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40 vs. Scotland

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43 vs. Scotland

Saturday, 7 March 1891
Home International Championship 1890-91 (8th) Match
One of two games played on the same day.

England 4 Wales 1 [4-0]

Match Summary

England Party

Wales Party
Team Records

Ashville Ground, Newcastle Road, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, county Durham
Attendance: 15,000; Kick-off: 3.35pm GMT; Kicked-off five minutes after the Ireland match.

England - John Goodall ('returned with a shot' 7), Jack Southworth ('goalkeeper allowed to slip through his hands' 30), Edgar Chadwick ('headed through' 35), Alf Milward ('from a scrimmage in front of goal' 37)
Wales - Edmund Howell (81)
Results 1891-1900

Wales won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee Thomas R. Park
28/29 (1862), Scotland

Umpires - John Charles Clegg, 39 (15 June 1850), Sheffield (Sheffield FA President) & unknown.

"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.".

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
The 1890 International Football Association Board meeting:
The penalty kick proposed and delayed for a year
  Fouls Conceded  

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 Goodall, first captaincy Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Thursday, 26 February 1891 at The Clarendon Hotel, Derby, following an inadequate trial game.
10th/11th match, W 9 - D 1 - L 1 - F 50 - A 11.
England Lineup
  Wilkinson, Leonard R. 22 15 October 1868 G Oxford University AFC & Corinthians FC 1 1 GA
  Porteous, Thomas S. 25 winter 1865 RB Sunderland AFC 1 0
  Jackson, Elphinstone 22 9 October 1868
in India
LB Oxford University AFC & Corinthians FC 1 0
  Smith, Albert 21 23 July 1869 RH Nottingham Forest FC 1 0
  Holt, John 25 10 April 1865 CH Everton FC 2 0
  Shelton, Alfred 24 12 September 1865 LH Notts County FC 4 0
  Brann, George, retired 35th min., returned for second-half 25 23 April 1865 OR Swifts FC & Corinthians FC 3 0
Goodall, John 25 19 June 1863 IR Derby County FC 5 3 or 4
Southworth, John 24 29 December 1866 CF Blackburn Rovers FC 2 2
Chadwick, Edgar W. 21 14 June 1869 IL Everton FC 1 1
Milward, Alfred 20 12 September 1870 OL Everton FC 1 1


reserves 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) prior to the game.
Edgar Chadwick is the thirtieth player to score on his England debut.
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 23.1 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 11 GA
  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 RH Caernarfon Athletic FC & Bootle FC, England 1 0
  Jones, Humphrey 25 7 December 1862 CH Bangor FC & Queen's Park FC, Scotland 13 1
  Parry, Charles F. 21 early 1870 LH Llansilin FC & Everton FC, England 1 0
  Davies, Joseph E. 26 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


reserves not known

team notes:

Gwynne Howell and Billy Hughes replaced John Bowdler and Alf Davies.
Dick and Bill Turner were brothers.
This is the most experienced team to face England, and possibly the oldest, thus far.
2-3-5 R.Turner -
Evans, Powell -
Hughes, Jones, Parry -
Davies, Owen,
W.Turner, Howell, Lewis


Age 24.8-25.1 Appearances/Goals 5.1 0.8


    Match Report

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 9th March, 1891

    Football League


Football League Table
7 March 1891
Team P Pts
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


League matches played on 7 March 1891:

7,000 (
Ewood Park, Blackburn)

Blackburn were without Jack Southworth, who scored for England against Wales at Sunderland.

 Nicol 3, Marr 2, Hill (nk, N.Ross)
7,000 (Turf Moor, Burnley)

Nicholls 2, Pearson 2, Groves (Kirkham)
800 (Stoney Lane, West Bromwich)

West Brom were without Billy Bassett, who scored for England against Ireland at Wolverhampton. in which Bayliss and Perry also played, whilst Seth Powell was playing for Wales against England at Sunderland.






* Sunderland were 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.


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 practice, less than two years later.

Source Notes

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