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Saturday, 5 March 1898
Home International Championship 1897-98 (15th) Match

Ireland 2 England 3 [1-2]

Cliftonville Gardens, Cliftonville, Belfast, County Antrim
Attendance: 12,000; Kick-off 3.30pm GMT

Ireland - Jim Pyper ('after an Oakley mis-kick' 15), Joe McAllen ('a magnificent shot' late);
England - Tom Morren ('a fine oblique side-shot' 37), Gilbert Smith ([England's 100th goal against Ireland] 40), Charlie Athersmith ('a good dropping shot' 50)
The Sketch and Morning Post both state that Charlie Richards scored England's first goal, Athersmith the second and Morren the third.
The Dundee Courier states that Athersmith scored the first two and Morren the third.
Match Summary
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England won the toss, Ireland kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Thomas Robertson
33 (1 December 1864), Torrance, Stirlingshire, Scotland Football Association

Linesmen - not known
  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
Corner Kicks Won
  Offside Calls Against  
The 1897 International Football Association Board Meeting:
International pitch sizes defined.
  Fouls Conceded  

Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th
Colours: Blue jerseys and white shorts
Capt: Jimmy Campbell Selectors: Team chosen by Committee, on Wednesday, 22 February 1898;
Ireland Lineup
  Scott, Thomas M. 24 9 August 1873 G Cliftonville FAC 11 32 GA
  Gibson, William K. 21 1 October 1876
born in Glasgow, Scotland
RB Cliftonville FAC 7 1
  Torrans, Samuel 28 27 October 1869 LB Linfield FAC 21 0
  Anderson, William J.S. 21 14 February 1877 RH Linfield FAC 2 0
  Milne, Robert G. 27 1 October 1870
born in Inverarity, Scotland
CH Linfield FAC 12 1
  Cochrane, Michael 23/24 circa 1874/75 LH Distillery FC 2 0
  Campbell, James 22 5 September 1875 OR Cliftonville FAC 5 0
  Mercer, John Thompson 20 27 March 1877 IR Distillery FC 2 0
Pyper, James 21 18 April 1876 CF Cliftonville FAC 4 2
  Peden, John 34 12 July 1863 IL Distillery FC 21 7
McAllen, Joseph C. 23 11 March 1874 OL Linfield FAC 1 1


reserves not known
2-3-5 Scott -
Gibson, Torrans -
Anderson, Milne, Cochrane -
Mercer, Campbell, Pyper, Peden, McAllen


Age 24.0 Appearances/Goals 8.0 0.9


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: White jerseys and navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Gilbert Smith, fifth, sixth or seventh captaincy Selectors:
Member in charge: R.P. Gregson
The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 14 February 1898 at 61 Chancery Lane, London, following a trial match.
31st match, W 24 - D 4 - L 3 - F 126 - A 28.
England Lineup
  Robinson, John W. 27 22 April 1870 G New Brighton Tower FC 3 4 GA
  Oakley, William J. 24 27 April 1873 RB Corinthians FC 8 0
  Williams, William 22 20 January 1876 LB West Bromwich Albion FC 2 0
  Forman, Frank 22 23 May 1875 RH Nottingham Forest FC 1 0
Morren, Thomas 27 27 March 1871 CH Sheffield United FC 1 1
  Turner, James 31 6 October 1866 LH Derby County FC 3 0
Athersmith Harper, W. Charles 25 10 May 1872 OR Aston Villa FC 5 2
  Richards, Charles H. 22 9 August 1875 IR Nottingham Forest FC 1 0
Smith, Gilbert O. 25 25 November 1872 CF Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 11 5
  Garfield, Benjamin 25 4 April 1871 IL West Bromwich Albion FC 1 0
  Wheldon, G. Frederick 28 1 November 1869 OL Aston Villa FC 2 3


reserves not known

team notes:

As England scored their third goal, Frank Forman was injured and had to leave the field for treatment, but returned after ten minutes.
2-3-5 Robinson -
Oakley, Williams -
Forman, Morren, Turner -
Athersmith, Richards, Smith, Garfield, Wheldon.


Age 25.3 Appearances/Goals 3.5 0.7


    Match Report

The Association game in Ireland has not advanced in skill in the same degree as that of the Rugby Union and in most points of play it ill compares with the form of a picked English side. In the 17 years of the match between England and Ireland the Englishmen have not known defeat, and the only instance of anything approaching a check was in 1894 when a tie of two goals occurred. England's victory at Belfast on Saturday was gained by three goals to two, and had the conditions been less unkind--the snow and rain quickly ruined the surface of the field of play--the Englishmen would no doubt have done much better. As it was they could never thoroughly develop their game, such was the bad state of the turf. Sufficient was, however, seen of the relative merits of the teams to stamp England as much the better, particularly as regards the half-back and forward work. Ireland were strong at full-back, and in goal for them Scott was very good, while now and again their forwards put in some skilful individual work. James Pyper actually scored the first point for Ireland ; but the visitors generally had more of the game, and goals by Richards and Athersmith gave England a half-time lead of two to one. Subsequently each side scored once, and England won by three to two. Such has been the triumph of English football in the Irish matches that in addition to winning 16 out of 17 England's aggregate of goals has now reached 101 to Ireland's 11. There were over 10,000 spectators of Saturday's game. - The Times - Monday 7th March, 1898

    Football League


Football League Division One
5 March 1898
Team P Pts
Sheffield United 26 36
Sunderland 25 33
The Wednesday 25 29
Aston Villa 24 28
West Bromwich Albion 22 28
Everton 23 27
Wolverhampton Wanderers 24 26
Nottingham Forest 21 24
Derby County 24 22
Blackburn Rovers 23 20
Bolton Wanderers 23 19
Liverpool 22 18
Preston North End 25 18
Stoke 26 18
Notts County 24 17
Bury 21 15


Division One matches played on 5 March 1898:

Smith, Fisher, Sharp 2 (Boag)
11,900 (Villa Park, Birmingham)

Villa were without Athersmith (who scored, what turned out to be, the winning goal) and Wheldon, who were playing for England in Belfast, whilst Derby were without Jimmy Turner, who was also playing in Belfast.

Divers, L.Bell, Chadwick, J.Bell (Cust, Wilson)
12,000 (Goodison Park, Liverpool)

6,000 (Trent Bridge, Nottingham)

6,000 (Deepdale, Preston)

Howell o.g., Wilson, Leslie (Cunningham)
24,000 (Newcastle Road, Sunderland)

Sheffield United were without Tom Morren, who scored England's equaliser in Belfast.

Brady 2
5,000 (Olive Grove, Sheffield)



All eyes were on Sunderland, where a capacity crowd saw the hosts close the gap on their opponents to three points, with a game in hand. Sunderland were forced to switch to white shirts when Sheffield United turned up in red and white stripes, and then Sunderland had to lend their own red and white stripes to them, so that United could wear dry shirts for the second half.

Football League Division Two
5 March 189
Team P Pts
Burnley 23 40
Newcastle United 23 34
Manchester City 22 31
Woolwich Arsenal 23 28
Small Heath 22 27
Luton Town 22 25
Newton Heath 21 24
Leicester Fosse 22 22
Walsall 26 22
Gainsborough Trinity 20 21
Grimsby Town 23 19
Blackpool 22 14
Burton Swifts 22 14
Lincoln City 25 14
Darwen 23 14
Loughborough 21 11


Division Two matches played on 5 March 1898:

(Toman, Ross)
 4,000 (Peel Croft, Burton)

Sugden (Peddie 3)
2,000 (Barley Bank, Darwen)

Raby 2, Scott, Wigmore
 3,500 (The Northolme, Gainsborough)

Goldie (Copeland, Griffin)
 2,000 (Abbey Park, Grimsby)

Fletcher (McLeod, McMillan, Dorrell, Keech)
 2,000 (Sincil Bank, Lincoln)

Hannah 3,1 pen., White (Hare, Oakes)
 8,000 (Manor Ground, London)


Burnley maintained their six-point cushion at the top and were closing in on a test match place in their attempt to win promotion straight back to the First Division, following the previous year's relegation.




It was on 6 March 1898 that Felice Cavallotti, the 55-year-old leader of the Italian Extreme Radical party was killed in a duel with the 36-year-old editor of a newspaper, Count Ferruccio Macola in Rome, when the sword was thrust into his mouth and throat. It was Cavallotti's 33rd duel and he had never killed anyone himself. Macola was sentenced to 13 months in prison. He was said to have been full of remorse and committed suicide in 1910.

Source Notes

Michael Cochrane's year of birth is deliberated from his death, he was 37 years old when he died in April 1912, giving him a birth year of 1874/75. But there is no entry in the Irish Civil Registration to specify a date. (possibly 20 October 1877).

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