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Saturday, 16 February 1907
Home International Championship 1906-07 (24th) Match

England 1 Ireland 0 [0-0]
 

Match Summary
England Party

Ireland Party
Team Records

Goodison Park, Walton Road, Liverpool, Lancashire
Attendance: 22,235; Receipts £1,020; 
Kick-off 3.30pm

England - Harold Hardman ('a long, splendid shot high up in the corner of the goal' 53)
Results 1901-14

Ireland won the toss, England kicked-off.

 

Match Summary

Officials

England

Type

Ireland

Referee - Thomas Robertson
42 (1 December 1864), Torrance, Stirlingshire, Scotland Football Association

Linesmen - John Lewis, Blackburn, and J. McAanerany, Ireland

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
The 1906 International Football Association Board meeting:
Offside rule debated and Neutral Linesmen
  Fouls Conceded  
  Possession  

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: "England in white shirts and black knickers."
Capt: Bob Crompton, sixth captaincy Selectors:
In Charge: Charles J. Hughes
The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 28 January 1907, following the trial match at Stamford Bridge.
58th match, W 42 - D 10 - L 6 - F 195 - A 51.
England Lineup
  Hardy, Sam 24 26 August 1882 G Liverpool FC 1 0 GA
  Crompton, Robert 27 26 September 1879 RB Blackburn Rovers FC 12 0
  Carr, John T. 28 summer 1878 LB Newcastle United FC 2 0
  Warren, Benjamin 27 7 May 1879 RH Derby County FC 4 0
  Wedlock, William J. 26 28 October 1880 CH Bristol City FC 1 0
  Hawkes, Robert M. 26 18 October 1880 LH Luton Town FC 1 0
  Rutherford, John 22 12 October 1884 OR Newcastle United FC 2 0
  Coleman, John George 25 26 October 1881 IR Woolwich Arsenal FC 1 0
  Hilsdon, George 21 10 August 1885 CF Chelsea FC 1 0
  Bache, Joseph W. 27 8 February 1880 IL Aston Villa FC 5 3
Hardman, Harold P. 24 4 April 1882 OL Everton FC 2 1

reserves:

Newcastle United FC's Colin Veitch and Manchester City FC's Irvine Thornley.
 
2-3-5 Hardy -
Crompton, Carr -
Warren, Wedlock, Hawkes -
Rutherford, Coleman, Hilsdon, Bache, Hardman.

Averages:

Age 25.2 Appearances/Goals 2.9 0.3

 

Ireland Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 16th
Colours: "The Irishmen played in royal blue with shamrock crests."
Capt: Harold Sloan Selectors: Team chosen by Committee, on Wednesday, 6 February 1907;
Ireland Lineup
  Scott, William E. 24 17 May 1882 G Everton FC, England 9 14 GA
  McCracken, William R. 22 29 January 1883 RB Newcastle United FC, England 11 1
  McCartney, Alexander D. 27 14 November 1879 LB Belfast Celtic FAC 7 0
  Wright, John nk not known CH Cliftonville FAC 4 0
  Connor, James 29 22 September 1877 RH Belfast Celtic FAC 6 0
  McConnell, D.J. English 23 14 May 1883 LH Sunderland AFC, England 5 0
  Blair, John W. 25 19 November 1881 OR Cliftonville AFC 1 0
  Harris, Valentine 22 23 June 1884 IR Shelbourne FC 2 0
  Sloan, Howard A. 24 25 August 1882 CF Bohemians 5 3
  O'Hagan, Charles 25 28 July 1881 IL Aberdeen FC, Scotland 6 1
  Young, Samuel 24 14 February 1883 OL Linfield FAC 1 0

reserves:

Bob Milne (Linfield AFC) and John Owens (Shelbourne FC).
 
2-3-5 Scott -
McCracken, McCartney -
Wright, Connor, McConnell -
Blair, Harris, Sloan, O'Hagan, Young

Averages:

Age 24.5 Appearances/Goals 5.4 0.5

 

    Match Report

Meeting England at Liverpool on Saturday, in the first Association international of the present season, Ireland suffered defeat by one goal to none.

Inasmuch as victory had never rewarded their efforts in the course of 25 former games between the two countries, the Irish team were probably well satisfied with the result of the encounter. They showed remarkably good powers of defence, half-backs, backs, and goalkeeper alike acquitting themselves with skill and judgment ; but unfortunately the excellence in this respect was to some extent discounted by lack of combination among the forwards. Individually the majority of the Irish front rank possessed pace and ability in dribbling. The want of mutual understanding, however, robbed their attack of real effectiveness, and until some advance is made in this direction, Ireland are not likely to gain the long-delayed victory over England. Still, the form of the visitors on Saturday was a notable improvement upon that displayed at Belfast 12 months ago, when the Englishmen, without especially distinguishing themselves, won by five goals to none. As a matter of fact, although it cannot be said that they ever looked like winning, Ireland were rather unfortunate in not effecting a draw ; for the one goal obtained by England possessed some element of luck and, during the last five minutes, the Englishmen experienced the greatest difficulty in keeping their goal intact...

...Indeed it was not until the second half had been in progress for some minutes that they secured the one goal of the match.

The match, which attracted about 23,000 people, took place in favourable conditions, for the state of the turf, although rather soft, did not handicap the players, and the breeze, though fairly fresh, blew across the ground. Of the 26 matches now played between the two countries, England have won 24 and two have been drawn. - The Times - Monday 18th February, 1907

    Football League

Football League Division One
16 February 1907
Team P Pts
Newcastle United 27 39
Everton 27 35
Aston Villa 28 34
Bristol City 26 33
Sheffield United 27 33
Bolton Wanderers 27 31
Woolwich Arsenal 26 30
Manchester United 28 28
Birmingham 27 27
The Wednesday 26 27
Liverpool 26 26
Preston North End 29 26
Middlesbrough 27 25
Sunderland 24 24
Blackburn Rovers 27 23
Manchester City 27 23
Derby County 27 21
Bury 28 20
Notts County 25 16
Stoke 27 15

 

Division One matches played on 16 February 1907:

BIRMINGHAM 0-0 SHEFFIELD UNITED
13,000 (St Andrew's, Birmingham)

BLACKBURN ROVERS 2-4 MANCHESTER UNITED
nk (Meredith 2, Wall, Sagar)
5,000 (Ewood Park, Blackburn)

Blackburn were without Bob Crompton, who was England's captain against Ireland at Liverpool.

BURY 0-3 ASTON VILLA
(Cantrell, Hampton 2)
13,442 (Gigg Lane, Bury)

Villa were without Joe Bache, who was playing against Ireland at Liverpool.

DERBY COUNTY 2-1 STOKE
nk (Gallimore)
10,000 (Baseball Ground, Derby)

Derby were without Ben Warren, who was playing against Ireland at Liverpool.

MANCHESTER CITY 1-1 NEWCASTLE UNITED
Jones (Brown)
40,000 (
Hyde Road, Manchester)

City were without Irvine Thornley, who was a reserve against Ireland at Liverpool, whilst Newcastle were without Carr and Rutherford, who were playing for England, with Veitch as reserve, and Bill McCracken, who was playing for Ireland.

MIDDLESBROUGH 2-1 PRESTON NORTH END
Common 2 (nk)
15,000 (
Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough)

SUNDERLAND 1-2 BOLTON WANDERERS
Hogg (Shepherd, Weaver)
19,000 (Roker Park, Sunderland)

Sunderland were without English McConnell, who was playing for Ireland at Liverpool.

THE WEDNESDAY 2-3 LIVERPOOL
Davis pen., Simpson (McPherson, Raybould, Cox)
12,000 (Owlerton Stadium, Sheffield)

Liverpool were without Sam Hardy, who was keeping a clean sheet on his international debut against Ireland at Liverpool.

WOOLWICH ARSENAL 1-2 BRISTOL CITY
Satterthwaite (nk)
18,000 (Manor Ground, London)

Arsenal were without Tim Coleman, who was making his only international appearance, against Ireland at Liverpool, whilst Bristol City were without Billy Wedlock, who was also making his England debut.

A large crowd saw a weakened Newcastle still have enough in the tank to maintain their push for a second title in three years.

Football League Division Two
16 February 1907
Team P Pts
Chelsea 25 38
Nottingham Forest 25 36
Leicester Fosse 27 35
West Bromwich Albion 25 34
Bradford City 26 31
Burnley 27 30
Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 30
Gainsborough Trinity 28 29
Hull City 26 28
Stockport County 27 28
Barnsley 25 26
Grimsby Town 26 24
Burslem Port Vale 26 22
Leeds City 27 21
Glossop North End 26 21
Clapton Orient 26 20
Chesterfield Town 27 19
Lincoln City 25 19
Blackpool 27 19
Burton United 26 14

 

Division Two matches played on 16 February 1907:

BLACKPOOL 1-1 HULL CITY
1
,500 (Bloomfield Road, Blackpool)

BRADFORD CITY 1-0 STOCKPORT COUNTY
8,000 (Valley Parade, Bradford)

BURSLEM PORT VALE 4-4 BURNLEY
Coxon, Carter, Dodds, Beats (Bell, Ogden, R.Smith 2)

3,000 (Athletic Ground, Stoke)

BURTON UNITED 1-1 BARNSLEY
3,000 (Peel Croft, Burton)

CHESTERFIELD TOWN 1-3 GLOSSOP NORTH END
Marples pen. (nk)

2,000 (
Recreation Ground, Chesterfield)

GRIMSBY TOWN 4-0 LEEDS CITY
4,000 (Blundell Park, Cleethorpes)

LEICESTER FOSSE 2-1 CLAPTON ORIENT
8,000 (Filbert Street, Leicester)

LINCOLN CITY 0-5 CHELSEA
(Robertson 3, Bridgeman, Windridge)

3,000 (Sincil Bank, Lincoln)

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1-0 WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS
5,000 (City Ground, Nottingham)

WEST BROMWICH ALBION 5-0 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY
Buck 2, Jordan 3
8,112 (The Hawthorns, West Bromwich)

 

 

Their biggest away win of the season, allied to a strong home record with only one dropped point, meant that Chelsea were still in pole position in their quest to win promotion in only their second season in the Football League and to become only the second southern club in the First Division (after Woolwich Arsenal).

IN OTHER NEWS...

It was on 16 February 1907 that a new electric train in New York was derailed as it rounded a curve in the Bronx. Four carriages were turned onto their sides and dragged along for nearly two hundred yards, with dead and injured spilling out onto the tracks. The horrific scene was left with 24 dead, the bodies of many of whom were too mangled up in the wreckage to be identifiable.

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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