MATCH No 90
Monday 18th March 1907
Craven Cottage, London
British Home Championship
ENGLAND 1 (Stewart 62)
WALES 1 (Jones 25)
Referee: Robert Murray (Scotland)
England coach: none
Wales coach: none
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.