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40 vs. Scotland

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

Ireland 1 England 9 [0-3]

Match Summary
Ireland Squad

England Squad
Team Records

Ulster Cricket Ground, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast, County Antrim
Attendance: 5,000;
Kick-off 3.30pm DST

England - Fred Geary (2-5 goals), Nat Walton (0-3 goals), Bill Townley (0-3 goals), Joe Lofthouse, Kenny Davenport (0-2), Jack Barton (0-1 on 88 min).
Ireland - Jack Reynolds (70 min)
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, 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!
Results 1872-90

Ireland won the toss, England kicked-off.

 

Match Summary

 
Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]

Ireland

Type

England

Umpires -
Morton Peto Betts
42 (30 August 1847), Middlesex, Old Harrovians FC &
William James Morrow
38 (16 November 1851)
, Ireland

Referee -
James E. McKillop
Scotland (Scotland FA)

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
The 1889 International Football Association Board meeting:
The throw-in defined and new powers for the referee
  Fouls Conceded  
  Possession  

Ireland Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th
Colours: possibly Royal blue and white halved shirts, white shorts.
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:

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.

Averages:

Age tbc Appearances/Goals 3.1 0.3

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: not known Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Wednesday 26 February 1890, at the Midland Hotel, Derby, following trial games.
7/8th match, W 7 - D 0 - L 1 - F 39 - A 8.
England Lineup
  Roberts, Robert J. 26 early 1864 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 0/1?
  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 2/3?
? Davenport, J. Kenyon 22 23 March 1862 IR Bolton Wanderers FC 2 0/2?

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

reserves:

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 Arthur 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.
 
2-3-5 Roberts -
Baugh, Mason -
Barton, Perry, Forrest -
Lofthouse, Davenport, Geary, Walton, Townley.

Averages:

Age 24.0 Appearances/Goals 3.1 0.2

 

    Match Report

Source Notes

Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats
Original Newspaper Reports
TheFA.com
Rothman's Yearbooks
FA Yearbooks 1950-60
Rootschat
Ancestry.com

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