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    England 10 - 1 France

    4 Not allowed!
    So read the scoreline from a friendly international on 16 April 1910.

    It was, strictly, England Amateurs against a French full national side. At that time, there was a distinction made between professionals and amateurs. However, while the match (nor any England Amateur matches) is not given full international status in England, the amateur side was considered strong enough for other countries - including France, Belgium and Germany - to consider them full internationals in their records. In all, England Amateurs played France eight times, winning seven and losing one, scoring 61 goals, conceding four. France's heaviest-ever home defeat was to England Amateurs in Paris, the hosts losing 15-0 in 1906.

    The more interesting point I found in all this is that the 10-1 match was played at The Goldstone Ground, and therefore the first international played there.

    England Amateurs 10
    Wilson (4), Steer (4), Chapman, Berry
    France 1

    Att: 3,500

    Well, I found it interesting that The Goldstone Ground hosted an international 104 years ago; something that possibly fell off the radar at some point...
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