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Monday, 13 March 1893
Home International Championship 1892-93 (10th) Match

England 6 Wales 0 [2-0]
England Party
Wales Party
Team Records

Football League Record

Victoria Athletic Ground, Boothen, Stoke-upon-Trent, Staffordshire
Kick-off (GMT):
'shortly after 3.30'
'8,000 spectators';'about 8,000 persons patronised';'9,000 or 10,000 spectators';'before 10,000';

Bob Holmes won the toss John Butler kicked-off
[0-0] John Goodall header hits the post
Fred Spiksley 25

 'from a freekick taken by Clare, Schofield sent in a low shot, which Trainer saved, Spiksley returned it and fairly beat the goalkeeper'
[2-0] Fred Spiksley 30

a hot scrimmage ended in him scoring a second'
[3-0] Billy Bassett 47
 'from a judicious Spiksley pass, a swift oblique shot past Trainer'

[4-0] Jack Goodall 49

 'the ball striking the crossbar and beating Trainer'
[4-0] Fred Spiksley hits the crossbar
[5-0] Jack Reynolds 75

 'Bassett's quick freekick to Reynolds, who beat Trainer with a low, swift shot'' Parry handball
[6-0] Fred Spiksley 88
 'rebound after Trainer saved Schofield shot'

Confusion reigned as to who scored the final goal. The Times and Sporting Life credit Schofield.The Sportsman, The Field, Manchester Guardian, Liverpool Mercury, etc, etc, say Spiksley put in the rebound after Trainer saved Schofield's shot.

Match Summary





Referee                      John Campbell
The venue at Victoria Ground was chosen by the F.A. Committee in London on Monday, 20 February 1893, at the same time the team was chosen.
Charles James Hughes
39 (16 August 1853)
Northwich, Cheshire
G/J.H. Jones

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: White jerseys and navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Bob Holmes
(first (3) captaincy)
Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 20 February 1893 at 61 Chancery Lane, London, following trial games.
17th match, W 15 - D 1 - L 1 - F 72 - A 14.
England Lineup
206   Sutcliffe, John W. 24
335 days
12 April 1868 G Bolton Wanderers FC 1     0 GA
  Clare, Thomas 28
37 days
4 February 1865 RB Stoke FC 3        0
  Holmes, Robert 25
263 days
23 June 1867 LB Preston North End FC 4        0
Reynolds, John 24
20 days
21 February 1869 RHB West Bromwich Albion FC 2        1
  Perry, Charles 27
69 days
3 January 1866 CHB West Bromwich Albion FC 3 0 final app
207   Turner, James 26
158 days
6 October 1866 LHB Bolton Wanderers FC 1        0
Bassett, William I. 24
45 days
27 January 1869 OR West Bromwich Albion FC 9    3 or 4
208   Whitehead, James 23
43 days
29 January 1870 IR Accrington FC 1        0
Goodall, John 29
267 days
19 June 1863 CF Derby County FC 8    7 or 8
  Schofield, Joseph A. 22
71 days
1 January 1871 IL Stoke FC 2        0
209 Spiksley, Frederick 23
47 days
25 January 1870 OL Wednesday FC 1        3
scorer of England's thirteenth hattrick


not known

team notes:

Jack Goodall was the original inside-right, he replaced Blackburn Rovers FC's Jack Southworth at centre-forward, who had a leg injury. James Whitehead was then added as the new inside-right. Everton FC's Edgar Chadwick and Alf Milward were replaced on the left by Schofield and Spiksley. They were needed for their club's FA Cup semi-final appearance.
Goalkeeper, John Sutcliife played for England Rugby against New Zealand in 1889.
Jack Reynolds had already played five times for the Irish team, scoring once (1890-91 (two appearances and one goal against England))


England extend their record of back-to-back victories, now at eight matches, and extend their unbeaten record to eleven matches.
2-3-5 Sutcliffe -
Clare, Holmes -
Reynolds, Perry, Turner -
Bassett, Whitehead, Goodall, Schofield, Spiksley


Age 25 years 125 days Appearances/Goals 3.2     0.9


Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th
Colours: White and red halved shirts, black shorts, black socks
Capt: James Trainer Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee, at The Hand Hotel, Chirk, on Friday, 3 March 1893, following a series of trial matches.
Wales Lineup
  Trainer, James 30
65 days
7 January 1863 G Wrexham AFC & Preston North End FC, England 8 33 GA
  Jones, David 25/26 1867 RB Chirk AAA FC & Bolton Wanderers FC, England 9 0
  Parry, Charles F. 23 early 1870 LB Llansilin FC & Everton FC, England 3 0
  Williams, Edwin H. 25 summer 1868 RHB Flintshire FC & Crewe Alexandra FC, England 1 0
  Davies, Joseph E. 28
244 days
12 July 1864 CHB Druids FC & Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, England 7 0
  Morris, Edward 20/21 1872 LHB Chirk AAA FC 1 0
  James, Edwin 23 spring 1869 OR Chirk AAA FC 1 0
  Vaughan, James 25 summer 1868 IR Druids FC 1 0
  Butler, John 24/25 early 1868 CF Chirk AAA FC 1 0
  Lewis, Benjamin 23/24 1869 IL Wrexham AFC & Middlesbrough FC, England 5 2
  Robert, Roberts 28/29 1864 OL Crewe Alexandra FC, England 2 1


not known

team notes:

Bob Roberts replaced Rhayader FC & Blackburn Rovers FC's John Bowdler
2-3-5 Trainer -
Jones, Parry -
Williams, Davies, Morris -
James, Vaughan, Butler, Lewis, Roberts


Age 24/25 Appearances/Goals 3.5 0.3


Match Report - The Sporting Life, Tuesday, 14 March 1893 ENGLAND WIN EASILY In Other News....

"Yesterday afternoon the fifteenth match between England ad Wales was played at Stoke-on-Trent, before ten thousand spectators. The weather was rather dull, but the turf was in grand condition. Additional local interest was aroused in the match by the fact that Schofield, the little local flyer, was included in the English team, along with Spiksley, the Sheffield crack. The Welsh team was first on the field, both receiving a good reception. England won the toss and Schofield was conspicuous from the start. Bassett sending behind, Spikelsey was defeated in a scrummage on the line, but he recovered himself a minute later, and shot into Trainer's hands, a similar attempt by Bassett being cleared. Wales broke away, but Holmes cleared. Schofield got away, but fell, Trainer clearing. Two fouls followed, the final shot by the Wales half (Reynolds) going wide. Still pressing, Holmes put the ball out, Wales gaining an advantage from a foul. The England left wing was well watched, both Spiksley and Schofield having fruitless shots. Butler, for the visitors, stopped a combined rush of the home forwards and immediately afterwards Sutcliffe cleared well from a header from Roberts. Both goals were attacked smartly, and from a foul Trainer saved marvellously. Parry made a nice pass, Whitehead unfortunately falling over the ball. From a grand pass by Bassett, Turner shot past the upright, Holmes clearing. At the other end, with all the Welsh five to deal with, Morris headed away a fine shot from Bassett. Play continued in the Welsh half, Trainer saving a shot from Goodall. A foul against the visitors resulted in an onslaught on the Wales goal. Schofield put in a lightning shot, Spiksley getting through from the return. Continuing to press, the ball was fouled in the Welsh goal the ball being put through from a scrummage. Wales broke away, Clare clearing off-side saving the visitors' goal, Williams, at centre-half-half, playing a grand game. Just before half-time the game opened out, Wales making several rushes, the home backs returning well. Roberts defeating Holmes, Clare forced a goal-kick, and Whitehead skied over the bar from a neat pass by Bassett.

It was on 13 March 1893 that France was in the grip of a corruption scandal that implicated 510 members of parliament in the taking of bribes to prevent the company set up to build the Panama Canal from collapsing because of its financial mismanagement. Only one person was sent to prison as a result of the trial, but the whole affair caused a severe lack of trust in French politicians.
The second half opened with an attack by the Welsh forwards, Lewis forcing Sutcliffe to concede a corner, the English backs being kept busy for a short time. Play was transferred to the Welsh half, and from a shot by Spiksley, Bassett rushed the third goal six minutes from the re-start. Clare missed at a critical moment, Reynolds clearing. Bassett got away, and although hampered by Roberts and Lewis, a fine centre was converted into a fourth goal by Goodall. Wales tried their utmost, Perry, who was in grand form, defending grandly, Clare being amiss. England forced a fruitless corner. A vigorous attack by the home forwards was relieved by a foul close to goal. Wales were playing a magnificent defence. White, Perry, and Reynolds were the best of the English halves. Butler, Robert, and Lewis made a good run. Vaughan just shooting wide. The Tatties were playing for all they knew, the final efforts of their forward division being weak, the fast wing of the English telling well. Half-way through the second half Sutcliffe had a very anxious ten minutes, having to fist away three times very quickly. Trainer, at the other end, saved luckily, from Goodall, a return shot from Bassett being equally well saved. Reynolds scoring the fifth goal from a corner. Perry, Goodall, and Bassett were here applauded for some very tricky play. The visiting team were completely pumped out, the English forwards and halves completely running around them. Schofield added the sixth goal after the home defence had been tried.

The easy victory gained by England over Wales at Stoke-on-Trent yesterday was in keeping with expectations. The Football Association intrusted its good name to a purely professional side, whereas, at Birmingham, the England team which defeated Ireland by six goals to one on the 25th ult. was wholly amateur. Yesterday's football went much in the same way as at Birmingham, and the result, too, was very similar. Great interest was aroused by the game, and about 10,000 spectators assembled on the Stoke Ground, where the turf was in excellent condition. Choice of positions fell to England, who in the first half-time had the advantage of the wind, and at half-past 3 Wales kicked off...
...But the Englishmen soon drove the ball back to the visitors' end, where Spikesley scored the first goal for England. Out of some close forward play the home eleven again beat Trainor...
Then Goodall and Bassett got the ball to the other end, where the latter secured the third goal for England. He also had a considerable share in the fourth goal obtained by Goodall. Wales strove very hard to make matters a little even, but their efforts were not attended with success, although their backs did pretty well in the defence. Reynolds and Schofield each scored again for England, who were declared the winners by six goals to none." - The Times, Tuesday, 14 March 1893

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