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145 vs. Scotland
147 vs. Ireland

Thursday, 21 May 1925
End-of-Season Tour Friendly Match

France 2 England 3 [0-1]

Match Summary
France Party
England Party

Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris
Attendance: 35,000;
Kick-off: tbc

England - Vivian Gibbins (eluded both the French backs and put in an easy shot beyond the reach of the keeper 23), Philippe Bonnardel (attempting to save a shot from Dorrell, headed into his own goal 46), Arthur Dorrell (a close range high drive 50)
France - Jean Boyer (after he recovered a Nicolas pass, a fine goal out of the reach of Fox 62), Jules Dewaquez (charged down Fox after he had saved from Lieb 75)
Results 1919-30

? won the toss, ? kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Theodorus van Zwieteren
38 (6 January 1887), Netherlands

Linesmen - not known

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France Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 37th to 38th
Colours: Pale blue shirts and white shorts
Capt: Paul Nicolas Selectors: Chosen by a Selection Committee
France Lineup
  Chayriguès, Pierre 33 1 May 1892 G Red Star Club 21 50ᵍᵃ
  Domergue, Marcel 23 16 November 1901 RB SC Nîmois 8 0
  Vignoli, Marcel 26 3 November 1898 LB Olympique de Paris 2 0
  Dauphin, Robert 20 5 February 1905 RH Stade Française 2 0
  Hugues, François 27 13 August 1896 CH Red Star Club 22 1
  Bonnardel, Philippe 25 28 July 1899 LH Red Star Amical Club 22 0
the twelfth own goal scored for England
Dewaquez, Jules A. 26 8 March 1899 OR Olympique de Marseille 23 7
Boyer, Jean 23 2 February 1901 IR Olympique de Marseille 13 6
  Nicolas, Paul 25 4 November 1899 CF Red Star Club 19 9
  Lieb, Guillaume 21 13 February 1904 IL Olympique de Marseille 2 0
  Dubly, Raymond L. 31 5 November 1893 OL RC de Roubaix 31 4


reserves not known

team notes:

Raymond Dubly extended his record French tally of appearances. And thus making this the most experienced team England have so far faced.
"Both teams were a forward short in the second half"
2-3-5 Chayriguès -
Domergue, Vignoli -
Dauphin, Gugues, Bonnardel -
Deaquez, Boyer, Nicolas, Lieb, Dubly.


Age 25.5 Appearances/Goals 15.0 2.3


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 8th to 7th
Colours: The 1923 uniform - White collared jerseys and dark club shorts
Capt: Billy Walker, first captaincy Selectors:
Trainer: Mr Edwards (Derby County FC)
The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, on Friday, 24 April 1925.
113th match, W 75 - D 22 - L 16 - F 346 - A 111.
England Lineup
  Fox, Frederick S., injured off 76th min 26 22 November 1898 G Millwall Athletic FC 1 2ᵍᵃ
only app 1925
  Parker, Thomas R. 27 19 November 1897 RB Southampton FC 1 0
only app 1925
  Felton, William 24 1 August 1900 LB The Wednesday FC 1 0
only app 1925
  Magee, Thomas P. 26 12 May 1899 RH West Bromwich Albion FC 5 0
final app 1923-25
  Bryant, William I. 26 1 March 1899
in Belgium
CH Clapton FC 1 0
only app 1925
  Green, George H. 24 2 May 1901 LH Sheffield United FC 1 0
  Thornewell, George 26 8 July 1898 OR Derby County FC 4 0
final app 1923-25
  Roberts, Frank 32 3 April 1893 IR Manchester City FC 4 2
final app 1924-25
Gibbins, W. Vivian T., injured off 35 min. 23 10 August 1901 CF Clapton FC & West Ham United FC 2 3
final app 1924-25
  Walker, William H., replaced Fox in goal 27 29 October 1897 IL/G Aston Villa FC 12 7/0ᵍᵃ
Dorrell, Arthur R. 29 30 March 1896 OL Aston Villa FC 3 1


Harry Wightman (Derby County FC) and Sid Glidden (West Bromwich Albion FC)

team notes:

There were two changes to the original line-up. Felton replaced Corinthians FC's Baishe Bower at left-back. His amateur partner, Dulwich Hamlet FC's Edgar Kail was replaced at inside-right by Roberts. Billy Walker also replaced Bower as the Captain.
England did finish this match with only nine men. Gibbins had to leave ten minutes before the interval because of a wrenched knee. Fox had to be withdrawn after being kicked in the face, in a scrimmage after the French scored their second goal. He was replaced by Billy Walker, although one French source states it was Roberts.
2-3-5 Fox -
Parker, Felton -
Magee, Bryant, Green -
Thornewell, Roberts, Gibbons, Walker, Dorrell.


Age 26.4 Appearances/Goals 3.2 1.0


    Match Report



It was on 21 May 1925 that the Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen took off from Svalbard in one of two seaplanes in an attempt to lead the first expedition to fly to the North Pole. The planes landed 150 miles from the Pole with the intention of abandoning one of them and using its fuel to continue in the other, but with the Arctic summer beginning to melt some of the ice, it took them over three weeks to build a runway that was solid enough to take off from. The expedition was abandoned. Exhausted and emaciated from the meagre rations, they arrived back in Svalbard on 16 June. Twelve months later, Amundsen flew over the North Pole in an airship.

Source Notes

John Treleven