Saturday, 2 November 1872
F.A. trial match is played out on the fields of Sheffield. A London
team has travelled north to play the Sheffield team at Bramall Lane. The two
cities had already met three times the previous season, so the fixture had
enough stature to attract a 5,000 crowd. The match still alternates
between London Rules and Sheffield Rules, a factor the London team struggled
with and duly lost the match 4-1.
Thursday, 14 November 1872 - The meeting of the F.A. committee meets
and decides on the team that will represent England in the first ever
international match. Alcock, the Captain, Betts, Chenery, Clegg, Greenhalgh,
Hooman, McLean (a pseudonym for Chappell), Morice, Morten, Ottaway and
Welch. Two reserves were also named, Holden and Maynard. Other
candidates that were considered were Baillon, Barker, Brockbank and Soden.
matters at hand at the meeting were what England would wear. White jerseys
with the England Arms embroidered into the left breast, dark blue caps, and
white flannel trousers, or knickerbockers.
Saturday, 16 November 1872 - Alcock, who
fully expected to lead out his team of Englishmen in two weeks time, has his
plans thrown into painful disarray when his reputation for vigorous play
caught up with him in a friendly between Old Etonians and Old Harrovians.
Alcock was so badly hurt that it not only put him out of this friendly
fixture, but also out of the England-Scotland match.
Morton Betts was in a
'similar state'. Thomas Hooman and George Holden were ill, and Alexander
Morten was prevented from playing for 'unspecified reasons'.
Brockbank, Barker and Maynard were called into the starting list. The
final place went to Sheffield's AK Smith, who is in his final year of study
at Oxford University.
Wednesday, 27 November 1872 - A
rather gleeful The Scotsman reports 'things are not
favouring the Englishmen in their preparations...indeed everything is going