Our opponents: England

International Football – UEFA Euro 2012 – Qualifying Group G – Wales v England


Wednesday, 15 Jun 2016, 07:00

Our next opponents need no introduction seeing how we have faced the Old Enemy on 101 previous occasions but unfortunately, Wales have only ever achieved 14 victories.

The first international match between both sides was on 18 January 1879 at The Kennington Oval, London. England won 2-1 but William Henry Davies of Oswestry secured his place in Welsh foootballing history as the scorer of Wales’ first ever international goal.

Wales first victory against England came in 1881 when and England team fielding seven debutants were beaten 1-0 at the East Lancashire Cricket Ground, Blackburn.

The Welsh XI were forced into a late change as Jack Powell of Ruabon missed his train connection at Chester Station and the FAW Chairman, Llewleyn Kenrick, who had retired from playing, was called into action.

According to newspaper reports from the time Kenrick, who played in his “everyday clothes” put in “a splendid performance” at right-back in what was his fifth and final appearance for Wales!

The match between both sides in 1908 saw two further historic milestones.

The 1-7 defeat is still Wales’ heaviest defeat on home soil, but the match also saw the first ever international substitute.

Welsh goalkeeper Leigh Richmond Roose left the field after 20 minutes suffering concussion after a heavy tackle by an English forward with left back, Charlie Morris, taking over between the sticks.

But when right half, Edwin Hughes, also went off injured after 25 minutes, leaving Wales 0-1 down and with just 9 men, England captain, Vivian Woodward, offered Wales the opportunity to bring on two extra men.

At the beginning of the second half, with Wales already 0-4 down, Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper, Dai Davies came on to bolster Welsh numbers and became the first ever substitute used in international football!

The last victory over England came on 2 May 1984 when a young Mark Hughes, making his debut for Wales scored the only goal of the game at the Racecourse, Wrexham in the last ever Home International tournament.

The four meetings between the two sides since 1984 have seen four English victories but a win in Lens would surely make up for all 66 defeats Wales have suffered in 137 years.