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Billy Meredith's International Career

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Football annuals state that he has played in fifty-one matches for Wales. If any sceptic troubled to write Meredith about these figures, which have been disputed, he would supply all the dates to substantiate this amazing record. He took great pride in playing for Wales, and was one of those rare persons who put all such performances in a book.

J. A. H. Catton, The Story of Association Football (1926)

Billy Meredith was one of the first superstars of professional football, and his career had it all- success, political strife, controversy, conflict with authority- but it seems that in his record keeping he was simply wrong.
Sources agree that he played 48 games for Wales (the Welsh Football Data Archive has 47). 
Incidentally Catton went on to state that Meredith had once told him that he wished he had been born in England:  You know the house where I was born was only 300 yards or so over the border. What a time I should have had if I had been an Englishman. I'm sick of being on the losing side. 
 In A–Z of Manchester Football (1978) Derek Brandon claims that Meredith was selected for 71 consecutive internationals. Thus  is an exaggeration and of course erroneous, as Meredith could not have been selected in 1906 (see below), and in order to have fitted in 71 internationals he would have had to have been selected as a 17 year old playing for Chirk AAA in 1892. He was named among the reserves in February 1894 when he was still listed as a Chirk player.
Meredith's final appearance for Wales was in their 111th international outing. He was 45 years and 229 days old.
He featured in a trial match in January 1921 (to make up the numbers) but was not selected for the subsequent internationals. 














Goals

Total

Goals

1

16.03.95

Ireland

2

2

Wales

Solitude, Belfast



2

18.03.95

England

1

1

Wales

Queens Club, London



3

29.02.96

Wales

6

1

Ireland

Racecourse, Wrexham

2

2

4

16.03.96

Wales

1

9

England

Arms Park, Cardiff



5

06.03.97

Ireland

4

3

Wales

Solitude, Belfast

2

4

6

20.03.97

Wales

2

2

Scotland

Racecourse, Wrexham



7

29.03.97

England

4

0

Wales

Bramall Lane, Sheffield



8

19.02.98

Wales

0

1

Ireland

Oval, Llandudno



9

28.03.98

Wales

0

3

England

Racecourse, Wrexham



10

20.03.99

England

4

0

Wales

Ashton Gate, Bristol



11

24.02.00

Wales

2

0

Ireland

Oval, Llandudno

1

5

12

26.03.00

Wales

1

1

England

Arms Park, Cardiff

1

6

13

18.03.01

England

6

0

Wales

St James’ Newcastle



14

23.03.01

Ireland

0

1

Wales

Solitude, Belfast



15

03.03.02

Wales

0

0

England

Racecourse, Wrexham



16

15.03.02

Scotland

5

1

Wales

Cappielow Park, Greenock



17

02.03.03

England

2

1

Wales

Fratton Park, Portsmouth



18

09.03.03

Wales

0

1

Scotland

Arms Park, Cardiff



19

28.03.03

Ireland

2

0

Wales

Solitude, Belfast



20

29.02.04

Wales

2

0

England

Racecourse, Wrexham



21

06.03.05

Wales

3

1

Scotland

Racecourse, Wrexham

1

7

22

27.03.05

England

3

1

Wales

Anfield, Liverpool



23

23.02.07

Ireland

2

3

Wales

Solitude, Belfast

1

8

24

04.03.07

Wales

1

0

Scotland

Racecourse, Wrexham



25

18.03.07

England

1

1

Wales

Craven Cottage, London



26

16.03.08

Wales

1

7

England

Racecourse, Wrexham



27

11.04.08

Wales

0

1

Ireland

Athletic Ground, Aberdare



28

01.03.09

Wales

3

2

Scotland

Racecourse, Wrexham



29

15.03.09

England

2

0

Wales

City Ground, Nottingham



30

20.03.09

Ireland

2

3

Wales

Grosvenor Park, Belfast

1

9

31

05.03.10

Scotland

1

0

Wales

Rugby Park, Kilmarnock



32

14.03.10

Wales

0

1

England

Arms Park, Cardiff



33

11.04.10

Wales

4

1

Ireland

Racecourse, Wrexham



34

28.01.11

Ireland

1

2

Wales

Windsor Park, Belfast



35

06.03.11

Wales

2

2

Scotland

Ninian Park, Cardiff



36

13.03.11

England

3

0

Wales

The Den, London



37

02.03.12

Scotland

1

0

Wales

Tynecastle, Edinburgh



38

11.03.12

Wales

0

2

England

Racecourse, Wrexham



39

13.04.12

Wales

2

3

Ireland

Ninian Park, Cardiff



40

18.01.13

Ireland

0

1

Wales

Grosvenor Park, Belfast



41

03.03.13

Wales

0

0

Scotland

Racecourse, Wrexham



42

17.03.13

England

4

3

Wales

Ashton Gate, Bristol

1

10

43

19.01.14

Wales

1

2

Ireland

Racecourse, Wrexham



44

28.02.14

Scotland

0

0

Wales

Parkhead, Glasgow



45

16.03.14

Wales

0

2

England

Ninian Park, Cardiff



46

14.02.20

Ireland

2

2

Wales

The Oval, Belfast



47

26.02.20

Wales

1

1

Scotland

Ninian Park, Cardiff



48

15.03.20

England

1

2

Wales

Highbury, London




Meredith was a Manchester City player for games 1-21, and a Manchester United player for games 22-48.

Every one of these matches was in the British Home Championships.  Here is a breakdown of the results of the matches Meredith played in:



P
W
D
L
Win %
All
48
13
11
24
27
England
20
2
4
14
10
Ireland
16
8
2
6
50
Scotland
12
3
5
4
25

Between his debut and his final international Wales played 15 matches in which Meredith did not appear:



Wales

Meredith

1

23.03.95

2-2 v Scotland at The Racecourse, Wrexham.

League Division 2- Lincoln City 3 Manchester City 11. Meredith scored twice in what must have been a remarkable game.


2

21.03.96

0-4 v Scotland at Carolina Port, Dundee.

League Division 2- Manchester City were beaten 4-1 away to Newcastle United.


3

19.03.98

Wales v Scotland at Fir Park, Motherwell – 5-2 to Scotland.

League Division 2- Manchester City lost 2-1 away to Lincoln City.


4

04.03.99

Wales lost 1-0 to Ireland in Belfast.

League Division 2- Meredith scored a hattrick as Manchester City beat Barnsley 5-0 at Hyde Road.


5

18.03.99

Scotland put 6 past Wales at The Racecourse.

Division 2: Manchester City draw 1-1 away to Walsall.


6

03.02.00 

Scotland 5 Wales 2 at Pittodrie.

Division 1:- Meredith scored in a 1-1 draw away to Wolverhampton Wanderers.


7

02.03.01

Wales draw 1-1 with Scotland at The Racecourse, Wrexham.


City lost 2-0 to Derby County at the Baseball Ground ( Div 1

8

22.02.02

Wales 0- Ireland 3 at Cardiff Arms Park.

A 3-0 win at Hyde Road v Wolverhampton Wanderers.


9

12.03.04

Wales and Scotland drew 1-1 at Dundee.

Meredith got a brace as City beat Blackburn Rovers 5-2 at Ewood Park.


10

21.03.04

Wales lost 1-0 to Ireland at Bangor.

Meredith scored in a 6-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.


11

08.04.05

Ireland 2 Wales 2 in Belfast.

Meredith scored a penalty for Manchester City in a 1-0 win over Woolwich Arsenal at Hyde Road.


12

03.03.06

Billy Meredith missed the 1906 British Home Championships as he was suspended from football from 05.08.05 until 30.04.06 for bribing an Aston Villa player to ‘throw’ a match against Manchester City.


13

19.03.06

14

02.04.06

15

07.03.08

Scotland defeated Wales 2-1 at Dundee.


FA Cup tie: Manchester United losing 2-1 away at Fulham.









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