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Monday, 19 March 1923
Football Association Friendly Match

England 6 Belgium 1 [2-1]

Match Summary
England Party

Belgium Party

Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, Islington, County of London
Attendance: 14,052;
Receipts: £899; Kick-off: tbc GMT

England - Jackie Hegan (a low shot from a Mercer centre bounced over de Bie 10, fifteen-yard drive after a long, clever dribble 35), Henry Chambers (from a Hegan pass 55), David Mercer (from a Hegan pass 59), Jimmy Seed (60), Norman Bullock (70).
Belgium - Honoré Vlaminck (chested in from a perfect Bastin centre 16)
Results 1919-30

Belgium won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary






Referee - George Noel Watson
Nottingham, England

Linesmen - not known

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 10th
Colours: The 1903 uniform - White collared jerseys and dark club shorts
Capt: George Wilson, third captaincy Selectors: The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 12 March 1923.
99th match, W 67 - D 19 - L 13 - F 313 - A 91.
England Lineup
  Taylor, Edward 36 7 March 1887 G Huddersfield Town AFC 3 3 GA
  Longworth, Ephraim 35 2 October 1887 RB Liverpool FC 4 0
  Wadsworth, Samuel J. 26 13 September 1896 LB Huddersfield Town AFC 2 0
  Kean, Frederick W. 23 3 April 1899 RH The Wednesday FC 1 0
  Wilson, George 31 14 January 1892 CH The Wednesday FC 8 0
  Bromilow, G. Thomas 28 7 October 1894 LH Liverpool FC 4 0
Mercer, David W. 29 20 March 1893 OR Sheffield United FC 2 1
Seed, James M. 27 25 March 1895 IR Tottenham Hotspur FC 4 1
Bullock, Norman 22 8 September 1900 CF Bury FC 1 1
Chambers, Henry 26 17 November 1896 IL Liverpool FC 6 5
Hegan, Lt. Kenneth E. 22 24 January 1901 OL Royal Army Service Corps FC & Corinthians FC 1 2


Jack Hill (Plymouth Argyle FC) and Bob Kelly (Burnley FC)

team notes:

On 14 March, West Ham United FC's pairing of left-half, Jack Tresadern and centre-forward, Vic Watson, were withdrawn from the selection as they had an important cup replay to participate in on the same day. Their places went to Bromilow and Bullock.
2-3-5 Taylor -
Longworth, Wadsworth -
Kean, Wilson, Bromilow -
Mercer, Seed, Bullock, Chambers, Hegan


Age 27.7 Appearances/Goals 3.3 0.4


Belgium Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th to 6th
Colours: Probably Black shirts, black shorts and black socks
Capt: Armand Swartenbroeks Selectors: William Sturrock Maxwell, 46 (21 September 1876)
Belgium Lineup
  de Bie, Jan 30 9 May 1892 G Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles 14 23 GA
  Swartenbroeks, Armand J.A.A. 30 30 June 1892 RB Daring Club de Bruxelles Societe Royale 22 0
  Verbeeck, Oscar 31 6 August 1891 LB Union Saint-Gilloise Societe Royale 17 0
  Fierens, Andr�as J. 25 8 February 1898 RH Beerschot AC 11 0
  Vanhalme, Florimond 27 21 March 1895 CH Cercle Sportif Brugeois 8 0
  Schelstraete, Achille 26 3 January 1897 LH Cercle Sportif Brugeois 3 0
  Bessems, Louis 30 25 September 1892 OR Daring Club de Bruxelles Societe Royale 11 1
  Gillis, Maurice 25 6 November 1897 IR Royal Standard Club Liege 5 3
Vlaminck, Honoré 26 29 January 1897 CF Daring Club de Bruxelles Societe Royale 4 2
  Larnoe, A. Henri 25 18 May 1897 IL Beerschot AC 13 7
  Bastin, D�sir� 23 4 March 1900 OL Royal Antwerp FC 8 0


reserves not known

team notes:

Coach, Willie Maxwell, played for Scotland against England in 1898.
Belgium are the first continental oppoistion to visit England.
2-3-5 da Bie -
Swartenbroeks, Verbeeck -
Fierens, Vanhalme, Schelstraete -
Bessems, Gillis, BVlaminck, Larnoe, astin.


Age 27.1 Appearances/Goals 10.5 1.1


    Match Report

The International match between England and Belgium was played on The Arsenal club's ground at Highbury yesterday, and ended in a decisive victory for England by six goals to one...

England attacked from the start, and Lieutenant K. E. Hegan missed an excellent chance in the first minute from a pass by Mercer. Soon afterwards, however, the outside left atoned for his mistake by scoring a good goal ; he beat the Belgian goalkeeper with a clever cross shot which was made possible by some good work by Seed...

The English backs were not very sure in their kicking, and two more corners were forced by the Belgians. From the second the ball was so well placed by D. Bastin that H. Vlamincks was able to obtain the equalizing goal...

The Belgian goalkeeper, however, was beaten soon afterwards by Hegan, who sent in a hard drive at the end of a clever run...

In the second half England attacked strongly and, after a good save by Debie, Chambers scored England's third goal with a clever shot. England continued to have the better of the game and further goals were scored by Mercer, Seed and Bullock. - The Times - Tuesday 20th March, 1923

Football Association Challenge Cup

Fourth Round Second Replay played on 19 March 1923:

(Brown 75)
22,184 (Villa Park, Birmingham)

West Ham fought their way through to their first ever semi-final, five days later, where they would beat another second division club, Derby County, to take their place in the first final at the new Wembley Stadium.

    Football League

Football League Division Two
19 March 1923
Team P Pts
Leicester City 33 42
Blackpool 34 40
Notts County 32 40
Bury 31 39
West Ham United 31 37
Manchester United 33 37
Fulham 33 36
Barnsley 33 36
The Wednesday 33 36
Leeds United 33 36
Derby County 32 35
Southampton 32 32
Hull City 33 31
Crystal Palace 33 31
Port Vale 34 30
Bradford City 33 30
South Shields 32 29
Stockport County 34 28
Coventry City 32 27
Rotherham County 33 26
Clapton Orient 33 25
Wolverhampton Wanderers 33 17


Division Two match played on 19 March 1923:

Binks, Brelsford, Smailes (Powell)
11,000 (Hillsborough, Sheffield)

A third successive victory lifted The Wednesday above Leeds (for whom it was a third successive defeat), on goal average, but Leeds would finish ahead of them by a point, with neither team seriously troubling the promotion contenders.



















It was on 19 March 1923 that the Earl of Carnarvon, who had funded the excavation of the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh, Tutankhamun and was present when Howard Carter first opened the tomb, suffered a mosquito bite which caused various complications and led to his death from pneumonia less than three weeks later. This led to speculation that he was a victim of the 'Mummy's Curse'.

Source Notes


Rothmans Yearbooks