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Monday, 20 March 1899
Home International Championship 1898-99 (16th) Match

England 4 Wales 0 [2-0]
 


Match Summary

England Squad
Wales Squad
Team Records

Ashton Gate, Ashton Vale, Bedminster, Bristol, Gloucestershire
Attendance: 10,000;
Kick-off: 3.30pm GMT

England - Ernest Needham ('from a Smith free-kick' 30), Steve Bloomer ('rebound, after an Athersmith shot and Jones save' 44, 'from Forman's centre' 86), Fred Forman ('Athersmith made a grand run the length of the field and sent to Fred Forman, who dribbled the ball in' 55)
Results 1891-1900

England won the toss, Wales kicked-off.

 

Match Summary

 
Officials

England

Type

Wa

les
Referee - Thomas Robertson
34 (1 December 1864), Torrance, Stirlingshire, Scotland Football Association

Linesmen - Percy Alexander Timbs, 33 (13 June 1865), St. Giles, London, England & not known

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England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: White jerseys and navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Gilbert Smith, eighth, ninth or tenth captaincy Selectors:
In charge: Charles J. Hughes
The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 27 February 1899, at 61 Chancery Lane, London.
35th match, W 28 - D 4 - L 3 - F 149 - A 31.
England Lineup
  Robinson, John W. 28 22 April 1870 G Southampton FC 6 5 GA
  Thickitt, Henry 26 summer 1872 RB Sheffield United FC 1 0
  Williams, William 23 20 January 1876 LB West Bromwich Albion FC 6 0
  Forman, Frank 23 23 May 1875 RH Nottingham Forest FC 4 1
  Crabtree, James W. 27 23 December 1871 CH Aston Villa FC 8 0
Needham, Ernest 26 21 January 1873 LH Sheffield United FC 9 2
  Athersmith Harper, W. Charles 26 10 May 1872 OR Aston Villa FC 9 3
Bloomer, Stephen 25 20 January 1874 IR Derby County FC 10 19
  Smith, Gilbert O. 26 25 November 1872 CF Old Carthusians FC & Corinthians FC 15 10
  Settle, James 23 September 1875 IL Bury FC 2 3
Forman, Frederick R. 25 8 November 1873 OL Nottingham Forest FC 2 3

reserves:

reserves not known

team notes:

Fred and Frank Forman were brothers.
 
2-3-5 Robinson -
Thickitt, Williams -

Fk Forman, Crabtree, Needham -
Athersmith, Bloomer, Smith, Settle
, Fd Forman.

Averages:

Age 25.3 Appearances/Goals 6.5 3.4

 

Wales Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th
Colours: Probably blue and red halves shirts and white shorts
Capt: Smart Arridge Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee, following a series of trial matches.
Wales Lineup
  Jones, Samuel 28/29 1870 G Druids FC 6 27 GA
  Blew, Horace E. 21 January 1878 RB Wrexham AFC 3 0
  Arridge, Smart 26 21 June 1872
born in Sunderland
LB New Brighton Tower FC, England 8 0
  Richards, George 24 winter 1874 RH Druids FC 3 0
  Buckland, Thomas J. 28 summer 1870 CH Bangor FC 1 0
  Harrison, William C. 26 summer 1872
born in Portsmouth
LH Wrexham AFC 1 0
  Vaughan, James 30 summer 1868 OR Druids FC 4 0
  Meredith, William H. 24 30 July 1874 IR Manchester City FC, England 10 4
  Owen, Trevor 23/24 1874/75 CF Crewe Alexandra FC, England 2 0
  Morris, A. Grenville 21 13 April 1877 IL Nottingham Forest FC, England 7 1
  Atherton, Robert 22 29 July 1876 OL Hibernian FC, Scotland 2 0

reserves:

reserves not known

team notes:

Neither Fred Kelly of Wrexham AFC, Tottenham Hotspur FC's John Jones (injury), Wolverhampton Wanderers FC's John Mathais ('cried off!') or Preston North End FC's James Trainer ('cried off!') were able to take their places. The vacancies were filled respectively by James Vaughan, Tom Buckland, Horace Blew and Sam Jones.
 
2-3-5 Jones -
Blew, Arridge -
Richards, Buckland, Harrison -
Vaughan, Meredith, Owen, Morris, Atherton.

Averages:

Age 24.8/25 Appearances/Goals 4.3 0.5

 

    Match Report

Source Notes

Bobby Atherton, the Welsh outside-left, later went on to captain Middlesbrough FC. He was lost at sea on 19 October 1917.  But there seems to be no trace of him after leaving Chelsea FC in 1906.  The 1911 Census Return states that the Bethesda-born player was in fact the Hotel Manager of the Market Hotel in Hartlepool (left).  The same place that English outside-left Alf Priest would also manage and later die in.

 

 
The ground of Bedminster FC was chosen at the same committee meeting at 61 Chancery Lane that was used to chose the English XI to face Ireland, on 1 February 1899.

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