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WELSH INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALLERS

Contents;
GEORGE FARMER
HARRY BEADLES
BILLY DAVIES


GEORGE FARMER
1863 - 1905
Welsh International
2 caps, 1885
 

Mrs Enid Hughes contacted the site asking if we could help find information about her grandfather, George Farmer, who played for Everton and Oswestry Town.
She wanted to pass information about him to her grandchildren,
as she knew very little.
With the assistance of Welsh Football historian, Ian Garland and the
Welsh Football Data Archive, the following details have been compiled.


George Farmer was born around 1863 in Oswestry. In 1871 he was living with his parents, at 10 View Cottages, Oswestry. George senior was 52, a cabinet maker from Llansantffraid, his wife Elizabeth 53, born in Berriew. They had four children living with them, William 27, a French polisher, James, 14, a labourer, Alfred 14, a lamp maker, George himself, 8 a scholar. All were born in Oswestry.
Also living with them were their grandchildren Mary Elizabeth 9 and Emma 4, also Oswestry born
.

By 1881, George senior had died, and widowed Elizabeth 64, was still at 10 View Cottages. With her were James 28, fitter machinist, Alfred a tin smith and George 18, a skinner. Granddaughter Emily 15 was also living with the family.

In 1881, George played for Oswestry and remained with the club until 1885

F. A. Cup 1883 - 84

3rd Rd. Queen's Park 7 v 1 Oswestry

In 1884, George playingfor Oswestry football club, hehelpedthe clubtake the Welsh Cup over the border, in1884, for the first time.

Welsh Cup Final 1883/84
Oswestry White Stars 1 v 0 Druids
(replay)

 5 April 1884 at the Racecourse, Wrexham  
Oswestry White Stars 0-0 Druids
     
    
Oswestry White Stars:
R T Gough,
J H Williams, S Powell,
W T Foulkes, M Evans, S Smith,
J Evans, E G Shaw, W H Davies,G Farmer, J Roach  
 
1883/84 REPLAY
14 April 1884 at the Racecourse, Wrexham 
  
Oswestry White Stars 1-0 Druids
J Evans   
Both teams unchanged
Referee G Tagg (Wrexham)   Attendance 3000

  
Druids:
B Roberts,
R Jones, A Powell,
E Bowen, R Davies, R Roberts,
J Doughty, T Jones, W Davies, R A Jones, W Williams
Referee T Sloan (Liverpool)   Attendance 2000


Copyright Welsh Football Data Archive

Click here to see Oswestry White Stars'
1883/84
Welsh Cup run

His footballing talents were recognised when he was chosen to play for Wales on two occasions, both of them during the Home International matches in 1885. 

WELSH INTERNATIONAL CAPS

George was quoted as a clever and constructive player, and was noted as "a fine passer" who was capable of "beautiful work". Tom Gough, FAW President, who had played with Farmer, described him as "the finest corner kicker I ever saw".

ENGLAND 1 v1WALES
14th March 1885 at Blackburn

Welsh team;
1.  R.H.Mills-Roberts,
(Merionethshire)
2. Jones F.R., 3. Thomas G.
             (Bangor)   (Wrexham Olympic) 
4. Davies R. 5. Jones H.  6. Davies J.E.
   (Druids)      (Bangor)      (Oswestry) 
7. Vaughan T., 8. Farmer G,  9. Lewis W. 10. Burke T. 11. Wilding J.
  (Rhyl)         (Oswestry)   (Bangor)  ( both Wrexham Olympic)

This match was played at Blackburn, in front of 6,000 spectators. The Welsh team were without the services of J. Powell, Vaughan and Roberts, who are connected with Bolton Wanderers, and this weakened them consider. The Welshmen were first on the field and were received with hearty cheers.. The Englishmen were delayed by a local photographer.

Wales kicked off uphill at 3.30 prompt. Brown centred grandly , Lofthouse however kicked over the line. Davenport obtained an English corner, followed by a grand kick to goal by Moore and Bambridge made a better kick over his head to goal, the Welsh fortress being all but captured.

A sensational run by Lofthouse and a splendid shot at goal were loudly cheered, Roberts fisting out tin brilliant style. Directly afterwards the ball went in again, but was preventedgoing through. 
Farmer and Lewis put in some good work on the left for Wales, Moore and Ward defending well. Davies and Vaughan on the right for Wales, and theleft couple, infused a lot of life in the game.

Brown next fastened on the ball and shot. The leather came back to Mitchell, who put in a grand shot quite out of the reach of Roberts, amid great cheering, 35 minutes having elapsed.

The jubilancy of the English soon had occasion to collapse, as Lewis and his partner down the left dashed away. Arthur ran out, and the ball shot through, the goalkeeper falling This occurred less than a minute after the English success. Half time was reached with the game standing 1 goal each.

The second half commenced with an attack on the Welsh goal, Roberts only just manging to clear. Brown, getting the ball in his own quarters, ran it literally into the opposite goal when Roberts saved it in marvellous fashion, both players being heartily cheered. 

 A hard fought scrimmage in the English goal resulted in a corner for Wales. The latter, just before the call of time, were all but scoring, and on the other hand, Brown was only brought to grass a few yards from goal. The whistle at last blew leaving the game drawn one goal each. The match on the whole was very tame.

The English team; H. Arthur (Blackburn Rovers), goal; T. Ward (Blackburn Olympic) and H.T. Moore (Notts County) backs; N.C. Bailey (Old Westmisters) captain, and J. Forrest (Blackburn Rovers), half backs; J. Brown (Blackburn Rovers) and C. Mitchell (Upton Park), centres; J. Lofthouse (Blackburn Rovers) and R. Davenport (Bolton Wanderers) right wing; E.C. Bainbridge (Swifts) and J.A. Dixon (Notts County) left wing. 

WALES 1 v 8 SCOTLAND
23rd March 1885 at Wrexham

Welsh team;
1. Mills-Roberts,
2. Powell  3. Thomas G.
4. Burke 5. Jones H.  6. Foulkes 
7. Hibbott, 8. Farmer,  9. Lloyd, 10. Jones R.A. 11 Wilding

In 1885 George playedfor Oswestry White Stars football club when they lost in Welsh Cup Final to Druids.

Welsh Cup Final 1883/84
Druids 3 v 1 Oswestry White Stars
(replay)

7 March 1885 at the Racecourse, Wrexham
  
Druids 1-1 Oswestry White Stars    
Powell  - Topham
    
Druids:
J Jones,
W H M Jones, R Jones,
J Davies, W Williams, R Davies,
E Bowen, R Doughty, A Powell, R A Jones, T Jones  

Oswestry White Stars:
R T Gough,
J H Williams, S Powell, W T Foulkes, A Roberts, M Evans, J E Davies, J Evans, R Topham,G Farmer, J Roach
Referee T Sloan (Liverpool)   Attendance 2000

The 1885 final at The Racecourse was a repeat of the previous year's. Druids were expected to win and "came on to the field first and had a game amongst themselves, but then left the field owing to the non-appearance of their opponents".
Eventually, The Ruabon team kicked off with the wind and R. T. Gough in the opposing goal soon had plenty to do. A Jones netted in the 17th minute from an Albert Powell pass but then the Druids forwards missed several favourable chances of scoring.
White Stars  equalised in the 70th minute (60th in one report) following a scrimmage. Druids then broke away several times but "their forwards were not up to scratch" and, despite thirty minutes extra time, there was no urther scoring.
A Jones and Doughty were commended in press reports for playing well, while Topham was good for Oswestry and Gough "gave capital service". Seth Powell of Oswestry, a Welsh International who was later a professional with West Bromwich Albion, was said to be the best defender, while the "forward play for Druids was below average.

The History of the Welsh Cup 1877-1993
Ian Garland
ISBN 1 872424 37 6

 
1884/85 REPLAY
14 April 1884 at the Racecourse, Wrexham

  
Druids 3-1 Oswestry White Stars
a.e.t. full time score 1-1
Bowen, Powell, unknown  -  J Evans

Druids:
J Jones,
W H M Jones, R Jones,
J Davies, W Williams, R Davies,
E Bowen, R Doughty, A Powell, J Doughty, R A Jones  

Oswestry White Stars:
R T Gough,
J H Williams, S Powell,
W T Foulkes, A Roberts, M Evans,
J E Davies, J Evans, R Topham,G Farmer,J Roach
Referee T Sloan (Liverpool)   Attendance 2000

The rivals met again in the replay a month later with virtually the same personnel. Oswestry brought with them to the Racecourse some 400 - 500 supporters by special train and were late arriving. In the 3rd minute centre forward John Evans (Oswestry) hit a clever shot past J Jones for the first goal and the Shropshire team maintained the offensive for most of the first half.
At half time the players were not allowed a breather, the teams changed ends and battle re-commenced. In the second half it was a different story and Druids finally scored following a free kick in the mouth of the goal, A scrimmage followed and the ball  was sent past Gough. "The game was renewed with unabated vigour and varying fortune but when time was called neither side has increased their score".
Consultations followed and after a lengthy deliberation extra time was agreed. The additional period was dominated by Druids as Oswestry ran out of steam and goals from Edward Bowen and Albert Powell made the final result 3v1 

The History of the Welsh Cup 1877 - 1993
Ian Garland
ISBN 1 872424 37 6


Copyright
Welsh Football Data Archive

Click here to see
Oswestry White Stars'
1884/85
Welsh Cup run

George Farmer joined Everton in 1885 along with George Dobson of Bolton Wanderers and the pair were the first professionals ever signed by the club.

 

EVERTON F.C.

 

George played for Everton between 1885 and 1890
making  31 league appearances
and scoring 1 goal
The Football League was not formed until the 1888 - 89 season

These are the football kits worn by the club at the time 


1884 - 85


1886 - 87


1887 - 90

Pictures courtesy of
Historic Football Kits

Click here to view the range of Everton kits

from 1878 - 2010


OUTDOOR SPORTS
FIXTURES FOR THIS DAY (SATURDAY)
FOOTBALL
(22nd August 1885 - supplied by Ian Garland)

In the match Everton v. Darwen which will be played at Anfield, the following players will represent the teams; - Darwen: T. Suter, Warburton, Baron, Hamilton, Barnes, Owen, Afarshall, Walton, Roston, Campbell and J.C. Holden (Edinburgh University).
Everton: The team will be chosen from the following - Pickering, Marriott, Dobson, M. Evans, Findley, Coray, Fleming, Wilding, Farmer, Higgins, Gurley, McGill, Gibson, and Brown. Kick-off 4.30.
   

Everton results c 1885
1v3 Bolton Wanderers
3v4 Rawtenstall
5v0 St Benedict's
1v0 Darwen
3v1 Stanley
2v1 Accrington
4v0 Astley Bridge
4v1 Derby County
3v0 Rossendale
5v0 South Shore (Blackpool)


Everton F.C. 1887
Liverpool and District Cup Winners 1887

(click here to see 1878 - 1930 The Everton Story)

Back row; A. Nisbett (Hon. Sec.), C. Jolliffe, A. Gibson, G. Dobson (Capt)
A Dick,  J.  Richards (Umpire)
Middle row; M. Higgins, W.Richards, E. Corey, T. Costley
Front row; W. Briscoe, G. Farmer

LIVERPOOL DCC
1887
EVERTON WINNERS
G. FARMER


 

1888 - 89

Pl

W

D

L

 F - A

 Pts

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

Preston
Aston Villa
Wolves
Blackburn
Bolton
W.B.A.
Accrington
Everton
Burnley
Derby
Notts County
Stoke

22
22
22

22
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
22

18
12
12
10
10
10
6
9
7
7
5
4

4
5
4
6
2
2
8
2
3
2
2
4

0
5
6
6
10
10
8
11
12
13
15
14

74 - 15
61 - 43
50 - 37
66 - 45
63 - 59
40 - 46
48 - 48
35 - 46
42 - 62
41 - 60
39 - 73
26 - 51

40
29
28
26
22
22
20
20
17
16
12
12


 F. A. Cup 1888 - 89

Everton did not compete.


Everton F.C. 1889 - 90
First Division Runners-up

Back row; D. Waugh (Trainer),  A. Hannah (Capt.) R.E. Smalley, D. Doyle,
R. Molyneux (Sec.)
Middle row; A. Latta,  J. Weir,  J. Holt,  G. Farmer,  E. Chadwick
Front Row;  C. Parry,  F. Geary,  A. Brady 


 

1889 - 90

Pl

W

D

L

 F - A

 Pts

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

Preston
Everton
Blackburn
Wolves
W.B.A.
Accrington
Derby
Aston Villa
Bolton
Notts County
Burnley
Stoke

22
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
22

15
14
12
10
11
9
9
7
9
6
4
3

3
3
3
5
3
6
3
5
1
5
5
4

4
5
7
7
8
7
10
10
12
11
13
15

71 - 30
65 - 40
78 - 41
51 - 38
47 - 50
53 - 56
43 - 55
43 - 51
54 - 65
43 - 51
36 - 65
27 - 69

33
31
27
25
25
24
21
19
19
17
13
10


F. A. Cup 1889 - 90

1st Rd  Everton 11 v 2 Derby
2nd Rd Stoke 4 v 2 Everton


The following season Everton were Champions, but George had left the club.

1890 - 91

Pl

W

D

L

 F - A

 Pts

Everton   

22

14

1

7

63 - 29

29


George continued his footballing career with the following non-league clubs.

Liverpool Caledondians


Liverpool South End


Rock Ferry F.C.


By 1891, George, 27 had married Louisa Gallant, 25, born in Liverpool, and was living at 36 Pulford Street, Everton. He was a leather dresser. At the time they had three children, Georgina 3, George 2 and William Thomas just 3 days old.

In 1901, the family consisting of George, 37, now a tin smith inspector, Louisa 35 and Georgina 13 were living at 123 Belmont Road in the Brickfield district of Liverpool.

George Farmer died in West Derby, on the 4th May 1905

Death Notice

FARMER - May 4th at 123 Belmont Road age 40.  George the beloved husband of Louisa Farmer and late of Everton Football Club internment at Anfield,tomorrow Sunday morning at 9.00.

Obituary

Death of Old Evertonian Football Player

In our obituary column will be noticed the death of Mr George Farmer, which occured on Thursday at 123 Belmont Road. 
The deceased, some 20 years ago, was a prominent member of Everton football team and was playing for the club when the football league was organised. 
Everton being one of the clubs in the original formation.
For many George Farmer was known as one of the most skilful forward players in English Association Football circles and was one of a sortie which assisted to build up the fortunes of Everton Football Club to the heights they now enjoy.
Many present followers of the game will remember the old team which included Smalley, McGill, Fleming, Richards, Dobson, Chadwick, Holt, Cassidy, Milne, Higgins, Dick and others. 
These were days when football was played practically for their own sport and with little of the commercial element which has since been introduced.
Mr Farmer who died at the early age of 40 will be interred on Sunday morning at 9.00 am at Anfield Cemetery. 
It must be mentioned that he lived in Oswestry before coming to Liverpool to join Everton Football Club.
 

Information courtesy of Elaine Ball


  I am grateful to Jeff Gaydish for the following information (KD):
 EVERTON CLUB GENEROSITY
That the directors of Everton Football Club are not slow to show their appreciation of the services rendered by their players, and that the lapse of time does not efface such services from recollection, is once more evinced in the case of the late George Farmer.
Farmer, it will be remembered was a very prominent player of the Everton Club when they played at Anfield-road (now the home of Liverpool Football Club, and he was undoubtedly one of the favourites of the football public in the late eighties.
Farmer died recently, leaving a widow and eight young children to mourn his loss, and the Everton Club, with commendable promptitude, have sent the widow a cheque for £10 to meet present requirements, and have promised to allocate a good Combination match early in the season for the benefit of Farmer's widow and family.
Not only this, but the club are laying the case before the several associations, with a view to a grant being made out of the funds reserved for such cases.

The Board decided that it was expedient to recognize in a tangible form the services rendered by the late Geo. Farmer as a player of our club & it was rresolved
        a) That a sum of £10 be placed to the credit of the widow in the North Western Bank, Breck Road it being an instruction to the Manager to pay same out in  weekly instalments not exceeding 15/- per week.
        b) That the proceeds of a Combination match at Goodison Park early in the forthcoming  season be applied to the benefit of the widow and children.
        c) That representations be made to the several Associations with a view to obtaining a grant* out of the benevolent funds.'
' (The EFC Minute Book, Volume 3, June 16th 1903 to Dec 5th 1905, 227-8)

    *Note that the Minute Book transcription is in error, substituting 'ground' for 'grant'.  The date of this meeting was 23 May 1905.

The match v Stockport County on October. 21 was set apart for the benefit of this fund & the Secretary was instructed to ask the F. A. for permission to take up a collection on the ground on that day to augment the receipts & to have tickets issued for sale.' (Ibid., 263)

        'The Secretary was instructed to have fund 3d 6d & 1/- tickets printed for this match.' (Ibid., 267)

        'The Secretary reporting that the gross Gate fund receipts with tickets & subscription in aid of this fund amounted to £33.5.8, it was resolved to hand same over to Bank to be distributed in manner similar to the grant of £10.' (Ibid., 302)

Jeff explains:
There is a postscript to this story.  Apparently Mrs Farmer wanted to have immediate access to the
full fund in order to pursue a business opportunity.  The Board were not satisfied that the enterprise was viable, though, and initially they refused. 

Mrs Farmer appealed, and the EFC Board gave in:

'The Secretary having reported that Mrs. Farmer had expressed herself satisfied with the bonafides of the business she was negotiating for & that not withstanding the opinion expressed by us that such business was unsound she was anxious to have possession of our grant to enable her to acquire same it was resolved that the Bank be instructed accordingly to place such grant to her absolute credit.
 '(The EFC Minute Book, 4, Dec 12th 1905 to Aug 8th 1907, 9.)

It seems the EFC Board also appealed to the FA for a disbursement to Mrs Farmer from the FA Benevolent Fund.  They refused.

              


George's parents

In 1861, the census before George Farmer (junior) was born, his parents George 44, cabinet maker and Elizabeth 44, children Eliza, 19,  William 16 and Edward 11 lived at Queen's Square (?) Oswestry. 

Ten years earlier, 1851, they lived in Beatrice Street, Oswestry. George 34, was making cabinets, Elizabeth was 34. Their family consisted of George Henry 12, Eliza 9, William 8, and Edward 1. All were Oswestry born, George Henry is recorded as being deaf and dumb.

The earliest census of 1841, shows the couple George and Elizabeth, both aged 20, George a cabinet maker. Their two children  Geroge Henry and Eliza were 2 and 6 weeks respectively. 


George's wife Louisa's parents

In 1881, before Louisa married George, she lived at 27 Lyell Street Everton. Her father William Gallant 57, and was a mariner, born in London. His wife Isabella, formerly Rodgers, was 52 and was born on the Isle of Man. The two children living at home were William 18 and Louisa 14. Grand daughter Hilda Stephenson 5, was living with them. All were Liverpool born.

24 Titchfield Street, Liverpool housed the family in 1871. William was recorded as 42 with Isabella 42, son William was 8 and Louisa 4.

1861 saw the family at 22 Burlington Street Court. William was 30 and a mariner, merchant seaman, Isabella 20,  Jane 6 and Thomas 5 months. Theresa Rodgers 19, from the Isle of Man was a seamstress and visiting them at the time of the census. 

Louisa's father William was the son of Thomas Stephen Gallant born in London around 1874.   


FAMILY CONNECTION;
GEORGE OWENS
Former Chairman of the
WELSH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION


George Owens  presents the Welsh F.A. Youth Cup
to Elwyn Cookson, Captain of the Druids Youth team, 1957

Enid Hughes would like to know more about her uncle, George Owens who married George Farmer's niece Amy, and became Chairman of the Welsh Football Association.


George Owens outside his home at
Anedd Deg, Aberystwyth with
family members and friends


Enid as a young girl with her Uncle George, and her aunts Emily and Amy. Enid's mother, Doris Farmer is on the right


Enid with her parents, Doris and Jack Farmer

 Enid can be contacted via  mail@penmon.org  KD


 GEORGE HAROLD  BEADLES
1897 - 1958
Welsh International
2 caps, 1925
 
(click here to visit his page on this site)
Newtown's Harry Beadles, Welsh International,
F.A. Cup Finalist, former Newtown, Liverpool, Cardiff City, Southport and Duldalk player.

BILLY DAVIES
17 Welsh International Caps
1924 - 1930

Billy played with Harry Beadles at Cardiff City, and was also in the 1927 F.A Cup Final against Sheffield United. I am grateful to Mr Phil Davies for supplying information relating to Billy, his Great Uncle.
 
Billy was born on the 16th February  1900, and in 1901 he lived at 8 Harriet Town, Troedyrhiw. His father was Thomas Davies and his mother was Mary Hannah Davies. Interestingly two older sisters are listed, on the census. Mary and Catherine. William was known as Willie or sometimes Billie. He had a good career and was in the Cardiff side which lost to Sheffield Utd in the 1925 FA Cup Final. I was thrilled to find pictures of him in your 'George Harold Beadles' section.
 

His career looked like this:
Troedrhiwfuwch;  Rhymney; Swansea Amateurs ; Swansea  Town  (10/6d donation), professional May, 1921; Cardiff City, June, 1924 (£25); Notts County, March, 1928; Tottenham Hotspur, February 15, 1930 (£3400); Swansea Town, Sept 14, 1933 (£300); Llanelli 1936-38.
 
 
Honours: Wales -17 full caps, FA Cup Finalist 1925, Football League Division two runners-up 1933, Welsh League representative X1 1927.

Davies began his career playing for his school and village teams, joining Rhymney where he once scored 61 goals in a single season. He was signed by Swansea Town in 1921, for 10/6 playing in every forward position for the club before settling at outside-right. He made his Wales debut while playing for Swansea. He was a very tricky, clever player, and his value had increased to £25, when,  in 1924 with the club going through financial trouble, he moved to Cardiff City. In his first season at the club he was part of the side that reached the FA Cup Final, including scoring direct from a corner-kick in the quarter-final victory over Leicester City, to win the match in the dying seconds. 

Unfortunatley he contracted a serious chest illness soon after and missed more than a year for the club, including missing the teams FA Cup victory in 1927. He briefly returned to the side at the start of the 1927-28 season but was sold to Notts County soon after, where he spent two years before moving on to Tottenham Hotspur, where he became a big success. At White Hart Lane, he was described thus; " Davies, the speedy, orthodox Welshman, who played many good games and never any bad.
 

He later returned to Wales to finish his league career at Swansea. He was 5ft 7ins and weighed 10stone 10 pounds.


Swansea Town
1921 - 24
45 appearances
4 goals


Cardiff City
June 1924 - 28
88 appearances
17 goals


Notts County
1928 - 30
71 appearances
7 goals


Tottenham Hotspur
1930 - 33
109 appearances
19 goals


Swansea Town
1933 - 36
65 appearances
12 goals


Llanelli
1936 - 1938

 F.A. CUP FINAL
29th April 1925

CARDIFF CITY
0 v 1
SHEFFIELD
UNITED

CARDIFF CITY
Tom Farquharson
James Nelson
Jimmy Blair
Harry Wake
Fred Keenor (C)
Billy Hardy
Willie Davies
Jimmy Gill
Joe Nicholson
Harry Beadles
Jack Evans

SHEFF UTD
Charles Sutcliffe
Bill Cook
Ernest Milton
Harry Pantling
Seth King
George Green
Dave Mercer
Tommy Boyle
Harry Johnson
Billy Gillespie (C)
Fred Tunstall

CARDIFF CITY
1925


Billy is seated front, 2nd left

NOTTS COUNTY


Billy Davies is seated, 1st left

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
c 1930


 BILLY DAVIES
WELSH INTERNATIONAL
During his career, Davies won a total of 17 caps for Wales, making a goalscoring debut in a 2-0 victory over Scotland on 16 February 1924. His last cap came on 1 February 1930 when he played in a 7-0 defeat against Ireland

BRITISH
HOME
INTERNATIONAL
CHAMPIONSHIPS
1923/24
WALES
CHAMPIONS

 

The 1924 British Home Championship was an international football tournament played during the 1923-24 season between the British Home Nations. It was won by the excellent Welsh team of the early 1920s who achieved a whitewash of the other three home nations over the tournament, scoring five goals for just one in return.

The first match of the series was at home to Scotland. Wales withheld a lot of pressure in the early stages, as Scotland got to terms with the game. Fred Keenor of Cardiff was the best half back on the field and with Jenkins  hasving a good debut, the Scots began to fade. Little Billy Davies too was wearning his Welsh shirt for the first time and he scored the first goal from Keenor's pass. Len Davies clinched victory with the second goal.

Wales's second match at Blackburn against England,  was played on a treacherously snow-bound pitch. Fred Keenor was described as brilliant, playing through an injury from the previous week against Huddersfield. He set up the first goal with a 'scintillating run, beating four opponents and smashing a magnificent drive which Sewell in the English goal could only parry'. Vizard placed the rebound in the net.
The Welsh winner came from Billy Davies, who hammered in a 20 yard drive after Jack Nicholls had confused the English defence with a clever back-heel.

Wales won the Championship at Belfast by beating Ireland. Keenor and the Welsh half back line dominated the match. Moses Russell scored the only goal from a prenalty, after Vizard was fouled by Rollo.

Date Home
Away Venue
20.10.23 Ireland
Gillespie Croft 

2v1

England
Bradford

Belfast
16.2.23 Wales
W. Davies  L. Davies

2v0

Scotland
Cardiff
1.3.24 Scotland
Cunningham  Morris      

 2v0   

Ireland
Glasgow
3.3.24 England
Roberts

1v2

Wales
Vizard W.Davies
Blackburn
15.3.24 Ireland

0v1

Wales
Russell (pen)
Belfast
12.4.24 England
Walker

 1v1   

Scotland
Taylor og
Wembley

1923/24 Pl W D L  F - A  Pts 
WALES  3  3  0 0   5 - 1    6
SCOTLAND  3  1  1 1   3 - 3   3
ENGLAND  3  1  0 2   2 - 4  2
IRELAND  3  0  1 2   3 - 5   1


Billy's Welsh International
Appearances
and goals


16.2.24 2v0 Scotland (1 goal) Cardiff
1.3.24   2v1 England (1 goal) Blackburn
15.3.24 1v0 Ireland Belfast
14.2.25 1v3 Scotland Edinburgh
28.2.25 1v2 England Swansea
18.4.25 0v0 Ireland Wrexham
31.10.25 0v3 Scotland Cardiff
13.2.26 0v3 Ireland Belfast
1.3.26 3v1 England (1 goal) London
30.10.26 0v3 Scotland Glasgow
4.2.28 2v1 Ireland (1 goal) Belfast
27.10.28 2v4 Scotland (2 goals) Glasgow
17.11.28 2v3 England Swansea
2.2.29 2v2 Ireland Wrexham
26.10.29 2v4 Scotland Cardiff
20.11.29 0v6 England London
1.2.30 0v7 Ireland Belfast


Billy on his motor bike with Harry Beadles. Billy was apparently a bit notorious with his motorbike. He and Harry actually crashed on it, and it was even made into one of those football scetches of the time.  They apparently crashed and a woman said. "I didn't see what happened". Harry apparently said, "Well wait there and we will go back and do it again"! 
 
Apparently when the Cardiff City team went to the tailors to get fitted for suits, Billy, who was affectionately called "Little Billy" was sent to the "Boys Dept" for his shoes, as he had size 4 feet, much to the amusement of the rest of the team!