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68 vs. Ireland
70 vs. Scotland

Monday, 26 March 1900
rescheduled from 19 February 1900
Home International Championship 1899-1900 (17th) Match

Wales 1 England 1 [0-1]

Match Summary
Wales Party

England Party
Team Records

Cardiff Arms Park, Westgate Street, Temperance Town, Cardiff, Glamorgan
Attendance: 20,000; Kick-off 4.00pm GMT

England - Geoff Wilson ('from a throw-in, Wilson cleverly hooked the ball into goal' [England's 250th goal scored] 4)
Wales - Billy Meredith ('racing down the wing, eluding Oakley and Spencer, and shooting close in, beating Robinson' 55)
Results 1891-1900

England won the toss, Wales kicked-off.


Match Summary






Referee - Thomas Robertson
35 (1 December 1864), Torrance, Stirlingshire, Scotland Football Association

Linesmen - Percy Alexander Timbs, 34 (13 June 1865), St. Giles, London, England & Richard Thomas Gough, 40 (April 1859), Oswestry, Welsh FA.

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Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th
Colours: Probably blue and red halves shirts and white shorts
Capt: Di Jones Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee, following a series of trial matches, on Thursday, 15 March 1900.
Wales Lineup
  Griffiths, Frederick J. 26 13 September 1873 G Blackpool FC, England 2 6 GA
  Jones, David 32/33 1867 RB Manchester City FC, England 14 0
  Morris, Charles R. 19 29 August 1880
Born in Oswestry, Shropshire
LB Chirk AAA FC 3 0
  Brookes, Samuel J. 22 winter 1877 RH Llandudno FC 2 0
  Morris, Robert 24/25 early 1875
Born in Oswestry, Shropshire
CH Chirk AAA FC 2 0
  Harrison, William C. 26 summer 1872
Born in Portsmouth
LH Wrexham AFC 4 0
Meredith, William H. 25 30 July 1874 OR Manchester City FC, England 12 6
  Davies, Joseph 33 summer 1866 IR Reading FC, England 11 0
  Morgan-Owen, Morgan M. 23 20 February 1877 CF Oxford University AFC, England 6 2
  Watkins, Alfred E. 19 26 June 1878 IL Aston Villa FC, England 4 0
  Parry, Thomas D. 19/20 early 1880
Born in Oswestry, Shropshire
OL Oswestry United FC 3 2


reserves not known

team notes:

Morgan Morgan-Owen replaced Nottingham Forest's Grenville Morris as centre-forward, in the days leading up to the match. Forest had refused Morris permission to play, whereas they had allowed clubmate Alf Spouncer to play for England.
Charlie and Bobby Morris were brothers, born on the English side of the Welsh border.
2-3-5 Griffiths -
C.Morris -
R.Morris, Harrison -
Meredith, Davies, Morgan-Owen, Parry, Watkins


Age 24.4-6 Appearances/Goals 5.7 0.8


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: White jerseys and navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Gilbert Smith, eleventh, twelfth or 13th captaincy Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 19 March 1900, at The Albion Hotel in Manchester.
38th match, W 30 - D 5 - L 3 - F 154 - A 33.
England Lineup
  Robinson, John W. 28 22 April 1870 G Southampton FC 9 7 GA
  Spencer, Howard 24 23 August 1875 RB Aston Villa FC 3 0
  Oakley, William J. 26 27 April 1873 LB Corinthians FC 12 0
  Crabtree, James W. 28 23 December 1871 RH Aston Villa FC 11 0
  Chadwick, Arthur 24 26 August 1875 CH Southampton FC 1 0
  Johnson, W. Harrison 24 4 January 1876 LH Sheffield United FC 2 0
  Athersmith Harper, W. Charles 27 10 May 1872 OR Aston Villa FC 11 3
  Foster, Reginald E. 21 16 April 1878 IR Oxford University AFC, Old Malvernians AFC & Corinthians FC 1 0
  Smith, Gilbert O. 27 25 November 1872 CF Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 18 11
Wilson, Geoffrey P. 22 21 February 1878 IL Corinthians FC 1 1
  Spouncer, W. Alfred 22 1 July 1877 OL Nottingham Forest FC 1 0


reserves not known
2-3-5 Robinson -
Spencer, Oakley -
Johnson, Chadwick, Crabtree -
Athersmith, Foster, Smith, Wilson, Spouncer


Age 24.8 Appearances/Goals 6.4 1.3


    Match Report

The Welshmen played very resolute football at Cardiff yesterday in their annual match with England, and they had the satisfaction of drawing the game with their formidable antagonists. They could claim nothing like the neatness which characterized the work of G. O. Smiith, G. P. Wilson, R. E. Foster, and Athersmith, but they made up in determination and dash for any shortcomings in their forward play, and from start to finish defended very stoutly. To some extent they were lucky to escape defeat, for their goal had a number of narrow escapes, and as they had a point scored against them in less than five minutes after the kick-off they did extremely well to equalize. England's score was gained by Wilson, who, getting the ball from a throw in, put it into the net with a clever side kick...

...Within ten minutes, however, Morgan Owen passed out to Meredith, who raced away, and after beating both Oakley and Spencer, equalized for Wales with a shot which Robinson had no chance of stopping...

Although rather wintry with snow showers and sunshine alternating, the weather was not unfavourable, and about 6,000 people assembled at Cardiff-arms-park to witness the match. - The Times - Tuesday 27th March, 1900

Source Notes

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