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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 Party
Ireland Party
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).

  Goal Attempts  
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  Fouls Conceded  

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 4 August 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 Burnley 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. Despite that, they have won their fifth match in a row, extending the record.
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

    Football Association Challenge Cup


Third Round Ties (quarter-finals) played on 2 March 1889:

  Haresnape 3, Southworth 4, Warner o.g. (Hodgetts)
  12,000 (Leamington Road, Blackburn)

Jack Southworth, who had made a goalscoring debut for England, the previous week, helped himself to four goals, as Blackburn Rovers thrashed Aston Villa to reach the F.A. Cup semi-finals. Villa had recently finished runners-up to the 'invincible' Preston North End team in the inaugural Football League Championship. Blackburn lost to Wolves in the semi-finals and it was Preston, who went on to complete the first League and Cup double.

 Bryan (Bassett 2, Perry, Wilson 3, Bayliss 2, Timmins, Conquer o.g.)
  17,000 (Great Lines, New Brompton)

The holders breezed through to a semi-final with the 'invincibles', whom they had beaten in the previous year's final. The new League Champions would have their revenge, just two weeks later.

  Holmes, Thomson
  8,000 (Deepdale, Preston)

  Wykes 2, Fletcher
  10,000 (Dudley Road, Wolverhampton)

Wolves were without Jack Brodie, who scored for England against Ireland at Anfield.

    Football League

Football League Table
2 March 1889
Team P Pts
Preston North End 22 40
Aston Villa 21 29
Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 28
Blackburn Rovers 20 24
West Bromwich Albion 22 22
Accrington 20 18
Everton 21 18
Burnley 22 17
Bolton Wanderers 19 16
Notts County 19 12
Derby County 18 11
Stoke 20 11
  League match played on 2 March 1889:

  3,000 (Racecourse Ground, Derby)

Preston had already won the first League Championship with an unbeaten record and Aston Villa had clinched the runners-up place. Derby's games in hand took them off the bottom, but they were unable to avoid having to apply for re-election to the Football League, though they were successful, as were Burnley.


It was on 1 March 1889 that Richard Pigott, an Irish journalist, committed suicide by shooting himself in a Madrid hotel room, after being exposed as a forger of letters intimating that Charles Parnell, the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, had supported the Phoenix Park murders of 1882.

Source Notes

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