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80 vs. Wales
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82 vs. Scotland

Saturday, 12 March 1904
Home International Championship 1903-04 (21st) Match

Ireland 1 England 3 [0-2]
 

Match Summary
Ireland Party

England Party

Team Records

Cliftonville Gardens, Cliftonville, Belfast, County Antrim
Attendance: 9,000;
Kick-off tbc

England - Joe Bache (a low shot that glanced in off the right post' 12), Alf Common ('added a second after an easy opening' 16, 'from a Bache pass, in off the crossbar' 65)
Ireland - Jack Kirwan ('overhead shot following a corner' 49)
Results 1901-14

England won the toss, Ireland kicked-off.

 

Match Summary

Officials

Ireland

Type

England

Referee - Thomas Robertson
39 (1 December 1864), Torrance, Stirlingshire, Scotland Football Association

Linesmen - M.T. Roberts, Secretary, Derbyshire F.A. and not known

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Ireland Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 10th
Colours: Probably Royal blue jerseys and white shorts
Capt: Archie Goodall Selectors: Team chosen by Committee on Saturday, 6 February 1904, at Cliftonville Gardens.
Ireland Lineup
  Scott, William E. 21 17 May 1882 G Linfield FAC 4 7 GA
  McCracken, William R. 21 29 January 1883 RB Distillery FC 5 0
  Boyle, Peter 27 26 April 1876 LB Sheffield United FC, England 5 0
  Milne, Robert G. 33 1 October 1870
born in Inverarity, Scotland
CH Linfield FAC 23 2
  Goodall, Archibald L. 39 19 June 1864 CH Glossop North End FC, England (player-manager) 9 2
  Maginnis, Hugh 25 5 September 1878 LH Linfield FAC 6 0
  Mercer, John Thompson 26 27 March 1877 OR Derby County FC, England 10 0
  Sheridan, James 21 15 May 1882 IR Everton FC, England 4 1
  Connor, M. Joseph 26 26 September 1877 CF Fulham FC, England 3 1
Kirwan, John H. 26 9 February 1878 IL Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 7 2
  Buckle, Henry R. 22 6 March 1882 OL Sunderland AFC, England 2 0

reserves:

reserves not known

team notes:

Archie Goodall was not part of the team selected on 8 February. But Everton FC's Charlie O'Hagan was. Possibly as a straightforward replacement.
Joe Connor was born O'Connor
 
2-3-5 Scott -
McCracken, Boyle -
Milne, Goodall, McGinnis -
Mercer, Sheridan, Connor, Kirwan, Buckle.

Averages:

Age 26.1 Appearances/Goals 7.1 0.6

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd to 1st
Colours: White collared jerseys and navy blue shorts
Capt: Bob Crompton, fourth captaincy Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 29 February 1904, in Wrexham following the Wales match.
50th match, W 36 - D 9 - L 5 - F 181 - A 47.
England Lineup
  Baddeley, Thomas 29 2 November 1874 G Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 4 4 GA
  Crompton, Robert 24 26 September 1879 RB Blackburn Rovers FC 7 0
  Burgess, Herbert 23 25 February 1881 LB Manchester City FC 2 0
  Ruddlesdin, Herod 27 9 June 1876 RH The Wednesday FC 2 0
  Crawshaw, Thomas H. 31 28 December 1872 CH The Wednesday FC 10 1
  Leake, Alexander 32 11 July 1871 LH Aston Villa FC 1 0
  Brawn, William F. 25 1 August 1878 OR Aston Villa FC 2 0
Common, Alfred 23 25 May 1880 IR Sheffield United FC 2 2
  Woodward, Vivian J. 24 3 June 1879 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 4 4
Bache, Joseph W. 24 8 February 1880 IL Aston Villa FC 3 3
  Davis, George H. 22 5 June 1881 OL Derby County FC 2 1

reserves:

Steve Bloomer (Derby County FC).
 
2-3-5 Baddeley -
Crompton, Burgess -
Ruddlesdin, Crawshaw, Leake -
Brawn, Common, Woodward, Bache, Davis

Averages:

Age 25.8 Appearances/Goals 3.5 0.9

 

    Match Report

On the ground of the Cliftonville Club at Belfast, on Saturday, England gained a victory over Ireland by three goals to one. The game, which attracted about 18,000 people, was favoured with ideal weather for an important match, their being neither wind nor sunshine to interfere with the players. Ireland, who were placing an international team in the field for the first time this season, enjoyed the services of eight of the eleven that beat Scotland at Glasgow last year...

Play had not lasted long when it became evident that in the matter of skill the Irishmen were no match for their opponents, and when England scored twice in less than a quarter of an hour from the start, the game was robbed of much of its interest...

Before the interval England got the upper hand again, and although shortly after change of ends the Irishmen did obtain a goal--their first against England since the match of 1899--the visitors, half-way through the second part of the game, got through once more and so placed the issue beyond all reasonable doubt. - The Times - Monday 14th March, 1904

Source Notes

Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats
Original Newspaper Reports
TheFA.com
Rothman's Yearbooks
FA Yearbooks 1950-60
Ancestry.com

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