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The Sixty Minute International Match

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Played at The Oval, 18.01.79.
England 2 Wales 1


England

Wales

Rupert Anderson

Old Etonians

George Glascodine

Wrexham

Lindsay Bury

Cambridge University

Llewelyn Kenrick

Oswestry

Claud Wilson

Oxford University

G.G Higham

Oswestry

Norman Bailey

Clapham Rovers

William Williams

Druids

W.E Clegg

Sheffield Albion

Thomas Owen

Oswestry

Edward Parry

Old Carthusians

William Henry Davies

Oswestry

Heathcote Sorby

Thursday Wanderers

William Shone

Oswestry

Arthur Cursham

Notts County

Dennis Heywood

Druids

Henry Wace

Wanderers

John Price

Wrexham

Herbert Whitfield

Old Etonians

Digby Owen

Oswestry

Billy Mosforth

Sheffield Albion

William Roberts

Llangollen



After playing Scotland 3 times (3 defeats and 15 unanswered goals), Wales were offered a match against England at The Oval in January 1879.
The weather was appalling but Wales , after so much anticipation, were particularly keen for the game to go ahead, There were no more than 300 spectators present (maybe as few as 85).
A thick layer of snow covered the ground and it was agreed to play a truncated match of 30 minutes each way.

This gave rise to 3 players having England careers that lasted just one hour despite not being injured or substituted. Neither of England's debutant scorers (Whitfield and Sorby) was selected again, and it is worth noting that 19 year old Rupert Anderson was a forward who went in goal when Remnant FC's Rev. W. Blackmore  failed  to turn up (on the only occasion he was selected for England).
Contrary to some speculative sources Thomas Owen of Oswestry was almost certainly not the father of the poet Wilfred Owen. Wilfred Owen's father was born in Nantwich (England) on 31st  May 1862.

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