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Saturday, 20 October 1951
Home International Championship 1951-52 (57th) Match

Wales 1 England 1 [1-1]


Match Summary
Wales Party
England Party

Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff, Glamorgan
Kick-off (BST): 3.00pm.

Attendance: 51,500.

  England kicked-off
[1-0] Billy Foulkes 3
 shot past Williams from a Paul free-kick

[1-1] Eddie Baily 6
headed in a Medley cross

Match Summary

Officials from Scotland




Referee (black) - Douglas Gerrard
x (-), Aberdeen.

Linesmen - Frank Scott, Paisley, and William Morrison, Clydebank.

No substitutes permitted, as per UK ruling.

Before the match, a demonstration was given by Alsatian Dogs, owned by members of The Cardiff Branch of the British Alsatian Association.

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Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 23rd to 21st
Colours: Made by Umbro - Red jerseys with white collars, white shorts with red side strip, red socks with white tops.
Capt: Wally Barnes Manager: Team chosen by Selection Commitee on Monday, 8 October 1951
Wales Lineup
  Shortt, William W. 31 13 October 1920 G Plymouth Argyle FC, England 4 4 GA
2 Barnes, Wallace 31 16 January 1920 RB Arsenal FC, England 15 0
3 Sherwood, Alfred T. 27 13 November 1923 LB Cardiff City FC 19 0
4 Paul, Roy 31 18 April 1920 RHB Manchester City FC, England 15 1
5 Daniel, W. Raymond 22 2 November 1928 CHB Arsenal FC, England 4 0
6 Burgess, W.A. Ronald 34 9 April 1917 LHB Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 20 1
7 Foulkes, William I. 25 29 May 1926 OR Newcastle United FC, England 1 1
8 Kinsey, Noel 25 24 December 1925 IR Norwich City FC, England 4 0
9 Ford, Trevor 28 1 October 1923 CF Sunderland AFC, England 20 15
10 Allchurch, Ivor J. 21 16 December 1929 IL Swansea Town FC 5 0
11 Clarke, Royston J. 26 1 June 1925 OL Manchester City FC, England 10 3


Billy Lucas (Swansea Town FC)

team notes:

When the team was chosen on 8 October, it was done so without an outside-right. Foulkes was added on Monday, 15 October.
Trevor Ford holds the record of most goals for the Wales national team.
2-3-5 Short -
Barnes, Sherwood -
Paul, Daniel, Burgess -
Foulkes. Kinsey, Ford, Allchurch, Clarke


Age 27.4 Appearances/Goals 10.6 1.8


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th to 5th
Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, 22nd captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 38 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
40th match, W 27 - D 6 - L 7 - F 124 - A 47.
Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry, on Sunday, 14 October 1951.
England Lineup
  Williams, Bert F. 31 31 January 1920 G Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 18 24ᵍᵃ
2 Ramsey, Alfred E. 31 22 January 1920 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 16 0
3 Smith, Lionel 31 23 August 1920 LB Arsenal FC 2 0
4 Wright, William A. 27 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

37 3
5 Barrass, Malcolm W. 26 13 December 1924 CHB Bolton Wanderers FC 1 0
6 Dickinson, James W. 26 24 April 1925 LHB

Portsmouth FC

14 0
7 Finney, Thomas 29 5 April 1922 OR

Preston North End FC

34 20
8 Thompson, Thomas 22 10 November 1928 IR Aston Villa FC 1 0
9 Lofthouse, Nathaniel 26 27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC 2 2
10 Baily, Edward F. 26 6 August 1925 IL Tottenham Hotspur FC 5 5
11 Medley, Leslie D. 31 3 September 1920 OL Tottenham Hotspur FC 4 1


Charlie Vaughan (Charlton Athletic FC) and Henry Cockburn (Manchester United FC)
2-3-5 Williams -
Ramsey, Smith -
Wright, Barass, Dickinson -
Finney, Thompson, Lofthouse, Baily, Medley.


Age 27.8 Appearances/Goals 12.2 2.7


    Match Report by Mike Payne

Wales managed to avoid defeat against England for the first time since the war when the sides met in Cardiff in this 1951 clash. What is more, if they had taken more care in front of goal, they may have celebrated a win.

The home side scored after only three minutes. A foul by Malcolm Barass gave Wales a free-kick on the right hand corner of the penalty box. Paul took the kick and his low cross was met by Foulkes with his first touch in international football. He left Lionel Smith flat-footed before going on to shoot past Bert Williams.

England quickly pulled themselves together and were soon back on level terms. Tom Finney, taking a pass from Billy Wright, moved through the inside-right channel before laying the ball square to Les Medley. He quickly lobbed the ball into the middle where Eddie Baily was on hand for an easy headed goal.

The game then gradually drifted into a scrappy affair with Wales relying on their strong midfield players creating their most dangerous moves. Daniel, Paul and Burgess always had control and their tigerish tackling was causing England to struggle. Barass at centre-half, although near in distribution, always came off second best in his battle with the powerful Ford. Some good play by Jimmy Dickinson, Medley and Baily promised something for England before half-time but they were no really clear chances created.

England never functioned on all cylinders and their weakness at inside-forward was very obvious. Tommy Thompson, on his debut, never got into the match at all and Baily only flitted in and out of the proceedings. The tough-tackling Burgess was prominent for Wales and with Ford a constant threat they came very close to forcing a win. Foulkes and Clarke sent in a stream of crosses towards the big centre-forward and from one Ford missed a sitter. Paul sent Foulkes away on attack and he left the ponderous Smith in a fine run to centre from the left. Once again, though, Ford contrived to miss a golden chance to take the match.

England were somewhat fortunate to come away from Cardiff with a draw.

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Eddie Baily saved England from defeat against a Welsh team in which Ivor Allchurch and Trevor Ford were constantly putting England's defence under pressure. Newcastle right winger Billy Foulkes scored in the third minute with his first shot for Wales in international football. Baily, noted more for his scheming than his scoring, equalised with a rare header following a counter attack generated by a perfect pass from Billy Wright. Ford, the idol of Sunderland, missed two easy chances late in the game to give Wales their first victory over England since the war. Malcolm Barrass was the seventh centre-half tried by the selectors since the defection of Neil Franklin. Tommy Thompson, Aston Villa's diminutive ball-playing inside-right, won the first of two caps.

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller
, Football Author
Wales' Complete Who's Who since 1946 (Sutton Publishing Ltd, Stroud, U.K., 2004)
Drew Herbertson, Scottish FA historian