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Monday, 17 March 1884
Home International Championship 1883-84 (1st) Match

Wales 0 England 4 [0-1]
Match Summary
Wales Party

England Party
Team Records

The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, Denbighshire
Kick-off (GMT): 'three minutes past three'
Attendance: 'only 3,000 spectators present'; 'before nearly 4,000 spectators'; 'there were 6,000 spectators present'.

Wales won the toss either William Bromley-Davenport or Norman Bailey kicked-off
  [0-1] William Bromley-Davenport 7 'neat shot from a Bambridge middle'
  [0-2] Norman Bailey 75
'quickly sent in'
[0-3] William Bromley-Davenport 85
'sent it thro'
Billy Gunn 90
'sent the ball along the ground but Powell allowed it to pass him without an attempt to arrest its progress, and the goalkeeper adopting similar tactics, the leather rolled in between the posts'

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]





Charles William Alcock
41 (2 December 1842)
(FA secretary)
(replaced Major Marindin)
Samuel Llewellyn Kendrick
36 (summer 1847)
Druids FC (Welsh FA).
played for England in 1875 played against England in 1879 & 1881
Sydney Broadfoot
Scottish F.A. Vice-President

Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd
Colours: White shirts, white shorts, white socks
Capt: Jack Powell Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee, following a series of trial matches.
Wales Lineup
  Owen, Elias nk not known G Ruthin FC 1 4 GA
  Powell, John nk not known RB

Bolton Wanderers FC, England

10 0
  Conde, Charles 24/25 1859 LB

Chirk AAA FC

1 0
  Evans, Maurice nk not known RHB

Oswestry White Stars FC

1 0
  Williams, Joseph H. nk not known CHB

Oswestry White Stars FC

1 0
  Griffiths, Peter nk not known RHB

Chirk AAA FC

1 0
  Owen, William Pierce 23
118 days
20 November 1860 OR

Ruthin FC

10 4
  Owen, William nk not known IR

Chirk AAA FC

1 0
  Eyton-Jones, J. Arthur 20/21 1863 CF

Wrexham AFC & Bootle FC, England

3 1
  Vaughan, John 28 1855 IL

Bolton Wanderers FC, England

11 2
  Jones, R. Albert nk not known OL

Druids FC

1 0


not known

team notes:

The FA Committee, led by Charles Alcock, objected to the inclusion of F.W. Hughes again, who up until 1883, was believed to be Welsh-born, but this had proven inaccurate. This time, the objection was upheld. But a similar objection regarding Arthur Eyton-Jones was not upheld and he was allowed to play. - The Liverpool Mercury, Monday, March 14 1884.
Elias and William P. Owen were brothers.
2-3-5 Owen -
Powell, Conde -
Williams, Griffiths, Morris -
W.P.Owen, W.Owen, Eyton-Jones, Vaughan, Jones


Age tbc Appearances/Goals 3.7 0.6


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Norman Bailey
(eighth (15) captaincy)
Selectors: The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on Thursday, 28 February 1884.
most captaincies so far
England Lineup
  Rose, William C. 22
107 days
1 December 1861 G

Swindon Town FC & Swifts FC

3    2 GA
  Dobson, Alfred T.C. 24
355 days
28 March 1859 RB Notts County FC & Corinthians FC 4 0 final app
  Beverley, Joseph 27
126 days
12 November 1856 LB

Blackburn Rovers FC

3 0 final app
Bailey, Norman C. 26
238 days
23 July 1857 RHB

Clapham Rovers FC

12      1
most apps & experienced capt
114   Forrest, James H. 19
267 days
24 June 1864 CHB

Blackburn Rovers FC

1      0
  Wilson, Charles P. 24
310 days
12 May 1859 LHB

Hendon FC & Corinthians FC

2 0 final app
  Holden, George H. 24
163 days
6 October 1859 OR

Wednesbury Old Athletic FC

4 1 final app
  Vaughton, O. Howard 23
68 days
9 January 1861 IR Aston Villa FC 5 6 final app
Bromley-Davenport, William 22
56 days
21 January 1862 CF

Old Etonians AFC & Oxford University AFC

2 2 final app
Gunn, William 25
104 days
4 December 1858 IL

Notts County FC

2 1 final app
  Bambridge, E. Charles 25
231 days
30 July 1858 OL

Swifts FC

10     10
most goals


not known

team notes:

Jimmy Forrest was a late replacement for Stuart MacRae (Notts County FC). Gunn again, coming in for Harry Cursham (Notts County FC).
2-3-5 Rose -
Dobson, Beverley -
Wilson, Forrest, Bailey -
Holden, Vaughton, Bromley-Davenport, Gunn, Bambridge


Age 23 years 352 dys Appearances/Goals 4.4     1.5
youngest competitive XI so far
Match Report - Sporting Life, Tuesday, 18 March 1884 In Other News.....
Journeying from Scotland, where they suffered defeat by one goal to nothing, England met Wales on Wrexham Racecourse yesterday (Monday), and defeated them, after a hard fought game, by four goals to nil. Macrae being unable to come South owing to business engagements, his place at half-back was taken by Forrest (Blackburn Rovers), and in the Welsh team the two Owens played on the right wing, and Vaughan and Jones on the left. The weather was lovely, and the ground in grand order, and some 4,000 spectators were present. Wales won the toss, and elected to defend the Crispin lane goal. The ball was started by Bromley-Davenport at three minutes past three, and in six minutes from the commencement the same player scored first goal for England. On the ball being restarted Albert Jones dribbled it up field, and centre to Eyton Jones, the latter heading it just over the bar. Bromley-Davenport and Bambridge were busy soon afterwards, but they were foiled by Powell, who played grandly throughout. After a nice piece of play by Gunn and Bambridge, Eyton Jones ran the ball down the field, and passed to W. P. Owen, who shot it into the goal, but the ball was got safely away. Some most exciting give-and-take play followed, but the score remained unchanged at half-time. After changing ends, and with the wind slightly in their favour, England pressed Wales desperately, but notwithstanding their exertions, the defence of Owen was too good to permit of any addition to the score, until from a foul in dangerous proximity England scored a second goal. Once more in motion the ball was taken up the left wing by Albert Jones and Vaughan, and Jones made a shot which just went over the bar. Three minutes afterwards Bromley-Davenport kicked the third goal for England, and a fourth was added by Gunn. The game thus ended in favour of England by four goals to nil.
It was on 17 March 1884 that the Prime Minister, William Gladstone was unable to attend the House of Commons as he was suffering from laryngitis.
"This international contest was played under Association rules yesterday on Wrexham Racecourse, before nearly 4,000 spectators. Wales won the toss, and decided to have the wind in their favour during the early portion of the game. Bromley-Davenport set the ball in motion for the visitors and after about five minutes' play, he scored a goal for them...

Positions having been exchanged, England played with renewed vigour and secured three additional goals..."  - The Times, Tuesday, 18 March 1884
Source Notes  
Cris Freddi: Football Historian
Welsh Football Data Archive
Nick Gibbs' England: The Football Facts
Rothmans Yearbooks
Original newspaper reports