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FOOTBALL I THE GREAT FOOTBALL MATCH, England v. Wales. Once more, and for the fourth time England has defeated Wales, the score reading—England, one converted gcal, four tries, and two touches down, to one converted goal, one try, and one touch down scored by Wales. The match was witnessed by about 4,000 people, who showed the utmost enthusiasm from begin- ning to end, and cheered to the echo any good play exhibited by the Welshmen, whilst the Englishmen were at times also cheered for their fine play. It was generally thought the match would be evenly contested, although many were rash enough to bet heavily on Wales. The result, viz., a victory for England by three tries, shows that the Welshmen gave good account of themselves. The chief feature of the match was the brilliant runs of Wade, who dodged the Welshmen in rare style, and being of great strength, the home-backs had great difficulty in stopping him. In fact, it was amusing at times to witness Wade upset the Welsh backs. Without him the Englishmen would certainly not have made such a good score. Several times when the Welshmen got near the English quarters Wade was Oil the alert, and always gained ground. Payne picked the ball up very smartly, and passed extremely well—in fact, he started most of the passing. Hawcridge looked for his chances, and took them, and kicked well, with the excep- tion of his first kick. In the tight scrimmages the Welshmen had the advantage, but the Englishmen were very smart in getting the ball out, and then dribbling in fine style. Teggin, Kindersley, and Kemble dribbled re- markably well, especially the former. The Welsh forwards did not give their backs' enough to do, and had a tendency to keep the ball too long in scrimmage. Taylor (Ruabon) kicked in grand style, and frequently met and stopped the rushes of his opponents. C. Newman (captain) played a very hard game, and showed all his old style of effective play. A. J. Gould tackled well, and rarely failed to reply to the English kicks. Price Jenkins was sadly missed. With him,and the English minus Wade, there would have been, in all probability, a very close game. Jordan, how- ever did his best he ran well, and although small he tackled the sturdy English players boldly, and stopped Wade and Payne a couple of times when they were making for the goal-line at full speed. It was Jordan who obtained the two tries for Wales, although one vvas got rather easily!; Newman passed to him, ana it was thought the ball was thrown forward. However, it was given as a': try,and A. J. Gonld kicked a goal from the place kick. Taking a general view of the game, it is evident the Welshmen have a bit to learn before they can defeat England. The back play of England was a treat to witness, and the cool- ness with which they did their work, the gentle- manly conduct of every player, and the vivacity they imparted into the game in order to secure a victory for their country, will be long remembered. One spectator described the visitors in homely language. "They played like horses and behaved like gent's." No doubt many a valuable lesson will be learnt by the Welshmen, as by being brought into contact with such skilled and subtle players great good will surely ensue, which will tend to improve the character of the game of football in South Wales. The match of Saturday clearly showed that an exciting game can be played without the slightest approach to ill-feeling, without any accident, because the rules were strictly obeyed, and also that football is a grand game of attack and defence. The following are the chief points of the game. At 2.30 England kicked off against the wind, and some loose play took place in the centre. Rother- ham tried to get through the Welsh forwards, but was collared. Hawcridge made a rather poor kick, and then Hancock (Cardiff) got a free kick. W. 11. Gwynn kicked beyond the central flag pot: Court tried to get off, but was soon tackled. A tight scrimmage was formed, and when the ball was heeled out, Taylor (Ruabon) very smartly punted into the English quarters amidst applause. A scrimmage was formed, and then the English forwards broke loose, and carried the ball into neutral ground. A rush by the visitors was met by W. H. Gwynn, who kicked into touch. Hancock got possession of the leather, and made a really good run and got into the English quarters. Hawcridge replied with a smart; run. Rotherham, from a pass, made off and got well into neutral ground, and then Wade followed up with a capital run and cleared all the backs, until he was held by A. J. Gould only just in time to save a try being scored. For some time the game was well contested in neutral ground. Taylor again by a splendid punt landed the leather in the English 25. Teggin Bradford) re- plied by an excellent dribble, completely beating the Welshmen, and was not checked until he got into the Welsh territory. A scrimmage was formed just opposite the home goal posts. Newman relieved the pressure by a run, and got well into the open, then Payne (Broughton) neatly picked up and tried to evade the forwards, but had to run sideways. Clapp ran to central ground where he lost the ball. Hawcridge made a run that gained some 10 yards, this was followed up by the English, and the ball got into the home 25. Payne ran and passed to Ryalls near the goal line the latter got. over and obtained a try. The angle was a difficult one, and the place kick by Tristram failed. This was the first point scored. After the kick out, Wade punted and followed up well, and the ball got into touch in central ground. Some loose and fast play ensued, by which England gained. Some dribblin? by the Welsh forwards regained the lost ground, and matters were about even. A pnnt by one of the home team, followed up by W. H. Gwynn sent the ball into the English quarters, but Tristram replied with a long drop, aiid-li,-ain the game was contested in central ground. A couple of tight scrimmages took place, by which the home team gained a few yards. Hancock got the ball when out of scrimmage, and kicked to the full back, who smartly returned but again it was worked by the Welshmen into their opponents' territory amidst applause. Teggin emerged from the scrimmage and dribbled in fine form until stopped by Hancock, who sent it back a few yards. From a pass, Wade made off and got through the for- wards and some of the backs, in rare form, and was tackled by Jordan. The latter afterwards dribbled back and followed up with a run. L. C. Thomas (Cardiff) succeeded with another run, which sent the visitors near their 25. W. H. Gwynn passed to Taylor, who transferred the ball to Jordan lie was held by Payne when about 12 yards from the goal line. The Welsh forwards were soon up, and took the leather still nearer the English goal line, amidst applause, and it looked as if they were going to score. A couple of the Northerners set to dribbling, and soon relieved their goal line, and Stoddart (Blackheath) got possession, and made off until collared by Goldsworthy and another. This removed all danger. The Englishmen now showed some splendid passing, which greatly puzzled their opponents. Payne passed to Kemble, the latter to Hawcridge, and then Rotherham picked up and ran right in front of the Welsh goal posts. The game became very exciting, and the play of the visitors was deservedly cheered. After a tight scrim- mage, the Englishmen got the ball amongst them, and passed again in grand style. As soon as one was about being held he transferred the leather to a confrere, Stoddart, Payne, Wade, and Rother- ham being conspicuous. Although this greatly balfled the Welshmen, yet they managed to pre- vent the ball going over the goal line for some time. Payne kicked to Hawc- ridge, who made a gallant attempt to get over, but was tackled about eight yards from the goal line, and then it was sent over, and Wales had to touch down. A. J. Gould kicked out, and Tristram returned. Payne ran up well, and dodged capitally. Jordan attempted to tackle him, when Payne threw the ball back, but it was not taken. After a couple of loose scrim- mages, by which nothing was gained, Wade, from a pass, made a splendid run, and was tackled by Jordan. The latter kicked the ball to Newman, who ran and passed to Hancock. This good play was succeeded by a run by T. B. Jones, who got very near the English goal line, when he was cellared by Stoddart just in time. For a shorttime England had to act on the defensive, although Wade did his utmost to get into neutral ground. The Welshmen played capitally, and there seemed some prospect of a try being obtained or a drop goal. Eventually the ball was sent over, and Tristram touched down. After the kick off Wales again showed some good play at the start. Kemble (Liverpool) ran through the opposing for- wards, and cleared some of the backs, and then finished up with a dribble. A. J. Gould picked up, but before he got far he was tackled by Court. After a scrimmage, the Englishmen, by some good all-round running and adroit passing, invaded the Welsh 25. The ball was passed from one to the other very rapidly, and the defence of the Welshmen was broken through. Taylor came to the rescue just in time to stop the rush, and by a grand kick relieved' the goal amidst applause. Tristram, however was on th' aiert, and sent it flying back, and the Engiis-h forwards were at once on the ball. It was soon in touch, nine yards from the Welsh 25 flag- post. After tbe throw out the home forwards dribbled and ran well, got through their opponents, and the game was contested near the English quarters. Ryalls ran well up, and was thrown by Jordan. Half time was now called. With only a try against them the Welshmen had just a chance of victory. The ball after the kick off was soon in the home 25. Hancock kicked out. Payne picked up smartly, and got a splendid run, being collared by Newman near the goal line. A scrimmage followed, by which Wales gained a little, and then Hancock ran until tackled by Tristram. The Welshmen now showed some really good passing. Out of a scrimmage Newman passed to Hancock, who made a ruu. Another pass was made to W. H. Gwynn, who transferred it to Tayler. The latter passed it to Jordan, who, amidst loud applause, obtained a try, which was not converted into a goal by Taylor from the place, although the attempt was very good, the ball falling in front of the goal posts, about the centre. The game was now even, and the excite- ment was great. The Englishmen started with a dribble, and Hawcridge made for the goal line, and when he lost the ball Teggin (Bradford) got possession, ran over and obtained a try. The attempt at goal by Rotherham was frustrated by the ball rebounding against one of the Welshmen. The' Englishmen now played in excellent form, their dribbliner, passing, and running proved too much for the Welshmen, and they were soon obliged to act on the defensive. Rotherham and Hawcridge got the ball a couple of yards from the goal line, and then the latter dribbled over and got a try near the corner Hag-post. Again the place kick failed, Kindersley making a poor attempt. WLen the ball was again set rolling, W. H. Gwynn passed to Taylor near the Welsh'quartr: (The the latter kicked over the heads f his opponents. Rotherham got possession, 'ran, and passed to Wade, who made off r.t a rare speed, dodging his opponents drxely, and when he got only a couple of yards ti m the goal line he. fell. Hawcridge, a few minr.te- wards, tried to drop a goal, but failed. W.-tlec, however, had to touch down. In,a low minutes the Englishmen were in the'. Welsh quar- ters again by the old tactics. The home backs were evidently not able to withstand., the attacks on their goal line. Payne passed to'Kindersley. who got a try, which Payne converted into a goal amidst applause. For some time the game was fast and loose in neutral ground, the Welshmen making great efforts to get through the Englishmen, and at last their efforts were crowned with success. Newman made a capital run, and passed to Gordon, who got right behind the goal posts amidst loud applause, and got a try. Louder cheers were raised when A. J. Gould kicked a goal from the place ki.]- After this C. Newman, Hancock, and L. C. Thomas showed some effective play. Wade, however, could not be denied, and soon got tbe osU the home goal line, and for a time tb." Welshmen had hard work in order to defend tLe. -I quarters. Hawcridge was collared by A J. Gouid, and then Newman made off, got out, srA relieved the pressure at a critical tin A* r" the ball was soon in the -Welsh quar- ters, the Englishmen passiDg in grand style. A. J. Gould very smartly kicked into touch out of the 25. Wade got in again, but failed to get over, being well stopped by Hancock ouly about four yards from the goal line. Anexcitin scrimmage was formed opposite the \Ve.Lsh goal- posts, and then the irrepressible Wade, by a corkscrew" run, got over and obtained a, try. The place kick failed. In two miniates* time the match closed, the score reading aS above.. viz., England, one goal, four tri es, to one goal and one try by Wales. This ended a well-contested match. Mr H. Vassa 11, of Godalming,Surrey, a well-known player, stated that it was one of the best International matche s lie had ever witnessed. The weather was colc. but fine, and the ground in good condition. All the arrangements were extremely well carried out, and much praise is due to Mr J. Bryant, the secretary of the Swansea Football Club, who worked very hard in order to make the match :I, success. On Saturday next Wales will play Scotland at Glasgow. A. F. Kill (Cardiff), W. H. Thomas (Llandovery), and D. Morgan (Swansea), will play instead of H. S. Lyne (Newport), E. S. Richards (Swansea), and E. M. Rowlands (Lampeter). The remaining 12 who played last Saturday will take part in the match at Glasgow. Tile following were the teanis:-Ei-Ill-It —(Back) H. B. Tristram (Oxford University), E 84 three quarter backs, J. Hawcridge (Bradford), C. G. Wade (Oxford Univer- sity) E 83, 84, A. E. Stoddart (Blackheath); half-back; A. Rotherham (Oxford University) E 83, 84, J. H. Payns (Broughton), E. 82, 83; forwards, E. T, Gurdon, captain (Richmond), E. 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, and^_ 84 R. S. Henderson (blackheath), R. Kindersley (Ox- ford University and Exeter) E. 83, 84 E. D. Court (Blackheath), A. Teggin (Bradford), F. Moss (Broughton), H. J. Ryalls (New Brighton), E. Kemble (Liverpool), S. Har- rison (Hull), E. 80, 81, and 82.—Wales—Back, A. J. Gould (Newport); three-quarter backs, F. E. Hancock (Cardiff), 1. 84, C. J. Taylor (Rua- bon), E. S. 1. 84, H. 31. Jordan (Newport and United Hospitals) half backs, C. H. Newman (Newport and Durham) (captain), E. 81, 83, and 84, S. 83 and 84, T. 82, W. H. Gwynn (Swansea), E. S. and 1. 84 forwards, T. J S. Clapp (Newport). E. 83 and 84, S. 83 and 84, R. Gould (Newport), 1. 82 and 84 T. B. Jones (Newport),E. 83 S. 83 and 84; H. S. Lyne (New- port), E. 83 and S4, S. 83 and 84; S. Golds- worthy (Swansea), 1. 84 E. S. Richards (Swan- sea), L. C. Thomas (Cardiff), E. M. Rowlands (Lampeter), J. S. Smith (Cardiff), E. 84, 1. 84. E. England, T. Ireland, S. Scotland, it will be seen that of the Welshmen seven are from New- port, three from Cardiff, three from Swansea, one from Lampeter, and one from Ruabon. The The umpires were Messrs G. Rowland Hill (hon. sec. R.U.) and Alex. Duncan (Cardiff). Mr C. P. Lewis (Llandovery) officiated as referee. England played in white, Wales in scarlet. RESULTS OF PREVIOUS MATCHES. 1881, at Blackheath, England won by eight gon I" and five tries. 11 1882, at Swansea, England won by two goals and four tries. 18b3, at Leeds, England won by one goal and two tries to one goal.. THE BANQUET. After the match the members of the two teams with the umpires (Mr Alex. Duncan and Mr G. Rowland Hill), the referee (Mr C. P. Lewis), Mr J. T. D. Llevelyn (vice-president of the W. F. U.), Mr Currey (president R.U.), Mr Beck (of London), Mr Vassall (captain Blackheath F.C.), Mr Butler (Panteg), Mr H. G. Cooke (Dublin, hon. sec. I.F.U.), Mr Bryaut (secretary of the Swansea Football Club), and others were enter- tained at a recherche dinner, which was excel- lently served at the Cameron Arms Hotel. Mr J. T. D. Llewelyn presided. The menu, which consisted of eight courses, having been exhausted, the Chairman gave the usual loyal toasts, after which the captain of the Welsh fifteen pave The health of the English fifteen." This having been duly responded to, Mr J. H. Payne, in the absence of the captain of the English fifteen, gave The health of the Welsh Team," to which Mr C. H. Newman responded. The toast of The Chairman and his Friends" was proposed by Mr C. P. Lewis and responded to by the chairman. Next came the toast of "The Rugby Union," proposed by Mr C. G. Taylor and responded to oy Mr F. I. Currey, president of the Rugby Union; then "The Irish Union," which Mr H. Vassall proposed, and to which Mr H. G. Cooke (hon. sec. I.F.U.) re- sponded. Mr G. R. Hill proposed the toast of The Welsh Union," and Mr R. Mullock (the hon. sec.) responded. The health of the Um- pires and Referee," proposed by Mr R. Beck was responded to by Mr C. P. Lewis and Mr Alex. Duncan. The list concluded with The Ladies," which was proposed by Mr J. R. Payne and responded to by Mr F. J. Smith. ROATH F.C. v. CANTON F.C.—A match played on Saturday, in the Sophia-gardens Field. resulted in a victory for Canton by one goal, one try, two touches down, and two touches in goal, to four touches down scored by their opponents. Canton played one short, whilst Roath had 16 players. For Canton, D. H. Lewis played in splendid style. A. J. Hybart and J. A. Roberts also played well. Lewis and Roberts obtained tries, one being converted into a goal by Lewis. CATHAY s WHITE STAR V. CARDIFF MOHAWKS. —This match was played at the Recreation- grounds, at Cathays, aud resulted in a victory for the White Star by two goals and two minor points to nil. G.W. EXCELSIORS V. T.V. WANDERERS.—A match was played between the above teams on Saturday afternoon, in Sophia-gardens Field, and resulted in the victory tor the G.W. Excel- siors by two goals and one touch down to nil. The tries were obtained by A. Matraves and W. Keepins.

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