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35 vs. Wales

37 vs. Scotland

Saturday, 2 March 1889
Home International Championship 1888-89 (6th) Match

England 6 Ireland 1 [3-1]

Match Summary
England Squad
Ireland Squad
Team Records

Anfield Road, Anfield, Liverpool, Lancashire
Attendance: 6,000;
Kick-off 3.35pm GMT

Ireland - James Wilton ('rushed up and headed the first goal' 10-15)
England - David Weir ('equalised with a long shot'), John Yates ('a fine shot' 'added a third' 'scored a sixth'), Joe Lofthouse ('from a subsequent punt by Clare, gained possession and scored a fourth'), Jack Brodie
('in the last few minutes...scored a fifth')
At least eight reports state that England's first goal, Weir equalised from long range... two others say it was Shelton. One Irish report also says Brodie scored twice, but ten others say only once!
Results 1872-90

Ireland won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]




Umpires -
R.M. Sloan,
Liverpool &
Allan Richard Elleman
22 (summer 1866) Cliftonville, born in Stoke-on-Trent.

Referee -
Owen Davies
Barmouth, Wales, 26 (early 1863).

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Jack Brodie, first captaincy Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Wednesday, 13 February 1889 in Birmingham, the reserves were named on 18 February in London, along with the FA Cup Third Round draw.
5th match, W 5 - D 0 - L 0 - F 25 - A 3.
England Lineup
  Rowley, William S. 24 summer 1865 G Stoke FC 1 1 GA
  Clare, Thomas 24 4 February 1865 RB Stoke FC 1 0
  Aldridge, Albert J. 25 summer 1863 LB

Walsall Town Swifts FC

2 0
  Wreford-Brown, Charles 22 9 October 1866 RH Oxford University AFC, Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 1 0
Weir, David 25 winter 1863 CH Bolton Wanderers FC 1 1
  Shelton, Alfred 23 12 September 1865 LH Notts County FC 1 0
Lofthouse, Joseph M. 23 14 April 1865 OR Accrington FC 6 1
  Burton, Frank E. 23 18 March 1865 IR Nottingham Forest FC 1 0
Brodie, John B. 26 30 August 1862 CF Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1 1
  Daft, Harry B. 22 5 April 1866 IL Notts County FC & Corinthians FC 1 0
Yates, John 28 3 January 1861 OL Blackburn Rovers FC 1 3


Johnny Horne (Accrington FC, goal), Henry Hammond (Oxford University AFC) and Johnny Holt (Everton FC, backs), George Cotterill (Cambridge University AFC, right wing), Edmund Samuel Currey (Old Carthusians AFC, centre), John Veitch (Old Westminsters AFC) and Billy Locker (Long Eaton Rovers FC); as well as those who replaced those below...

team notes:

Jack Southworth (Blackburn Rovers FC) and Bob Holmes (Preston North End FC) were the original full-backs; Willie Almond (Blackburn Rovers FC), Billy Betts (Wednesday FC) and Arthur Lowder (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC) were the original half-backs; Albert Brown (Aston Villa FC) was the original outside-right.
The English team was seriously dilapidated, due to the quarter-final of the FA Challenge Cup being played on the same day.
Alf Shelton is the younger brother of Charlie (1888).
JAck Brodie is the 25th player to score on his England debut.
2-3-5 Rowley -
Clare, Aldridge -
Wreford-Brown, Weir, Shelton -
Lofthouse, Burton, Brodie, Daft, Yates.


Age 24.1 Appearances/Goals 1.5 0.1


Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th
Colours: Royal blue and white halved shirts, white shorts.
Capt: Ollie Stanfield, aged 20 years 5 days Selectors: Team chosen by Committee;
Ireland Lineup
  Clugston, W. John 19 11 August 1869 G Cliftonville FAC 2 17 GA
  Goodbody, Manliffe F. 20 20 November 1868 RB Dublin University AFC 1 0
  Watson, James nk not known LB Ulster FC 8 0
  Crawford, S. Alexander 19/20 1869 RH Distillery FC 1 0
  Rosbotham, Alexander 23 27 September 1865 CH

Cliftonville FAC

7 0
  Cooke, Samuel nk not known LH Belfast YMCA FC 1 0
  Peden, John 25 12 July 1863 OR

Linfield FAC

5 1
Wilton, James M. 20 21 November 1868 IR

St. Columb's Court FC

3 1
  Stanfield, Olphert M. 20 26 February 1869 CF

Distillery FC

7 1
  Gaussen, Arthur D.A. 26 1863 IL

Magharafelt FC

5 0
  Barry, John 27 18 December 1861 OL Cliftonville FAC 3 0


reserves not known

team notes:

Goodbody replaced Brown, Cooke replaced Billy Crone and Gaussen replaced Johnny Gibb
2-3-5 Clugston -
Goodbody, Watson -
Rosbotham, Crawford, Cooke -
Peden, Wilton, Stanfield, Gaussen, Barry


Age tbc Appearances/Goals 3.9 0.3


    Match Report

In the matches under Association rules England has proved far too powerful for Ireland. Prior to Saturday seven contests had been played and all were won by England. The first victory was by 13 goals to none, while altogether 50 goals have been registered against two by Ireland. On the present occasion the English eleven was not so strong as usual, many of the best players having engagements in the National Cup competition. The game was played at Everton in the presence of 6,000 spectators. Ireland started in fine form, and, after good dribbling by their forwards, Wilton registered the first point for them. As the game progressed the home side greatly improved in combination, and eventually a long shot by Weir brought the score level. A very few minutes had elapsed when Yates obtained a second goal for England, and the same player subsequently added a third...

Lofthouse then got away and added a fourth goal, while a fifth came from the foot of Brodie. England still had much the better of the play, and Yates credited them with a sixth point... - The Times - Monday 4th March, 1889

Source Notes

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