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47 vs. Ireland

49 vs. Scotland

Monday, 13 March 1893
Home International Championship 1892-93 (10th) Match

England 6 Wales 0 [2-0]

Match Summary
England Party

Wales Party
Team Records

Victoria Athletic Ground, Boothen, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Attendance: 10,000; Kick-off 3.37pm GMT

England - Fred Spiksley ('from a freekick taken by Clare, Schofield sent in a low shot, which Trainer saved, Spiksley returned it and fairly beat the goalkeeper' 25, 'a hot scrimmage ended in him scoring a second' 43, rebound after Trainer saved Schofield shot 88 hattrick), Billy Bassett ('a swift oblique shot' 47), Jack Goodall ('the ball striking the crossbar and beating Trainer' 49), Jack Reynolds ('Bassett passed to Reynolds, who beat Trainer with a low, swift shot' 75).
Results 1891-1900

England won the toss, Wales kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - John Campbell

Linesmen - Charles James Hughes, 39 (16 August 1853), Northwich, Cheshire & G/J.H. Jones, Shrewsbury

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: White jerseys and navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Bob Holmes, first captaincy Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 20 February 1893 at 61 Chancery Lane, London, following trial games.
17th match, W 15 - D 1 - L 1 - F 72 - A 14.
England Lineup
  Sutcliffe, John W. 24 12 April 1868 G Bolton Wanderers FC 1 0 GA
  Clare, Thomas 28 4 February 1865 RB Stoke FC 3 0
  Holmes, Robert 25 23 June 1867 LB Preston North End FC 4 0
Reynolds, John 24 21 February 1869 RH West Bromwich Albion FC 2 1
  Perry, Charles 27 January 1866 CH West Bromwich Albion FC 3 0
  Turner, James 26 6 October 1866 LH Bolton Wanderers FC 1 0
Bassett, William I. 24 27 January 1869 OR West Bromwich Albion FC 9 3 or 4
  Whitehead, James 23 29 January 1870 IR Accrington FC 1 0
Goodall, John 29 19 June 1863 CF Derby County FC 8 7 or 8
  Schofield, Joseph A. 22 1 January 1871 IL Stoke FC 2 0
Spiksley, Frederick 23 25 January 1870 OL Wednesday FC 1 3


reserves not known

team notes:

Jack Goodall was the original inside-right, he replaced Blackburn Rovers FC's Jack Southworth at centre-forward, who had a leg injury. James Whitehead was then added as the new inside-right. Everton FC's Edgar Chadwick and Alf Milward were replaced on the left by Schofield and Spiksley. They were needed for their club's FA Cup semi-final appearance.
Jack Reynolds had already played five times for the Irish team, scoring once (1890-91 (two appearances and one goal against England))
This equals the oldest team England have fielded, and they also extend their record of back-to-back victories, now at eight matches, and extend their unbeaten record to eleven matches.
Confusion reigned as to who scored the final goal. The Times and Sporting Life credit Schofield.The Sportsman, The Field, Manchester Guardian, Liverpool Mercury say Spiksley put in the rebound after Trainer saved Schofield's shot.
2-3-5 Sutcliffe -
Clare, Holmes -
Reynolds, Perry, Turner -
Bassett, Whitehead, Goodall, Schofield, Spiksley


Age 25.1 Appearances/Goals 3.2 0.9


Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th
Colours: Probably blue and red halves shirts and white shorts
Capt: James Trainer Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee, at The Hand Hotel, Chirk, on Friday, 3 March 1893, following a series of trial matches.
Wales Lineup
  Trainer, James 30 7 January 1863 G Wrexham AFC & Preston North End FC, England 8 33 GA
  Jones, David 25/26 1867 RB Chirk AAA FC & Bolton Wanderers FC, England 9 0
  Parry, Charles F. 23 early 1870 LB Llansilin FC & Everton FC, England 3 0
  Williams, Edwin H. 25 summer 1868 RH Flintshire FC & Crewe Alexandra FC, England 1 0
  Davies, Joseph E. 28 12 July 1864 CH Druids FC & Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, England 7 0
  Morris, Edward 20/21 1872 LH Chirk AAA FC 1 0
  James, Edwin 23 spring 1869 OR Chirk AAA FC 1 0
  Vaughan, James 25 summer 1868 IR Druids FC 1 0
  Butler, John 24/25 early 1868 CF Chirk AAA FC 1 0
  Lewis, Benjamin 23/24 1869 IL Wrexham AFC & Middlesbrough FC, England 5 2
  Robert, Roberts 28/29 1864 OL Crewe Alexandra FC, England 2 1


reserves not known

team notes:

Bob Roberts replaced Rhayader FC & Blackburn Rovers FC's John Bowdler
2-3-5 Trainer -
Jones, Parry -
Williams, Davies, Morris -
James, Vaughan, Butler, Lewis, Roberts


Age 24.9/25.4 Appearances/Goals 3.5 0.3


    Match Report

The easy victory gained by England over Wales at Stoke-on-Trent yesterday was in keeping with expectations. The Football Association intrusted its good name to a purely professional side, whereas, at Birmingham, the England team which defeated Ireland by six goals to one on the 25th ult. was wholly amateur. Yesterday's football went much in the same way as at Birmingham, and the result, too, was very similar. Great interest was aroused by the game, and about 10,000 spectators assembled on the Stoke Ground, where the turf was in excellent condition. Choice of positions fell to England, who in the first half-time had the advantage of the wind, and at half-past 3 Wales kicked off...

...But the Englishmen soon drove the ball back to the visitors' end, where Spikesley scored the first goal for England. Out of some close forward play the home eleven again beat Trainor...

Then Goodall and Bassett got the ball to the other end, where the latter secured the third goal for England. He also had a considerable share in the fourth goal obtained by Goodall. Wales strove very hard to make matters a little even, but their efforts were not attended with success, although their backs did pretty well in the defence. Reynolds and Schofield each scored again for England, who were declared the winners by six goals to none. - The Times - Tuesday 14th March, 1893


It was on 13 March 1893 that France was in the grip of a corruption scandal that implicated 510 members of parliament in the taking of bribes to prevent the company set up to build the Panama Canal from collapsing because of its financial mismanagement. Only one person was sent to prison as a result of the trial, but the whole affair caused a severe lack of trust in French politicians.

Source Notes

The venue at Victoria Ground was chosen by the F.A. Committee in London on Monday, 20 February 1893, at the same time the team was chosen.
Welsh Football Data Archive
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