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99 vs. Ireland
101 vs. Scotland

Monday, 15 March 1909
Home International Championship 1908-09 (26th) Match

England 2 Wales 0 [2-0]

Match Summary
England Party

Wales Party
Team Records

City Ground, Pavilion Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Attendance: 11,500;
Kick-off tbc

England - George Holley ('converted a fine Woodward dribble' 15), Bert Freeman ('converted hard and low from another Woodward dribble' 42);
Results 1901-14

England won the toss, Wales kicked-off.


Match Summary






Referee - David Phillips

Linesmen - Arthur G. Hines (England) and unknown

  Goal Attempts  
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  Hit Bar/Post  
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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: White collared jerseys and navy blue shorts
Capt: Vivian Woodward, ninth captaincy Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 9 March 1909, at 104 High Holborn, London, along with the FA Cup semi-final draw.
68th match, W 50 - D 12 - L 6 - F 241 - A 57.
England Lineup
  Hardy, Sam 26 26 August 1882 G Liverpool FC 6 3 GA
  Crompton, Robert 29 26 September 1879 RB Blackburn Rovers FC 23 0
  Pennington, Jesse 25 23 August 1883 LB West Bromwich Albion FC 7 0
  Warren, Benjamin 29 7 May 1879 RH Chelsea FC 15 1
  Wedlock, William J. 28 28 October 1880 CH Bristol City FC 12 1
  Veitch, Colin C.M. 27 22 May 1881 LH Newcastle United FC 6 0
  Pentland, Frederick B.
 injured 15th min
25 29 July 1883 OR Middlesbrough FC 1 0
  Woodward, Vivian J. 29 3 June 1879 IR Tottenham Hotspur FC 18 18
Freeman, Bertram C. 23 13 October 1885 CF Everton FC 1 1
Holley, George H. 23 20 November 1885 IL Sunderland AFC 1 1
  Bridgett, G. Arthur 26 11 October 1882 OL Sunderland AFC 8 2


Manchester United FC's Dick Duckworth and Swindon Town FC's Harold Fleming.

team notes:

Bob Crompton equalled Steve Bloomer's record appearance tally, in this team that had equalled the oldest team England have fielded thus far.
Just before the first goal, Fred Pentland collided with Charlie Morris and had to retire from the game.
England have created a new record of keeping four clean sheets in a row.
2-3-5 Hardy -
Crompton, Pennington -
Warren, Wedlock, Veitch -
Pentland, Woodward, Freeman, Holley, Bridgett.


Age 26.4 Appearances/Goals 8.9 2.0


Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 19th
Colours: Probably red shirts and white shorts
Capt: Charlie Morris Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee, following a series of trial matches, on .
Wales Lineup
  Roose, Leigh R. 31 27 November 1877 G Sunderland AFC, England 19 32 GA
  Blew, Horace E. 31 January 1878 RB Wrexham AFC 21 0
  Morris, Charles R. 28 29 August 1880
Born in Oswestry, Shropshire
LB Derby County FC, England 20 0
  Parry, Maurice P.
 injured towards the end
31 7 November 1877 RH Liverpool FC, England 16 0
  Peake, Ernest 20 May 1888 CH Liverpool FC, England 3 0
  Price, I. Haydn 25/26 1883 LH Wrexham AFC 4 0
  Meredith, William H. 34 30 July 1874 OR Manchester United, England 29 8
  Wynn, George 22 14 October 1886 IR Wrexham AFC 2 0
  Davies, William 26 13 April 1882 CF Blackburn Rovers FC, England 6 3
  Jones, William T. 26 28 June 1882 IL Manchester City FC, England 11 5
  Davies, William C. 25/26 1883 OL West Bromwich Albion FC, England 2 0


reserves not known

team notes:

This is the most experienced team England have faced thus far.
2-3-5 Roose -
Blew, Morris -
Parry, Peake, Price -
Meredith, Wynn,
W.Davies, Jones, W.C.Davies.


Age 27.2-4 Appearances/Goals 12.1 1.5


    Match Report

As Wales had to make only one change in the eleven that defeated Scotland at Wrexham two weeks ago they had an exceptionally good chance of overcoming England at Nottingham yesterday, but in a rather disappointing game the home country gained the victory, scoring two goals to none.

Largely remodelled, the English eleven proved good enough for the occasion, but in a game largely spoiled by the wind they showed to no special advantage. As the play went there was nothing to choose between the sides, but, aided by the blustering wind in the first half, England obtained a lead which they held to the end. Seeing that the turf was fairly soft and in quite favourable condition, the play all round fell far below expectations. Most noticeable was the fault of lifting the ball when every effort should have been made to keep it under control ; and on such a squally afternoon the play naturally became very uncertain. The match was rarely attractive as an exhibition of skilled football, and the crowd of 12,000 people that assembled on the Nottingham Forest Club's ground had little cause for enthusiasm...

At the end of a quarter of an hour England scored their first goal, Woodward dribbling through and giving Holley a neat pass, and the latter, being well placed, had no difficulty in beating Roose...

Close upon half-time Woodward dribbled through again and passed to Freeman, who, with the way made clear, shot hard and low past Roose, thus scoring England's second goal...

The record now stands :--England, 23 wins ; Wales, 2 ; drawn games, 6. - The Times - Tuesday 16th March, 1909

Home International Championship

Other Championship match played on 15 March 1909:

McMenemy 2, MacFarlane, Thomson, Paul
24,000 (Ibrox Park, Glasgow)


    Football League

Football League Division One
15 March 1909
Team P Pts
Newcastle United 28 42
Everton 29 37
Manchester United 28 33
The Wednesday 28 32
Sunderland 28 31
Liverpool 30 31
Sheffield United 30 30
Notts County 28 29
Bristol City 27 29
Middlesbrough 28 28
Manchester City 29 28
Blackburn Rovers 28 28
Aston Villa 29 28
Preston North End 29 26
Woolwich Arsenal 29 26
Chelsea 28 26
Bury 29 25
Nottingham Forest 27 23
Bradford City 26 17
Leicester Fosse 28 17


Division One match played on 15 March 1909:

J.Turnbull 21, Payne 68 (Montgomery 8, Brown 20)
10,000 (
Bank Street, Manchester)

United were without Billy Meredith, who was playing for Wales against England at Nottingham, and Dick Duckworth, who was an England reserve, whilst Sunderland were without Bridgett and Holley (scorer of the opening goal), who were playing against Wales, and Leigh Roose, who was in goal for Wales. 

United would soon have to concede that their title defence was over. They only picked up four points from their remaining ten games and plummeted to a final position of thirteenth, but they did win the FA Cup for the first time.
















It was on 15 March 1909 that Edward Payson Weston, at the age of seventy, set off from New York to become the first person to walk from coast to coast across the United States. He arrived in San Francisco, almost four months later, following a gruelling struggle against fierce snowstorms and desert heat.

Source Notes

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