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Wednesday, 17 November 1937
Home International Championship 1937-38 (50th) Match

England 2 Wales 1 [1-1]

Match Summary
England Party

Wales Party

Ayresome Park, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire
Attendance: 30,608;
Receipts: £2,353; Kick-off: 2.30pm GMT

Wales - Eddie Perry (lobbed Woodley from outside the penalty area 18)
England - Stan Matthews (outwitted Hughes and took the ball to the goalline and crossed the ball hitting Mills and followed up forcing it through 28), Willie Hall (left-footed low shot from a perfect Brook pass 59)
Results 1930-39

England won the toss, Wales kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - William E. Webb

Linesmen - A Meadows, North Riding, and not known

The match followed the draw for the first round of the FA Cup.

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 1935 home uniform - White collared jerseys, navy blue shorts, black socks topped with two white hoops
Capt: Sam Barkas, second captaincy Selectors: The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, following a trial match, on Thursday, 11 November 1937.
180th match, W 115 - D 30 - L 35 - F 539 - A 204.
England Lineup
  Woodley, Victor R. 27 26 February 1910 G Chelsea FC 6 5 GA
2 Sproston, Bert 22 22 June 1915 RB Leeds United AFC 3 0
3 Barkas, Samuel 27 29 December 1909 LB Manchester City FC 4 0
4 Crayston, W. John 27 9 October 1910 RH Arsenal FC 7 0
5 Cullis, Stanley 21 25 October 1916 CH Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 2 0
6 Copping, Wilfred 30 17 August 1907 LH Arsenal FC 15 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 22 1 February 1915 OR Stoke City FC 5 2
8 Hall, G. William 25 12 March 1912 IR Tottenham Hotspur FC 3 2
9 Mills, George R. 28 29 December 1908 CF Chelsea FC 2 3
10 Goulden, Leonard A. 25 9 July 1912 IL West Ham United FC 4 1
11 Brook, Eric F. 29 27 November 1907 OL Manchester City FC 18 10


Ken Willingham (Huddersfield Town FC) and Ray Bowden (Newcastle United FC)
2-3-5 Woodley -
Sproston, Barkas -
Crayston, Cullis, Copping -
Matthews, Hall, Mills, Goulden, Brook.


Age 25.7 Appearances/Goals 6.3 1.4


Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 12th to 13th
Colours: Made by St. Margaret's - Red shirts with white collars, white shorts, red socks
Capt: Bert Turner Selectors:
Trainer: Gibson (Birmingham FC)
Team selection chosen by Committee, following the Scottish match, on 30 October 1937, it was not announced until Thursday, 11 November.
Wales Lineup
  Gray, Albert 37 23 September 1900 G Chester FC, England 23 45 GA
2 Turner, Herbert G. 28 19 June 1909 RB Charlton Athletic FC, England 5 0
3 Hughes, William M. 29 6 March 1918 LB Birmingham FC, England 2 0
4 Murphy, James P. 25 8 August 1910 RH West Bromwich Albion FC, England 15 0
5 Hanford, Harold 30 9 October 1907 CH Sheffield Wednesday FC, England 6 0
6 Richards, David T. 30 31 October 1906 LH Birmingham FC, England 18 0
7 Hopkins, Idris M. 27 11 October 1910 OR Brentford FC, England 8 1
8 Jones, Leslie J. 26 1 July 1911 IR Arsenal FC, England 8 0
9 Perry, Edwin 28 19 January 1909 CF Doncaster Rovers FC, England 2 1
10 Jones, Brynmor 25 14 February 1912 IL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, England 9 3
11 Morris, Seymour 24 15 February 1913 OL Birmingham FC, England 4 2


reserves not known
2-3-5 Gray -
Turner, Hughes -
Murphy, Hanford, Richards -
L.Jones, Perry, B.Jones, Morris.


Age 28.1 Appearances/Goals 9.1 0.5


    Match Report

England beat Wales at Middlesbrough yesterday by two goals to one. It was not a match outstanding for the quality of the football--although some clever things were done from time to time--but there was plenty of excitement in it and a crowd of over 30,000 people had plenty to interest it. Wales scored first, and although they went on fighting to the last whistle, as Welsh sides have a habit of doing, their best football fell a little below the best that England could produce...

...Then came the Welsh goal, and although Perry's credit sheet is not overcrowded the fullest marks go down to him for it. Morris placed the ball nicely into the centre, as indeed he usually did, the English defence was momentarily open, and Perry had a fraction of time to get the ball under control and shoot. He used that fraction to the best possible advantage, and Woodley, coming out forlornly from his goal was beaten by a hard-hit rising shot which went just under the bar...

...Once again Matthews beat his man and took the ball up to the goal line. This time he placed it gently into the goalmouth and followed it up, and whether he or Mills actually put in through is of little importance...

...and then after 12 minutes G. W. Hall scored what proved to be the winning goal. Goulden took the ball about half the length of the field, and then unluckily lost it at the moment he was about to shoot. It was not properly cleared, however, and went out to Brook. Brook returned it to Hall, and Hall from the inside-left position shot with a perfection of timing and placing. - The Times - Thursday 18th November, 1937


   Scotland alone of the home countries are still adamant against the numbering of players. England and Ireland teams were numbered at Belfast, and Wales have now agreed to a similar course when they meet England at Middlesbrough on November 17. - 30 October 1937

   Football League

Division Three (South) Cup second round matches played on 17 November 1937:

Bristol Rovers put five goals without reply past Crystal Palace, whilst Swindon Town had a 2-0 win over Exeter City.


It was on 16 November 1937 that the Air-Raid Precautions Bill was passed in the House of Commons, vigorously supported by Winston Churchill, though there was concern about the cost to local authorities of building air-raid shelters in towns and cities.

Source Notes

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