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A Schoolboys' International

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The English Schools' Football Association was founded in 1904 , the idea having been proposed at that year's conference of  The National Union of Teachers.
The first schools international fixture was played between England and Wales at Walsall in 1907.
Of the 22 boys who took part 8 went on to play in The Football League. There were 2 future FA Cup winners in the Wales team, both of whom went on to represent Wales at senior level.
The lads were born in 1893-95.

 England:
W Hayne

Manchester


E Tompkins

Rushden


A Cornell

Nottingham


H Sherwin

Walsall

Sunderland, Leeds United & Barnsley  

R Musgrove

Sunderland

Barnsley, Leeds United & Durham City 
L Grant

Reading

Reading 
A Denyer

West ham

West Ham (Southern League)  Swindon Town 

E Hodgkinson

Sheffield


J Lawton

Derby

Nottingham Forest 

WC Lockett

Dudley

Wolverhampton Wanderers, Northampton Town 

E Taylor

Newcastle




Wales:
T. Williams

Wrexham


W. Farmer

Barry


W. Jennings

Barry

Bolton Wanderers (FA Cup winner 1923) 11 Wales caps

P. Jeans

Cardiff


S. Hughes

Wrexham


J. Fearby

Cardiff


W. Woodhall

Wrexham


E. Parr

Cardiff


J. Pryde

Wrexham


W. Saunders

Barry


F. Keenor

Cardiff

Cardiff City (FA Cup winner 1927), Crewe Alexandra 32 Wales caps




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The England Team


England won 3-1.
It was another 4  years before  England played their first game against Scotland, in Newcastle.


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