The Hundred Years' War - Over a Century of Battles: England-France matches 1906-2017


Introduction
Official Matches
Overviews

Introduction

The first four meetings between the French national side and the English amateur selection were rather lopsided affairs, Crécy, Poitiers and Agincourt all over: the French conceded ten or more goals in all matches in the first decade of the twentieth century, even if there was noticable improvement in that the margin of defeat decreased from one encounter to the next.

After finally defeating the English amateurs at the eighth try, hundred years to the day after the death of Napoléon on Saint Helena, contemporary French papers considered the Corsican general (and, of course, Jeanne d'Arc) had been avenged, and the English granted them the favour of turning up with their full national team in future meetings. It took the French another decade (and six intermediate losses, all in Paris and with an aggregate score of 6-25, or 1-4 per match) to defeat that side, by 5-2 no less, just over two weeks before the 500th anniversary of the burning of La Pucelle d'Orléans. Only a Frenchman could have come up with the concept of lieu de mémoire.

Since then, the two rivals have met in numerous friendly matches, with honours being more or less shared (though, like in the Hundred Years' War, later encounters more often than not went to the French), two World Cup matches (in 1966 and 1982, both won by the three lions, who also defeated their hosts in the 1997 Tournoi de France, a general repetition for the World Cup tournament one year later) and five matches for the European Championship (qualifying and final tournaments), in which les bleus are undefeated (two wins, three draws).


Official Matches

The first eight matches involved the English amateur team and are not considered official internationals for England. Those matches are marked with "England Am" and are counted separately in the stats. All matches are friendlies unless stated otherwise.

Game    Date     Venue                  Result            Remark

A 1.  1-11-1906  Paris        France     0-15 England Am
A 2. 23- 3-1908  London       England Am 12-0 France
A 3. 22- 5-1909  Paris        France     0-11 England Am
A 4. 16- 4-1910  Brighton     England Am 10-1 France
A 5. 23- 3-1911  Paris        France      0-3 England Am
A 6. 27- 2-1913  Paris        France      1-4 England Am
A 7.  5- 4-1920  Rouen        France      0-5 England Am
A 8.  5- 5-1921  Paris        France      2-1 England Am
  1. 10- 5-1923  Paris        France      1-4 England 
  2. 17- 5-1924  Paris        France      1-3 England   
  3. 21- 5-1925  Paris        France      2-3 England  
  4. 26- 5-1927  Paris        France      0-6 England    
  5. 17- 5-1928  Paris        France      1-5 England     
  6.  9- 5-1929  Paris        France      1-4 England   
  7. 14- 5-1931  Paris        France      5-2 England   
  8.  6-12-1933  London       England     4-1 France      
  9. 26- 5-1938  Paris        France      2-4 England       
V -. 26- 5-1945  London       England     2-2 France      [V]
V -. 19- 5-1946  Paris        France      2-1 England     [V]
 10.  3- 5-1947  London       England     3-0 France      
 11. 22- 5-1949  Paris        France      1-3 England         
 12.  3-10-1951  London       England     2-2 France      
 13. 15- 5-1955  Paris        France      1-0 England         
 14. 27-11-1957  London       England     4-0 France      
 15.  3-10-1962  Sheffield    England     1-1 France      [European Champ. Qual.]
 16. 27- 2-1963  Paris        France      5-2 England     [European Champ. Qual.]
 17. 20- 7-1966  London       England     2-0 France      [World Cup]
 18. 12- 3-1969  London       England     5-0 France      
 19. 16- 6-1982  Bilbao       England     3-1 France      [World Cup]
 20. 29- 2-1984  Paris        France      2-0 England
 21. 19- 2-1992  London       England     2-0 France      
 22. 14- 6-1992  Malmö        England     0-0 France      [European Championship]
 23.  7- 6-1997  Montpellier  France      0-1 England     [Tournoi de France]
 24. 10- 2-1999  London       England     0-2 France      
 25.  2- 9-2000  Paris        France      1-1 England  
 26. 13- 6-2004  Lisboa       France      2-1 England     [European Championship]
 27. 26- 3-2008  Paris        France      1-0 England   
 28. 17-11-2010  London       England     1-2 France      
 29. 11- 6-2012  Donetsk      France      1-1 England     [European Championship]
 30. 17-11-2015  London       England     2-0 France      
 31. 13- 6-2017  Paris        France      3-2 England 

[V] these matches (both "Victory Internationals") are official for France but not
    for England (and therefore not included in the overviews below)

Overviews


Total record:

England              31 17  5  9  71- 39  39
England Amateur       8  7  0  1  61-  4  14

France               39 10  5 24  43-132  25

Some more stats:

                     Pd  E  D  F  EG- FG

In England:          13  9  2  2  48-  9
   [amateurs]                             2  2  0  0  22-  1
   [off. England]                        11  7  2  2  26-  8
In France:           22 14  1  7  79- 30      
   [amateurs]                             6  5  0  1  39-  3
   [off. England]                        16  9  1  6  40- 27
Elsewhere:            4  1  2  1   5-  4


England - List of International Matches
France - List of International Matches


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Last updated: 9 Jun 2022

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