1878–79 in English football

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Football in England
Season 1878–79
Men's football
FA Cup Old Etonians
1877–78 England 1879–80

The 1878–1879 season was the eighth season of competitive football in England.

National team[edit]

For the first time, England played a team other than Scotland. England played both Scotland and Wales at Kennington Oval, London, beating Wales 2–1. This match was played in atrocious weather conditions with the team captains agreeing to play only 30 minutes in each half.[1] England gained revenge on Scotland for the previous year's debacle by beating them 5–4.[2]

Date Opponents Score England scorers Wales scorers
18 January 1879  Wales 2–1 Herbert Whitfeld (Old Etonians) (8 mins) & Thomas Sorby (Thursday Wanderers) (20 mins) William Henry Davies[3]
Date Opponents Score England scorers Scotland scorers
5 April 1879  Scotland 5–4 Billy Mosforth (The Wednesday) (5 mins), Charles Bambridge (Swifts) (48 & 83 mins), Arthur Goodyer (Nottingham Forest) (60 mins) & Norman Bailey (Clapham Rovers) (75 mins) William Muir MacKinnon (2), John McDougall, Dr John Smith[4]

Note – TheFa.com credits England's 4th (equalising) goal against Scotland as an own goal by the Scottish goalkeeper, Robert Parlane.


Competition Winner
FA Cup Old Etonians (1)

Notes = Number in parentheses is the times that club has won that honour. * indicates new record for competition


  1. ^ "England match No. 8 (England 2 Wales 1)". www.englandfootballonline.com. Archived from the original on 10 March 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Report on England v Scotland match. London Hearts Supporters Club. Retrieved 19 June 2013
  3. ^ England v Wales, 18 January 1879. 11v11.com. Retrieved 28 June 2013. Archived 30 June 2013.
  4. ^ England v Scotland, 05 April 1879. 11v11.com. Retrieved 28 June 2013. Archived 30 June 2013.

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