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Monday, 12 March 1894
Home International Championship 1893-94 (11th) Match

Wales 1 England 5 [1-2]

Match Summary
Wales Party

England Party
Team Records

The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, Denbighshire
Kick-off (GMT): tbc
Attendance: 5,500; Receipts £114;

Wales won the toss England kicked-off
[1-0] John Bowdler 10
'tricked Lodge, then sent in a swift shot, out of a scrimmage'

[1-1] John Veitch 30
'sent in a shot which no goalkeeper would have stopped'
[1-2] Charlie Parry own goal 31 'rebounded into the Welsh goal from a Trainer clearance'
[1-3] John Veitch 55
'beat Trainer after some neat passing'
[1-4] John Veitch 80
'with a clinking shot'
[1-5] Cunliffe Gosling 85
'after a misunderstanding between Parry and Trainer'

Match Summary


Wal es Type


Thomas Russell Park
32 (4 September 1861), Glasgow, Scotland

Linesmen - D. Smith, Westminster Rovers FC (Welsh FA) & T/F. Bickley, Casuals FC (Football Association)

  Goal Attempts  
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  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  

Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th
Colours: "...were quickly followed by the Welshmen, in red and blue shirts".
navy blue shorts and red socks.
Capt: David Jones Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee, on Tuesday, 6 March 1894, following a series of trial matches.
Wales Lineup
  Trainer, James 31 7 January 1863 G Wrexham AFC & Preston North End FC, England 10 39 GA
  Parry, Charles F. 24 early 1870 RB Llansilm FC & Everton FC, England 4 0
the fifth own goal scored for England
  Jones, David 26/27 1867 LB Chirk AAA FC & Bolton Wanderers FC, England 10 0
  Evans, John 34/35 1859 RH Oswestry United FC 3 0
  Chapman, Thomas 23 early 1871 CH Newtown FC 2 0
  Hughes, Abel 24 winter 1869 LH Rhos FC 1 0
  James, Edwin 24 spring 1869 OR Chirk AAA FC 4 1
  Lewis, Benjamin 24/25 1869 IR Wrexham AFC 8 2
  Lewis, William 29/30 1864 CF Bangor FC & Chester FC, England 17 4
  Rea, John C. 25 winter 1868 IL Aberystwyth FC 2 1
Bowdler, John C.H. 24 24 April 1869 OL Rhayader FC & Shrewsbury Town FC, England 5 3


reserves not known

team notes:

this is the oldest team to face England thus far.
Regarding David Jones captaincy: - "D.JONES, the left full-back, is the captain [of Bolton Wanderers], and as his name implies, is a native of the Principality, for whom he has done yeoman service in the International games, his latest achievement being to captain the Welsh team against England this season." - Saturday, 31 March 1894, The Sporting Life
2-3-5 Trainer -
Parry, Jones -
Evans, Chapman, Hughes -
B.Lewis, W.Lewis, Rea, Bowdler


Age 26.2/5 Appearances/Goals 6.0 0.9


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: "Englishmen in white were the first to appear..."
Capt: Not known with any certainty. Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Wednesday, 14 February 1894, at 61 Chancery Lane, London.
20th match, W 17 - D 2 - L 1 - F 84 - A 18.
Various sources cannot decide who was captain for this match, probably Charles Wreford-Brown, but possibly Cunliffe Gosling.  Wreford-Brown was by far the oldest in an inexperienced team, but neither Sporting Life, Manchester Guardian, North Wales Guardian, The Times, The Field, The Sportsman, Sporting Chronicle and Northern Whig make mention of a captain.
England Lineup
  Gay, Leslie H. 22 24 March 1871 G Cambridge University AFC, Old Brightonians FC & Corinthians FC 2 3 GA
  Lodge, L. Vaughan 21 21 December 1872 RB Cambridge University AFC & Corinthians FC 1 0
  Pelly, Frederick R. 24 11 August 1869 LB Old Foresters AFC & Corinthians FC 2 0
  Hossack, Anthony H. 26 2 May 1867 RH Corinthians FC 2 0
  Wreford-Brown, Charles 27 9 October 1866 CH Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 2 0
  Topham, Arthur G. 25 19 February 1869 LH Casuals FC & Corinthians FC 1 0
Topham, Robert 26 3 November 1867 OR Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, Casuals FC & Corinthians FC 2 0
Gosling, R. Cunliffe 25 15 June 1868 IR Old Etonians AFC & Corinthians FC 3 2
  Smith, Gilbert O. 21 25 November 1872 CF Oxford University AFC, Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 2 1
Veitch, John G. 24 19 July 1869 IL Old Westminsters AFC & Corinthians FC 1 3
  Sandilands, Rupert R. 25 7 August 1868 OL Old Westminsters AFC & Corinthians FC 3 2


reserves not known

team notes:

Only ten of the original line-up was named on Wednesday, 14 February. It was the centre-half position that was not filled, released as A.N. Other. Wreford-Brown took his place on Wednesday, 28 February.
Hugh Harrison (Old Westminsters AFC) withdrew from that line-up, Vaughan Lodge took his place.
Robert and Arthur Topham were brothers.
England's unbeaten run has now reached a record fourteen matches, since March 1890.
2-3-5 Gay -
Lodge, Pelly -
Hossack, Wreford-Brown,
A.Topham -
R.Topham, Gosling, Smith, Veitch, Sandilands


Age 24.2 Appearances/Goals 1.9 0.4


    Match Report

A keen wind swept across the racecourse at Wrexham yesterday, when the 16th annual match between these divisions of the United Kingdom was decided. The turf was in good order and there were nearly 3,000 spectators present. The English eleven was composed entirely of amateurs, who acquitted themselves admirably...

...Then several smart attacks were made by the home team, and within ten minutes of the start Bowdler kicked the first goal for them...

...the play of Trainer in goal was sound. This, however, did not prevent Veitch from equalizing, while a second goal for the visitors was scored after a rebound...

...Lodge got the ball away and Veitch, who received it from Gosling, kicked a third goal for England...

At length the English forwards again invaded their rivals' territory, and a fourth goal was obtained by Veitch...

...Topham passed the ball to Gosling, who kicked it between the posts...

Of the 16 matches now decided England has won 13, Wales two, and that played in 1884-85 was left drawn by one goal all. - Tuesday 13th March 1894, The Times.

    The Football League on 12 March 1894:

Division One Table
12 March 1894
Team P Pts
Aston Villa 26 37
Sunderland 25 32
Burnley 25 31
Blackburn Rovers 25 30
Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 30
Sheffield United 28 29
West Bromwich Albion 27 28
Derby County 24 25
Nottingham Forest 23 25
Stoke 25 25
Everton 26 25
The Wednesday 28 24
Bolton Wanderers 24 20
Darwen 26 19
Preston North End 26 17
Newton Heath 23 11

Clarkin, Donaldson 3, Farman (Hargreaves)
 5,000 at Bank Street, Manchester

An impressive performance gave the home side renewed vigour that they might avoid the test matches
at the end of the season, but they only won three more points and were eventually relegated.


Division Two Table
12 March 1894
Team P Pts
Liverpool 22 40
Notts County 24 33
Small Heath 23 32
Newcastle United 25 31
Grimsby Town 24 29
Burslem Port Vale 25 29
Woolwich Arsenal 24 26
Burton Swifts 23 25
Lincoln City 22 23
Middlesbrough Ironopolis 25 20
Ardwick 21 16
Crewe Alexandra 23 15
Walsall Town Swifts 24 15
Rotherham Town 23 12
Northwich victoria 24 6

2,000 at West Bromwich Road, Walsall

Walsall managed to avoid the bottom three, so did not have to apply for re-election, whilst Notts County
made the top three, but failed to win promotion. They had, however, reached the FA Cup Final, just
two days earlier and went on to win the competition, which was more than adequate compensation.














It was on 12 March 1894 that Coca-Cola was sold in bottles for the first time. For the previous eight years it had been dispensed only from soda fountains until an enterprising Mississippi candy-store owner bottled it and sold it to his customers to take away. A hundred years later, Coca-Cola was the sponsor of the Football League Cup.

Source Notes

Welsh Football Data Archive
Original newspaper reports 
Rothmans Yearbooks
FA Yearbooks 1950-60