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49 vs. Scotland
51 vs. Wales

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
8,000; Kick-off tbc

England - John Devey ('literally ran the ball through' 42), Fred Spiksley ('a brilliant individual effort' 55)
Ireland - Ollie Stanfield ('scored' 70), Willie Gibson ('put in a long shot, and although Reader caught the post and allowed the ball to go outside, the referee allowed the goal' 89).
Results 1891-1900

England won the toss, Ireland kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Thomas R. Park
31/32 (1862), 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;
Ireland Lineup
  Scott, Thomas M. 20 9 August 1873 G Cliftonville FAC 1 2 GA
  Stewart, Robert K. 25 15 August 1868 RB Cliftonville FAC 10 0
  Torrans, Samuel 24 27 October 1869 LB Linfield FAC 12 0
  Johnston, Samuel 24 19 March 1869 RH Linfield FAC 4 0
  Burnett, John 22 18 July 1871 CH Distillery FC 2 0
  Milne, Robert G. 23 1 October 1870
born in Inverarity, Scotland
LH Linfield FAC 2 0
  Dalton, William B. 23 16 March 1870 OR Linfield FAC 10 4
  Gaffikin, George J. 25 17 May 1868 IR Linfield FAC 11 4
Stanfield, Olphert M. 25 26 February 1869 CF Distillery FC 21 9
Gibson, William K. 17
153 dys
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.
2-3-5 Scott -
Stewart, Torrans -
Johnston, Burnett, 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 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 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.
2-3-5 Reader -
Howarth, Holmes -
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. - The Manchester Guardian - Monday 5th March, 1894

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.

Source Notes

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