890 International Football Association Board meeting:
The penalty kick proposed and delayed for a year
Saturday, 7 March 1891
Home International Championship 1890-91 (9th) Match

One of two games played on the same day.
England 4 Wales 1 [4-0]

Players lost since last match
Conrad Warner (10 April 1890) 39

Football League Record

The Football Ground, Newcastle Road, Monk Wearmouth, Sunderland, county Durham
Kick-off (GMT): 'at 3.35pm.'

Attendance: 'before 10,000'; 'quite 10,000 spectators'; 'fully 12,000 witnessed'; 'about 12,000 persons'; 'about 15,000 persons'.

Jack Southworth kicked off Humphrey Jones won the toss
[1-0] John Goodall 7
 'returned with a shot after Turner cleared'
[1-0] Porteous scores from indirect freekick - disallowed
[2-0] Jack Southworth 30

 'goalkeeper allowed to slip through his hands, after Smith headed back his goal-kick'

[3-0] Edgar Chadwick header 35

 'headed through a Smith corner'

[4-0] Alf Milward 37

 'from a scrimmage in front of goal after is struck the crossbar'
  [4-1] Edmund Howell 82
'the ball passing close under the bar'

Match Summary

Officials          England Team Records Wal es
Thomas Russell Park
29 (4 September 1861), Glasgow, Scotland
"Two special footballs were used for the occasion, one, a "Star Champion," presented by Mr Henry Murton, and the other by Mr J. R. Auld, captain of the Sunderland team, and were used in the different halves of the game.".
John Charles Clegg
39 (15 June 1850)
Sheffield FA President
J. Taylor
played for England in 1872

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: "They wore white flannels with a badge composed of three lions and a crown."
Capt: John Goodall² ¹
first, W 1 - D 0 - L 0 - F 4 - A 1.
Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Thursday, 26 February 1891 at The Clarendon Hotel, Derby (below), following an inadequate trial game.
11th match, W 9 - D 1 - L 1 - F 50 - A 11.
England Lineup
  ten changes to match 40 (only Shelton remains) league position (26th February)  
179   Wilkinson, Leonard R. 22
143 days
15 October 1868 G Oxford University AFC & Corinthians FC 1 1ᵍᵃ
only app 1891
180   Porteous, Thomas S. 25 winter 1865 RB Sunderland AFC (FL 6th) 1 0
the first Sunderland player to represent England only app 1891
181   Jackson, Elphinstone 22
149 days
9 October 1868
in Alipore, India
LB Oxford University AFC & Corinthians FC 1 0
only app 1891
182   Smith, Albert 21
227 days
23 July 1869 RHB Nottingham Forest FC 1 0
the ninth Forester to represent England
  Holt, John 24
142 days
16 October 1866 CHB Everton FC (FL CHAMPIONS) 2 0
  Shelton, Alfred 25
176 days
12 September 1865 LHB Notts County FC (FL 4th) 4 0
  Brann, George, retired 35th min., returned for second-half 25
318 days
23 April 1865 OR Swifts FC & Corinthians FC 3 0
final app 1886-91
Goodall, John 27
261 days
19 June 1863 IR Derby County FC (FL 9th) 5 3 or 4
Southworth, John 24
68 days
29 December 1866 CF Blackburn Rovers FC (FL 5th) 2 2
183 Chadwick, Edgar W. 21
266 days
14 June 1869 IL Everton FC (FL CHAMPIONS) 1 1
  thirtieth debutant to score the 3rd/4th Evertonian to represent England
184 Milward, Alfred 20
176 days
12 September 1870 OL Everton FC (FL CHAMPIONS) 1 1
first to play born in the 1870's the 3rd/4th Evertonian to represent England


not known

team notes:

Wilkinson had replaced Billy Moon (Old Westminsters AFC) in the goal. Smith took the place of John Barton (Blackburn Rovers FC (FL 5th)) prior to the game.
"The Englishmen stayed at the Grand Hotel, Bridge-street."
2-3-5 Wilkinson -
Porteous, Jackson -
Smith, Holt, Shelton -
Brann, Goodall, Southworth, Chadwick, Milward
notes: While Brann was retired injured, Goodall controlled the right without hindrance. Southworth had also been injured during the second half, during which time he swapped positions with Milward.


Age 23 years 281-287 days Appearances/Goals 2.0 0.3


Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th
Colours: "They were dressed in a shade of red and blue."
Capt: Humphrey Jones Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee, following a series of trial matches.
Wales Lineup
  Turner, Richard E. 25 early 1866 G Wrexham AFC 2 11ᵍᵃ
  Evans, Walter G. 23 summer 1867 RB Builth FC & Aston Villa FC, England 2 0
  Powell, Seth 28 summer 1862 LB Summerhill FC & West Bromwich Albion FC, England 4 0
  Hughes, William 25/26 1865 RHB Caernarfon Athletic FC & Bootle FC, England 1 0
  Jones, Humphrey 25
90 days
7 December 1862 CHB Bangor FC & Queen's Park FC, Scotland 13 1
final app 1885-91
  Parry, Charles F. 21 early 1870 LHB Llansilin FC & Everton FC, England 1 0
  Davies, Joseph E. 26
238 days
12 July 1864 OR Chirk AAA FC & Ardwick FC, England 4 0
  Owen, William 28/29 1862 IR Chirk AAA FC 11 3
  Turner, William H. 23 summer 1867 CF Wrexham AFC 4 0
Howell, E. Gwynne 23 summer 1867 IL Builth FC 3 3
  Lewis, William 26/27 1864 OL Bangor FC & Crewe Alexandra FC, England 11 2


not known

team notes:

Gwynne Howell and Billy Hughes replaced John Bowdler and Alf Davies.
Dick and Bill Turner were brothers.
"The Welshman at the Queen's Hotel, in Fawcett-street."
2-3-5 R.Turner -
Evans, Powell -
Hughes, Jones, Parry -
Davies, Owen,
W.Turner, Howell, Lewis


Age 24/25 Appearances/Goals 5.1 0.8
possibly oldest England have faced so far
"It had been arranged that after the match they [the teams] and the officials should be entertained at dinner at the Queen's Hotel, the Mayor (Mr. R. Shadforth, J.P.), presiding." - Sunderland Daily Echo, Monday, 7 March 1891


Match Report - Manchester Courier, Monday, 9 March 1891 In Other News.....
The first international match played in Sunderland took place on Saturday afternoon, between two teams representing England and Wales. The weather was beautifully fine, and the ground in excellent condition, and fully 12,000 witnessed a fairly exciting though rather one-sided game. Smith, of Notts Forest, played instead of Barton for England, while Howell and Hughes took the places of Boudler and Davies on the Welsh side. Southworth kicked off for England, who had the sun in their faces. The Welshmen received the first corner, but the shot was well cleared. After a little relief Wales were again the aggressors, but Porteous saved in fine style. Soon the leather was taken into the Welsh half, and within five minutes of the start Goodall obtained the first goal for England. The Welshman then had a look in, and Davies with a grand shot called upon Wilkinson to save, which he did at the expense of a corner. A miskick by one of the Welsh halves robbed them of their advantage, but immediately afterwards 'hands' against England enabled Wales to press, and Holt had to concede a corner. After some mid-field play a big kick by Jackson drove the Welshmen back. Next Porteous stopped two fine rushes, and then Brann got a clear opening, but kicked over the bar. A foul was given against Howell, and Porteous, from the centre of the field, sent the ball through, but leather not having been touched by another player. After dashing play by Turner, Howell, and Lewis, Jackson stopped several Welsh attacks. Then Brann commenced a run, which nearly scored. Goodall, however, did score immediately afterwards, and after a little pressing by Wales, Chadwick headed through a third, Milward getting No. 4 a few minutes later, the teams crossing over with the score: England, four goals; Wales, nil.

Scotland won the rugby union 'Triple Crown' for the first time when they defeated England, 9-3 at Richmond.
It was on 7 March 1891 that a dispute between two doctors on the streets of Wheeling in West Virginia ended in 31-year-old Dr. George Garrison, the City Health Officer shooting dead Dr, George Baird, thirty years his senior, who was also carrying a gun. The pair had disagreed over alleged health violations and they had clashed in public, six months earlier, with Dr. Garrison knocking his former friend to the ground. Although he was found guilty of second-degree murder, an appeal reduced his sentence and he returned to his medical practise, less than two years later.

Brann, who had retired hurt before the first half was concluded, returned after the interval. Turner started play, and Wales got close up to the English goal line. Their stay was short, however, and then Turner and Evans were kept hard on the defence for a time. For the next 20 minutes each side made attempts on their opponents' goal, but the defence on each side was impregnable. Milward and Chadwick got at close quarters, but Jones dispossessed the latter of the ball, and twice Wilkinson had to save. At last the Welshmen were driven back, and Chadwick sent in a long shot which dropped just outside the goalposts. More even play followed, Howell, Lewis, and Parry being very conspicuous, and Davies and Turner for Wales each had shots. Parry cleared an attack with considerable skill. About 10 minutes from time Davies got a nasty blow on the face, by coming in contact with Shelton. Immediately afterwards, owing to a miskick by Porteous, Howell scored the first and only goal for Wales. He attempted to repeat the performance but failed, and the match ended in a victory for England.
Wales made a good fight against their powerful opponents at Sunderland on Saturday. There was an immense company of spectators at the Newcastle-road ground. The English side worked well together, and their combination proved too much for the visitors' defence. From a middle by Chadwick the first goal was placed to the credit of England by Goodall. The Welshmen were severely pressed, and a fast shot by Southworth beat their goal-keeper a second time. Brann, who had been playing very well, had to retire owing to a slight injury, but he subsequently resumed his place on the right wing for a little while. During his absence the Englishmen doubled their advantage and crossed over four goals ahead...
Within a few minutes of the expiration of time Wales managed to score, and the ultimate result was a victory for England by four goals to one." - The Times, Monday, 9 March 1891
Domestic Football Results (7 March 1891)                                          Teams in a silver box denotes a player representing England
Football League:
Blackburn Rovers 0
Bolton Wanderers

   Ewood Park, Blackburn (6,000)
Davenport, Turner
Blackburn were without Jack Southworth, but did start with Jimmy Forrest, Joe Lofthouse, Nat Walton and Bill Townley.
John Sutcliffe and scorers Kenny Davenport & Jimmy Turner started for Bolton
Burnley 6 Preston North End 2
   Turf Moor, Burnley (6,000)
Nicol (3), Marr (2), Hill
~ Dewhurst, N.Ross
 Bob Howarth, Bob Holmes and scorer, Fred Dewhurst were playing for Preston
West Bromwich Albion 5 Accrington 1
   Stoney Lane, West Bromwich (800)
Nicholls (2), Pearson (2), Groves
~ Kirkham
West Brom were without Billy Bassett, Charlie Perry and Jem Bayliss, However, they did start with Joe Reader and George Woodhall
George Haworth and Jimmy Whitehead started for Accrington
Team P
Everton 21 29
Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 26
Preston North End 20 25
Blackburn Rovers 19 24
Notts County 21 24
Sunderland 20  19*
Bolton Wanderers 19 19
Burnley 20 19
Derby County 21 15
Aston Villa 19 14
Accrington 20 14
West Bromwich Albion 19 10
*deducted two points for fielding an unregistered player
The shock defeats for FA Cup holders, Blackburn and defending League Champions, Preston meant that Everton were on the verge of their first title success. This was confirmed a week later when Preston lost at Sunderland to relinquish their prize after winning the first two championships, though they did secure the runners-up place.
Source Notes  
Cris Freddi: Football Historian
Welsh Football Data Archive
Nick Gibbs' England: The Football Facts
Rothmans Yearbooks
Original newspaper reports