The First Game Against Cardiff 

Moseley’s first match with Cardiff was a home fixture, on 11th December 1880, which ended as a draw, the home side having scored one try and four touchdowns to their visitors’ one try and three touchdowns [1].

Moseley were due to visit Cardiff later in the season but do not seem to have done so although this is not certain. All histories of the Cardiff club record the match as abandoned which seems to imply that a start was actually made, on the other hand, the Western Mail, in its report of the following season’s game at the Arms Park refers to the previous year’s fixture at Moseley but makes no mention of the abandoned game.


[1] A touchdown was recorded when a team was forced to ground the ball in its own in-goal area in self-defence. Touchdowns were only used to decide matches in cup competitions.