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Saturday, 15 March 1890
Home International Championship 1889-90 (7th) Match
One of two games played on the same day.

Ireland 1 England 9 [0-3]

Match Summary
Ireland Party

England Party
Team Records

Ulster Cricket Ground, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast, County Antrim
Kick-off (DMT): 3.30pm. 3.05pm (GMT).
Attendance: 5,000.

Ireland won the toss England kicked-off

Jack Reynolds
('from a scrimmage' 70)
Fred Geary (2-5 goals)
Nat Walton (0-3 goals)
Bill Townley (0-3 goals)
Joe Lofthouse
Kenny Davenport
 [1-9] Jack Barton (0-1 on 88 min)

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]





A not altogether coherent match report in The Field credits Fred Geary with four goals, and that a very confused summary in The Athletic News maintains that 'the clever little Everton centre was responsible for five of the goals, and beauties they were. Clugstone tried to hold one of them, but he felt it going, and he let it go - he couldn't help it.'  The Northern Whig (Belfast) also credits him with five. The Sporting Chronicle, only two....
The Field credits Nat Walton with England's second goal, Belfast News, The Times and Sporting Life credits Walton with the first and second goals. The Sporting Chronicle with the first, second and eighth!...
The Field and the Northern Whig credits Townley with three goals, although other sources say only two. Or even none....
Some reports credit Jack Barton with a goal, some don't, two minutes from time.  The Irish claim the ninth goal had gone over the bar anyway!
Morton Peto Betts
42 (30 August 1847)
Old Harrovians FC
, Middlesex
 William James Morrow
38 (16 November 1851)
James E. McKillop
(Scotland FA)
The 1889 International Football Association Board meeting:
The throw-in defined and new powers for the referee

Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th
Colours: "home team in blue and white"
Capt: Allan Elleman Selectors: Team chosen by Committee;
Ireland Lineup
  Clugston, W. John 20 11 August 1869 G Cliftonville FAC 5 36 GA
  Stewart, Robert K. 21 15 August 1868 RB St. Columb's Court FC 2 0
  Crone, Robert 25/26 1864 LB Distillery FC 3 0
  Williamson, James P. 20 8 December 1869 RH Cliftonville FAC 1 0
  Spencer, Samuel nk not known CH Distillery FC 1 0
  Cooke, Samuel nk not known LH Cliftonville FAC 2 0
  Elleman, Allan R. 23 Summer 1866
born in Stoke-upon-Trent
OR Cliftonville FAC 2 0
  Stanfield, Olphert M. 21 26 February 1869 IR

Distillery FC

10 1
  Wilton, James M. 21 21 November 1868 CF

St. Columb's Court FC

5 1
  McIlvenny, J. Robert nk not known IL Distillery FC 1 0
Reynolds, John, off injured 21 21 February 1869 OL Distillery FC 2 1


reserves not known

team notes:

McIlvenny and Wilton were late replacements for John Peden and Sam Torrans.
2-3-5 Clugston -
Stewart, Crone -
Williamson, Spencer, Cooke -
Elleman, Stanfield, Wilton, McIlvenny, Reynolds.


Age tbc Appearances/Goals 3.1 0.3


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: "Englishmen being attired in white"
Capt: not known Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Wednesday 26 February 1890, at the Midland Hotel, Derby, following trial games.
7th match, W 7 - D 0 - L 1 - F 39 - A 8.
England Lineup
  Roberts, Robert J. 26 18 December 1863 G

West Bromwich Albion FC

3 5 GA
  Baugh, Richard 26 14 February 1864 RB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

2 0
  Mason, Charles 26 1 April 1863 LB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

3 0
? Barton, John 23 5 October 1866 RH Blackburn Rovers FC 1 0 or 1
  Perry, Charles 24 3 January 1866 CH West Bromwich Albion FC 1 0
  Forrest, James H. 25 24 June 1864 LH Blackburn Rovers FC 11 0
? Lofthouse, Joseph M. 23 14 April 1865 OR Blackburn Rovers FC 7 2 or 3
? Davenport, J. Kenyon 22 23 March 1862 IR Bolton Wanderers FC 2 0 to 2

Geary, Fred 22 23 January 1868 CF Everton FC 1 2 to 5
? Walton, Nathaniel 22 24 May 1867 IL Blackburn Rovers FC 1 0 to 3
? Townley, William 24 14 February 1866 OL Blackburn Rovers FC 2 0 to 3


As well as those named below, Bill Rowley (Stoke FC, goal), Harry Green (West Bromwich Albion FC, fullback), Harry Allen and Arthur Lowder (both Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, halfbacks), John Devey (Mitchell St. George FC, centre-forward), Davie Weir (Bolton Wanderers FC) and Edgar Chadwick (Everton FC, left wing).

team notes:

Original Captain, Bob Howarth (Preston North End FC), was replaced on the day with Dick Baugh. George Haworth (Accrington FC) was also replaced by Barton. John Veitch (Cambridge University AFC) was replaced by Joe Lofthouse, while ES Currey (Old Carthusians FC) still played for England, but against Wales, was replaced by Kenny Davenport.
Despite the resounding victory, a record nine of these players will not play for England again.
2-3-5 Roberts -
Baugh, Mason -
Barton, Perry, Forrest -
Lofthouse, Davenport, Geary, Walton, Townley.


Age 24.0 Appearances/Goals 3.1 0.2


    Match Report

"The English eleven visited Belfast and engaged in their ninth annual match against Ireland. Although the weather was wet and uncomfortable, there was a large muster of onlookers. The home team won the toss, and at 3 30 Geary kicked off...

The English forwards worked well together, and in the first portion of the match three goals were placed to their credit, while the Irish were unable to secure a point. Positions having been reversed, the visitors continued for some time to have the advantage. In a little over a quarter of an hour two further goals were obtained for them. The home team now played more vigorously, and at length they scored a point. The English were not slow, however, in re-asserting themselves; and, although the Irish defence was at times good, four more goals were secured by the visitors." - Monday, 17 March 1890, The Times


    The Football League on 15 March 1890:

Table 15 March 1890
Team P Pts
Preston North End 21 31
Everton 21 31
Blackburn Rovers 21 27
Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 25
Accrington 22 24
West Bromwich Albion 21 23
Derby County 22 21
Bolton Wanderers 21 18
Aston Villa 20 16
Notts County 20 16
Burnley 21 12
Stoke 20 8

  Kirkham, Barbour (J.Ross, Haworth OG)
 6,000 at Thorneyholme Road, Accrington

 Stewart 2, nk
 4,000 at Turf Moor, Burnley

Notts County were without Daft and Shelton, who were playing for England at Wrexham.

 Ferguson, Milward OG, Williamson OG.
  12,000 at Anfield, Liverpool.

Everton were without Johnny Holt, who was playing for England at Wrexham, whilst Fred Geary was scoring for England in Belfast.

 Woodhall, Bayliss (Owen)
  1,600  at Stoney Lane, West Bromwich.
West Brom were without Billy Bassett, who was playing for England at Wrexham, whilst Perry and Roberts were playing for England in Belfast.

 Wykes 3, Worrall, Brodie (Cassidy)
2,500 at Molineux, Wolverhampton.

Wolves were without Fletcher and Wood, who were playing for England at Wrexham, whilst Baugh and Mason were playing for England in Belfast. Bolton were without Kenny Davenport, who was in Belfast, and Di Jones, who was playing for Wales against England at Wrexham.

Everton's win put them level on points with League Champions, Preston, with only one match remaining. Defeat at West Brom, the following week, effectively ended their chances, and Preston went on to retain the title with a victory at Notts County. It was to be their last League Championship success.


It was on 16 March 1890 that the decision was taken to flood the Morfa Colliery at Port Talbot, as it continued to burn following an explosion, which killed 87 men, five days earlier. Some of the survivors described seeing ghostly apparitions below ground in the weeks before the disaster.

Source Notes

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