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168 vs. Ireland

170 vs. Scotland

Wednesday, 20 November 1929
Home International Championship 1929-30 (42nd) Match

England 6 Wales 0 [2-0]

Match Summary
England Party

Wales Party

Stamford Bridge Ground, Fulham Road, Fulham, County of London
Attendance: 32,945
; Receipts: £2,208 15s 6d.; Kick-off: tbc GMT

England - Tommy Johnson (a cross from Adcock was tapped in by Ruffell, allowing Johnson to shoot with much force 12, left-footed volley from a Ruffell cross 65), George Camsell (shot through after an Adcock cross 16, headed through Johnson's pass 61, a shot as on the turn after a Ruffell cross went behind him 75), Hugh Adcock (tap-in after a long dribble 70).
Results 1919-30

England won the toss, Wales kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - William McClean

Linesmen - Mr. Gould, England, and not known

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 9th
Colours: The 1923 uniform - White collared jerseys and dark club shorts
Capt: Willis Edwards, fifth captaincy Selectors: The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, following a trial match, on Friday, 15 November 1929.
136th match, W 88 - D 25 - L 23 - F 416 - A 149.
England Lineup
  Hibbs, E. Henry 23 27 May 1906 G Birmingham FC 1 0 GA
  Smart, Thomas 33 20 September 1896 RB Aston Villa FC 5 0
  Blenkinsop, Ernest 27 20 April 1902 LB The Wednesday FC 10 0
  Edwards, Willis 26 28 April 1903 RH Leeds United AFC 16 0
  Hart, Ernest A. 27 3 January 1902 CH Leeds United AFC 3 0
  Marsden, William 28 10 November 1901 LH Sheffield Wednesday FC 1 0
Adcock, Hugh 26 10 April 1903 OR Leicester City FC 5 1
  Hine, Ernest W. 28 9 April 1901 IR Leicester City FC 4 2
Camsell, George H. 26 27 November 1902 CF Middlesbrough FC 4 11
Johnson, Thomas C.F. 28 19 August 1901 IL Manchester City FC 2 3
  Ruffell, James W. 29 11 August 1900 OL West Ham United FC 6 0


Fred Kean (Bolton Wanderers FC) and firstly, Joe Bradford (Birmingham FC), but owing to injury, his reserve status went to Edgar Kail (Dulwich Hamlet FC)
2-3-5 Hibbs -
Smart, Blenkinsop -
Edwards, Hart, Marsden -
Adcock, Hine, Camsell, Johnson, Ruffell.


Age 27.4 Appearances/Goals 5.2 1.0


Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 21st to 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.
Wales Lineup
  Lewis, Daniel 26 11 December 1902 G Arsenal FC, England 3 10 GA
  Williams, Benjamin D. 29 29 October 1900 RB Swansea Town FC 4 0
  Lumberg, A. Albert 28 20 May 1901 LB Wrexham AFC 3 0
  Keenor, Frederick C. 35 31 July 1894 RH/CH Cardiff City FC 27 3
  Griffiths, Thomas 23 21 February 1906 CH/RH Everton FC, England 4 0
  John, Robert F. 30 3 February 1899 LH Arsenal FC, England 9 0
  Davies, William 29 10 March 1900 OR/IR Notts County FC, England 16 6
  Davies, Leonard S. 30 28 April 1899 IR/CF Cardiff City FC 23 6
  Lewis, Wilfred L. 26 1 July 1903 CF/OR Huddersfield Town AFC, England 6 3
  Jones, Charles 29 12 December 1899 IL Arsenal FC, England 6 0
  Cook, Frederick 27 20 January 1902 OL Portsmouth FC, England 6 0


reserves not known
2-3-5 Lewis -
Williams, Lumberg -
Keenor, Griffiths, John -
W.Davies, L.Davies, Lewis, Jones, Cook.
"After half-time Wales readjusted their right wing completely. [Len] Davies moved to centre-forward, [Wilf] Lewis to outside-right and [Willie] Davies to inside-right. In the half-back line [Fred] Keenor came into the centre, and [Tom] Griffiths took his place at right-half."


Age 28.4 Appearances/Goals 9.7 1.6


    Match Report


England beat Wales at Stamford Bridge yesterday by six goals to none.

The match was played in perfect weather before a large crowd. The ground had entirely recovered from the recent heavy rains, and could not have been in a better condition. Wales were worn down and finally out-played by one of the best teams that have represented England for some time...

Adcock sent a perfect long high centre across the goal ; Ruffell tapped it back to Johnson, who gave the goalkeeper no chance with a powerful shot.

England's second goal, the only other they scored in the first half, again came from a good passing movement on the right wing. Edwards made an opening for Hine, who sent the ball first time out to Adcock. Camsell took Adcock's high centre on his chest, and, as the ball fell, drove it along the ground into the net...

England's scoring in the second half started soon after Camsell, dribbling through on his own, was brought down heavily when he appeared likely to score. The English pressure was maintained, and within a minute the same player got up to a high ball and headed it hard into the goal...

Soon Johnson added a fourth goal, which was the result of an excellent piece of play. Ruffell, standing near goal, received a long pass from Hine, and lobbed the ball back to Johnson ; Johnson took it with his left foot on the volley and drove it past Lewis into the goal with terrific force...

Adcock now showed that he is able to cut in and score himself. The next English goal was entirely the result of an individual run by him. He ran round the back, who missed him badly, to within a yard or two of the goal, and put the ball through at close quarters. England scored yet another goal, and this was obtained by Ruffell's best piece of play during the match. He, too, made a good run down the wing and centred to some way behind Camsell. Camsell got back to the ball and turned with it and scored in a way that stamped him conclusively as a really fine centre-forward. - The Times - Thursday 21st November, 1929

   Club versus Country Row


   "A strong retort to the Arsenal FC views against the releasing of players for international matches on Saturdays has been made by Mr. Bendle W. Moore, the chairman of the Derby County FC.
   "Mr. Moore is absolutely opposed to the Internationals being placed second to clubs' convenience, and he writes with the support of his fellow directors.
   "On October 22 [1929] Arsenal FC warned the international selection committees of Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, that after this season they would not release their players for a Saturday international match if the club had a league match on the same date as the international.
   "That warning began a campaign by league clubs for stopping Saturday internationals on the ground that the withdrawal from their teams of the best players seriously affected their league status.
   "As Derby County have weathered some difficult times, both from the playing and the financial standpoint, the views of their chairman are significant."

   "His letter to the Sports Editor of the Derby Daily Telegraph is as follows:
      "Sir,-I do not think that my colleagues on the board of the Derby County Football Club and I stand alone in our view, that it would be detrimental to the best interests of the game if international matches are to be subservient to the interests of the clubs comprising the English League.
      "We yield to no one in our admiration of, and loyalty to, the league, of which are privileged to be members, and if the playing of international matches on Saturdays was in any way detrimental to the league as a whole we should strongly support the suggested change, but as the present order of things simply effects the playing strength of certain teams on three Saturdays during the season, we profoundly disagree with those who, in the race for supremacy, lose sight of the facts that ours is a great national sport, and demands at times we shall sink our own individual interests for the purposes of assisting to maintain that element of sport, which is the very foundation of our existence.
      "Our club has, from to time, had a severe struggle for existence, and no one knows better than we do the anxiety entailed by a heavy bank overdraft and an unsuccessful team. Nevertheless, we have in the past been called on to supply many players for international teams, and although their absence may have meant the losing of a match we might otherwise have won, we never allowed our disappointment at losing a match to outweigh our pleasure that some at least of our players were deemed worthy of being selected to uphold the position of their country in the football world.
      "It is not improbable that some of our players may be called on in the future, and no matter what our position is in the competition, we shall view their selection not only as an honour to them but also to the club to which they belong, and cheerfully release them in the hope that they will fully justify the confidence placed in them.
      "In our view these matches should be regarded as the most important of the year, and every club should be compelled to release their players when called on by the various national associations to do so in order that the teams may be representative."
- Derby Daily Telegraph, Saturday, 16 November 1929


  "A conference between the representatives of the Football Associations of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales was held at the Euston Hotel, London, [18 November 1929], to consider the advisability of an alteration in the existing system of playing international matches on Saturdays. Sir Charles Clegg presided.
   "After a sitting lasting nearly two hours, it was announced that it had been agreed that no alteration be made in the present practice of playing, or the selection of the players for international matches between the associations of the United Kingdom."
- Yorkshire Post, Tuesday, 19 November 1929


It was on 20 November 1929 that three people were killed when a goods train emerged out of control from Combe Down Tunnel in Bath, accelerated down an incline, left the rails and smashed into a building in the goods yard. The three deaths were of the driver, the inspector of the yard and a stationmaster's clerk, whilst the guard broke both legs and the fireman was badly burned. Three months later, the inquest found that there were gas fumes in the tunnel and that the driver had passed out.

Source Notes

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