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25 vs. Scotland
27 vs. Scotland

Saturday, 13 March 1886
Home International Championship 1885-86 (3rd) Match

Ireland 1 England 6 [1-2]

Match Summary
Ireland Party

England Party
Team Records

Ulster Cricket Ground, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast, County Antrim
Attendance: 4,500; Kick-off in the afternoon DMT.

Ireland - Jimmy Williams (15-20).
England - Ben Spilsbury ('considerable time elapsed before the equalising goal came from the foot')  (scored four goals - hat-trick), Fred Dewhurst ('a few minutes after, second goal was rather luckily obtained, the ball cannoning in off one of the backs and going through out of the reach of the goalkeeper, shortly after, half-time was called'), Tinsley Lindley
goal times mostly unknown.
Results 1872-90

Ireland won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]




Umpires -
Nicholas Lane Jackson
36 (1 November 1849), West Hackney, London (Corinthians FC & FA Hon. Secretary) &
John Sinclair
29/30 (1856), Belfast, Ireland (Irish FA)

Referee -
James E. McKillop
Scotland (SFA vice-President)

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Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th


St. Patrick blue shirts, white shorts.


Jack Hastings


Team chosen by Committee;
Ireland Lineup
  Gillespie, R. Shaw 18 23 January 1868 G

Hertford FC

2 11 GA
  Watson, James nk not known B

Ulster FC

4 0
  Devine, A. Oliver nk not known B

Limavady FC

2 0
  Molyneux, Thomas B. 17/18 1868 HB

Cliftonville FAC

9 1
  Crone, William 21/22 1864 CB

Distillery FC

6 0
  Hastings, John 27/28 1858 HB

Ulster FC

6 0
Williams, James R. nk not known OR

Ulster FC

2 1
  McClatchey, John nk not known IR

Distillery FC

2 0
  Johnston, Samuel J. 19 18 September 1866 CF

Distillery FC

4 1
  Condy, John 24/25 1861 IL

Distillery FC

2 0
  Turner, William S. nk not known OL

Cliftonville FAC

1 0


reserves unknown

team notes:

Tom Molyneux equals the record of most appearances with Alex Dill.
2-3-5 Gillespie -
Devines, Watson -
Molyneux, Crone, Hastings -
Williams, McClatchey, Johnston, Condy, Turner


Age tbc Appearances/Goals 3.6 0.2


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd


White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers


Percy Walters, first captaincy.


The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on Monday, 8 March 1886.
England Lineup
  Rose, William C. 24 1 December 1861 G

Preston North End FC

4 3 GA
  Walters, Percy M. 22 30 September 1863 RB Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 3 0
  Baugh, Richard 22 14 February 1864 LB

Stafford Road FC

1 0
  Shutt, George 24 late 1861 HB

Stoke FC

1 0
  Squire, Ralph T. 22 10 September 1863 CB

Cambridge University AFC, Old Westminsters AFC & Corinthians FC

1 0
  Dobson, Charles F. 23 9 September 1862 HB Notts County FC & Corinthians FC 1 0
  Leighton, John E. 20 26 March 1865 OR

Nottingham Forest FC & Corinthians FC

1 0
Dewhurst, Frederick 22 16 December 1863 IR

Preston North End FC & Corinthians FC

1 1
Lindley, Tinsley 20 27 October 1865 CF

Nottingham Forest FC, Cambridge University AFC & Corinthians FC

1 1

Spilsbury, Benjamin W. 21 1 August 1864 IL Cambridge University AFC, Derby County FC & Corinthians FC 2 5
  Pike, Thelwell M. 19 17 November 1866 OL Brentwood FC, Cambridge University AFC, Old Malvernians FC & Corinthians FC 1 0


reserves unknown

team notes:

Apparently Blackburn Rovers FC and Swifts FC players, including Jimmy Forrest and the Bambridge brothers, were not picked for this match as both teams were appearing in the FA Cup semi-final against each other.
Norman Bailey was also due to captain this match, but had to drop out, his was the only change from the original named team, he was replaced with George Shutt.
England play seven new debutants for the first time since against Ireland in 1882, making it the least experienced team since then. They have now gone on a record unbeaten sequence of five matches.
2-3-5 Rose -
Walters, Baugh -
Shutt, Squire, Dobson -
Leighton, Dewhurst, Lindley, Spilsbury, Pike


Age 21.8 Appearances/Goals 1.5 0.1


   Match Report

Ireland suffered another reverse at the hands of the England eleven on Saturday at the grounds of the Ulster club at Belfast. There was a very large attendance of spectators. Successful in the toss, the home team chose the end which gave them the advantage of the wind. Lindley kicked off for England. Good passing between the English right wings having been checked by the home backs the play became even. Williams scored the first point of the game for Ireland, whose success was naturally greeted with loud applause. England speedily retaliated, and Spilsbury brought the score level, while shortly afterwards Dewhurst obtained a second goal for the visitors. Nothing further was registered before half-time. Positions having been exchanged the form of the England team improved. Indeed, throughout the second half of the game Ireland were continually acting on the defensive. Four times was the ball driven under their cross-bar, thrice by Spilsbury and once by Lindley. - The Times Monday 15th March, 1886


Blackburn Rovers defeated Swifts, 2-1, at Derby, in the F.A. Cup semi-final. Swifts' goal was netted by Charlie Bambridge, who had scored eleven times for England, including the equaliser against Scotland, the previous year. In the final, Blackburn were to complete a hat-trick of victories in the competition, the last occasion that the trophy has been won by the same club in three consecutive years.

The rugby union international between Scotland and England, delayed by a week because of heavy snow, ended scoreless in Edinburgh.

It was on 13 March 1886 that the Prime Minister, William Gladstone finally revealed his plans for an Irish parliament in Dublin. The Home Rule Bill, which followed, was to split the Liberal party and bring down the government, four months later.

Source Notes

Jonny Dewart at Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats
Original Newspaper Reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
FA Yearbooks 1950-60