090 Wales 1907

MATCH No 90

Monday 18th March 1907

Craven Cottage, London

British Home Championship

Attendance: 22,000

 

ENGLAND 1 (Stewart 62)

WALES 1 (Jones 25)

 

Referee: Robert Murray (Scotland)

 

England coach: none

Wales coach: none

 

England:

Sam

Hardy

 

 

23

2

 

Liverpool

ENG

Bob

Crompton

 

c

27

13

 

Blackburn Rovers

ENG

Jesse

Pennington

 

 

23

1

 

West Bromwich Albion

ENG

Ben

Warren

 

 

27

5

 

Derby County

ENG

Billy

Wedlock

 

 

26

2

 

Bristol City

ENG

Colin

Veitch

 

 

25

4

 

Newcastle United

ENG

Jock

Rutherford

 

 

22

3

 

Newcastle United

ENG

Steve

Bloomer

 

 

33

22

 

Middlesbrough

ENG

Irvine

Thornley

 

 

24

1

*

Manchester City

ENG

Jimmy

Stewart

 

 

24

1

 

Sheffield Wednesday

ENG

George

Wall

 

 

22

1

 

Manchester United

ENG

 

Wales:

Leigh

Roose

 

 

 

 

 

Stoke

ENG

Lloyd

Davies

 

 

 

 

 

Stoke

ENG

Sam

Meredith

 

 

 

 

 

Leyton

ENG

Ted

Hughes

 

 

 

 

 

Tottenham Hotspur

ENG

Morgan

Morgan-Owen

 

 

 

 

 

Corinthians

ENG

George

Latham

 

 

 

 

 

Liverpool

ENG

Billy

Meredith

 

c

 

 

 

Manchester United

ENG

William

Jones III

 

 

 

 

 

Manchester City

ENG

William

Green

 

 

 

 

 

Nottingham Forest

ENG

Grenville

Morris

 

 

 

 

 

Nottingham Forest

ENG

Robert

Evans II

 

 

 

 

 

Aston Villa

ENG

 

England won the toss and opted to play with the wind at their backs in the first half. So strong was the wind that it seemed that, when England reached half-time a goal behind, they had no hope of getting a result. They had played dreadfully in that first 45 minutes. However, their second half recovery was wonderful. For some reason, the English resorted, in the first half, to booting the ball high, rather than utilise the ball skills of their team. Against a solid Welsh defence and a respected goalkeeper, their tactics were never going to work.

 

Bloomer had a goal disallowed for hands after three minutes, but Wales then took over. Billy Meredith, yet again, was their best player, and he was involved in the goal that put Wales ahead. His shot was parried by Hardy and fell to Evans. He crossed it back to the centre, where Jones scored. Jones had the ball in the net again soon after, but he was offside.

 

The second half saw a remarkable transformation. England had all the play. Their half-backs were imperious, with Warren in particular playing faultlessly. The goal that brought them level was a touch fortunate. Wall had a shot, Davies got in the way of it but it fell to Stewart who returned a powerful shot with interest out of the reach of Roose. Despite England’s dominance, Wales could still have stolen the game late on. They had the ball in the net from a corner, but it was disallowed, and it was not clear why. England should, on the balance of play, have won, but in the end were relieved not to have lost.

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