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Saturday, 17 October 1936
Home International Championship 1936-37 (49th) Match

Wales 2 England 1 [0-1]

Match Summary
Wales Party

England Party

Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff, Glamorgan
Attendance: 44,729;
Kick-off: tbc GMT

England - Cliff Bastin (25-yard outside-footed swerving shot, following a Westwood one-two 44)
Wales - Seymour Morris (direct from a corner 64), Pat Glover (headed in a Hopkins cross 66)
Results 1930-39

Wales won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - William McLean

Linesmen - not known

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Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 16th
Colours: Made by St. Margaret's - Red shirts with white collars, white shorts, red socks
Capt: Tom Griffiths Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee, on Tuesday, 13 October 1936
Wales Lineup
  Gray, Albert 36 23 September 1900 G Chester FC, England 19 40 GA
  Turner, Herbert G. 27 19 June 1909 RB Charlton Athletic FC, England 1 0
  John, Robert F. 37 3 February 1899 LH Arsenal FC, England 15 0
  Warner, John 25 21 September 1911 RH Swansea Town FC 1 0
  Griffiths, Thomas 30 21 February 1906 CH Aston Villa FC, England 19 3
  Richards, David T. 29 31 October 1906 LH Brentford FC, England 14 0
  Hopkins, Idris M. 26 11 October 1910 OR Brentford FC, England 5 1
  Jones, Brynmor 24 14 February 1912 IR Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, England 5 1
Glover, Ernest M. 26 9 September 1910 CF Grimsby Town FC, England 4 2
  Jones, Leslie J. 25 1 July 1911 IL Coventry City FC, England 4 0
Morris, Seymour 23 15 February 1913 OL Birmingham FC, England 1 1


reserves not known

team notes:

"Contrary to their usual practice, the Welsh F.A. had decided to take their players to a secret retreat the day before the match and bring them from their hotel to the ground just before the game. It was felt that the team will benefit in this way by the consequent curtailment of tiring attentions paid to them by well-meaning but over-enthusiastic friends and supporters."
The original-named goalkeeper was Manchester United FC's Roy John, his place going to Gray.
2-3-5 Gray -
Turner, John -
Warner, Griffiths, Richards -
B.Jones, Glover, L.Jones, Morris.


Age 28.0 Appearances/Goals 8.0 0.5


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th to 7th
Colours: The 1935 home uniform - White collared jerseys, navy blue shorts, black socks topped with two white hoops
Capt: Jack Barker, first captaincy Selectors: The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, following an inter-league match, on Monday, 12 October 1936.
172nd match, W 108 - D 30 - L 34 - F 504 - A 196.
England Lineup
  Holdcraft, G. Henry 27 23 January 1909 G Preston North End FC 1 2 GA
  Sproston, Bert 21 22 June 1915 RB Leeds United AFC 1 0
  Catlin, A. Edward 26 11 January 1910 LB Sheffield Wednesday FC 1 0
  Smalley, Tom 24 13 January 1912 RH Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1 0
  Barker, John W. 30 27 February 1906 CH Derby County FC 11 0
  Keen, Eric R.L. 26 4 September 1910 LH Derby County FC 2 0
  Crooks, Samuel D. 28 16 January 1908 OR Derby County FC 25 7
  Scott, William R. 28 6 December 1907 IR Brentford FC 1 0
  Steele, Frederick C. 20 6 May 1916 CF Stoke City FC 1 0
  Westwood, W. Raymond 24 14 April 1912 IL Bolton Wanderers FC 6 0
Bastin, Clifford S. 24 14 March 1912 OL Arsenal FC 16 8


Don Welsh (Charlton Athletic FC, released from duties) and Jimmy Richardson (Huddersfield Town AFC)

team notes:

Charlton Athletic FC had requested to the Football Association that Don Welsh, their left-half, be released from his duties as a reserve.
After this match, the team for the Football League was chosen to take on the Scottish League, of which six players here were retained.
This loss equal's England's record of three defeats in a row, set in 1878 and 1928. It also equals the record of five matches without victory, again, set in 1878.
2-3-5 Holdcraft -
Sproston, Catlin -
Smalley, Barker, Keen -
Crooks, Scott, Steele, Westwood, Bastin.


Age 25.3 Appearances/Goals 6.0 1.4


    Match Report


Wales beat England in an international match at Cardiff on Saturday by two goals to one after being a goal down at half-time. This was their first victory over England on a Welsh ground since 1882...

Bastin's goal for England was the result of perhaps the best move of the match. Barker sent a clearance to Bastin and the winger passed to Westwood, who responded with a return through pass that gave the Arsenal man a clear opening for a grand low oblique shot along the ground from 25 yards out...

Morris, the Birmingham left winger, took the corner kick with his right foot, and, making clever use of an eddying wind , swerved the ball between Holdcroft's upstretched arms into the net. One of the Welsh forwards leaped in the air in an effort to head the ball, but it went in unaided just under the bar. Holdcroft had no chance with the second goal. Hopkins drew the England left wing defence, and then, from the edge of the penalty area, lobbed a centre so accurately on to the head of the unmarked Glover that the Welsh leader was able to place the ball as he liked... - The Times - Monday 19th October, 1936

Source Notes

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