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003 Trial Match
005 Trial Match


Trial Match Results

Saturday, 19 February 1881
International Trial Match

The North 1 The South 2  [nk-nk]

Bramall Lane, Sheffield - Attendance: Large.   Kick-off not known

The North - Jimmy Brown;
The South - Charlie Bambridge, Reginald Heygate

? kicked-off. - minutes (- & -).


Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]

The North


The South

Referee - unknown

- unknown



  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  

The North Team



probably Jack Hunter (captained England the following week)

Colours: not known
Coach: None
The North Lineup


Sorby, Albert Ernest 21 summer 1859 G

Sheffield FC

  Buttery, Thomas - - FB

Sheffield Exchange FC

  Gibson, Thomas - - FB

Blackburn Olympic FC

  Fletcher, Thomas H. 23 summer 1857 HB

Sheffield Pyebank FC


Marsden, Frank Herbert 21 summer 1859 HB

Sheffield FC

  Hunter, John 28 summer 1852 HB

Sheffield Heeley FC

3 0
  Rostron, Thurston 17 21 April 1863 F

Darwen FC

0 0
  Marshall, Thomas 22 12 September 1858 F

Darwen FC

1 0
Brown, James 18 31 July 1862 CF

Blackburn Rovers FC

0 0
  M'Laughton no M'Laughton in any registration F

Notts County FC

  Mosforth, William 22/23 early 1858 OL

Sheffield Albion FC

6 2

formation not known



The South Team



not known

Colours: not known
Coach: None
The South Lineup
  Swepstone, Harry A. 22 early 1859 G

Pilgrims FC

1 0
  Kennedy, A.G. - - LB

Old Malvernians

  Wilson, Claude W. 22 9 September 1858 RB

Oxford University

0 0
  Bambridge, Arthur L. 19 16 June 1861 HB

Swifts FC

1 0


Topham, Edwin Henry 22 summer 1858 HB

Cambridge University


Cunliffe, W.F. - - F

Oxford University

  Heygate, Reginald T. 22/23 spring 1858 F

Oxford University


Barnard, James J. 25 winter 1855 F

Upton Park FC


Barnett, Herbert R. 18/19 spring 1862 F

Upton Park FC


Keyser, Leonard B. 24 1857 F

Swifts FC

  Bambridge, E. Charles 22 30 July 1858 F

Swifts FC

2 4
formation not known  



Match Report

A numerous company witnessed this match; the second this season between the above teams, played at Bramall-lane, on Saturday afternoon, under Association rules. The game ended in a victory for the South by two goals to one. - The Times - Monday 21st March, 1881

Note - No details have been found for another North v. South fixture played in the 1880-81 season, though the newspaper may have been referring to the rugby fixture between the two, played on December 20th, 1880. Both games were considered to be football, distinguished by either Association or Rugby Union rules.

Source Notes

All additional names and date of births are taken from census and registration details. 

Albert Ernest Sorby was the only A.E. Sorby who was born around that time.  As for T.H. Fletcher, the Sheffield born defender can be one of two, either Thomas Henry, born in the winter of 1857, or a possible Thomas Howard, born in September 1863, making him seventeen.  Not unlikely, but we have gone with the former.  Frank Herbert Marsden is the only F.H. born in the Sheffield area in the correct time period.

Again, the only E.H. Topham born in the correct era was Edwin Henry.  The only L. Keyser was a 24 year-old Leonard B. in Buckinghamshire.