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Ascension Day, Thursday, 9 May 1929
End-of-Season Tour Friendly Match

France 1 England 4 [0-1]

Match Summary
France Party

England Party

Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris, Île-de-France
Attendance: 35,000;
Kick-off: tbc

England - Edgar Kail (well placed ground shot set up by Adcock 35, hit the underside of the crossbar 68), George Camsell (darted between the backs to score from close range 59, from an Adcock pass 86).
France - Jules Dewaquez (header, from a Nicolas cross 54)
French records state that Joe Bradford scored England's third (Kail's second)
Results 1919-30

? won the toss, ? kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Louis Baert

Linesmen - not known

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France Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 36th to 38th
Colours: Pale blue collared shirts and white shorts
Capt: Paul Nicolas Selectors: Chosen by a Selection Committee
France Lineup
  Thépot, Aléxis 22 30 July 1906 G Red Star Olympique 8 27 GA
  Anatol Arístegui, Manuel 26 8 May 1903
born in Spain
RB RC de France 2 0
  Bertrand, Marcel 29/30 1899 LB Club Française 4 0
  Segalen, Yvon 23 15 April 1906 RH Stade Française 1 0
  Dauphin, Robert 24 5 February 1905 CH Stade Française 13 1
  Villaplane, Alexandre 23 25 December 1905
born in Algeria
LH SC Nîmois 17 0
Dewaquez, Jules A. 30 8 March 1899 OR Olympique de Marseille 39 11
  Cheuva, André 20 30 May 1908 IR Olympique de Lillois 1 0
  Nicolas, Paul 29 4 November 1899 CF Amiens AC 32 20
  Delfour, M. Edmond 21 1 November 1907 IL Stade Française 1 0
  Gallay, Maurice 26 25 December 1902 OL Olympique de Marseille 11 1


Laurent Henric, Jacques Canthelou, Colomb, Marcel Pinel and Gourdon.

team notes:

Jules Dewaquez extends his record tally of French appearances.
2-3-5 Thépot -
Anatol, Bertrand -
Segalen, Dauphin, Villaplane -
Dewaquez, Cheuva, Nicolas, Delfour, Gallay.


Age 24.8 Appearances/Goals 11.7 2.9


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 12th to 11th
Colours: The 1923 uniform - White collared jerseys and dark club shorts
Capt: Jack Hill, sixth captaincy Selectors: The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 22 April 1929.
132nd match, W 85 - D 25 - L 22 - F 399 - A 144.
England Lineup
  Hufton, A. Edward, injured 36 25 November 1892 G West Ham United FC 4 9 GA
  Cooper, Thomas 24 9 April 1905 RB Derby County FC 5 0
  Blenkinsop, Ernest 27 20 April 1902 LB The Wednesday FC 6 0
  Kean, Frederick W. 30 3 April 1899 RH Bolton Wanderers FC 8 0
  Hill, John H. 32 2 March 1897 CH Newcastle United FC 9 0
  Peacock, John 32 15 March 1897 LH Middlesbrough FC 1 0
  Adcock, Hugh 26 10 April 1903 OR Leicester City FC 1 0
Kail, Edgar I.L. 28 26 November 1900 IR Dulwich Hamlet FC 1 2
Camsell, George H. 26 27 November 1902 CF Middlesbrough FC 1 2
  Bradford, Joseph 28 22 January 1901 IL Birmingham FC 6 0
  Barry, Leonard J. 27 27 October 1901 OL Leicester City FC 3 0


George Shaw (West Bromwich Albion FC), Len Oliver (Fulham FC) and Joe Carter (West Bromwich Albion FC)

team notes:

Leeds United AFC's Willis Edwards was the original chosen right-half, his place going to Fred Kean. Bolton Wanderers FC's Harry Nuttall was the reserve for the half-back line, he too was unavailable, his place going to Len Oliver.
Hugh Adcock and Joe Bradford are cousins.
Ted Hufton injured his wrist during the match.
George Camsell became the ninetieth different player to score on his England debut.
2-3-5 Hufton -
Cooper, Blenkinsop -
Kean, Hill, Peacock -
Adcock, Kail, Camsell, Bradford, Barry


Age 28.7 Appearances/Goals 4.1 0.0


    Match Report


The English International football team began their Continental tour with a fairly easy victory over France at the Colombes Stadium to-day by four goals to one. Ascension Day, being a general holiday in France, a large crowd of about 25,000 persons was present to witness a game that was in some respects a little disappointing. With one exception the English team was composed of professional players, and the French have come to look upon this match as their annual lesson in football, but they could not have learned very much from the form shown by England to-day...

England opened the scoring within five minutes of half-time. Adcock was well down when he passed in, and Kail neatly placed the ball into the corner of the net...

France went off with a burst of speed on the restart, and their efforts were rewarded in the first five minutes with a magnificent goal. Gallay on the extreme left put in a high pass towards the goal, and Devaquez, the right-winger, ran in to head the ball into the net from about 10 yards out. This seemed to brace the English side, and in a few moments Camsell shook off the French backs and put them ahead again with a low shot...

The third goal scored by England put the result beyond doubt. Kail gathered up a pass from the right and put in a terrific shot from about 25 yards out, but the ball rebounded at a tangent from underneath the crossbar into the goalkeeper's hands. The referee immediately gave a goal, but the roar of protest that arose from the spectators was evidence that his decision was not at all popular. The French captain also protested, but the linesman supported the referee, and the goal was allowed...

Shortly before the end Camsell again scored from a pass by Adcock. - The Times - Friday 10th May, 1929


It was on 9 May 1929 that a Croydon housekeeper was cross-examined throughout the day at the inquest into the mysterious case of the mother and daughter, Violet and Vera Sidney, who had apparently both died from "natural causes", within three weeks of each other, just under a year after the mother's son-in-law had died under very similar circumstances. Only when the bodies were exhumed was it discovered that they had all been poisoned with arsenic. The inquest found that the housekeeper had served soup to Vera that had made her ill, but she herself was also ill from the soup, as was the family cat. No one has ever been charged for the murders. Violet's other daughter, Grace, the widow of the first victim, was strongly suspected by the police as being responsible for all three deaths, but they could never gather enough evidence to support a prosecution and she died, aged 86, in 1973.

Source Notes

Alex Villaplane would go on to become France's first Captain at the World Cup Finals. But more notoriously, he would be caught up in the conflicts of WWII, becoming a leading member of the French Gestapo, eventually being shot as a traitor on 26 December 1944 for heinous crimes against his own people.