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Saturday, 26 February 1881
Association Friendly Match

England 0 Wales 1 [0-0]

Match Summary
England Party

Wales Party
Team Records

England's first scoreless first half

East Lancashire Cricket Ground, Alexandra Meadows, Dukes Brow, Gawthorpe, Blackburn, Lancashire
Kick-off (GMT): 'almost three o'clock'.
Attendance: 'about 3,000 spectators attended'; 'game was witnessed by about 4,000 spectators'.

England won toss Wales kicked-off

[0-1] Marshall header disallowed: offside
[0-1] Jackie Vaughan 54
'Hawtrey threw it out, but was charged over, and Vaughan running up placed the leather safely thro' the goal'

"Wretched weather...the ground covered in snow and slush, a circumstance which the English said helped the Welsh to gain their unexpected victory"


Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]


Played according to FA rules.




Thomas Hindle
Darwen (Hon.sec. Lancs FA)
Edward Manners
Hon.secretary Welsh FA
Segar R. Bastard
27 (25 January 1854), Bow, London (Upton Park FC)
played for England in 1880

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: "The English eleven had on, as usual, the white jerseys, with the regular badge on the left breast".
Capt: Jack Hunter
(only captaincy)
Selectors: The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on Monday, 7 February 1881.
England Lineup
81   Hawtrey, John P. 30
221 days
20 July 1850 G Remnants FC & Old Etonians AFC 1     1 GA
82   Harvey, Alfred 24
236 days
5 July 1856 RB Wednesbury Strollers FC 1 0 only app
83   Bambridge, Arthur L. 19
252 days
16 June 1861 LB

Swifts FC

1      0
  Hunter, John 29
197 days
13 August 1851 Half
Heeley FC, Providence FC, Wednesday Club & Sheffield Albion FC 4      0
  Hargreaves, Frederick W. 22
194 days
16 August 1858

Blackburn Rovers FC

2      0
  Marshall, Thomas 22
167 days
12 September 1858 OR

Darwen FC

2 0 final app
84   Rostron, Thurston 17
311 days
21 April 1863 IR

Darwen FC

1      0
85   Brown, James 18
210 days
31 July 1862 Centre

Blackburn Rovers FC

1      0
86   Tait, George 21 late 1859

Birmingham Excelsior FC

1 0 only app
87   Hargreaves, John 20
75 days
13 December 1860 IL

Blackburn Rovers FC

1      0
  Mosforth, William 23
55 days
2 January 1858 OL

Wednesday FC

7      2
most apps


Alf Harvey and George Tait were the original reserves (no replacements made)

team notes:

The original team line-up included Nottingham Forest FC's Edwin Luntley, and Upton Park FC's Clem Mitchell. But at the 'last moment, were unable to take their places', their places going to Harvey and Tait.


The first occasion that England played with three teenagers.


 Hawtrey -
Harvey, Bambridge -
Hunter, F.Hargreaves -
Marshall, Rostron, Brown, Tait, J.Hargreaves, Mosforth.


Age 23 years 63-73 days Appearances/Goals 2.0      0.2
=most experienced team so far


Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd

Colours: "The Welshmen wore white shirts, but to distinguish the players the visiting team wore a sash of ribbon as a belt".
Capt: John Morgan Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee, following a series of trial matches.
Wales Lineup
1 McMillan, Robert 24 1857 G

Shrewsbury Engineers FC, England

1 0 GA
2 Morgan, John R. 26 1855 Back

Derby Grammar School, England

5 0
3 Kenrick, S. Llewellyn 33 summer 1847

Shropshire Wanderers FC, England

5 0
his knee was dislocated and teeth shattered, but he returned later.
  Williams, William nk nk Half

Druids FC

6 0
  Bell, William S. 20
188 days
22 August 1860 Shrewsbury Engineers FC, England 1 0
  Goodwin, Uriah 22 1859 Right

Ruthin FC

1 0
Vaughan, John 25/26 1855

Druids FC

3 1
  Crosse, Knyvett 25 July 1855 Centre

Druids FC

2 0
9 Price, John nk nk

Wrexham AFC

6 0
  Owen, William P. 20
98 days
20 November 1860 Left

Ruthin FC

3 0
  Lewis, Thomas nk nk

Wrexham AFC

1 0


not known

team notes:

The original team line-up included "Ruabon's J. Powell, one of the best backs in Wales, he failed to put in appearance, but [Llewellyn] Kenrick, who has not played for a couple of seasons, volunteered to fill the vacancy". Jack Powell had in fact, missed his train connection.
Reports at the time called Knyvett Crosse " "C.R. Smith" " (with the inverted commas) to show it was a pseudonym.
2-2-6 McMillan -
Morgan, Kendrick -
Williams, Bell -
Vaughan, Goodwin, Crosse, Price, Owen, Lewis.


Age n/a Appearances/Goals 3.1 0.1
Match Report - Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Monday, 28 February 1881 In Other News.....
The picked representatives of England and Wales met at Blackburn on Saturday afternoon for the second time, as this international match was only inaugurated last year at Wrexham. Falls were frequent and doging play was not expected, although a good contest took place., taking into account the drawbacks in the shape of the treacherous turf. About 3,000 spectators attended. It was almost three o'clock before the game was commenced, and for a start the Englishmen bore down upon the Welsh citadel, but nothing came of a neat shot by Tait. The visitors soon ran into the English half, but Harvey stayed the progress of Owen and Lewis, and another attack was made by Mosforth on the visitors' goal, but Macmillan got the ball away. The Wales forwards got off once more with the ball, but when in close proximity with the English lines Roberts sent it behind the posts. The visitors made several well-concerted rushes to the English end, but Hawtry, the English goal-keeper, went about his work in the coolest manner possible, and repelled the Welsh attacks. On one occasion Lewis brought the ball to the English lines and centred in splendid style, but the other forwards were not up in time, and the ball soon travelled out of danger. Brown and Mosforth made two false shots at the opposite end, and then another rush was made to the home team end, but Bambridge stayed the attacking party. The Welsh left wing did some grand work, but the English backs repeatedly robbed them of the ball, and half-time arrived without either side having scored, although the English party had 'peppered' at the Welsh citadel at an astonishing rate. However, the spectators set themselves at rest with the thought that the Englishmen would run the visitors off their feet, and the next half would see some good scoring. Hunter kicked off, but before ten minutes had elapsed Hawtry was upset—and those who know the 'Remnant's' manly form would consider this a great feat—Bambridge lost the ball, Vaughan found it and soon sent it home, which was the winning stroke for the visitors. Every tactic was tried, but the Welsh goal could not be lowered. Marshall and Rostron made some fine shots, but the Welshmen crowded in front of their goal whenever an attack was made. Misfortune seemed to cling to the home team, as Mosforth made a true shot at the Welsh goal, but the ball bounded through, off Marshall, who was standing near the post, and on an appeal the Darwen forward was ruled off side, and thus the point was lost. Towards the close Hunter made a grand run, but nothing more was gained, and the Welshmen won by one goal to nil.

At Trent Bridge, Nottingham Forest beat the F.A. Cup holders, Clapham Rovers 3-0.

It was on 27 February 1881 that 359 men, including their commanding officer, General Sir George Colley, were killed at Majuba Hill as they attempted to reclaim the Transvaal from the Boers.

An Association match between England and Wales was played on Saturday last at Blackburn. The attendance was large. Wales were lucky enough to secure a goal, by which point they won the match. England made several determined efforts to score, and their rivals' goal had many very narrow escapes. - The Times, Monday, 28 February 1881

Hawtrey, the English goalkeeper, threw the ball out but was charged over at the same time and Vaughan running up placed the leather safely through the goal for Wales. The Englishmen strove hard to get on terms with their opponents. Shot after shot was aimed at the Welsh goal but each attempt was rendered futile. When time was called Wales were declared winners by one goal to love.
- Wrexham Advertiser, Saturday, 5 March 1881
Source Notes  
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
Wrexham Advertiser, Saturday, 5 March 1881

Most of the Welsh birth details have been taken from the UK 1881 census, which was taken on the night of the 3rd April 1881.
The census also revealed that Welsh goalkeeper, Robert McMillan, was born in South America. 
There was only one John R. Morgan in Derby in 1881, a 26 year-old schoolmaster of Derby School.  Likewise, there was only one William Bell living in Shropshire, a 28 year-old coal miner.
There was, however, 2,240 William Williams in the census alone. 105 of them lived in Denbighshire, and those are just the males of playing age.  By a similar notion, there were nine different Thomas Lewis', and sixteen John Price's, in Wrexham.