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151 vs. Ireland
153 vs. Scotland

Saturday, 12 February 1927
Home International Championship 1926-27 (39th) Match

Wales 3 England 3 [2-2]

The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, Denbighshire
Attendance: 16,000;
Receipts: £1,790; Kick-off: tbc GMT

England - Bill Dean (dribbled through, clever shot low and hard 10, a powerful low shot 60), Billy Walker (a Dean perfectly-timed pass and a wonderful shot 20)
Wales - Len Davies (headed in a Williams cross after charging the ball out of Brown's hands 13, penalty 36), Wilf Lewis (a shot just inside the post 58)
Match Summary
Wales Party

England Party
Results 1919-30

? won the toss, ? kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Albert E. Fogg
Bolton, England

Linesmen - W. Thomas, Willenhall, and not known


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Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 24th
Colours: Made by St. Margaret's - Red shirts with white laced-up collars, white shorts, red socks
Capt: Fred Keenor Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee, on Tuesday, 18 January 1927;
Wales Lineup
  Lewis, Daniel 24 11 December 1902 G The Arsenal FC, England 1 3 GA
  Jones, Thomas 27 6 December 1899 RB Manchester United FC, England 2 0
  John, Robert F. 28 3 February 1899 LB The Arsenal FC, England 5 0
  Keenor, Frederick C. 32 31 July 1894 RH Cardiff City FC 18 2
  Griffiths, Thomas 20 21 February 1906 CH Everton FC, England 1 0
  Evans, David G. 25 28 January 1902 LH Reading FC, England 1 0
  Williams, D. Rees nk *not known OR The Wednesday FC, England 5 0
Lewis, Wilfred L. 23 1 July 1903 IR Swansea Town FC 1 1
Davies, Leonard S. 27 28 April 1899 CF Cardiff City FC 14 5
  Nicholas, David S. 29 12 August 1897 IL Swansea Town FC 2 0
  Thomas, Harry 25 28 February 1901 OL Manchester United FC, England 1 0


reserves not known

team notes:

There were multiple changes to the Welsh team from that originally selected. Danny Lewis replaced Manchester City FC's Bert Gray in goal and Manchester United FC's Ray Bennion replaced Corinthians FC's JRB Moulsdale at right-half. There were another four changes on the day before the match, Fred Keenor replaced Bennion at right-half, because he has influenza. David Nicholas has replaced Bolton Wanderers FC's Ted Vizard at outside-left, Nottingham Forest FC's Charlie Jones also has influenza, his inside-left berth going to Harry Thomas and Rees Williams replaced Swansea Town FC's Billy Hole at outside-right.
Before the match, Thomas and Nicholas swapped positions.
Wilf Lewis becomes the first opposing debutant to score for seven years (Scotland April 1920).
2-3-5 Lewis -
Jones, John -
Keenor, Griffiths, Evans -
Williams, Lewis, Davies, Thomas, Nicholas.


Age 26.0 Appearances/Goals 4.6 0.5


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 12th
Colours: The 1923 uniform - White collared jerseys and dark club shorts
Capt: A.G. Bower, third captaincy Selectors: The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, following the trial match, on Monday, 7 February 1927.
119th match, W 76 - D 25 - L 18 - F 358 - A 124.
England Lineup
  Brown, John H., injured 27 19 March 1899 G The Wednesday FC 1 3 GA
  Bower, Alfred George 31 10 November 1895 RB Corinthians FC, Casuals FC & Old Carthusians FC 5 0
  Waterfield, George S. 25 2 June 1901 LB Burnley FC 1 0
  Edwards, Willis 23 28 April 1903 RH Leeds United AFC 4 0
  Seddon, James, injured 31 20 May 1895 CH Bolton Wanderers FC 5 0
  Green, George H. 25 2 May 1901 LH Sheffield United FC 6 0
  Pease, Willie 27 30 September 1899 OR Middlesbrough FC 1 0
  Brown, George 23 22 June 1903 IR Huddersfield Town AFC 2 1
Dean, William R. 20 22 January 1907 CF Everton FC 1 2
Walker, William H., injured 29 29 October 1897 IL Aston Villa FC 17 9
  Page, Louis A. 27 27 March 1899 OL Burnley FC 1 0


Harry Nuttall (Bolton Wanderers FC) and Arthur Rigby (Blackburn Rovers FC)

team notes:

Jack Brown was strapped up for the second half of this match after getting injured after the penalty kick, he had been heavily charged, as well as getting struck in the face. Jimmy Seddon was taken off the pitch for the attention after he was involved in a fortieth minute altercation with Fred Keenor, he returned for the second half. Billy Walker too, was badly hurt, his nose bleeding badly. It was while he was stretchered off, getting attention, that Wales score their third goal. Walker struggled for the last half-hour.
2-3-5 J.Brown -
Bower, Waterfield -
Edwards, Seddon, Green -
G.Brown, Dean, Walker, Page.


Age 26.2 Appearances/Goals 4.0 0.8


    Match Report

England and Wales had a hard match at Wrexham on Saturday, which resulted in a draw, each side scoring three goals.

In view of the fact that England included six new representatives and that Wales could not complete their eleven until late on Friday night after many disappointments, the play was almost certain to fall short of the standard generally associated with international matches. The run of the game generally bore out this expectation.

Conditions were practically ideal, for the turf of the old racecourse was in splendid order. The game was remarkable for the dash and the untiring energy that the Welshmen put into all their play. Taken as individuals they were, perhaps, slightly inferior to their opponents, but their greater quickness in going for the ball neutralized their individual shortcomings to a great extent...

Almost the first good piece of play by the English forwards produced a goal, Dean moving smartly to gather a pass and, when still in his stride, shooting hard and low into the net well wide of Lewis. A trip just outside the penalty area robbed Page of a chance to increase this lead and in another minute Wales equalized, Davies heading through from a long and wild-looking centre by Williams. This opportunism on the part of the Welsh centre forward was eclipsed by a beautiful goal scored by Walker, the Aston Villa inside left. He received a low pass from Dean and kicked the ball through far beyond the reach of Lewis's left hand...

Then came the penalty goal kicked by Davies, nine minutes before the interval...

...when Walker was off the field, just after the beginning of the second half, Wales put on great pressure which brought a goal well shot by W. Lewis--one of the last men introduced into the side. It was only for a very few minutes that Wales held the lead, Dean again succeeding with a grand low shot...

The game attracted the largest crowd that has ever attended a match at Wrexham, and the 16,000 people present  paid gate money amounting to 1,790. - The Times - Monday 14th February, 1927

Source Notes

*Some sources state that David Rees Williams was born in Merthyr Tydfil in January 1900. However, there is no registration for that period, there is for March 1899 and then June and September 1901.

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