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83 vs. Ireland
85 vs. Scotland

Monday, 27 March 1905
Home International Championship 1904-05 (22nd) Match

England 3 Wales 1 [0-0]

Match Summary
England Party

Wales Party
Team Records

Anfield Road, Anfield, Liverpool, Lancashire
Attendance: 26,100;
Kick-off 3.35pm GMT

England - Vivian Woodward ('a close range shot into the corner of the goal' 55, 'scored out of a scrimmage after Bond centred well' 88), Stan Harris ('from close quarters after a Hardman centre' 80)
Wales - Grenville Morris ('headed through, from a Meredith cross' 75)
Results 1901-14

England won the toss, Wales kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Thomas Robertson
40 (1 December 1864), Torrance, Stirlingshire, Scotland Football Association

Linesmen - not known

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: White collared jerseys and navy blue shorts
Capt: Howard Spencer, second captaincy Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Saturday, 18 March 1905, at Villa Park, Birmingham.
53rd match, W 38 - D 10 - L 5 - F 186 - A 49.
England Lineup
  Linacre, J. Henry 24 26 March 1881 G Nottingham Forest FC 1 1 GA
  Spencer, Howard 29 23 August 1875 RB Aston Villa FC 5 0
  Smith, Herbert 27 22 November 1877 LB Reading FC 1 0
  Wolstenholme, Samuel 28 16 March 1877 RH Blackburn Rovers FC 3 0
  Roberts, Charles 21 6 April 1883 CH Manchester United FC 2 0
  Leake, Alexander 33 11 July 1871 LH Aston Villa FC 4 0
  Bond, Richard 21 14 December 1883 OR Preston North End FC 2 0
  Bloomer, Stephen 31 20 January 1874 IR Derby County FC 20 27
Woodward, Vivian J. 25 3 June 1879 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 7 6
Harris, Stanley S. 23 19 July 1881 IL Old Westminsters AFC & Corinthians FC 3 1
  Hardman, Harold P. 22 4 April 1882 OL Everton FC 1 0


reserves not known

team notes:

Stephen Bloomer equals Gilbert Smith's record number of twenty appearances. He aleady holds the title of record goalscorer, and so becomes the first player to top both lists at the same time.
2-3-5 Linacre -
Spencer, Smith -
Wolstenholme, Roberts, Leake -
Bond, Bloomer, Woodward, Harris, Hardman


Age 25.8 Appearances/Goals 4.5 2.8


Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 14th
Colours: Probably red shirts and white shorts
Capt: Billy Meredith Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee, on Saturday, 6 March 1905, following the Scotland match.
Wales Lineup
  Roose, Leigh R. 27 27 November 1877 G Everton FC, England 9 18 GA
  Jones, Albert T. 22 6 February 1883 RB Nottingham Forest FC, England 1 0
  Morris, Charles R. 24 29 August 1880
Born in Oswestry, Shropshire
LB Derby County FC, England 13 0
  Latham, George injured eye 24 1 January 1881 RH Liverpool FC, England 2 0
  Hughes, Edward 28/29 1876 CH Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 10 0
  Hughes, John 24/25 1880 LH Liverpool FC, England 2 0
  Meredith, William H. 30 30 July 1874 OR Manchester City FC, England 22 7
  Jones, William T. 22 April 1882 IR Manchester City FC, England 1 0
  Watkins, W. Martin 24 summer 1880 CF Sunderland AFC, England 8 3
Morris, A. Grenville injured 27 13 April 1877 IL Nottingham Forest FC, England 11 2
  Oliver, Alfred 22 15 September 1882 OL Blackburn Rovers FC, England 2 0


reserves not known

team notes:

For the first time in England's history, the opposition players were entirely compiled from English clubs, but only after Wales had to make three changes from the side originally named. Wrexham AFC's Horace Blew and Liverpool FC's Maurice Parry withdrew because of injury, and Middlesbrough FC's Bobby Atherton because of tonsillitis, their replacements were both the Jones' and Latham.
2-3-5 Roose -
A.Jones, Morris -
E.Hughes, J.Hughes -
W.Jones, Watkins, Morris, Oliver.


Age 24.9 Appearances/Goals 7.3 1.0


    Match Report

England beat Wales, at Liverpool, yesterday, by three goals to one. It was a splendid game, but England were, perhaps, rather fortunate to win by the margin of two goals. Wales played good, hard football and Meredith, the Welsh outside right, was certainly the most prominent forward on the field. At half-back Wales were strong and skilful, and were continually breaking up the English attack by their superior tackling...

The first goal of the match was scored by Woodward, and England held this lead until a quarter of an hour from " time." Then came A. G. Morris's goal from a wonderful centre by Meredith. Wales nearly got through again and then, with scarcely ten minutes to play, S. S. Harris scored from a rebound off Roose, Woodward getting the third goal from a scrimmage just before the close. Fine weather favoured the game and there was an attendance of 20,000 spectators. - The Times - Tuesday 28th March, 1905



It was on 27 March 1905 that a burglary at a paint shop in Deptford in London ended with the shop's manager and his wife being killed. Brothers, Alfred and Albert Stratton were hanged less than two months later after becoming the first men in Britain to be convicted after fingerprints had been found at the scene.

Source Notes

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