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Monday, 13 March 1882
Association Friendly Match
Wales 5 England 3 [1-2]

Match Summary
Wales Party

England Party
Team Records

The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, Denbighshire
Kick-off (GMT): 'ball was started at 3.5'.

Attendance: 'in the presence of 2,500 spectators'; '5,000 persons being present'.

Wales won the toss England kicked-off

[1-2] William Owen 43
  'shouldered through' from a Morgan centre

[1-2] Morgan scores from throw-in:-disallowed
 [0-1] Billy Mosforth 25
'Brown dribbled and made a shot at goal but failed to score, but Mosforth was quickly on the leather'
[0-1] Vaughton shots his the crossbar
[0-2] Edward Parry 37
'sent through'

[2-3] John Morgan 50

 Goal awarded after the Welsh claimed that the ball crossed the line

[3-3] Alf Jones own goal 68
 headed into his own goal

[4-3] William Owen 87
 'put through'
[5-3] John Vaughan 89

disputed, but allowed
[1-3] Harry Cursham 48
'sent the ball thro' at precisely 4 o'clock'

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]



Played according to the Welsh FA rules



An experimental law was introduced, that empowers the referee to award a goal in cases where, in his opinion, a goal has been prevented from a deliberate handball by the defending team.  It lasts one season only, and it is unknown as to whether it resulted in any England goals in 1881-82.
Segar Richard Bastard
28 (25 January 1854)
Upton Park FC, London
Samuel Llewellyn Kendrick
34 (summer 1847), Druids FC
played against Scotland in 1880 played against England in 1879 & 1881
J. Roberts

Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd
Colours: White shirts with red sash, white shorts, red socks
Capt: John Morgan Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee, following a series of trial matches.
Wales Lineup
  Adams, Harry or Henry nk not known G

Berwyn Rangers FC

2 4 GA
Morgan, John R. nk not known RB


7 1
  Powell, John nk not known LB

Druids FC

4 0
  Edwards, Henry Valentine nk not known Half

Wrexham AFC

4 0
  Hughes, Frederick William 21
136 days
28 October 1860

Northwich Victoria FC, England

1 0
  Williams, William nk not known OR

Druids FC

9 1
Owen, William Pierce 21
113 days
20 November 1860 IR

Ruthin FC

5 2
  Roberts, Walter Hugh 23/24 spring 1858 Centre

Ruthin FC

1 0
  Price, John nk not known

Wrexham AFC

9 4
  Roberts, John nk not known IL

Corwen FC

4 1
Vaughan, John 26 1855 OL

Druids FC

5 1


not known
2-2-6 Adams -
Morgan, Powell -
Edwards, Hughes -
Williams, Owen,
W.H.Roberts, Price, J.Roberts, Vaughan.


Age tbc Appearances/Goals 4.6 0.9
most experienced team that England have faced so far


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Norman Bailey
(third (15) captaincy)
Selectors: The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on Tuesday, 7 March 1882.
most captaincies so far
England Lineup
  Swepstone, H. Albemarle 23
58 days
14 January 1859 G

Pilgrims FC & Corinthians FC

3     15 GA
most gk apps
  Hunter, John 30
212 days
13 August 1851 RB Heeley FC, Providence FC, Wednesday FC & Sheffield Albion FC 7 0 final app
Jones, Alfred 21 early 1861 LB

Walsall Swifts FC

2    1 OG
the second own goal conceded by England
  Bailey, Norman C. 24
233 days
23 July 1857 Half

Clapham Rovers FC

7      0
  Bambridge, E. Charles, injured off 3rd min 23
226 days
30 July 1858

Swifts FC

6      6
=most goals
Parry, Edward H. 26
323 days
24 April 1855
in Toronto, Canada

Old Carthusians AFC, Swifts FC & Remnants FC

3 1 final app
Cursham, Henry A. 22
106 days
27 November 1859 IR

Notts County FC & Corinthians FC

4      2
98   Parr, Percivall C. 22
101 days
2 December 1859 CF Oxford University AFC 1 0 only app
  Brown, Arthur 23
100 days
3 December 1858 CF/
Aston Villa FC 3 4 final app
  Vaughton, O. Howard 21
63 days
9 January 1861 IL Aston Villa FC 3      6
=most goals
Mosforth, William 24
70 days
2 January 1858 OL

Wednesday FC

9 3 final app
most apps


Arthur Mallinson (Barnsley Wanderers FC, goal), Edwin Buttery (Heeley FC, half-back), William Page and E.J. Wilson (both Old Carthusians AFC, forwards).

team notes:

The original starting eleven was the same starting eleven originally chosen to begin the Scotland match two days prior to this match. And like the Scotland match, Old Carthusians AFC's James Prinsep withdrew because of injury, his place going to Hunter. Parry, this time, took the place of Royal Engineers FC's Bruce Bremner Russell.
Charlie Bambridge 'had to retire, receiving a dislocation during a scrimmage' after only three minutes play and left the field, leaving England to battle with only ten men.
2-2-6 Swepstone -
Hunter, Jones -
Bailey, Bambridge
(Brown) -
Parry, Cursham, Parr, Brown, Vaughton, Mosforth.
After Bambridge was withdrawn, Brown dropped back to half-back, leaving Parr as the lone centre forward.


Age 23 years 332-343 days Appearances/Goals 4.4      1.7
most experienced XI so far
Match Report - Sheffield Independent, Tuesday, 14 March 1882 In Other News.....
This annual association international contest was played at Wrexham yesterday, and resulted in a victory for Wales by five goals to three, although it is but just to the Englishmen to state that two of the Welsh goals should not have been allowed, the decisions of the Welsh umpire and referee being most unfair. Bailey won the toss and chose to play against a slight wind, and almost immediately the game commenced Bambridge had a nasty charge which dislocated his shoulder, and thus England had but ten men for the whole of the game. Notwithstanding this disadvantage the play was very even. Mosforth made a fine run, and was tackled by Morgan a few yards from goal, but the Welsh back missing his kick Mosforth put the ball through, and thus scored the first goal for England. After re-starting Wales were the aggressors and soon obtained a corner, but nothing came of it, and the English retaliated. Parry made a fine middle to Vaughton, who shot, but the ball hit the bar and went over. Brown was again to the fore, and Mosforth middling to Parry, the latter scored for England. Again the Welshmen got a corner from the kick off, this time with better effect, as the ball glanced through the goal, just touching Owen en route. Some very fine play by Hunter and Jones was cheered, and then the Welsh got another corner, but were unable to score. Bailey was all the time playing in splendid form, and had the English played together they would have won easily. Half-time being called, ends were changed, and shortly afterwards Parry had a rare chance of scoring, but missed it. Hunter then had a corner, and placed it so well that it was headed through. The game thus stood three to one in favour of England, but a change then set in. Roberts took a shot which Swepstone saved, but the Welsh claimed that the ball had gone over the line, which was incorrect. The referee gave it a goal, and shortly afterwards Jones, by mistake, headed the ball through his goal, thus equalising matters. The Welshmen obtained two more goals, the last of which should have been given off-side, and were thus declared winners by five to three. Cursham played in place of Greenwood, the latter being hurt in the Scotch match.
  It was on 14 March 1882 that Queen Victoria left for a short holiday on the French Riviera after expressing her gratitude to the protection she had been afforded during the recent attempt on her life.
The international football match between England and Wales was played on Monday afternoon at Wrexham, when the Welsh won by five goals to three. The weather was very fine and the turf in excellent order. The play on both sides was admirable. - Weekly Mail, Monday, 18 March 1882
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