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43 vs. Scotland

unofficial 6

44 vs. Wales
44 vs. Ireland

Saturday, 19 December 1891
Unaccredited International friendly

England 6 North America 1 [3-0]

Match Summary

England Party

North America Party

The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London
Attendance: not known;
Kick-off tbc

England - William Smith (4), Arthur Henfrey, George Cotterill
Canada - J.C. Warbrick
Unofficial Results

? won the toss, ? kicked-off.


Match Summary




North America

Referee - Nicholas Lane Jackson
42 (1 November 1849), West Hackney, London (Corinthians FC & FA Hon. Secretary)

Linesmen - not known

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
The 1891 International Football Association Board:
The penalty kick introduced
Some Laws rewritten
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: Probably white shirts and navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: not known Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee (Messrs. Jackson, Clegg, Gregson, Hughes, Widdowson, Crump, Bentley and Gunning), on Friday, 11 December 1891 at The Royal Hotel, Manchester.
England Lineup
  Gay, Leslie H. 20 24 March 1871 G Cambridge University AFC, Old Brightonians AFC & Corinthians FC
  Pelly, Frederick R. 22 11 August 1869 RB Old Foresters AFC & Corinthians FC
  Fry, Charles B. 20 25 April 1872 LB Oxford University AFC & Old Reptonians AFC
  Brook, Arthur K. 23 10 December 1868 RH Casuals FC
  Topham, Arthur G. 23 19 February 1869 CH Casuals FC & Corinthians FC
  Thompson, Frederick nk not known LH Nottingham Forest FC
  Stanbrough, M. Hugh 21 2 September 1870 OR Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC
Cotterill, George H. 23 4 April 1868 IR Cambridge University AFC, Old Brightonians AFC & Corinthians FC

Smith, William nk not known CF Nottingham Forest FC
Henfrey, Arthur G. 24 19 December 1867 IL Corinthians FC
  Davis, Harry nk not known OL Birmingham St. George FC


reserves not known

team notes:

Sheffield United FC's Mick Whitham, Old Westminsters FC's W.N. Winckworth, Rupert Sandilands and John Veitch were all in the line-up, their places going to Brook, Charlie Wreford-Brown (Old Carthusians AFC), Stanbrough and Cotterill on 17 December because of cup ties those players had to participate in.  Wreford-Brown dropped out before the match, the centre-half placing finally going to Topham.
2-3-5 Gay -
Pelly, Fry -
 Brook, Topham, Thompson -
Stanbrough, Cotterill, Smith, Henfrey, Davis


Age nk  


North America Team



No official ranking system established; Colours: not known
Capt: not known Selectors: The Western Football Association
North America Lineup
  Shea, D nk not known G Fall River Rovers 35 81 GA
  Gregory, E.J. nk not known RB Fall River Rovers 41 0
  Buckley, Joseph W. nk not known LB Fall River Rovers 29 0
  Waring, Henry nk not known RH Fall River Rovers 41 6
  Dalton, James J. nk not known CH Pawtucket 30 1
  Forester, C. nk not known LH Toronto Varsity 12 0
  Bell, Robert nk not known OR Fall River Rovers 23 5
  Bowman, Walter W. 22  11 August 1870 IR Toronto Scottish 37 12
Warbrick, John C. nk not known CF Toronto Varsity 28 1
  Buckingham, Walter E. 19/20 1872 IL Toronto Varsity 20 7
  Jeffrey, Alex nk not known OL Pawtucket 44 27


reserves not known


appearance totals are the total number of appearances that had been made, including this one, since the beginning of the North American tour in August 1891.
2-3-5 Shea -
Gregory, Buckley -
Waring, Dalton, Forester -
 Bell, Bowman, Warbrick, Buckingham, Jeffrey.


Age tbc Appearances/Goals 30.9 5.4


    Match Report

The Council of the Football Association selected a strong eleven to oppose the Canadians, who have been touring in this country since the beginning of the season, and at Kennington Oval on Saturday the home side justified their choice by a very substantial victory. Cold, bright weather and a dry ground were the conditions under which the game took place. Quite early, the Englishmen showed better style and combination, and their ultimate success was in no way surprising. Soon after the start the visitors were driven back and, although defending well, they failed to stop a goal by Cotterill for England. Again the home side attacked and several times the ball was driven behind ; but the Canadians occasionally acted on the aggressive and in one instance Gay narrowly escaped being beaten. However, Smith at last added a second goal, while a pass from the centre enabled the same player to register a third. There was no further scoring prior to half-time. On resuming, Shea, the visitors' goalkeeper, saved various shots during an attack that was kept up with great energy until a fourth point came from the foot of Smith on the English right wing. Momentarily the Canadians forced the game, but Smith obtained another goal, following which a point for the Canadians was noted, and also a sixth by Henfrey for England, who were left the winners by six goals to one. - The Times - Monday 21st December, 1891

Source Notes

Douglas Lamming's England International who's who, 1972
Original newspaper reports, 1891