07th December – Today In Our Footballing History

07/12/1932 Wrexham Wales 1-4 Sam English

Elisha Scott, Billy Cook, Tommy Willighan, Billy Mitchell, Jack Jones, Billy McCleery, Billy Houston, Sam English, Jimmy Dunne, Jack Doherty, Jimmy Kelly

Wales ended up winning the 1932-33 British Home Championship and would win several of the tournaments in the 1930s. Ireland meanwhile had a terrible tournament and finished with three defeats conceding nine goals in the process. Four of the goals conceded were against the Welsh in this game in Wrexham. Wales had to win against Ireland and hope Scotland could take a result against England at Hampden which they duly did 2-1 to award the title outright to Wales. One positive for Ireland is that they only lost 1-0 away to England at Bloomfield Road in their second match!

Wales began on the offensive through William Evans (Tottenham Hotspur), Walter Robbins (West Bromwich Albion) and David Richards (Fulham) it was Ireland who opened the scoring after 26 minutes. Billy Mitchell (Distillery) had passed the leather to Jimmy Kelly (Derry City) who dribbled into the centre subsequently hit an accurate pass to Sam English (Glasgow Rangers) who shot from distance and scored.

Welsh attacks followed from Thomas Griffiths (Bolton Wanderers) and Eugene O’Callaghan (Tottenham Hotspur) with the former failing to score from a few yards out, but the scored remained 1-0 to Ireland at the break.

Two minutes after half-time Wales equalised after Evans had chipped the ball over Mitchell’s head to Robbins resulting in a goal by David Astley (Aston Villa).

From the restart Wales snatched the lead when a great solo effort from Robbins brought Wales’ second goal of the game.

Ireland had lost Jimmy Dunne (Sheffield United) for a period but he returned to the field to see another two goals for Wales by Astley and Robbins to provide an easy victory in the end for the Welsh.

Author: Killultagh

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