The F.A. tour of South Africa in 1910


August 3, 1910
With the conclusion of the third Test match between England and South Africa, played at Cape Town, the official programme of the Football Association team in South Africa is concluded. The success of the fourth combination to tour the country, the three previous visiting teams being the Corinthians, has been almost phenomenal, for the twenty-three matches played have all resulted in victories for the tourists, the prolific scoring, 143 goals to 16, being excellent testimony to the attack and defence alike of the victors. The following is the complete record of the tour: –

May 26 Colonial-born team of Western Province Cape Town 7-1
28 Western Province Cape Town 13-0
June 1 Griqualand West Kimberley 2-0
4 Griqualand West Kimberley 7-1
8 Orange River Colony Bloemfontein 4-0
11 Johannesburg District Johannesburg 6-1
13 West Rand Krugersdorp 3-1
15 Pretoria District Pretoria 4-1
18 Transvaal Johannesburg 1-0
20 Klip River District Ladysmith 13-3
22 Pietermaritzburg Pietermaritzburg 6-0
25 Natal Durban 6-2
29 South Africa (1st test) Durban 3-0
July 2 Frontier District East London 7-0
4 Frontier District Kingwilliamstown 6-0
6 Port Elizabeth Port Elizabeth 8-0
9 Eastern Province District Port Elizabeth 10-0
12 Grahamstown District Gramhamstown 9-0
16 Rand League Johannesburg 2-1
20 East Rand Vogeliontein 5-0
23 South Africa (2nd test) Johannesburg 6-2
27 Western Province Cape Town 9-0
30 South Africa (3rd test) Cape Town 6-3

Matches played, 23, won 23, lost 0, drawn 0; goals for 143, goals against 16.

The following is the full team, which has been responsible for the above. Mr. C.J. Hughes, J.P., vice-president English F.A., acting as manager: –
Goalkeeper, J. Lievesley (Sheffield United); backs, R.W. Benson (Sheffield United), V. Hayes (Manchester United), J. Leeming (Brighton and Hove), J. Bullock (Crystal Palace); halves, W. Wedlock (Bristol City), G.W. Richards (Derby County), R. Duckworth (Manchester United), A. Sturgess (Sheffield United), W.A. Silto (Swindon); forwards, A. Berry (Everton), J. Raine (Sunderland), V. J. Woodward (Chelsea), H.J. Fleming (Swindon), W. Hibbert (Bury), G. Holley (Sunderland), E.G.D. Wright (Hull City), G. Wall (Manchester United), I. Sharpe (Glossop).

The attendance at all the matches have been exceptionally large, and the economic manner in which the tour has been carried out has meant replenishment of the banking accounts of the various associations. The professionals were paid the maximum wage, and the only additional payment was £20 for the players to wardrobe themselves for the journey. The utmost good feeling has existed all along the line, all the players have been popular, and the team has been a credit to English Association football. From the above record of the tour it will be observed that only twice have the visitors’ opponents scored as many as three goals, against Klip River, and in the third Test Match on Saturday. The first two Corinthians to visit South Africa had a better experience in this matter, for three goals were scored once only throughout their tour. In 1887 Cape Colony, at Cape Town, put on three goals to the Corinthians’ nine, and then in 1903 in Johannesburg, in one of the two drawn matches of the tour, scored three to the three of the visitors. The 1907 Corinthians team, however, had four goals scored against them by Western Province to 0, four to one by the East Rand at Johannesburg, and three to three by the Frontier at East London.
(Evening Telegraph: August 3, 1910)

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