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65 vs. Ireland
67 vs. Scotland

Monday, 20 March 1899
Home International Championship 1898-99 (16th) Match

England 4 Wales 0 [2-0]

Match Summary

England Party
Wales Party
Team Records

Ashton Gate, Ashton Vale, Bedminster, Bristol, Gloucestershire
Attendance: 10,000;
Kick-off: 3.30pm GMT

England - Ernest Needham ('from a Smith free-kick' 30), Steve Bloomer ('rebound, after an Athersmith shot and Jones save' 44, 'from Forman's centre' 86), Fred Forman ('Athersmith made a grand run the length of the field and sent to Fred Forman, who dribbled the ball in' 55)
Results 1891-1900

England won the toss, Wales kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Thomas Robertson
34 (1 December 1864), Torrance, Stirlingshire, Scotland Football Association

Linesmen - Percy Alexander Timbs, 33 (13 June 1865), St. Giles, London, England & not known

  Goal Attempts  
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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: White jerseys and navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Gilbert Smith, eighth, ninth or tenth captaincy Selectors:
In charge: Charles J. Hughes
The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 27 February 1899, at 61 Chancery Lane, London.
35th match, W 28 - D 4 - L 3 - F 149 - A 31.
England Lineup
  Robinson, John W. 28 22 April 1870 G Southampton FC 6 5 GA
  Thickitt, Henry 26 28 March 1872 RB Sheffield United FC 1 0
  Williams, William 23 20 January 1876 LB West Bromwich Albion FC 6 0
  Forman, Frank 23 23 May 1875 RH Nottingham Forest FC 4 1
  Crabtree, James W. 27 23 December 1871 CH Aston Villa FC 8 0
Needham, Ernest 26 21 January 1873 LH Sheffield United FC 9 2
  Athersmith Harper, W. Charles 26 10 May 1872 OR Aston Villa FC 9 3
Bloomer, Stephen 25 20 January 1874 IR Derby County FC 10 19
  Smith, Gilbert O. 26 25 November 1872 CF Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 15 10
  Settle, James 23 September 1875 IL Bury FC 2 3
Forman, Frederick R. 25 8 November 1873 OL Nottingham Forest FC 2 3


reserves not known

team notes:

Fred and Frank Forman were brothers.
Steve Bloomer extends his tally as England's record goalscorer.
2-3-5 Robinson -
Thickitt, Williams -

Fk Forman, Crabtree, Needham -
Athersmith, Bloomer, Smith, Settle
, Fd Forman.


Age 25.3 Appearances/Goals 6.5 3.4


Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th
Colours: Probably blue and red halves shirts and white shorts
Capt: Smart Arridge Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee, following a series of trial matches.
Wales Lineup
  Jones, Samuel 28/29 1870 G Druids FC 6 27 GA
  Blew, Horace E. 21 January 1878 RB Wrexham AFC 3 0
  Arridge, Smart 26 21 June 1872
born in Sunderland
LB New Brighton Tower FC, England 8 0
  Richards, George 24 winter 1874 RH Druids FC 3 0
  Buckland, Thomas J. 28 summer 1870 CH Bangor FC 1 0
  Harrison, William C. 26 summer 1872
born in Portsmouth
LH Wrexham AFC 1 0
  Vaughan, James 30 summer 1868 OR Druids FC 4 0
  Meredith, William H. 24 30 July 1874 IR Manchester City FC, England 10 4
  Owen, Trevor 23/24 1874/75 CF Crewe Alexandra FC, England 2 0
  Morris, A. Grenville 21 13 April 1877 IL Nottingham Forest FC, England 7 1
  Atherton, Robert 22 29 July 1876 OL Hibernian FC, Scotland 2 0


reserves not known

team notes:

Neither Fred Kelly of Wrexham AFC, Tottenham Hotspur FC's John Jones (injury), Wolverhampton Wanderers FC's John Mathais ('cried off!') or Preston North End FC's James Trainer ('cried off!') were able to take their places. The vacancies were filled respectively by James Vaughan, Tom Buckland, Horace Blew and Sam Jones.
2-3-5 Jones -
Blew, Arridge -
Richards, Buckland, Harrison -
Vaughan, Meredith, Owen, Morris, Atherton.


Age 24.8/25 Appearances/Goals 4.3 0.5


    Match Report

The English eleven easily beat Wales at Bristol yesterday by four goals to none. It might have been 12 or more had not the Welsh Association found in S. Jones, of the Druids, a keeper of such merit as to worthily fill the position usually occupied by Trainer, of Preston North End. The Welsh full backs, too, were very good. But for all this the match was disappointing, and if the pick of England's footballers are not going to strive their best against even moderate opponents, it would be well that the Football Association should revert to the old policy of making their matches with Ireland and Wales simply trials for the greater fixture with Scotland. The object of the Association in going away from the old rgime was simply to bring combination into their side, for this can only properly be secured by an acquaintance by the men with each other's football. It must have been palpable to any one with only an elementary knowledge of the game that yesterday the English team, knowing their superiority in skill in every branch of the play, took periods for trifling with the Welshmen. Much of their footwork, their passing and dribbling, was excellent to watch, but their form as a whole was lacking in sting, and when Scotland come to be met in three weeks' time at Birmingham the Englishmen will have to play very differently if they wish to obtain success. While England were playing so often leisurely yesterday the Welshmen were throwing great energy and courage into a game that was almost hopeless for them before the kick-off. In Association football class, as in most games, will prevail...

Needham and Bloomer each got a goal late in the first half for England. The play that led up to Needham's arose from a penalty kick against the Welsh goalkeeper for running beyond the regulation distance when holding the ball, and G. O. Smith, taking the kick, made an opening for Needham, who lofted the ball, and it just dropped into the net. The second goal Bloomer scored from practically a scrimmage, and immediately after Jones had saved a long side shot by Athersmith, Fred Forman scored the third goal. Then came a long spell of dulness, but eventually England again renewed their energy, and Bloomer got the fourth goal...

The match was played on the Bedminster ground, the choice of which led to some little complaint from the county executive, who thought that the Association should have handed over to them the whole arrangements for the game. - The Times - Tuesday 21st March, 1899

    Football League

Football League Division One
20 March 1899
Team P Pts
Aston Villa 26 35
Liverpool 27 35
Everton 28 34
Burnley 28 33
Blackburn Rovers 29 31
Notts County 28 31
Nottingham Forest 29 29
West Bromwich Albion 29 28
Sunderland 27 28
Bury 28 28
Derby County 27 27
Sheffield United 29 27
Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 25
Preston North End 29 25
Stoke 27 25
Newcastle United 28 24
The Wednesday 29 21
Bolton Wanderers 26 16

 Division One match played on 20 March 1899:

Brown, McIntyre
3,000 (Deepdale, Preston)

 Only eight points separated the top twelve teams in a very tight division. With only five or six games left for most, incredibly, Preston and the bottom two were the only teams that could not mathematically win the championship.














It was on 20 March 1899 that the city of New York was recovering from the fire that engulfed the 500-room, seven-storey luxury Windsor Hotel, three days earlier, during the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Around 86 people died after a guest tried to toss a lit match out of a second-floor window, the wind causing it to set alight a lace curtain. The president's brother was among those who escaped the fire which reduced the hotel to a pile of rubble in little more than an hour.

Source Notes

Bobby Atherton, the Welsh outside-left, later went on to captain Middlesbrough FC. He was lost at sea on 19 October 1917.  But there seems to be no trace of him after leaving Chelsea FC in 1906.  The 1911 Census Return states that the Bethesda-born player was in fact the Hotel Manager of the Market Hotel in Hartlepool (left).  The same place that English outside-left Fred Priest would also manage and later die in.


The ground of Bedminster FC was chosen at the same committee meeting at 61 Chancery Lane that was used to choose the English XI to face Ireland, on 1 February 1899.

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