England Football Online
Unofficial Results
Page Last Updated 23 May 2021


5u/o vs. Scotland
unofficial match
41 vs. Ireland
42 vs. Wales

previous match (259 days)
43 vs. Scotland
next match (77 days)
44 vs. Ireland
45 vs. Wales

46 vs. Scotland

7u/o vs. Germany
  Saturday, 19 December 1891
Unaccredited International friendly

England 6 North America 1 [3-0]


The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London
Kick-off: tbc
Attendance: 1,500.

  North America kicked off
[1-0] George Cotterill 15
 headed in a Davies corner
[2-0] William Smith 40
[3-0] William Smith 42
[4-0] William Smith
[5-0] William Smith
 after a grand run by Cotterill

[6-1] Arthur Henfrey

[5-0] Davis goal disallowed for offside
[5-1] John Warbrick
another source states Buckingham scored
'The latter half of the game was played in semi-darkness and dense fog."                                                               

Match Summary




America Party

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

"The title of the match, England v. Canada, turned out to be something of a misnomer. At the time when the fixture was made there was every reason to believe that the Canadian team would be representative of the football of the Dominion. Circumstances over which I am quite prepared to admit the promoters may not have had absolute control, however, necessitated alterations in the visiting team which deprived the combination of a strictly representative character, or, at all events, prevented their posing as exclusively Canadians." The Sporting Life.
not known

England Team

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

Smith, William 23
39 days
10 November 1868 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 changes: 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 22 years 113 days9  


North America Team

Rank No official ranking system established; Colours not known
Captain not known Selection The Western Football Association
North America Lineup
  Shea, Dennis 21 1870 G Fall River Rovers 35 81ᵍᵃ
  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 RHB Fall River Rovers 41 6
  Dalton, James J. nk not known CHB Pawtucket 30 1
  Forrester, C. nk not known LHB Toronto Varsity 12 0
  Bell, Robert nk not known OR Fall River Rovers 23 5
  Bowman, Walter W. 22
130 days
 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
notes: 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 Times, Monday, 21 December 1891

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.

      Source Notes

Douglas Lamming's A Century of English International Football 1872-1972 & 1872-1988
Original newspaper reports, 1891