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Monday, 3 March 1902
Home International Championship 1901-02 (19th) Match

Wales 0 England 0 [0-0]

Match Summary
Wales Party

England Party

Team Records

The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, Denbighshire
Attendance: 10,000;
Kick-off 3.45pm GMT

England - Ernest Needham (missed penalty just before half-time).
First match in 52 matches that England failed to score.
Results 1901-14

Wales won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary






Referee - Thomas Robertson
37 (1 December 1864), Torrance, Stirlingshire, Scotland Football Association

Linesmen - not known

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
The 1901 International Association Football Board meeting:
eighteen-yard line mark added
substitute goalkeepers
  Fouls Conceded  

Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 7th
Colours: Green/white halved shirts and black shorts.
Capt: William Jones Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee, on Monday, 24 February 1902.
Wales Lineup
  Roose, Leigh R. 24 27 November 1877 G Stoke FC, England 5 7 GA
  Meredith, Samuel 29 5 September 1872 RB Stoke FC, England 5 0
  Morris, Charles R. 21 29 August 1880
Born in Oswestry, Shropshire
LB Derby County FC, England 7 0
  Parry, Maurice P. 24 7 November 1877 RH Liverpool FC, England 5 0
  Jones, John L. 35/36 early 1866 CH Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 17 0
  Jones, William J. 25/26 1876 LH West Ham United FC, England 3 0
  Meredith, William H. 27 30 July 1874 OR Manchester City, England 15 6
  Watkins, W. Martin 21 summer 1880 IR Stoke FC, England 1 0
  Parry, Thomas D. 21/22 early 1880
Born in Oswestry, Shropshire
CF Oswestry FC 7 3
  Williams, Ephraim 24 winter 1877 IL Druids FC 5 0
  Morris, Richard 23 1 January 1879*
according to Liverpool FC
OL Druids FC 2 0


reserves not known

team notes:

Tottenham Hotspur FC's Edward Hughes and Manchester City FC's Richard Jones were due to play, their places went to Bill Jones and Tom Parry.
Sam and Billy Meredith, as well as Tom and Maurice Parry, were brothers. Charlie and Bobby Morris were the third set of brothers, born on the English side of the Welsh border.
2-3-5 Roose -
S.Meredith, C.Morris -
Parry, J.Jones, W.Jones -
W.Meredith, Watkins, Parry, Williams, R.Morris.


Age 24.9-25.2 Appearances/Goals 6.5 0.8


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: White jerseys and navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Tip Foster, first captaincy Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 24 February 1902 at The Crystal Palace, following the North vs. South trial match.
43rd match, W 32 - D 7 - L 4 - F 166 - A 39.
England Lineup
  George, William 27 29 June 1874 G Aston Villa FC 1 0 GA
  Crompton, Robert 22 26 September 1879 RB Blackburn Rovers FC 1 0
  Crabtree, James W. 30 23 December 1871 LB Aston Villa FC 14 0
  Wilkes, Albert 26 6 September 1875 RH Aston Villa FC 3 0
  Abbott, Walter 24 7 December 1877 CH Everton FC 1 0
Needham, Ernest 29 21 January 1873 LH Sheffield United FC 16 3
  Hogg, William 22 29 May 1879 OR Sunderland AFC 1 0
  Bloomer, Stephen 28 20 January 1874 IR Derby County FC 15 25
  Sagar, Charles 23 28 March 1878 CF Bury FC 2 1
  Foster, Reginald E. 23 16 April 1878 IL Old Malvernians AFC & Corinthians FC 5 2
  Lipsham, Herbert B. 23 29 April 1878 OL Sheffield United FC 1 0


reserves not known

team notes:

Nottingham Forest FC's Frank Forman was named in the original line-up, he was replaced by Portsmouth FC's Arthur Chadwick. Unfortunately, he was unable to travel up in time for the match, so his place went to Walter Abbott.
This is the first time in 52 matches (March 1884) that England have failed to score.
2-3-5 George -
Crompton, Crabtree -
Wilkes, Abbott, Needham -
Hogg, Bloomer, Sagar, Foster, Lipsham.


Age 25.2 Appearances/Goals 5.5 2.7


    Match Report

At Wrexham yesterday, Wales had a better team than for many years past, and they drew with England, not a goal being scored. Had luck favoured the Welshmen they might well have won, as, indeed, they deserved to, for they had distinctly the larger share of the play, but the uneven turf on the Wrexham Racecourse, which is practically in furrows, was all against accurate shooting...

The fine play of the home team greatly delighted 10,000 spectators, the biggest crowd ever attracted to an international match in Wales. - The Times - Tuesday 4th March, 1902

At the end of half-an-hour's play one of the spectators, hungering perhaps for the stimulating hubbub that usually accompanies Saturday afternoon football, appealed for a livelier entertainment. "Now then, you English players with big names," he shouted, "do something to wake up this crowd or we shall hear pins dropping." "Something" was "done" immediately afterwards, and the crowd awakened from its lethargy to enjoy the tension of excitement over a penalty kick. One of the Welsh players fouled Sagar within the twelve yards line, and the ball was placed for Needham to kick it. Penalty kicks are a good tonic for sluggishness. The chances are so greatly in favour of the kicker. And when he is magnificently frustrated by a goalkeeper who stops the ball as cleverly as Roose did to-day there is really something worth shouting about. - The Manchester Guardian - Tuesday 4th March, 1902


It was on 3 March 1902 that the smallpox epidemic continued with 1,335 reported cases. 53% of deaths from smallpox in 1902 in England and Wales were in London.

Source Notes

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