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Saturday, 7 March 1891
Home International Championship 1890-91 (8th) Match
One of two games played on the same day.

England 6 Ireland 1 [3-0]

Match Summary
England Party

Ireland Party
Team Records

Molineux, Waterloo Road North, St. Peter's, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
Attendance: 15,231; Receipts: £235; Kick-off: 3.30pm GMT;

England - George Cotterill ('from a pass by Brodie' 15), Arthur Henfrey (17), Harry Daft (35 'out of a scrimmage'), Tinsley Lindley (60, 'broke through the back division, and with only the goalkeeper before him scored again' 83), Billy Bassett (63)
Ireland -
Tommy Whiteside (61)
Results 1891-1900

Ireland won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Richard Thomas Gough
31 (April 1859), Oswestry, Welsh FA

Umpires - not known

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
The 1890 International Football Association Board meeting:
The penalty kick proposed and delayed for a year
  Fouls Conceded  

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Tinsley Lindley, fourth captaincy Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Thursday, 26 February 1891 at The Clarendon Hotel, Derby, following an inadequate trial game.
10th/11th match, W 9 - D 1 - L 1 - F 50 - A 11.
England Lineup
  Rose, William C. 29 1 December 1861 G

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

5 4 GA
  Marsden, Joseph T. 22 11 October 1868 RB Darwen FC 1 0
  Underwood, Alfred 21 mid-1869 LB Stoke FC 1 0
  Bayliss, A.E. James M. 27 14 August 1863 RH West Bromwich Albion FC 1 0
  Perry, Charles 25 3 January 1866 CH West Bromwich Albion FC 2 0
  Brodie, John B. 28 30 August 1862 LH Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 3 2
Bassett, William I. 22 27 January 1869 OR West Bromwich Albion FC 6 2 or 3
Cotterill, George H. 22 4 April 1868 IR Cambridge University AFC, Old Brightonians AFC & Corinthians FC 1 1
Lindley, Tinsley 25 27 October 1865 CF

Nottingham Forest FC & Corinthians FC

13 13
Henfrey, Arthur G. 23 19 December 1867 IL Cambridge University AFC & Corinthians FC 1 1
Daft, Harry B. 24 5 April 1866 OL Notts County FC 4 1


reserves not known

team notes:

James Tattersall (Accrington FC) withdrew from the England line-up, his place going to Brodie.
Alf Shelton is the younger brother of Charlie (1888).
Tinsley Lindley becomes England's record goalscorer, overtaking Charlie Bambridge and Fred Dewhurst.
2-3-5 Rose -
Marsden, Underwood -
Bayliss, Perry, Brodie -
Bassett, Cotterill, Lindley, Henfrey, Daft


Age 24.4 Appearances/Goals 3.4 1.5


Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th
Colours: possibly Royal blue and white halved shirts, white shorts.
Capt: Alex Crawford Selectors: Team chosen by Committee, on Wednesday, 25 February 1891;
Ireland Lineup
  Clugston, W. John 21 11 August 1869 G Cliftonville FAC 8 48 GA
  Forbes, George 21/22 1869
born in Canada
RB Distillery FC 2 0
  Morrison, Robert 21 30 August 1869
born in Scotland
LB Linfield FAC 2 0
  Crawford, S. Alexander 21/22 1869 RH Distillery FC 4 0
  Reynolds, John 22 21 February 1869 CH Ulster FC
reputedly signed for West Bromwich Albion FC at this match
4 1
  Moore, Richard 24 18 January 1867 LH Linfield FAC 2 0
Whiteside, Thomas 18 26 September 1872 OR Distillery FC 1 1
  Stanfield, Olphert M. 22 26 February 1869 IR

Distillery FC

13 5
  McCabe, William nk not known CF Ulster FC 1 0
  McIlvenny, J. Robert nk not known IL Distillery FC 2 0
  Peden, John 27 12 July 1863 OL

Linfield FAC

9 2


reserves not known

team notes:

The original left-back was Dublin University FC's Goodbody, his place was given to left-back George Forbes, and Morrison drafted in to the vacant right-back slot. In the centre of the forawd line, both Linfield FC's forwards dropped out, Gaffikin and Torrans, replaced with Billy McCabe and Bob McIlvenny.
Olphie Stanfield becomes Ireland's record appeareance holder, overtaking Billy Crone, he is already their record goalscorer.
2-3-5 Clugston -
Forbes, Morrison -
Crawford, Reynolds, Moore -
Whiteside, Stanfield, McCabe, McIlvenny, Peden.


Age tbc Appearances/Goals 4.4 0.9


    Match Report

Although the matches between England Ireland have been invariably uneven, the attendance at Wolverhampton on Saturday, when the tenth annual game took place, was large. In this instance England again won, which brings their number of victories to ten and their goal record to 71 against five. Before half-time Cotteril, Henfrey, and Daft scored for England, while afterwards Lindley added the fourth and sixth and Bassett the fifth goals. Whiteside kicked a goal for Ireland, who were beaten by six goals to one. - The Times - Monday 9th March, 1891

    Football League on 7 March 1891:

Football League Table
Team P Pts
Everton 21 29
Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 26
Preston North End 20 25
Blackburn Rovers 19 24
Notts County 21 24
Sunderland 20  19*
Bolton Wanderers 19 19
Burnley 20 19
Derby County 21 15
Aston Villa 19 14
Accrington 20 14
West Bromwich Albion 19 10

7,000 (
Ewood Park, Blackburn)
Blackburn were without Jack Southworth, who scored for England against Wales at Sunderland.

 Nicol 3, Marr 2, Hill (nk, N.Ross)
7,000 (Turf Moor, Burnley)

Nicholls 2, Pearson 2, Groves (Kirkham)
800 (Stoney Lane, West Bromwich)
West Brom were without Billy Bassett, who scored for England against Ireland at Wolverhampton. in which Bayliss and Perry also played, whilst Seth Powell was playing for Wales against England at Sunderland.






* Sunderland were deducted two points for
fielding an unregistered player.

The shock defeats for FA Cup holders, Blackburn and defending League Champions, Preston meant that Everton were on the verge of their first title success. This was confirmed a week later when Preston lost at Sunderland to relinquish their prize after winning the first two championships, though they did secure the runners-up place.


Scotland won the rugby union 'Triple Crown' for the first time when they defeated England, 9-3 at Richmond.

It was on 7 March 1891 that a dispute between two doctors on the streets of Wheeling in West Virginia ended in 31-year-old Dr. George Garrison, the City Health Officer shooting dead Dr, George Baird, thirty years his senior, who was also carrying a gun. The pair had disagreed over alleged health violations and they had clashed in public, six months earlier, with Dr. Garrison knocking his former friend to the ground. Although he was found guilty of second-degree murder, an appeal reduced his sentence and he returned to his medical practice, less than two years later.

Source Notes

Bob Morrison died four months after this match on 12 July 1891, after suffering with pneumonia.

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