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

Wales 1 England
Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff, Glamorgan
Kick-off (BST): 3.00pm.

Attendance: 51,500.
  England kicked-off
[1-0] Billy Foulkes 3
 right-footed shot past Williams from a Roy Paul free-kick

[1-1] Eddie Baily header 6
headed in from 5 yards low between Shortt and Sherwood on the line, after Finney dribbled through the defence and his lay-off allowed Les Medley to cross from the left
second half live on the Radio Light Programme - Commentators: tbc
Officials from Scotland Wales UK ruling on substitutes England
Referee (black)
Douglas Gerrard
38 (10 March 1913), Aberdeen
Before the match, a demonstration was given by Alsatian Dogs, owned by members of The Cardiff Branch of the British Alsatian Association.
Frank Scott
William Morrison
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 Selector: Selection Committee
on Monday, 8 October 1951
Wales Lineup
  Shortt, William W. 31
7 days
13 October 1920 G Plymouth Argyle FC, England 4 4ᵍᵃ
2 Barnes, Wallace 31
277 days
16 January 1920 RB Arsenal FC, England 15 0
3 Sherwood, Alfred T. 27
341 days
13 November 1923 LB Cardiff City FC 19 0
Paul, Roy 31
185 days
18 April 1920 RHB Manchester City FC, England 15 1
5 Daniel, W. Raymond 22
352 days
2 November 1928 CHB Arsenal FC, England 4 0
6 Burgess, W.A. Ronald 34
194 days
9 April 1917 LHB Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 20 1
Foulkes, William I. 25
144 days
29 May 1926 OR Newcastle United FC, England 1 1
8 Kinsey, Noel 25
300 days
24 December 1925 IR Norwich City FC, England 4 0
9 Ford, Trevor 28
19 days
1 October 1923 CF Sunderland AFC, England 20 15
mst goals
10 Allchurch, Ivor J. 21
308 days
16 December 1929 IL Swansea Town FC 5 0
11 Clarke, Royston J. 26 1 June 1925 OL Manchester City FC, England 10 3
reserve: 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.
2-3-5 Short -
Barnes, Sherwood -
Paul, Daniel, Burgess -
Foulkes. Kinsey, Ford, Allchurch, Clarke
Averages: Age 27 years 340 days 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.
20th, W 12 - D 3 - L 5 - F 56 - A 31.⁴³
Billy Wright³
22nd, W 14 - D 2 - L 6 - F 55 - A 28.⁹⁰
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 47.¹³⁹
Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry, on Sunday, 14 October.
England Lineup
  six changes to the previous match (Willis, Chilton, Cockburn, Mannion, Milburn & Hassall out) league position (14 October)  
  Williams, Bert F. 31
262 days
31 January 1920 G Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 7th) 18 24ᵍᵃ
2 Ramsey, Alfred E. 31
271 days
22 January 1920 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC (FL 8th) 16 0
3 Smith, Lionel 31
58 days
23 August 1920 LB Arsenal FC (FL 6th) 2 0
4 Wright, William A. 27
256 days
6 February 1924 RHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 7th) 37 3
708 5 Barrass, Malcolm W. 26
311 days
13 December 1924 CHB Bolton Wanderers FC (FL 2nd) 1 0
the 18th Wanderer to represent England
6 Dickinson, James W. 26
179 days
24 April 1925 LHB Portsmouth FC (FL 3rd) 14 0
7 Finney, Thomas 29
198 days
5 April 1922 OR Preston North End FC (FL 5th) 34 20
709 8 Thompson, Thomas 22
344 days
10 November 1928 IR Aston Villa FC (FL 9th) 1 0
the 43rd Villain to represent England
9 Lofthouse, Nathaniel 26
54 days
27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC (FL 2nd) 2 2
Baily, Edward F. 26
75 days
6 August 1925 IL Tottenham Hotspur FC (FL 8th) 5 5
Medley, Leslie D. 31
47 days
3 September 1920 OL Tottenham Hotspur FC (FL 8th) 4 1
reserves: Charlie Vaughan (Charlton Athletic FC (FL 4th)) and Henry Cockburn (Manchester United FC (FL TOP))
records: For the tenth time, England have recorded two draws in a single season. The second time they have drawn their first two matches in a season
2-3-5 Williams -
Ramsey, Smith -
Wright, Barass, Dickinson -
Finney, Thompson, Lofthouse, Baily, Medley.
Averages: Age 28 years 122 days 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.

              Match Report as appears in the F.A. Yearbook 1952-53, page 25

In the match against Wales on October 20th, at Cardiff, it was again England's opponents who deserved the congratulations. Most Welsh teams play with particular fervour when an invader comes to Ninian Park, and, with a combination possessing an established defence and only two forward positions which were experimental, they certainly lived up to tradition. England, on the other hand, were trying new blood and had made six changes, including two new caps: Barrass and Thompson.
Wales scored after the first three minutes when a new cap, Foulkes, receiving a pass from a free-kick, broke through a hole in England's defence. Shortly afterwards Finney cut across the field and passed to Medley, who centred for Baily to head home the equaliser.
That was the end of the scoring, although Wales continued to press hard and missed several obvious chances - indeed, many thought her unfortunate not to have won. After showing early promise. England's forwards crumpled against the Welsh half-back line and showed little evidence of cohesion.

              Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Wales' Complete Who's Who since 1946
Drew Herbertson, Scottish FA historian
  Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record

Norman Giller, Football Author
British Pathé