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Monday, 15 March 1880
Association Friendly Match

Wales 2 England 3 [0-1]


Match Summary

Wales Party

England Party
Team Records
Wales is the second nation visited by England

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

Attendance: 'in the presence of about 3,000 spectators'; 'about 3,000 spectators assembled'.
Receipts: "something over £50"

John Price kicked-off Francis Sparks won toss
  [0-1]Henry Hibbott own goal 32
'stopped it but made a stumble and put it through'

[1-3] William Roberts 80

 'from Price on left-wing'

[2-3] John Roberts 89
 'put the ball through'
[0-2] Francis Sparks 56
'running right thro' and placed'
[0-3] Francis Sparks 68
 'thro' the goal'

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
played for England two days ago played against England in 1879
E. Lythgoe
29/30 (1850), Birkenhead

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
the second own goal scored for England
  Morgan, John R. 25 1855 Backs


3 0
  Powell, John nk nk

Druids FC

2 0
  Edwards, Henry Valentine nk nk Half

Wrexham AFC

2 0


Williams, William nk nk

Oswestry FC

5 0
  Owen, William Pierce 19
116 days
20 November 1860 Right

Ruthin FC

1 0


Davies, William Henry nk nk

Oswestry FC

4 1
  Boden, Thomas Henry
 played second half with an injury
19 spring 1860 Centre

Wrexham AFC

1 0


Price, John nk nk

Wrexham AFC

4 0

Roberts, William nk nk Left

Llangollen FC

3 2
Roberts, John nk nk

Corwen FC

2 1


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, two)
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

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

Darwen FC

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

Nottingham Forest FC

2 0 final app


Hunter, John 28
215 days
13 August 1851 Half
Heeley FC, Providence FC, Wednesday Club & Sheffield Albion FC 3      0


  Hargreaves, Frederick W. 21
212 days
16 August 1858

Blackburn Rovers FC

1      0
first Rovers player to represent England


  Marshall, Thomas 21
185 days
12 September 1858 OR

Darwen FC

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

Notts County FC

1 0 final app
Sparks, Francis J. 24
255 days
4 July 1855 Centre

Hertfordshire Rangers FC & Clapham Rovers FC

3 3 final app
first captain to score twice for England


  Mitchell, Clement 18
24 days
20 February 1862

Upton Park FC

1      0
80   Johnson, Edward 20 early 1860 IL

St. Peters College FC & Stoke FC

1      0
first Stoke player to represent England
  Mosforth, William 22
73 days
2 January 1858 OL

Sheffield Albion FC

6      2
most apps


originally Tom Marshall (replacements 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 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.


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 23 years 2-21 days Appearances/Goals 2.0      0.5
most experienced team so far
Match Report - Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle, Saturday, 20 March 1880 In Other News.....
This annual international match, played according to Association rules, was decided on Monday, the scene of action being the racecourse at Wrexham. Quite 3,000 persons were present, and the weather proved exceedingly fine. Notwithstanding their defeat by the Scotch players on Saturday, the English players were greatly fancied, but there was, on the whole, not such a vast difference between the elevens. Having lost the toss, Wales kicked off at 3.20, and at once attacked the English citadel, which narrowly escaped. The play was very fast, and each goal-keeper had several times to use his hands. Still, no score resulted to either side during the first half. Five minutes after ends had been changed, however, Sparks shot the ball under the Welsh cross-bar, and a second goal fell to the Englishmen a few minutes later. Although deprived of the services of Brindle, a third notch was placed to the credit of England, but subsequently the home players had matters nearly all their own way. Working well together, Wales kept their opponents continually on the defensive, and twice in quick succession the colours of the latter were lowered. They were, however, unable to make matters level, and "Time" left England victors 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.
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." - The Times, Wednesday, 17 March 1880
Source Notes  
Official Matchday Programme
Cris Freddi: Football Historian
Welsh Football Data Archive
Nick Gibbs' England: The Football Facts
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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