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Saturday, 5 March 1892
Home International Championship 1891-92 (9th) Match
One of two games played on the same day.

Ireland 0 England 2 [0-1]

Cliftonville Gardens, Cliftonville, Belfast, County Antrim
Attendance: 8,000; Receipts: 250; Kick-off: 3.30pm

England - Harry Daft ('Athersmith centred and Daft headed through' 44, 'Athersmith sent a long pass to Daft, who put through a second goal' 47)
Ireland - Sam Torrans (penalty saved)
First ever penalty in an England match is saved. Underwood had fouled Torrans.
The Times, The Guardian, The Sportsman, The Field and the Belfast Telegraph all credit Daft with scoring twice. Only the Athletic News credit John Devey with scoring England's first.
Match Summary
Ireland Party

England Party

Team Records
Results 1891-1900

Ireland won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Robert F. Harrison
Kilmarnock, Scotland Football Association

Linesmen - D.W. Foy, Ireland and Charles James Hughes, 38 (16 August 1853), Northwich.

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
The 1891 International Football Association Board:
The penalty kick introduced
Some Laws rewritten
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  

Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th
Colours: "...their opponents in dark blue, following a few minutes later."
Capt: Willie Gordon Selectors: Team chosen by Committee, on Tuesday, 1 March 1892;
Ireland Lineup
  Clugston, W. John 22 11 August 1869 G Cliftonville FAC 10 51 GA
  Gordon, R.W. Willis 21 28 February 1871 RB Linfield FAC 3 0
  Stewart, Robert K. 23 15 August 1868 LB Cliftonville FAC 5 0
  McKeown, Nathaniel 23 9 September 1868 RH Linfield FAC 2 0
  Spencer, Samuel nk not known CH Distillery FC 4 0
  Cunningham, William R. nk not known LH Ulster FC 2 0
  Dalton, William B. 21 16 March 1870 OR Linfield FAC 7 4
  Gaffikin, George J. 23 17 May 1868 IR Linfield FAC 6 1
  Stanfield, Olphert M. 23 26 February 1869 CF

Distillery FC

16 7
Torrans, Samuel 22 27 October 1869 IL Linfield FAC 7 0
  Peden, John injured off 15th min. 28 12 July 1863 OL

Linfield FAC

11 2


reserves not known


Ireland played most of the match with just ten men, following Peden's twisted knee, he had collided with Holt.
This is the most experienced team England have faced thus far, that includes Olphie Stanfield, Ireland's record appearance holder, who is also their record goalscorer.
2-3-5 Clugston -
Gordon, Stewart -
McKeown, Spencer, Cunningham -
Dalton, Gaffikin, Stanfield, Torrans, Peden


Age 22.9 Appearances/Goals 6.6 1.3


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd to 1st
Colours: "...the English were first to appear in white jerseys..."
Capt: not known Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee (Messrs. Jackson, Clegg, Gregson, Hughes, Widdowson, Crump, Bentley and Gunning), on Monday, 29 February 1892 at the Queen's Hotel, Birmingham, following a trial match.
13th/14th match, W 12 - D 1 - L 1 - F 56 - A 12.
England Lineup
  Rowley, William S. 26 summer 1865 G Stoke FC 2 1 GA
  Clare, Thomas 27 4 February 1865 RB Stoke FC 2 0
  Underwood, Alfred 22 mid-1869 LB Stoke FC 2 0
  Cox, John D. 24 21 October 1867 RH Derby County FC 1 0
  Holt, John 26 10 April 1865 CH Everton FC 4 0
  Whitham, Michael 24 6 November 1867 LH Sheffield United FC 1 0
  Athersmith Harper, W. Charles 19 10 May 1872 OR Aston Villa FC 1 0
  Pearson, John H. 24 25 January 1868 IR Crewe Alexandra FC 1 0
  Devey, John H.G. 25 26 December 1866 CF Aston Villa FC 1 0
Daft, Harry B. 24 5 April 1866 OL Notts County FC 5 3
  Hodgetts, H. Dennis 28 28 November 1863 OL Aston Villa FC 4 1


reserves not known
2-3-5 Rowley -
Clare, Underwood -
Cox, Holt, Whitham -
Athersmith, Pearson, Devey, Daft, Hodgetts


Age 24.5 Appearances/Goals 2.2 0.2


    Match Report

Many thousand spectators visited the Cliftonville Ground, Belfast, to witness the 11th annual match between England and Ireland...

At length, a little before the first half of time had elapsed, Athersmith muddled the ball to Daft, who butted it between the posts, thus securing the first goal for the visitors...

...The English resumed their attacks, and Daft, who had the ball well passed to him, sent it under the cross-bar, thus registering the second goal... - The Times - Monday 7th March, 1892

    Football Association Challenge Cup


Semi-Final Replay played on 5 March 1892:

  Higgins (Bassett)
  15,930 (Molineux, Wolverhampton)

West Brom were without Seth Powell, who was playing for Wales against England at Wrexham.

The tie was finally settled in a snowstorm, four days later, at Derby, with West Brom recording a comfortable 6-2 victory and they went on to win the trophy for the second time, making them exempt from having to seek re-election to the Football League after a poor season in that competition.

    Football League


Football League Table
5 March 1892
Team P Pts
Preston North End 21 33
Bolton Wanderers 22 30
Sunderland 18 28
Aston Villa 21 24
Notts County 22 24
Everton 21 22
Burnley 21 21
Blackburn Rovers 22 21
Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 21
Accrington 19 14
Derby County 20 14
West Bromwich Albion 19 10
Stoke 21 11
Darwen 21 10


League matches played on 5 March 1892:

Bowman, Irvine, nk (Scott 2, J.Hannah, McLellan o.g., Millar)
2,000 (
Thorneyholme Road, Accrington)

 Dewar, Townley 2, Lofthouse (Campbell 3)
 6,000 (Ewood Park, Blackburn)

Villa were without Athersmith, Jack Devey and Hodgetts, who were playing for England in Belfast, whilst Walter Evans was playing for Wales against England at Wrexham.

Nicol (Cassidy, Bentley)
  5,000 (Turf Moor, Burnley)

  7,000 (Anfield, Liverpool)

Everton were without Johnny Holt, who was playing for England in Belfast.
Stoke were without Clare, Rowley and Underwood, who were in Belfast, and Joe Schofield, who was playing for England at Wrexham.

J.Ross, Beckton, nk
  5,000 (Deepdale, Preston)

Derby were without Jack Cox, who was playing for England in Belfast.

Although Preston recorded their twelfth successive victory and obviously had their sights on regaining the League Championship for the third time in four years, Sunderland won their ninth in a row and they would end Preston's run in the following week, before going on to win their first title at only the second attempt.


England gained revenge for the previous year's Calcutta Cup defeat to beat Scotland 5-0 at Raeburn Place in Edinburgh and win the rugby union 'Triple Crown' without conceding a single point in the championship, a feat that has never been equalled.

It was on 5 March 1892 that the inquest into the Cleckheaton Chimney Disaster of the previous week was resumed. A 150-foot Yorkshire flannel manufacturer's mill chimney which had been visibly deteriorating was undergoing repairs when it collapsed onto the workplace, killing 15 people. The verdict, three weeks later, was that it was an accident, but the owners should not have let the chimney get into such a terrible state.

Source Notes

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