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92 vs. Ireland
94 vs. Scotland

Monday, 16 March 1908
originally scheduled for 23 March
, 17 February was also noted
Home International Championship 1907-08 (25th) Match

Wales 1 England 7 [0-4]

Match Summary
Wales Party

England Party

Team Records

The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, Denbighshire
Attendance: 7,000;
Kick-off tbc

England - Vivian Woodward ('luckily turned the ball into the net with the back of his head from a Rutherford cross' 18, 'after Davies saved from Hilsdon' 80, 85), Jimmy Windridge ('from a Rutherford cross' 25), Billy Wedlock ('rebound from a Rutherford shot' 30), George Hilsdon ('another rebound from a Rutherford shot' 40, 'after a Rutherford shot hit the post' 63)
Wales - Billy Meredith (missed penalty 43)
Wales - Tinker Davies ('a free-kick' 90)
Results 1901-14

England won the toss, Wales kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - David Phillips
Dunfermline, Scotland

Linesmen - W.H. Bellamy and unknown

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Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 15th
Colours: Red shirts and white shorts
Capt: Billy Meredith Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee.
Wales Lineup
  Roose, Leigh R.
 injured off 25-30 min.
30 27 November 1877 G Sunderland AFC, England 17 28 GA
  Blew, Horace E. 30 January 1878 RB Wrexham AFC 18 0
  Morris, Charles R. 27 29 August 1880
Born in Oswestry, Shropshire
LB Derby County FC, England 18 0
  Hughes, Edwin
injured off 25-30 min.
21/22 1886 RH Nottingham Forest FC, England 4 0
  Latham, George 27 1 January 1881 CH Liverpool FC, England 7 0
  Parry, Maurice P. 30 7 November 1877 LH Liverpool FC, England 13 0
Meredith, William H. 33 30 July 1874 OR Manchester United, England 26 8
  Matthews, William H. 24/25 1883 IR Chester FC, England 2 0
Davies, William 25 13 April 1882 CF Blackburn Rovers FC, England 4 1
  Morris, A. Grenville 30 13 April 1877 IL Nottingham Forest FC, England 14 3
  Evans, Robert E. 20 19 October 1885
Born in Chester
OL Aston Villa FC, England 6 0
Wales Substitute
  Davies, David, on 46th-50th min. for Roose 27/28 1880 G Bolton Wanderers FC, England 3 5 GA


the unused reserves not known

team notes:

Manchester City FC's Lot Jones was the original named inside-right, but he sustained an injury in a club match against Liverpool FC, he was replaced by Billy Matthews.
Leigh Roose was charged by Vivian Woodward (one source states George Hilsdon) after fifteen (or twenty) minutes, and after suffering concussion, he retired and Charlie Morris took over in goal. Roose did return, but only for a short time as he was suffering. Teddy Hughes at this time injured his back (or he had a bad cold) and both he and Roose retired after 25 minutes (or half an hour!).
According to The Athletic News, Woodward had offered the Welsh team the opportunity to bring on two substitutes.
As Wales were now playing with nine men, Dai Davies came into goal 'shortly after the restart' and became the first ever international substitute.
Despite the huge margin of victory, this is the most experienced team England have faced thus far.
2-3-5 Roose (Davies) -
Blew, C.Morris -
Hughes, Latham, Parry -
Meredith, Matthews, Davies,
G.Morris, Evans.
After half-time, Billy Matthews took up the position vacated by Teddy Hughes, and the Welsh played with a four-man forward line.

Averages: (starting XI)

Age 27.0-2 Appearances/Goals 11.7 1.0


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: White collared jerseys and navy blue shorts
Capt: Vivian Woodward, second captaincy Selectors:
In Charge: Charles J. Hughes
The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 9 March 1908, at 104 High Holborn, London, alongside the FA-Cup semi-final draw.
61st match, W 44 - D 11 - L 6 - F 206 - A 54.
England Lineup
  Bailey, Horace P. 26 3 July 1881 G Leicester Fosse FC 1 1 GA
  Crompton, Robert 28 26 September 1879 RB Blackburn Rovers FC 16 0
  Pennington, Jesse 24 23 August 1883 LB West Bromwich Albion FC 4 0
  Warren, Benjamin 28 7 May 1879 RH Derby County FC 8 0
Wedlock, William J. 27 28 October 1880 CH Bristol City FC 5 1
  Lintott, Evelyn H. 24 2 November 1883 LH Queen's Park Rangers FC 2 0
  Rutherford, John 23 12 October 1884 OR Newcastle United FC 6 0
Woodward, Vivian J. 28 3 June 1879 IR Tottenham Hotspur FC 11 10
Hilsdon, George 22 10 August 1885 CF Chelsea FC 3 4
Windridge, James E. 25 21 October 1882 IL Chelsea FC 2 1
  Hardman, Harold P. 25 4 April 1882 OL Everton FC 4 1


Bolton Wanderers FC's Sam Greenhalgh and The Wednesday FC's Frank Bradshaw.

team notes:

Liverpool FC's Sam Hardy was the original named goalkeeper, but an injury prevented him taking his place in a club match against Manchester City FC. His place went to Horace Bailey.
2-3-5 Bailey -
Crompton, Pennington -
Warren, Wedlock, Lintott -
Rutherford, Woodward, Hilsdon, Windridge, Hardman.


Age 25.5 Appearances/Goals 5.6 0.9


    Match Report

This match, which was played in very unfavourable conditions at Wrexham, yesterday, was in every way unfortunate for Wales, who lost two of their team during the first half and suffered defeat by seven goals to one in a one-sided game that was robbed of all interest. Heavy snow fell on Sunday, making the turf on the racecourse very soft and muddy, and wretched weather yesterday made matters worse, rain falling and the light becoming so bad that at times the spectators, who numbered about 6,000, found much difficulty in following the course of events. These circumstances caused all the more disappointment as there seemed every promise of the strong England eleven having a very hard fight. This anticipation was realized for the first quarter of an hour, but then in a charge by V. J. Woodward L. R. Roose received such a severe blow on the head that concussion of the brain compelled him to retire. A further handicap soon completely crippled the Welsh team, Hughes, who was suffering from a cold, becoming so ill that he had to leave the field. Soon after ends had been changed Davies, of Bolton Wanderers, came out and kept goal, but by then England had obtained four goals. Considering that when they had only four forwards Wales often troubled the English defence, the probability is that the evenness that marked the early play would have extended right through the game had the home eleven remained at full strength. With C. Morris in goal and H. Blew alone at full back Woodward headed the first goal from a centre by Rutherford. Windridge soon got the second after more good work by the right wing, while Wedlock and Hilsdon each shot through after Morris had failed to clear from Rutherford. Hilsdon and Woodward (two) got the other goals for England, and W. Davies scored for Wales from a free kick...

As England and Scotland have each beaten both Wales and Ireland, their meeting in Glasgow on April 4 should prove most interesting. - The Times - Tuesday 17th March, 1908

Football League


Football League Division Two
16 March 1908
Team P Pts
Derby County 29 42
Bradford City 30 41
West Bromwich Albion 30 38
Leicester Fosse 29 38
Burnley 31 38
Hull City 31 38
Oldham Athletic 28 37
Fulham 28 37
Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 31
Stoke 28 28
Leeds City 30 26
Gainsborough Trinity 31 26
Clapton Orient 28 25
Barnsley 28 24
Stockport County 31 24
Glossop North End 29 22
Blackpool 29 19
Chesterfield Town 29 18
Lincoln City 30 17
Grimsby Town 27 17


Division Two match played on 16 March 1908:

Radford 2, Shelton, Hedley 2 (R.Smith)

16,000 (Molineux, Wolverhampton)


















Wolves dominated their opponents, who still harboured ambitions of winning promotion, but it was Wolves who would end the season with success, by winning the FA Cup.


It was on 16 March 1908 that Florence Nightingale, immortalised as the founder of the modern nursing profession and as 'The Lady with the Lamp' as she maintained regular nightly rounds to check on wounded soldiers during the Crimean War, was honoured (at the age of 87 and bedridden) with the Freedom of London. It was bestowed with regret that the previous generations had not seen fit to make the award fifty years earlier when the Nightingale Fund was established for the training of nurses.

Source Notes

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