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Monday, 29 March 1886
Home International Championship 1885-86 (3rd) Match

Wales 1 England 3 [1-0]
originally due to be played on Monday, 22 March, postponed on 18 March.

The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, Denbighshire
Kick-off (GMT): 'at three o'clock'; 'shortly after quarter past three'.

'about 3,000 spectators were present'.

Humphrey Jones won the toss Tinsley Lindley kicked-off
[0-0] Billy Lewis scores: disallowed offside
Billy Lewis 42
 'from a pass by Jones, Lewis sent in a beautiful low shot evading Arthur'
  [1-1] Andrew Amos free-kick 70-75
'England obtained a free-kick, Amos made a shot which Mills-Roberts in endeavouring to save put through his goal'
George Brann corner 'shortly after'
'from a corner'...'a shot was appealed against on the ground that the ball went through without being touched. The objection was disallowed'
Fred Dewhurst ?
'shot a third'.
"They played in fine, but bitterly cold, weather and with the turf in fairly good order."

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]


Team Records


Nicholas Lane Jackson
36 (1 November 1849), West Hackney, London (Corinthians FC) (FA Hon. Secretary)
Richard Thomas Gough
26 (
April 1859), Oswestry
(Welsh FA)
Thomas Lawrie
Scotland (SFA vice-President)

Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th


Red collared shirts, white shorts, black socks
Capt: Humphrey Jones


Team selection chosen by Committee, following a series of trial matches.
Wales Lineup
  Mills-Roberts, Dr Robert H. 23
236 days
5 August 1862 G

St. Thomas' Hospital, London & Corinthians FC, England

4 20ᵍᵃ
  Davies, Alfred O. 23 early 1863 RB

Barmouth FC

2 0
  Powell, Seth 23/24 1862 LB

West Bromwich Albion FC, England

3 0
  Vaughan, John O. 22/23 1863 RHB

Rhyl FC

3 0
  Bell, William S. 23
219 days
22 August 1860 CHB

Crewe Alexandra FC, England

4 1
  Jones, Humphrey 23
112 days
7 December 1862 LHB

Bangor FC

5 1
  Wilding, Job 24 early 1862 OR

Wrexham Olympic FC

5 2
  Roberts, William 27
11 days
18 March 1859 IR

Wrexham Olympic FC

2 0
  Davies, Thomas 20/21 1865 CF

Oswestry FC

1 0
  Bryan, Thomas 19/20 1866 IL

Oswestry FC

2 1
Lewis, William 21/22 1864 OL

Bangor FC

2 1


not known
2-3-5 Mills-Roberts -
A.Davies, Powell -
Vaughan, Bell, Jones -
Wilding, Roberts,
T.Davies, Bryan, Lewis


Age 22/23 Appearances/Goals 3.0 0.5


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd


White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Norman Bailey¹⁵ ¹
P 13 - W 5 - D 3 - L 5 - F 34 - A 25.


The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on Friday, 19 March 1886.
P 28 - W 12 - D 5 - L 11 - F 84 - A 58
most captaincies so far
England Lineup
(two changes to the previous match)
  Arthur, W.J. Herbert 23
43 days
14 February 1863 G Blackburn Rovers FC 5 4ᵍᵃ
  Squire, Ralph T. 22
186 dys
10 September 1863 RB

Cambridge University AFC, Old Westminsters AFC & Corinthians FC

3 0
final app 1886
  Walters, Percy M. 21
62 days
30 September 1863 LB Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 5 0
  Bailey, Norman C. 28
248 days
23 July 1857 RHB

Clapham Rovers FC & Corinthians FC

17 1
most experienced captain & most apps
Amos, Andrew 22
190 days
20 September 1863 CHB Cambridge University AFC, Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 2 1
final app 1885-86
  Forrest, James H. 21
278 days
24 June 1864 LHB

Blackburn Rovers FC

6 0
Dewhurst, Frederick 22
103 dys
16 December 1863 OR

Preston North End FC & Corinthians FC

2 2
Brann, George 20
340 days
23 April 1865 IR

Swifts FC & Corinthians FC

2 1
  Lindley, Tinsley 20
153 days
27 October 1865 CF

Nottingham Forest FC, Cambridge University AFC & Corinthians FC

3 2
  Cobbold, W. Nevill 23
53 days
4 February 1863 IL Cambridge University AFC, Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 6 3
  Bambridge, E. Charles 27
242 days
30 July 1858 OL

Swifts FC & Corinthians FC

15 12
mst gls


not known

team notes:

Francis Ingram (Old Westminsters AFC & Corinthians FC) withdrew from the line-up before this match.
The original team stated that it was either Dewhurst or Ben Spilsbury was to play.


For only the second time in 13½ years, England played with no debutants, ensuring that they have now topped the six appearance per player ratio.
England have now gone on a record unbeaten sequence of seven matches, lasting two years.
2-3-5 Arthur -
Squire, Walters -
Amos, Forrest, Bailey -
Dewhurst, Brann, Lindley, Cobbold, Bambridge


Age 23 years 86 dys Appearances/Goals 6.0 1.7
most experienced team so far
Match Report - Nottingham Journal, Monday, 30 March 1886 In Other News.....

The English eleven, after playing a drawn game with Scotland on Saturday, turned up at Wrexham yesterday to contest their annual match with the representatives of the Principality. The English team was the same as opposed Scotland, whilst the Welsh eleven was also the same as advertised. The weather was bitterly cold, and the attendance small. Wales won the toss, and played with the wind, and Lindley kicked off for England at three o'clock. Vaughan returned, and T. Davis, centring nicely, the play was taken in front of the English goal, when Squire kicked behind, conceding a corner. This was capitally put in by Vaughan, but the ball was headed away, and then for a time the game was pretty even. The English forwards passed beautifully, Brann, Lindley, and Bambridge playing a grand game. After about twenty minutes' play, Wilding centred well, and Lewis rushing up scored by a grand shot, the home team leading by a goal to nothing on changing ends. On resuming, Wales were sadly pressed, and England had several corner shots in succession. Shots innumerable were sent in, the English forwards swarming round the goal. The defence of the backs and half-backs, however, were first-class. After half an hour's play England had a free kick from 'hands,' and Amos equalised the score. Shortly afterwards Brann and Dewhurst both scored, and England won by three goals to one.

It was on 29 March 1886 that the Prime Minister announced that the Irish Home Rule Bill would be read the following month.

Yesterday, at Wrexham, the eighth annual match under Association rules between England and Wales was played in fine weather and with the turf in fairly good order. Both sides showed good combination...
So well did they play that shortly before half-time was announced Lewis registered a goal for them. After ends had been changed, England severely pressed their opponents, and from a free kick near the Welsh posts Amos scored, the ball going through off the defending goalkeeper...
- The Times, Monday, 30 March 1886.

Source Notes  
Cris Freddi: Football Historian
Welsh Football Data Archive
Nick Gibbs' England: The Football Facts
Rothmans Yearbooks
Original newspaper reports