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Monday, 15 March 1880
International Friendly Match

Wales 2 England 3 [0-1]

The Racecourse, Mold Road, Springfield, Wrexham, Denbighshire
Kick-off (London Time): "Wales kicked off at 3.20"

Attendance: "in the presence of about 3,000 spectators"

Receipts: "something over 50"

John Price kicked-off Francis Sparks won toss

[1-3] William Roberts 80

 'from Price on left-wing'
[2-3] John Roberts 89
 'put the ball through'
[0-1]Henry Hibbott 32
'stopped it but made a stumble and put it through' his own goal
[0-2] Francis Sparks 56
'running right thro' and placed'
[0-3] Francis Sparks 68
 'thro' the goal'
Match Summary
Wales Party
England Party
Team Records

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]


Played according to WFA rules.



The footballs were supplied by Mr N.S. Scotcher, 36 High Street, Wrexham.
Segar Richard Bastard
26 (25 January 1854)
Upton Park FC, London
Samuel Llewellyn Kenrick
32 (1847)
Druids FC, Wales
E. Lythgoe
29/30 (1850), Birkenhead, England

Wales Team


No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd
Colours: White shirts with red belt, blue shorts, red socks
Capt: John Morgan Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee, following a series of trial matches.
Wales Lineup

Hibbott, Henry 20 summer 1859 G

Newtown Excelsior FC

1 3 GA
  Morgan, John R. 25 1855 B


3 0
  Powell, John - - B

Druids FC

2 0
  Edwards, Henry Valentine - - HB

Wrexham AFC

2 0


Williams, William - - HB

Oswestry FC

5 0
  Owen, William Pierce 19 20 November 1860 RF

Ruthin FC

1 0


Davies, William Henry - - RF

Oswestry FC

4 1
  Boden, Thomas Henry
 Played second half with an injury
19 spring 1860 CF

Wrexham AFC

1 0


Price, John - - CF

Wrexham AFC

4 0

Roberts, William - - LF

Llangollen FC

3 2
Roberts, John - - LF

Corwen FC

2 1


reserves not known


Hibbott -
Morgan, Powell -
Edwards, Williams -
Owen, Davies, Boden, Price, W.Roberts, J.Roberts.


Age n/a Appearances/Goals 2.5 0.4


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd

Colours: White shirts, white shorts and dark blue caps.
Capt: Francis Sparks, only captaincy. Selectors: The Football Association Committee with secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on the 13 March 1880.
England Lineup


Sands, John 25 Summer 1854 G

Nottingham Forest FC

only app
1 2 GA
  Brindle, William, injured off 75th min. 26 24 May 1853 RB

Darwen FC

final app
2 0
  Luntley, Edwin 22 28 April 1857 LB

Nottingham Forest FC

final app
2 0


Hunter, John 27 Summer 1852 HB Heeley FC, Providence FC, Wednesday Club & Sheffield Albion FC 3 0


Hargreaves, Frederick W. 21 16 August 1858 HB

Blackburn Rovers FC

1 0


Marshall, Thomas 21 12 September 1858 OR

Darwen FC

1 0
  Cursham, Henry A. 20 27 November 1859 IR

Notts County FC

1 0
Sparks, Francis J. 24 4 July 1855 CF

Hertfordshire Rangers FC & Clapham Rovers FC

final app
3 3


Mitchell, Clement 18 20 February 1862 CF

Upton Park FC

1 0
  Johnson, Edward 20 late 1859/early 1860 IL

St. Peters College FC & Stoke FC

1 0
  Mosforth, William 22 2 January 1858 OL

Sheffield Albion FC

6 2


reserves not known

team notes:

The original team line-up included Royal Engineers FC's Wilson, his place going to Luntley. James Prinsep's place went to Hunter. Charlie Bambridge's place went to the original reserve player, Tom Marshall. Both rights were replaced, Royal Engineers FC's Charles Learoyd and Old Etonians AFC's Charles Clerke replaced with Cursham and Johnson.
William Brindle had to leave the field halfway through the second half due to a back injury, probably circa 75th minute. England carried on with ten men.
Billy Mosforth has overtaken Hubert Heron to become England's record cap holder. It is also the most experienced England team thus far, for the first time, reaching the two cap per player ratio.
This match is England's sixth match away from home, and mark's their first victory, ending the record sequence of four away losses in a row, and five without victory - and their first match on a Monday.
2-2-6 Sands -
Brindle, Luntley -
Hunter, Hargreaves -
Marshall, Cursham, Sparks, Mitchell, Johnson, Mosforth.


Age 22.4 Appearances/Goals 2.0 0.5
Match Report - The Times, Wednesday 17th March, 1880 In Other News.....
"At Wrexham, on Monday afternoon, the second match between the Association representatives of England and Wales was decided in the presence of a large number of spectators. During the first half of the game England secured one goal. Soon after ends were changed Sparks kicked a second goal for England, who were then deprived of the services of Brindle. Wales now played up with great determination, and succeeded in placing two goals to their credit. The visitors, however, for the third time lowered their opponents' colours, and thus won by three goals to two."
  At the Oval, Oxford University made up for Saturday's defeat by beating the Royal Engineers by a single goal to go through to the F.A. Cup semi-finals. John Eyre scored the goal with only eight minutes remaining and Oxford went on to reach the final.

It was on 15 March 1880 that Lord Oranmore and Browne, an Irish Representative, complained that the government was not doing enough to suppress organised violence against those who did not support Home Rule in Ireland.
Source Notes  
Official Matchday Programme
Cris Freddi: Football Historian
Andy Mitchell's extensive research
Welsh Football Data Archive
Wrexham.Gov.uk: The story of Welsh football
Rothmans Yearbooks
Alan Brown: Football Historian
Cambrian News, Friday, 19 March 1880 & Wrexham Advertiser, Saturday, 20 March 1880
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