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113 vs. Scotland
115 vs. Wales

Saturday, 15 February 1913
Home International Championship 1912-13 (30th) Match

Ireland 2 England 1 [1-1]

Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, County Antrim
originally scheduled to be played in England.

Attendance: 20,000;
Kick-off: 3.34pm DMT

Match Summary
England Party

Team Records

England - Charlie Buchan ('heading past Scott' 10)
Ireland - Billy Gillespie ('from a corner-kick, Williamson punched the ball into the air, Gillespie then headed the equaliser, Benson getting his head to the ball, though it seemed to be over the line before he did so' 43, 'a fast low drive from a Thompson centre' 75)
Results 1901-14

Ireland won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Alexander A. Jackson
Glasgow, Scotland

Linesmen - G.T. Wagstaffe Simmons, 45/46 (early 1867), Hertfordshire FA, and not known.

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
The 1912 International Football Association Board meeting:
Goalkeeper may only use his hands in his penalty area.
1913 IFAB Special meeting  ~ Adjourned Special meeting
FIFA request to join the IFAB.
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
This match was originally scheduled to be played in England, as had been the case for many years, to play each other on a home and away routine. However, at the 1912 IFAB, on the motion of Richard Gough, seconded by Charles Crump, a vote of sympathy was accorded the Council of the Irish Association in its troubled times, and a hearty vote was passed to stand loyally by the Irish F.A., and give it the support of the other Associations. It was further unanimously decided by the delegates present to urge their respective Associations to play International Matches with Ireland for the ensuing season in Ireland and thus give the Irish F.A. valuable financial support.

Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 25th to 24th
Colours: Royal blue jerseys and white shorts
Capt: Val Harris Selectors:
Trainer: G. Booth
Team chosen by Committee, on Tuesday, 4 February 1913;
Ireland Lineup
  Scott, William E. 29 17 May 1882 G Leeds City FC, England 24 52 GA
  McConnell, William G. nk not known RB Bohemians FC 2 0
  Warren, Peter 27/28 1885 LB Shelbourne FC 1 0
  Andrews, William 27 1886
born in Kansas City, USA
RH Grimsby Town FC, England 2 0
  Harris, Valentine 28 23 June 1884 CH Everton FC, England 17 0
  Hampton, Henry V. 22 1 May 1890 LH Bradford City FC, England 7 0
  Houston, John 23 17 May 1889 OR Everton FC, England 4 0
  Hannon, Denis J. 25 31 January 1888 IR Bohemians FC 6 1
Gillespie, William B. 21 6 August 1891 CF Sheffield United FC, England 1 2
  McAuley, James L.
 injured off 30 mins
23 24 November 1889 IL Huddersfield Town AFC, England 5 1
  Thompson, Frank W. 27 2 October 1885 OL Bradford City FC, England 9 2


reserves not known

team notes:

There were three changes named on 13 February to that originally named a week previously, all due to injuries. Cliftonville FC's goalkeeper Fred McKee was replaced by Billy Scott. Greenock Morton FC's Sandy Craig was replaced at left-back by Peter Warren, and English McConnell, now at South Shields FC, was replaced by Billy Andrews at centre-half.
Craig's first replacement was Glentoran FC's Paddy McCann, who had to decline his invite to fill the vacancy, as he too was injured.
Jimmy McAuley retired after the first half hour after he sprained his ankle.
2-3-5 Scott -
McConnell, Warren -
Andrews, Harris, Hampton -

Houston, Hannon, Gillespie, McAuley, Thompson.


Age 25.2-3 Appearances/Goals 7.1 0.3


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: White collared jerseys and navy blue shorts
Capt: Bob Crompton, seventeenth captaincy Selectors:
In Charge: Mr. M. T. Roberts
The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 3 February 1913, at 42 Russell Square, alongside the FA Cup third round draw.
81st match, W 58 - D 15 - L 8 - F 279 - A 70.
England Lineup
  Williamson, Reginald G. 28 6 June 1884 G Middlesbrough FC 7 6 GA
  Crompton, Robert 33 26 September 1879 RB Blackburn Rovers FC 36 0
  Benson, Robert W. 30 9 February 1883 LB Sheffield United FC 1 0
  Cuggy, Francis 23 16 June 1889 RH Sunderland AFC 1 0
  Boyle, Thomas W. 27 29 January 1886 CH Burnley FC 1 0
  Utley, George 25 16 May 1887 LH Barnsley FC 1 0
  Mordue, John 26 13 December 1886 OR Sunderland AFC 2 0
Buchan, Charles M. 21 22 September 1891 IR Sunderland AFC 1 1
  Elliot, George W. 24 7 January 1889 CF Middlesbrough FC 1 0
  Smith, Joseph 23 25 June 1889 IL Bolton Wanderers FC 1 0
  Wall, George 27 20 February 1885 OL Manchester United FC 7 2


Brighton & Hove Albion FC's Billy Booth and Aston Villa FC's Harold Halse.

team notes:

Bobby Benson replaced West Bromwich Albion FC's Jesse Pennington at left-back on 10 February. Pennington was unavailable because of injury.
Bob Crompton extends his tally as England's record appearance holder.
2-3-5 Williamson -
Crompton, Benson -
Cuggy, Boyle, Utley -
Mordue, Buchan, Elliott, Smith, Wall.


Age 26.1 Appearances/Goals 2.8 0.2


    Match Report

Ireland beat England at Belfast on Saturday by two goals to one. This is the first occasion on which Ireland have proved successful in the 31 matches which have been played between the two countries. Ireland lost the services of Macaulay, one of their forwards, after the first half-hour's play, so that their performance was all the more creditable. The English team gave a most disappointing display... - The Times - Monday 17th February, 1913

Source Notes

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