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Saturday, 29 September 1934
Home International Championship 1934-35 (47th) Match

Wales 0 England 4 [0-2]

Match Summary
Wales Party

England Party

Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff, Glamorgan
36,692; Kick-off: 3.30pm BST

England - Fred Tilson (shot after a Bowden pass 10, 85), Eric Brook (after John had dropped a long Britton ball 30), Stan Matthews (from a Bowden pass 64)
Wales - William Evans (missed penalty shot wide)
Results 1930-39

? won the toss, ? kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Samuel Thompson

Linesmen - A.J. Brown, Bristol, and not known

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Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 15th to 17th
Colours: Made by St. Margaret's - Red shirts with white collars, white shorts, red socks
Capt: Tom Griffiths Selectors: Team selection chosen by Committee.
Wales Lineup
  John, W. Ronald 23 29 January 1911 G Preston North End FC, England 8 10 GA
  Lawrence, Wilfred 25 16 March 1909 RB Swansea Town FC 6 0
  Jones, David O. 23 28 October 1910 LB Leicester City FC, England 3 0
  Murphy, James P. 24 8 August 1910 RH West Bromwich Albion FC, England 6 0
  Griffiths, Thomas 28 21 February 1906 CH Middlesbrough FC, England 15 3
  Richards, David T. 27 31 October 1906 LH Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, England 8 0
  Phillips, Cuthbert 24 23 June 1910 OR Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, England 7 1
  O'Callaghan, Eugene 27 6 October 1906 IR Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 11 3
  Williams, Ronald 27 23 January 1907 CF Newcastle United FC, England 1 0
  Mills, Thomas 22 28 December 1911 IL Leicester City FC, England 3 1
Evans, William, injured c.70th min 21 7 November 1912 OL Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 4 1


reserves not known

team notes:

William Evans, a last moment addition to the side, retired after the third goal was scored, he received a severe head injury following a collision with Harry Hibbs.
2-3-5 John -
Lawrence, Jones -
Murphy, Griffiths, Richards -
Phillips, O'Callaghan, Williams, Mills, Evans


Age 24.6 Appearances/Goals 6.5 0.8


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th to 4th
Colours: The 1923 uniform - White collared jerseys, navy blue or black shorts, black socks topped with two white hoops
Capt: Tommy Cooper, fourth captaincy. Selectors: The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, following the inter-league match, on Monday, 24 September 1934.
161st match, W 103 - D 29 - L 29 - F 486 - A 180.
England Lineup
  Hibbs, E. Henry 28 27 May 1906 G Birmingham FC 20 21 GA
  Cooper, Thomas 29 9 April 1905 RB Derby County FC 15 0
  Hapgood, Edris A. 26 24 September 1908 LB Arsenal FC 8 0
  Britton, Clifford S. 25 27 August 1909 RH Everton FC 1 0
  Barker, John W. 28 27 February 1906 CH Derby County FC 1 0
  Bray, John 25 22 April 1909 LH Manchester City FC 1 0
Matthews, Stanley 19
240 days
1 February 1915 OR Stoke City FC 1 1
  Bowden, E. Raymond 25 13 September 1909 IR Arsenal FC 1 0
Tilson, S. Frederick 30 19 April 1904 CF Manchester City FC 3 4
  Westwood, W. Raymond 22 14 April 1912 IL Bolton Wanderers FC 1 0
Brook, Eric F. 26 27 November 1907 OL Manchester City FC 9 5


Tom Gardner (Aston Villa FC) and originally Willie Hall (Tottenham Hotspur FC). Hall was released from his duties (see below). Leeds United AFC's Billy Furness was initially called up into his place, but could not take his place. Everton FC's Jimmy Cunliffe was the final attempt.

team notes:

Stanley Matthews, at 19 years and 240 days, becomes the first teenager to score on his debut. The youngest goalscoring debutant record was held for the past 51 years by Nevil Cobbold.
2-3-5 Hibbs -
Cooper, Hapgood -
Britton, Barker, Bray -
Matthews, Bowden, Tilson, Westwood, Brook.


Age 25.8 Appearances/Goals 5.5 0.5


    Match Report


In the first International match of the season at Cardiff on Saturday the holders of the Championship, Wales, were well beaten by England, who scored four goals without reply. This convincing margin in no way conveyed a false idea of England's superiority, Wales, although playing up gallantly, being outplayed...

Bowden put up a nice pass to Tilson, whose shot gave John no chance...

Then just after half an hour's play came England's second goal. Britton put in a long kick towards goal, John dropped the ball, and Brook was up to kick it into the net. Hibbs had a nasty experience when a hard shot from Evans hit him in the face, but then he had the good luck to see Evans blunder with a penalty. The Welsh outside-left shot hard enough, but the ball went just the wrong side of the post...

Bowden passed up to Matthews, who found an opening very cleverly and his shot completely beat John...

...five minutes from the end a pass by Westwood produced an opening for Tilson to get his second goal...

Notwithstanding the wet weather there were 51,000 people present. - The Times - Monday 1st October, 1934

Source Notes

"On Wednesday [26 September 1934], the Welsh FA Secretary, Mr. T. Robbins, asked his English counterparts to release Willie Hall, the Tottenham Hotspur player, from his duties as an England traveling reserve so that Tottenham would allow Evans to play at outside-left for Wales. Tottenham had previously promised to release Evans if Hall was available for their League match. Early yesterday, there was a hurried consultation between English officials and members of the International Selection Committee, and it was decided to release Hall and call upon Billy Furness, Leeds United, to act as reserve. Leeds, however, have several inside-forwards injured, and their request that Furness should not be taken was granted. Jimmy Cunliffe, the Everton inside-right, was then chosen as England's reserve."

According to the grandson of Cambridge University's Harry Rose, his grandfather was a reserve for this match. There is no contemporary evidence to support this. But we have made a note, regardless.

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