10th March – Today In Our Footballing History

10/03/1948 Wrexham Wales 0-2

Ted Hinton, Con Martin, Bill Gorman, Willie Walsh, Jackie Vernon, Peter Farrell, Davy Cochrane, Sammy Smyth, David Walsh, Peter Doherty, Tommy Eglington

Wales deservedly defeated Ireland in this British Championship match in Wrexham, but the Welsh were to miss out on the championship as England defeated Scotland 2-0 at Hampden Park, Glasgow a month later. England were crowned champions while Scotland ended up with the wooden spoon.

Ireland went into this game in good form defeating Scotland 2-0 at Windsor Park in October 1947 and drawing with England 2-2 at Goodison Park, a match remembered for Peter Doherty’s final minute equaliser.

Wales had mixed fortunes beginning with a 3-0 home defeat by England in October 1947 but defeating Scotland at Hampden Park a month later 2-1.

A then record attendance for The Racecourse Ground of 33,160 as the Town End has recently had concrete terracing installed (a record held until January 1957) witnessed Ireland went into this match with missing the services of Manchester United’s Johnny Carey, however, the performance of the Irish side failed to match those of their previous two British Championship games. Wales using their home field advantage secured the victory with the goals coming in each half by their Midlands based players, George Lowrie of Coventry City in the first half and George Edwards of Birmingham City in the second.

Author: Killultagh

The Glasgow Herald Match Report

The Racecourse Ground in 1948

Source: http://www.mossleyweb.com/pastresults/Wrexham.htm

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