2,000 and 3,000 persons assembled on the ground of the Liverpool
Cricket Club at Aigburth on Saturday, to witness the international
Association game. The weather though cold, was brilliantly fine. An
excellent contest ensued; the Englishmen, however did the entire
scoring, and H. Cursham showed really brilliant form throughout.
Pawson, Cobbold, and Dunn also made excellent runs, and de Paravicini
and Hudson behind were most difficult to get past. For Ireland, M'Wha,
Morrow, and Reid made several fine runs, and Watson at full back
showed a very good defence. Ireland, winning the toss, Goodhart
started the ball for England. Cursham soon had the ball in front of
his opponents' goal, where some nice heading and passing took place,
Whateley ultimately causing Rankin to pick up and throw out; a brace
of corners immediately followed to the English team, but in each case
Cursham kicked behind. M'Wha here took the ball well down to the
centre, but Cursham got it back, and, centering to Dunn, the latter's
shot was again cleverly fisted out. Dunn and Cursham each in turn
followed with excellent shots. Rattray defended well, and, passing to
Reid, the latter ran down to the mid-field, where M'Crae stopped him.
Cursham again made a splendid run, and, centering to Whateley, the
latter shot the ball through. Morrow, Potts, and Davison now made a
combined rush, and got past all opposition, until de Paravicini
returned the play finely to the centre. M'Wha and Davison here
cleverly got through their opponents, causing Swepstone to send
behind. The corner was well taken away, and Whateley sent the ball to
Pawson, the latter player centering to Cobbold, who shot it through.
Immediately after Pawson again came away, and passed to Dunn, who
falling, Cobbold took possession, again scoring. A corner by Pawson
was followed by Cobbold making another excellent shot, and after
a corner to England, two good runs were made by M'Wha, Morrow and
Reid, stopped by de Paravicini. The play for some time was now even
until Cobbold had a chance, and centred to Dunn, who added a fourth
goal, and 'Half-time!' was called. Potts restarted for Ireland, and
Dunn was at once busy, but over-running it, Whateley sent it flying
through. Morrow and Reid then ran down, and the latter had a chance,
but his shot went over the tape. Again, Morrow, with Reid and spiller,
got close in, but Hudson saved the goal. Dunn, by a long, low shot,
next scored goal number six. Another corner to England. Morrow took
away to mid-field, but 'hands' gave a free-kick, which de Paravicini
put nicely to Pawson, the latter giving the final kick, and scoring the
seventh goal. 'Time' was almost immediately afterwards called, leaving
England victorious by seven goals to nil.
Blackburn Olympic's F.A Cup run continued as they brushed aside Druids, the Welsh Cup
holders, 4-1 to progress to the semi-finals for the first time. They went on
to become the first northern club to lift the trophy.
It was on 23 February 1883
that Charles Parnell, the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, defiantly
tried to deflect criticism of his suspected support of the violent attacks
on opponents of the Irish Land League.