2 November 2010

023: 8 February 1890

23
08/02/1890
British Home Nations Championship
Wales (WAL)
-
Ireland (IRE)
H/T
5
2
2-2
Referee:
James E. McKillop (SCO)
Umpires:
Venue:
Old Racecourse*, Shrewsbury
Attendance:
3,000*
Goals:
IRE: Dalton (2); WAL: Lewis (2), Pryce-Jones (2), Owen
IRELAND:
Coach:
-
Captain:
Unknown
Billy Galbraith, Bob Crone, Robert Stewart, Billy Crone, Jack Reynolds, John Reid, William Dalton, George Gaffikin,Sam Johnston, Sam Torrans, John Peden

WALES:
Sam Gillam (Wrexham), Robert Lee Roberts (Chester), William P Jones (Druids), Peter Griffiths (Chirk), Abel Hayes (Wrexham), Humphrey Jones (East Stirlingshire) David M Lewis (Bangor), William E Pryce-Jones (Cambridge University), Billy Owen (Chirk), Albert R Wilcock (Oswestry), John C H Bowdler (Shrewsbury T) 
 
Notes:
Shrewsbury's Old Racecourse is the most widely published venue for this match, however a match report from "Eddowes's Journal, and General Advertiser for Shropshire, and the Principality of Wales" notes that the match took place on the Shrewsbury Town ground (which at the time would have been Ambler's Field). Attendance is variously recorded as 3,000, 4,000 and 5,000 by different sources.

Credits/Sources:
George Glass
IFFHS
WFDA
The British Home Football Championships 1884-1984 (Richard Samuel, 2003)

2 comments:

Uwe said...

It's at least questionable, that the game was played at Old Racecourse.

The "Eddowes's Journal, and General Advertiser for Shropshire, and the Principality of Wales" (what a name for a newspaper) states: "Contrary to general expectation, the match took place on the Shrewsbury Town ground, but it is questionable whether it would not have been a wiser proceeding to have made arrangements for the match to take place on the Racecourse, a better place than which - with proper precautions being made for the convenience of the spectators - could not be found.

No name for the ground is given, but according to Simon Inglis' book Shrewsbury Town played at "Ambler's Field" since 1889 (until 1893).

About the spectators it also says: "By the time announced for the kick-off - three o'clock - the ropes were comfortably lined, about 4,000 people, as nearly as could be estimated, being present.

Article can be found at: http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0001504/18900212/097/0003 Eddowes's Journal, and General Advertiser for Shropshire, and the Principality of Wales - Wednesday 12 February 1890 "THE INTERNATIONAL MATCH. IRELAND V. WALES"

jcd said...

Thanks Uwe, I'll have to see if anything else can be found.

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