Match Report

1935 European Championship

10 April 1935 • KO 15:30

24 v 11

Stanley Greyhound Stadium, Liverpool

Attendance: 7100

Referee : Cowell

Match Stats
6   Tries   3
3   Conversions   1
0   Penalties   0
0   Drop Goals   0

Match Report

Wales has supplied the Rugby League garm with some of its most brilliant players, but the authorities do not seem able to field team capable of extending England's best. This rule held good in the international match here this afternoon, for England were least dominant the extent of the score—three goals six tries (24 points) to goal and three tries (11 points).

So England deprived France of the honour of being sole unofficial international champions. England and France have a win and a draw" each, while Wales have lost both matches.

No doubt Wales would have done better today had not Sullivan and Morlev been unable to play owing to injury, but the fact remains they provided no real test for an England side which played good football all through. In the first half, indeed, before they lost Hudson, who broke a collar-bone, and Smith, who pulled a thigh muscle, this England side was impressive.

It was particularly pleasing to see the splendid all-round work of the forwards, only only two them, Armitt the hooker, and Silcock have played Test football, and perhaps it is as well, for these forwards played constructive football of a type which England never attempted against Australia last season. Of course, this afternoon's game had not the same importance, but the way in which the forwards to a man supported their backs, and yet were quick to cover up its defence, was encouraging to say the least.

Woods proved himself admirable front row partner Sllcock and Armitt while Roup. Beverley, and particularly Dalton all distinguished themselves. Dalton had a grand game. He can run as fast, and elusively as many three-quarters, and the manner which that knows when to use those abilities stamps him forward with future. The scrummaging o! England forwards was just good as their open play.

The Welsh pack were beaten for possession three times out of four, and the Welsh backs were made dance to merry tune. McCue and Todd, who played well together for England in Paris fortnight ago, found happy understanding straightway, and though it is not fair compare them with Watkins and Jenkins, who had very little of the ball, the English pair were definitely of international class.

Those two. with Brogden running brilliantly; Belshaw, hard-working, competent centre: and Smith and Hudson on the wings, made up a capital three-quarter line Belshaw. who was brought into the side for the injured Atkinson, was not ail out of his class. He was always in position, and took his chances in fine style.

Wales were given few chances to attack until the closing stages. Watkins was elusive when had the ball, but Jenkins not given an inch room by Todd. Gwyn Davies alone of the Welsh backs was equal to his opposite in attack, though Scourfield. at full back, performed difficult task soundly. Griffiths, the last St. Helens man, was outstanding in a well-beaten pack of forwards.

Wales never looked like making fight of it from the scoring of England's first try. Hudson scored it at the corner, after Belshaw and Todd had made the running. Belshaw failed at goal, but he improved tries scored Brogden, Smith, and Beverley before the interval. His goal-kick after Smith's score was. the amazement of the 18,000 spectators, blown back into the field by the high wind after passing over the crossbar, but the referee, who was standing under the posts, allowed the points. After Hudson had been hurt, Griffiths opened Wales's account, Davies improving.

With Beverley drawn out of the pack fill Hudson's place the wing, the Welsh forwards played better, but still they could not add to their score until Smith's retirement 15 minutes from the end reduced England's forces to 11 men. Orchard was the scorer, but before tins Silcock had scored two tries for England. Wales pressed continuously the last ten minutes, and the last movement before "no-side" brought a try to Gwyn Davies.

Please note that we don't have all scorer times, so the timeline below is not in order.

Team Lists and Scoring Information

England Tries Goals DGs Pts Cards
1 Billy Belshaw 3 6
2 Barney Hudson 1 3
3 Artie Atkinson
4 Stan Brogden 1 3
5 Stanley Smith 1 3
6 George Todd
7 Les Adams
8 Harry Woods
9 Tommy Armitt
10 Nat Silcock 2 6
11 Patrick Dalton
12 Alec Troup
13 Harry Beverley 1 3
Wales Tries Goals DGs Pts Cards
1 Tommy Scourfield
2 Izzy Davies 1 2
3 Gwynne Davies 1 3
4 Stan Mountain
5 Len Orchard 1 3
6 Emlyn Jenkins (c)
7 Billy Watkins
8 Lew Rees
9 Bert Day
10 Harold Edwards
11 Norman Pugh
12 Fred Talbot
13 Ossie Griffiths 1 3
Time Score Player Team Action
0 - 2 Billy Belshaw England Conversion
0 - 4 Billy Belshaw England Conversion
0 - 6 Billy Belshaw England Conversion
0 - 9 Barney Hudson England Try
0 - 12 Stan Brogden England Try
0 - 15 Stanley Smith England Try
0 - 18 Harry Beverley England Try
3 - 18 Gwynne Davies Wales Try
6 - 18 Len Orchard Wales Try
9 - 18 Ossie Griffiths Wales Try
11 - 18 Izzy Davies Wales Conversion
11 - 21 Nat Silcock England Try
11 - 24 Nat Silcock England Try
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