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Saturday, 3 February 1883
Association Friendly Match

England 5 Wales 0 [2-0]

The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, Surrey, SE
Kick-off (GMT): "at five minutes past three"; 'at six minutes past three'.

Attendance: 'over 2,000'; 'some 2,000 or 3,000 people visiting the ground';
Receipts: "something over £50."

Norman Bailey kicked-off Wales won the toss
[0-0] Clem Mitchell hits the crossbar
Clem Mitchell 17
 'from a clever middle by H.A.Cursham'
[2-0] Charlie Bambridge 42/43
 'got the ball past' from a Mitchell pass
[1-0] WH Roberts hits the crossbar

[2-0] Clem MItchell scores:- disallowed offside
[3-0] Arthur Cursham 65

 'secured, middled by Mitchell'
[3-0] Arthur Bambridge scores:- disallowed
[3-0] Charlie Bambridge scores:- disallowed

[4-0] Clem Mitchell 70
[5-0] Clem Mitchell 86 HAT-TRICK
 'before time was called'
  Match Summary
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Team Records

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]





Charles H.R. Wollaston
33 (31 July 1849)
Samuel Llewellyn Kendrick
35 (summer 1847)
Druids FC
played for England 1874-80 played against England in 1879 & 1881
Captain J. Donald Hamilton
SFA Vice-President

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: "The representatives of England wore white jerseys..."
Capt: Norman Bailey
(fourth (15) captaincy)
Selectors: The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on Tuesday, 23 January 1883.
most captaincies so far
England Lineup
  Swepstone, H. Albemarle 24
20 days
14 January 1859 G

Pilgrims FC & Corinthians FC

4    15 GA
most gk apps
99   de Paravicini, Percy J. 20
203 days
15 July 1862 RB

Cambridge University AFC & Old Etonians AFC

1      0
100   Russell, Bruce B. 23
162 days
25 August 1859 LB Royal Engineers FC 1 0 only app
last Royal Engineer to play for England
  Bailey, Norman C. 25
195 days
23 July 1857 Half

Clapham Rovers FC

8      0
most experienced captain
101   MacRae, Stuart 27
58 days
7 December 1855
in Bengal, India

Notts County FC & Corinthians FC

1      0
Cursham, Arthur W. 29
326 days
14 March 1853 OR Notts County FC 5      2
  Bambridge, Arthur L. 21
20 days
16 June 1861 IR

Swifts FC & Corinthians FC

2      0
Mitchell, Clement 20
348 days
20 February 1862 Centre

Upton Park FC & Corinthians FC

3      3
third hat-trick scored by England, youngest so far
102   Goodhart, Harry Chester 24
201 days
17 July 1858

Old Etonians AFC & Corinthians FC

1      0
  Cursham, Henry A. 23
68 days
27 November 1859 IL

Notts County FC & Corinthians FC

5      2
Bambridge, E. Charles 24
188 days
30 July 1858 OL

Swifts FC

7      7
most goals


not known

team notes:

William Vidal (Royal Engineers FC) withdrew from the England line-up. He was replaced by MacRae.
One other source states that Oliver Whateley (Aston Villa FC) was replaced by Arthur Bambridge. But it was Bambridge, not Whateley, that was in the line-up named by the Selection Committee.
Arthur and Charlie Bambridge, as well as Arthur and Harry Cursham, were brothers.
2-2-6 Swepstone -
de Paravicini, Russell -
Bailey, MacRae -
A.Cursham, A.Bambridge, Mitchell, Goodhart, H.Cursham, C.Bambridge.


Age 24 years 50 days Appearances/Goals 3.5      0.8


Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd
Colours: "...while the men of Wales wore as their colors white and crimson"
Capt: John Powell 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

4 x GA
  Morgan, John R. nk not known Back


10 2
  Powell, John nk not known

Druids FC

7 0
  Hughes, Frederick William 22
98 days
28 October 1860
in Northwich, England

Northwich Victoria FC, England

3 0
  Burke, Thomas 18/19 early 1864

Wrexham AFC

1 0
  Owen, William Pierce 22
75 days
20 November 1860 OR

Ruthin FC

8 4
  Roberts, Walter Hugh 24/25 spring 1858 IR

Ruthin FC

3 0
  Davies, John Price 25 summer 1857 Centre

Druids FC

1 0
  Roberts, William nk not known

Rhyl FC

1 0
  Vaughan, John 27 1855 IL

Druids FC

8 2
  Roberts, John nk not known OL

Berwyn Rangers FC

7 1


not known

team notes:

The FA Committee, led by Charles Alcock, objected to the inclusion of F.W. Hughes, who up until now, was believed to be Welsh-born, but this has proven inaccurate.  The Welsh though, did not supply a substitute and Hughes was allowed to play. - The Liverpool Mercury, Monday, 14 March 1884.
2-2-6 Adams -
Morgan, Powell -
Hughes, Burke -
Owen, W.H.Roberts, W.Roberts, Davies, J.Vaughan, J.Roberts.


Age tbc Appearances/Goals 4.8 0.8
most experienced team that England have faced so far
"In the evening the rival elevens dined together at the Surrey Club House" - Sporting Life, Monday, 5 February 1883.
Match Report - Sporting Life, Monday, 5 February 1883 In Other News.....

The fifth international match between representatives teams of the English and Welsh Association took place on the ground of the Surrey County Cricket Club at Kennington Oval, on Saturday last, in the presence of about 2,000 spectators. The Welsh team were in crimson and white, whilst the English were in white. The ground was in fair condition, but still rather heavy from the recent rains. Powell, winning the toss, elected to commence from the Crown Baths or western goal, and at five minutes past three Bailey kicked off for England from the Clayton-street side of the ground, but principally through the actions of Owen, Roberts, and Davies, the ball was speedily returned to the home territory, when it went behind. Swepstone kicking off, the English eleven at once followed up the attack vigorously, and within a few minutes the Welsh goal was in jeopardy, a good shot by E. C. Bambridge nearly sending the ball through the posts. The visitors' backs, however, performed most energetically, and by a determined effort the danger was not only averted, but an incursion made into the home territory. Here Bailey, de Paravacini, Russell, and H. Cursham were found extremely difficult to pass, and after some fast and clever dribbling from both sides, the game was again in the favour of England, when after a series of smart passing between Goodhart, E. C. Bambridge, H. Cursham, and Mitchell, the last-named found little difficulty in sending the ball under the crossbar, thus scoring the first goal for England after about a quarter of an hour's play. For some time afterwards the play was very even; Bailey, E. C. Bambridge, A. Cursham, Goodhart, and Mitchell being most indefatigable in their efforts for the home eleven, whilst Hughes, Owen, Roberts, Powell, and Davies were equally as energetic for the visitors, but although each goal was in turn threatened, nothing further of a decisive character was scored until the first portion of the game was drawing to a close, when a combined rush, followed by a good run by E. C. Bambridge, enabled that player to score the second goal for England. After changing ends the Englishmen soon began to show the better advantage, and not many minutes elapsed before E. C. Bambridge, again gaining possession, passed to A. Cursham, who scored the third goal for England. The Welshmen, however, despite these reverses, continued to make a gallant defence, and frequent incursions were made into the home territory, but here the aggressors invariably found the English backs on alert; Bailey and M'Rae being particularly busy, and as Russell and de Paravicini rarely missed an opportunity, the attacks of their opponents were always successfully repelled. Despite the good play of the visitors the latter portion of the play was entirely in favour of the English Eleven, for whom Mitchell was twice in quick succession enabled to score, and thus left the field victor in the 'conqueror' match—each side having previously gained two wins—by five goals to nil.

  Blackburn Olympic beat their local rivals, Church, 2-0 to reach the F.A. Cup quarter-finals for the first time.

It was on 3 February 1883 in Dublin that the Crown Prosecutor in the trial of the Irish National Invincibles announced that the knives used in the Phoenix Park murders of Lord Cavendish and the Permanent Under-secretary, Thomas Burke, had been found. Five of the group were convicted and hanged after their leader, James Carey testified against them, only to be subsequently murdered himself following his release, when he fled to South Africa.

Representatives of the Association game in England and Wales met on Saturday at Kennington-oval to play their annual match. The weather was delightfully fine, and an exceptionally large number of spectators were present. Play began soon after 3 o'clock, when Wales, who had won the toss, took up their station at the western goal, which gave them the advantage of the wind at their backs...
Goodhart now carefully conducted the ball down the centre of the ground and passed it to H. A. Cursham, who in turn kicked it over to E. C. Bambridge, who shot it between the posts...
At length E. C. Bambridge carefully steered the ball along the left side, and, eluding the efforts made to stop him, sent it under the bar, thus gaining the second point for the home team...
After one or two attacks by their forwards, E. C. Bambridge again distinguished himself by an expert run, and, passing the ball to A. W. Cursham, the Nottingham player gained a third goal. It was not long before Mitchell shot the ball between the posts for the English. The Welsh strove hard to stem the tide which had set in against them, but to no purpose, as the ball was again forced back on their lines, and Mitchell secured a further goal...
- The Times, Monday, 5 February 1883

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
Original newspaper reports