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Saturday, 3 March 1894
Home International Championship 1893-94 (11th) Match

Ireland 2 England 2 [0-1]

Match Summary
Ireland Party

England Party
Team Records

Cliftonville Gardens, Cliftonville, Belfast, County Antrim
Kick-off (GMT): tbc

England won the toss Ireland kicked off
Bob Holmes injury 20 - ten men

[1-2] Ollie Stanfield 70

[2-2] Willie Gibson 89
 'put in a long shot, and although Reader caught the post and allowed the ball to go outside, the referee allowed the goal'
[0-1] John Devey 42
'literally ran the ball through'
[0-2] Fred Spiksley 55
'a brilliant individual effort'

Match Summary





Thomas Russell Park
32 (4 September 1861), Glasgow, Scotland

Linesmen - Charles James Hughes, 39 (16 August 1853), Northwich, Cheshire & Mr. Morrow (Irish FA).

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
The 1893 International Football Association Board meeting:
The proposal of Goal Judges not passed.
Inter-Association suspensions passed.
The 1893 IFAB reconvened meeting:
Board rules revised
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  

Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th
Colours: Probably dark blue jerseys and white shorts
Capt: Sam Torrans Selectors: Team chosen by Committee, on Tuesday, 27 February 1894;
P 2 of 2 - W 0 - D 1 - L 1 - F 3 - A 6.
Ireland Lineup
  Scott, Thomas M. 20 9 August 1873 G Cliftonville FAC 1 2ᵍᵃ
  Stewart, Robert Kennedy 25 15 August 1868 RB Cliftonville FAC 10 0
  Torrans, Samuel 25 4 February 1869 LB Linfield FAC 12 0
  Johnston, Samuel 24 19 March 1869 RH Linfield FAC 4 0
  Burnette, John 22 13 October 1871 CH Distillery FC 2 0
  Milne, Robert G. 23 1 October 1870
born in Inverarity, Scotland
LH Linfield FAC 2 0
  Dalton, William Boyd 23 16 March 1870 OR Linfield FAC 10 4
  Gaffikin, George John 25 17 May 1868 IR Linfield FAC 11 4
Stanfield, Olphert Martin 25 26 February 1869 CF Distillery FC 21 9
Gibson, William K. 17
153 days
1 October 1876
born in Glasgow, Scotland
IL Cliftonville FAC 2 1
  Barron, James H. 19 30 September 1874 OL Cliftonville FAC 2 0


reserves not known

team notes:

Olphie Stanfield extends his tally as Ireland's record appearance holder and record goalscorer.
Willie Gibson became (and still is) the youngest player to score against England.
2-3-5 Scott -
Stewart, Torrans -
Johnston, Burnette, Milne -
Dalton, Gaffikin, Stanfield, Gibson, Barron


Age 22.4 Appearances/Goals 7.0 1.5


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: White jerseys and navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Bob Holmes, second
In charge: Richard Philip Gregson
The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Wednesday, 14 February 1894, at 61 Chancery Lane, London.
19th match, W 16 - D 2 - L 1 - F 79 - A 17.

The Athletic News credits the captaincy to Harry Daft
England Lineup
  Reader, Josiah 28 27 February 1866 G West Bromwich Albion FC 1 2 GA
  Howarth, Robert H. 28 20 June 1865 RB Everton FC
fifth evertonian?
5 0
  Holmes, Robert injured off 20 26 23 June 1867 LB Preston North End FC 6 0
  Reynolds, John 25 21 February 1869 RH Aston Villa FC 4 1
  Holt, John 28 10 April 1865 CH/LB Everton FC 7 0
  Crabtree, James W. 22 23 December 1871 LH Burnley FC 1 0
  Chippendale, Harry 23 2 October 1870 OR Blackburn Rovers FC 1 0
  Whitehead, James 24 29 January 1870 IR Blackburn Rovers FC 2 0
Devey, John H.G. 27 26 December 1866 CF Aston Villa FC 2 1
  Hodgetts, H. Dennis 30 28 November 1863 IL Aston Villa FC 6 1
Spiksley, Frederick 24 25 January 1870 OL Wednesday FC 3 7


reserves not known

team notes:

Howarth replaced Stoke FC's Tom Clare at right-back as the only change to the original named line-up.
Jack Reynolds had already played five times for the Irish team, scoring once (1890-91 (two appearances and one goal against England))
This is the oldest team to represent England thus far.
Willie Gibson's last minute goal put an end to England victorious run of nine matches, since March 1891. However, their unbeaten run has now reached a record thirteen matches, since March 1890.
Following the injury to Bob Holmes, John Holt covered both the centre half and left-back positions in the second half.
2-3-5 Reader -
Howarth, Holmes
(& Holt) -
Reynolds, Holt, Crabtree -
Chippendale, Whitehead, Devey, Hodgetts, Spiksley.


Age 25.9 Appearances/Goals 3.5 0.7


    Match Report

Fully 8,000 people gathered on Saturday at Cliftonville Grounds, Belfast, to witness the annual encounter between the Rose and the Shamrock. The weather was discouraging, frequent showers of hail and rain falling previous to the kick-off. The ground was rather soft, and falls were frequent, the players finding it difficult to keep their feet on the treacherous surface...

Shortly before the end of the first half Devey was enabled to score England's first goal, Scott having left his charge in the meantime. About this time Holmes got hurt, and had to retire...

...Holt and Reynolds gave the visitors' left wing an opportunity which they were not slow to avail themselves of, and as a result of a magnificent run by Hodgetts and Spikesley the latter was given an opportunity of scoring, and he promptly beat Scott by a long oblique shot, making England's score two goals to nil...

Twenty minutes from time remarkably good play by Milne gave Dalton an opportunity of getting away, and the latter eluding Crabtree and Howarth had no difficulty in getting in his centre, from which Stanfield scored Ireland's first goal...

...but close on time Gibson beat Reader and equalised amidst tremendous cheering. There was some doubt about this goal, but the referee promptly decided in favour of the Irishmen, although the visitors claimed it had never passed through...

The first half was undoubtedly in favour of the Englishmen, whose combined play was a feature of the match, but in the second half the Irish team played an irresistible game. - Monday 5th March 1894, The Manchester Guardian

Although it was the first time Ireland had avoided defeat against England.... England did play seventy minutes with only ten men, and Ireland's equaliser did not pass between the posts, the equivalent to the side-netting.

    Football Association Challenge Cup on 3 March 1894:

Third Round (quarter-final) replay

 Logan, Bruce 2, Donnelly (McInnes)
12,000 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham

County outplayed their neighbours and went on to become the first Second Division club to win the FA Cup.

    The Football League on 3 March 1894:

Division One Table
3 March 1894
Team P Pts
Aston Villa 26 37
Blackburn Rovers 24 30
Sunderland 24 30
Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 30
Burnley 24 29
West Bromwich Albion 27 28
Sheffield United 27 27
Derby County 22 25
Nottingham Forest 22 25
Stoke 25 25
Everton 26 25
The Wednesday 27 22
Bolton Wanderers 24 20
Darwen 25 17
Preston North End 26 17
Newton Heath 21 9

Chatt 2 (Cowan OG, Dickinson, Cassidy)
8,000 at
Wellington Road, Birmingham
Villa were without Devey (who scored), Hodgetts and Reynolds, who were playing for England in Belfast.

Peden, McNaught (J.Hannah, Miller, Campbell, Hyslop)
 8,000 at Bank Street, Manchester

Ross 3 (McLeod)
  5,000 at Deepdale, Preston
Preston were without Bob Holmes, who was injured playing for England in Belfast. whilst West Brom were without Josiah Reader, who was in goal for England.

Hammond, Howell, Needham pen. (Campbell, Anderson)
  9,000 at Bramall Lane, Sheffield

Blackburn were without Chippendale and Whitehead, who were playing for England in Belfast.

Robertson, Naughton 2 (Southworth)
  7,000 at victoria Ground, Stoke
Everton were without Holt and Howarth, who were playing for England in Belfast.

  4,000 at Molineux, Wolverhampton
Burnley were without Jimmy Crabtree, who was playing for England in Belfast.

Villa's first home defeat gave their rivals the opportunity to close the gap, but the defending champions, Sunderland, aiming for a historic hat-trick of titles, still had seven points to make up.

Division Two Table
3 March 1894
Team P Pts
Liverpool 22 40
Notts County 23 33
Small Heath 23 32
Newcastle United 24 29
Burslem Port Vale 24 27
Burton Swifts 22 24
Grimsby Town 23 27
Woolwich Arsenal 23 24
Lincoln City 21 23
Middlesbrough Ironopolis 24 20
Ardwick 21 16
Crewe Alexandra 22 15
Walsall Town Swifts 22 13
Rotherham Town 23 12
Northwich victoria 23 5



2,000 at
Alexandra Recreation Ground, Crewe

Rose, McCairns (Mobley)
 3,000 at Abbey Park, Grimsby

McLean, Worgan 2 (Ekins)
  8,000 at
Anfield, Liverpool

Adams, Hunter (Guest)
  500 at Paradise Ground, Middlesbrough

Liverpool were still unbeaten in their first season and now secured their place in the end-of-season test matches to challenge for a First Division place.






It was on 3 March 1894 that Britain's oldest ever Prime Minister, 84-year-old William Gladstone resigned and was succeeded by Lord Rosebery.

Source Notes

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