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33 vs. Scotland

Saturday, 4 February 1888
Home International Championship 1887-88 (5th) Match

Wales 1 England 5 [1-1]
Despite being played on English soil,
this was still a Welsh home match, for revenue purposes.

Alexandra Recreation Ground, Nantwich Road, Crewe, Cheshire
moved from The Racecourse Ground, Wrexham

Attendance: 6,000;
Kick-off tbc

England - Fred Dewhurst (16, 70, 90 hat-trick), George Woodhall ('a clinking shot' [England's 100th first-class goal] 76). Tinsley Lindley (77-89)
Wales - Jack Doughty ('Moon had injudiciously left his goal open to the attack of Doughty' 17)

some sources state the final goal was a John Goodall goal, but Sporting Life, Wrexham Advertiser, The Guardian etc disagree
Match Summary
Wales Party

England Party
Team Records
Results 1872-90

England won the toss, Wales kicked-off.


Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]




Umpires - not known

John Sinclair

31/32 (1856), Belfast, Ireland (Irish FA)
  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
The 1887 International Football Association Board meeting:
"That a British subject born abroad shall be eligible to play for his fathers nationality" was unanimously adopted.
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
The selection procedure was turning chaotic as seventy-plus players were turning up for trial games, making the process a logistical and bureaucratic nightmare for Charles Alcock and his team. In its place is the International Select Committee.  Comprising of seven men, they announce the team on the basis of who has won the most votes at the end of limited trials.

Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th
Colours: Red collared shirts, white shorts, black socks
Capt: Alf Davies Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee, following a series of trial matches, on Wednesday, 25 January 1888.
Wales Lineup
  Mills-Roberts, Dr Robert H. 25 5 August 1862 G

Merionethshire FC, Preston North End FC & Corinthians FC, both England

6 29 GA
  Davies, Dr. Alfred O. 25 early 1863 RB

Barmouth FC & Swifts FC, England

6 0
  Powell, John 27 25 March 1860 LB

Druids FC & Newton Heath LYR FC, England

13 0
  Roberts, Robert 23/24 1864 HB

Druids FC & Bolton Wanderers FC, England

3 0
  Davies, Joseph E. 23 12 July 1864 HB

Druids FC & Newton Heath LYR FC, England

1 0
  Griffiths, Peter 25 summer 1862 HB

Chirk AAA FC

3 0
  Challen, John B. 24 26 March 1863 OR

Ruthin FC, Swifts FC & Corinthians FC, both England

3 0
  Pryce-Jones, William E. 20 29 December 1867 IR

Newtown FC & Cambridge University AFC, England

2 0
Doughty, John 22 October 1865 CF

Druids FC & Newton Heath LYR FC, England

4 1
  Owen, William 24/25 1862 IL

Chirk AAA FC

4 1
  Lewis, William 23/24 1864 OL

Bangor FC

6 2


reserves not known

team notes:

possibly the oldest team to face England thus far.
formation Mills-Roberts -
A.Davies, Powell -
J.Davies, Griffiths -
Challen, Pryce-Jones, Doughty, Owen, Lewis


Age 23.7/24.0 Appearances/Goals 4.6 0.3


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: "The Whites..."  White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Tinsley Lindley, first captaincy. Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee (M.P. Betts, J.Henderson, R.P. Gregson, N.L. Jackson, W.H. Jope, R.J. Smith and Association Officers), on Monday, 23 January 1888 at the Albion Hotel, Manchester, following the trial game.
1st match, W 1 - D 0 - L 0 - F 5 - A 1.
England Lineup
  Moon, William R. 19
248 days
7 June 1868 G

Old Westminsters AFC & Corinthians FC

1 1 GA
  Howarth, Robert H. 22 20 June 1865 RB Preston North End FC 2 0
  Mason, Charles 24 1 April 1863 LB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

2 0
  Saunders, Frank E. 23 26 August 1864 RH

Swifts FC & Corinthians FC

1 0
  Allen, Harry 22 19 January 1866 CH

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

1 0
  Holden-White, Cecil H. 27 3 November 1860 LH

Swifts FC, Clapham Rovers FC & Corinthians FC

1 0
Woodhall, George 24 5 September 1863 OR

West Bromwich Albion FC

1 1
  Goodall, John 24 19 June 1863 IR Preston North End FC 1 0
Lindley, Tinsley 22 27 October 1865 CF

Nottingham Forest FC, Cambridge University AFC & Corinthians FC

7 9
Dewhurst, Frederick 24 16 December 1863 IL

Preston North End FC & Corinthians FC

6 8
  Hodgetts, H. Dennis 24 28 November 1863 OL

Aston Villa FC

1 0


Herby Arthur (Blackburn Rovers FC), Tom Wardle (Stoke FC), Jack Keenan (Burnley FC), Charlie Shelton (Notts County FC), Bill Townley (Blackburn Rovers FC), Jem Bayliss (West Bromwich Albion FC) and Arthur Dunn (Old Etonians AFC), as well as the three below that were called into the first eleven.

team notes:

In the original line-up, Arthur Walters (Old Carthusians AFC) was the captain and right-back, his place going to reserve, Bob Howarth. Left-half, Jimmy Forrest's (Blackburn Rovers FC) place went to reserve, Cecil Holden-White, and forward, Neville Cobbold's (Old Carthusians AFC) place going Fred Dewhurst, as arranged prior to the match. Reserve, John Goodall, took up Dewhurst's vacant position at inside-right.
George Woodhall is the twentieth player to score on his England debut.
2-3-5 Moon -
Howarth, Mason -
Saunders, Allen, Holden-White -
Woodhall, Goodhall, Lindley, Dewhurst, Hodgetts


Age 23.2 Appearances/Goals 2.2 1.2


    Match Report

"The first International match of the season, England v. Wales, will be played on the Crewe Alexandra ground next Saturday. Wrexham was first fixed as the venue for the game, but in past years the Welsh Association have received such poor support from the followers of the game in their own country that they have decided to try their luck on foreign soil." - The Lancashire Evening Post, Saturday, 28 January 1888.

The excellent cricket ground of the Alexandra club at Crewe was selected by the Welsh Association for the decision of their international match with England last Saturday. The game had been anticipated with great interest, and between 7,000 and 8,000 people were present...

Good defence was shown by Davies and Mills-Roberts, but the latter was eventually beaten by a shot by Dewhurst, who scored the first goal. Immediately on resuming the Welsh forwards attacked, and, amid applause, Doughty kicked a goal for them, thus bringing the score level...

Some time elapsed before Dewhurst secured a second goal for England. A long shot by Woodhall soon gave them a third. Lindley finished up a lengthy run by scoring a fourth goal and Goodall added a fifth... The Times - Monday 6th February, 1888


Renton thrashed Cambuslang, 6-1, at Hampden Park, to record the biggest ever victory in a Scottish Cup Final.

It was on 3 February 1888 that two Americans, Thomas Callan and Michael Harkins were sentenced to 15 years in prison for possession of dynamite at a house in London.

Source Notes

Cris Freddi: Football Historian
Welsh Football Data Archive

Original newspaper reports 
Rothmans Yearbooks
FA Yearbooks 1950-60