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56 vs. Ireland

58 vs. Scotland

Monday, 16 March 1896
Home International Championship 1895-96 (13th) Match

Wales 1 England 9 [0-5]

Match Summary
Wales Party

England Party
Team Records

Cardiff Arms Park, Westgate Street, Temperance Town, Cardiff, Glamorgan
Attendance: 10,000; Kick-off 4.00pm GMT

England - Gilbert Smith ('got possession from a scrimmage and with a low swift shot' 15, 'kicking another low, swift shot' 43), Steve Bloomer ('taking the ball on the rebound' 25, 'Sandiland's dashed away and a beautiful centre for Bloomer' 40, 'with a perfect daisy-cutter' 60, 'finished with a successful shot' 83, 'kicked the ninth' 89), Billy Bassett ('scored after a determined attack, through Jones' legs' 33), Jack Goodall ('with a swift shot' 80);
Wales - Tom Chapman ('from a Parry free-kick, back-heeled the ball into the net' 65)
Results 1891-1900

England won the toss, Wales kicked-off.


Match Summary






Referee - Thomas Robertson
31 (1 December 1864) Torrance, Stirlingshire, Scotland Football Association

Linesmen - George Stuart Sherrington, 35 (20 August 1861 in Islington), Suffolk Football Association, England & Thomas Edward Edwards, Wales

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Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th
Colours: "..the Welshmen playing in blue and red shirts"
Capt: Charlie Parry Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee, following a series of trial matches.
Wales Lineup
  Jones, Samuel 25/26 1870 G Wrexham AFC & Burton Swifts FC, England 5 23 GA
  Parry, Charles F. 26 early 1870 RB Newtown FC 8 1
  Arridge, Smart 23 21 June 1872
born in Sunderland
LB Bangor FC & Everton FC, England 5 0
  Rogers, Joseph P. 27/28 1868 RH Wrexham AFC 2 0
Chapman, Thomas 25 early 1871 CH Newtown FC & Manchester City FC, England 6 2
  Jones, John L. 29/30 early 1866 LH Ruddlan FC & Sheffield United FC, England 5 0
  Meredith, William H. 21 30 July 1874 OR Chirk AAA FC & Manchester City FC, England 4 2
  Davies, Joseph 29 summer 1866 IR Chirk AAA FC & Manchester City FC, England 4 0
  Morris, A. Grenville 18 13 April 1877 CF Aberystwyth FC 2 1
  Lewis, William 31/32 1864 IL Bangor FC & Chester FC, England 23 8
  Morris, Hugh 22/23 early 1872 OL Chirk AAA FC & Manchester City FC, England 2 2


reserves not known

team notes:

Smart Arridge was a very late replacement for David Jones (Bolton Wanderers FC). Jones was unable to take his place after not recovering from a back injury sustained a week earlier in a league match.
2-3-5 S.Jones -
Parry, Arridge -
Rogers, Chapman, J.Jones -
Meredith, Davies, A.G.Morris, Lewis, H.Morris.


Age 25.1-5 Appearances/Goals 6.0 1.4


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: "...and the Englishmen in white."
Capt: not known, but possibly Gilbert Smith Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Saturday evening, 7 March 1896 in Cliftonville, Belfast, following the Ireland match.
26th match, W 21 - D 4 - L 1 - F 110 - A 22.
England Lineup
  Raikes, George B. 22 14 March 1873 G Oxford University AFC & Corinthians FC 3 2 GA
  Crabtree, James W. 24 23 December 1871 RB Aston Villa FC 5 0
  Oakley, William J. 22 27 April 1873 LB Oxford University AFC & Corinthians FC 3 0
  Henfrey, Arthur G. 28 19 December 1867 RH Corinthians FC 4 2
  Crawshaw, Thomas H. 23 28 December 1872 CH Wednesday FC 3 0
  Kinsey, George 29 20 June 1866 LH Derby County FC 4 0
Bassett, William I. 27 27 January 1869 OR West Bromwich Albion FC 15 5 or 6

Bloomer, Stephen 22 20 January 1874 IR Derby County FC 4 9
Smith, Gilbert O. 23 25 November 1872 CF Oxford University AFC, Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 6 4
Goodall, John 32 19 June 1863 IL Derby County FC 12 11 or 12
  Sandilands, Rupert R. 27 7 August 1868 OL Old Westminsters AFC & Corinthians FC 5 3


reserves not known

team notes:

'Just before the match commenced it was an open question whether Crawshaw would play, as he had received a wire from home conveying the sad news of the death of his youngest child.' - Wrexham Advertiser, 21 March 1896.
Jack Goodall becomes England's oldest goalscorer, aged 32 years and 271 days.
England's unbeaten run has now reached a record twenty matches, lasting six years.
2-3-5 Raikes -
Crabtree, Oakley -
Henfrey, Crawshaw, Kinsey -
Bassett, Bloomer, Smith, Goodall, Sandilands.


Age 25.4 Appearances/Goals 5.8 2.4


    Match Report

The Welsh eleven were completely outclassed at Cardiff yesterday, and England beat them by nine goals to one. This is the severest defeat Wales have experienced in the 18 years of the match ; but the heavy score in no way exaggerated the greater merits of the Englishmen. The forwards were a splendid lot, and combined brilliantly, and were well-supported by the judicious manner in which the halves placed the ball for them...

At an early period of the game the better football of the Englishmen made itself felt, and after G. O. Smith had opened the scoring, the visitors began to build up a heavy record. Bassett, Goodall, and G. O. Smith were brilliant in their game near goal, and were mostly responsible for the increase of the English score to five goals to none before half time. England had to face the wind in the second period, but their skill always prevailed ; and they obtained four more goals to one by Wales, so that in the end England won by nine goals to one.

This was England's 14th win to two by Wales, while two matches have been drawn. The goal aggregate is 64 to 18. - The Times - Tuesday 17th March, 1896

    Football League


Football League Division One
16 March 1896
Team P Pts
Aston Villa 27 41
Derby County 25 36
Everton 26 35
Sunderland 27 31
Bolton Wanderers 25 30
Stoke 25 26
The Wednesday 26 25
Blackburn Rovers 23 24
Preston North End 26 24
Sheffield United 26 23
Burnley 26 22
Nottingham Forest 24 21
Bury 23 20
Small Heath 24 16
Wolverhampton Wanderers 25 15
West Bromwich Albion 26 15


Division One match played on 16 March 1896:

Clawley o.g., Robertson
 1,500 (Turf Moor, Burnley)

Burnley had put four goals past Stoke in January without reply, when the game was abandoned because of fog with only 16 minutes remaining, so they would have felt that justice had prevailed. Their request that the original result should stand had been rejected and the game was thus replayed.













Football League Division Two
16 March 1896
Team P Pts
Liverpool 27 41
Manchester City 26 41
Burton Wanderers 25 36
Grimsby Town 25 33
Newcastle United 24 28
Woolwich Arsenal 26 27
Newton Heath 24 27
Leicester Fosse 23 24
Darwen 25 24
Burton Swifts 26 24
Notts County 25 20
Lincoln City 25 18
Rotherham Town 27 17
Burslem Port Vale 21 13
Loughborough 23 12
Crewe Alexandra 24 11


Division Two match played on 16 March 1896:

300 (Clifton Grove, Rotherham)

This was the last point secured by Rotherham Town as a football club. They lost their three remaining fixtures and then chose not to apply for re-election to the Football League at the end of the season. The club folded shortly afterwards.

















It was on 16 March 1896 that 63-year-old William Cromwell, of Birkenshaw in Yorkshire was sentenced to death for the murder of his next-door neighbour, Sarah Baxendale (70), with an axe, following a long-running argument over the use of a communal well. Cromwell, at first, fled the scene, but as a crowd approached his house looking for retribution, he gave himself up to the village constable. His victim clung to life for almost four weeks, before finally succumbing to her injuries.

Source Notes

The venue of Cardiff Arms Park was chosen when the Welsh Selection Committee chose their team to face Ireland on Wednseday, 19 February 1896.

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