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Published 21 December 2022 1 min read
England Teams

England C to face Cymru C in fourth International Challenge Match

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A non-League Lions squad, made up of players from the National League and below, will face Cymru C at The J.Davidson Stadium – the home of Altrincham FC – on Tuesday 21 March 2023.
The Football Association of Wales and the English FA are pleased to announce that Cymru C and England C will meet for a fourth International Challenge Match at The J.Davidson Stadium – the home of Altrincham FC – on Tuesday 21 March 2023.  

Cymru C’s 4-0 win at The Oval in Caernarfon last year means that the two teams’ head-to-head record is currently level. 

England C triumphed 3-2 in the inaugural meeting at Barry Town United’s Jenner Park in 2018, before a 2-2 draw was played out at the Peninsula Stadium in Salford in 2019. 

Former Carmarthen Town and Port Talbot Town manager Mark Jones will once again be the man in the dugout for Cymru C for the fourth time. 

Jones said: “It was such a fantastic occasion last year so I’m sure everyone will be looking forward to it again. 

“We know it will be a challenging fixture against a difficult opponent and we will have to be at our best to get a result.” 

England C manager, Paul Fairclough, said: “We're pleased to confirm that we’ve accepted an invitation to play a fixture against Cymru C again next year, in March 2023.

“Players on both sides will be looking forward to showcasing their talent in what should be another entertaining and competitive match, and one we’re very much looking forward to.”

Altrincham FC co-chair, Bill Waterson, said: “Altrincham FC is delighted to be hosting this fixture as our connections with the England C team go back to its inception in 1979, when club legends John Davison, Jeff Johnson & John Rogers regularly represented their country.

“Now the best of the current crop of Vanarama National League and JD Cymru Premier will be on show at The J. Davidson Stadium to continue this connection that has lasted more than 4 decades.”

Ticket details for the game will be announced in due course.