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Wednesday, 22 October 1924
Home International Championship 1924-25 (37th) Match

England 3 Ireland 1 [1-0]

Match Summary
England Party

Ireland Party

Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool, Lancashire
Attendance: 30,000;
Kick-off: 3.00pm GMT

England - Bob Kelly (headed in from Chedgzoy's pass 15), Harry Bedford (shot, following a low Kelly cross 60), Billy Walker (headed in Tunstall's cross 70)
Ireland - Billy Gillespie (headed in a Toner cross 77)
Results 1919-30

Ireland won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Peter Craigmyle

Linesmen - F.J. Langford, Liverpool, and not known

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 8th
Colours: The 1923 uniform - White collared jerseys and dark club shorts
Capt: Sam Wadsworth, first captaincy Selectors: The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, following the trial match, on Tuesday, 14 October 1924.
109th match, W 72 - D 22 - L 15 - F 337 - A 106.
England Lineup
  Mitchell, J. Frederick 28 18 November 1895 G Manchester City FC 1 1 GA
  Cresswell, Warneford 26 5 November 1897 RB Sunderland AFC 4 0
  Wadsworth, Samuel J. 28 13 September 1896 LB Huddersfield Town AFC 6 0
  Kean, Frederick W. 25 3 April 1899 RH The Wednesday FC 4 0
  Healless, Henry 31 9 February 1893 CH Blackburn Rovers FC 1 0
  Barton, Percy A. 31 20 January 1893 LH Birmingham FC 7 0
Chedgzoy, Samuel 35 27 January 1889 OR Everton FC 8 0
Kelly, Robert 30 16 November 1893 IR Burnley FC 9 6
Bedford, Henry 25 15 October 1899 CF Blackpool FC 2 1
Walker, William H. 26 29 October 1897 IL Aston Villa FC 8 5
  Tunstall, Fred 27 29 May 1897 OL Sheffield United FC 6 0


Tom Bromilow (Liverpool FC) replaced Freddie Ewer (Casuals FC) on 20 October. Frank Hartley (Oxford City FC & Tottenham Hotspur FC) was the other reserve.

team notes:

Huddersfield Town FC goalkeeper Teddy Taylor was in the original line-up, he was replaced by Mitchell. The original right-back was Liverpool FC's Tommy Lucas, his place going to Cresswell, and so England fielded eleven players from eleven different 'northern' clubs.
2-3-5 Mitchell -
Cresswell, Wadsworth -
Kean, Healless, Barton -
Chedgzoy, Kelly, Bedford, Walker, Tunstall


Age 28.4 Appearances/Goals 5.1 0.8


Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 28th
Colours: Royal blue jerseys, white shorts.
Capt: Billy Gillespie Selectors: Team Selection by Committee, on Monday, 13 October 1924 in Belfast;
Ireland Lineup
  Farquharson, Thomas G. 23 4 December 1900 G Cardiff City FC, Wales 6 8 GA
  Manderson, Robert 31 9 May 1893 RB Rangers FC, Scotland 2 0
  Kennedy, Andrew L. 29 1 September 1895 LB The Arsenal FC, England 2 0
  Chatton, J. Harold A. 25 23 April 1899 RH Partick Thistle FC, Scotland 1 0
  O'Brien, Michael T. 31 10 August 1893 CH Hull City AFC, England 6 0
  Irving, Samuel J. 31 28 August 1893 LH Dundee FC, Scotland 6 0
  Lacey, William 35 24 September 1889 OR New Brighton FC, England 23 3
  Gallagher, Patrick 33 16 March 1891 IR The Celtic FC, Scotland 8 0
  Irvine, Robert W. 24 29 April 1900 CF Everton FC, England 6 2
Gillespie, William B. 33 6 August 1891 IL Sheffield United FC, England 17 11
  Toner, Joseph S. 30 30 March 1894 OL The Arsenal FC, England 5 0


Joe Gowdy (Falkirk FC)

team notes:

Ireland fielded a team without any Irish-based players.
Billy Gillespie equals Olphie Stanfield as the record Ireland goalscorer.
2-3-5 Farquharson -
Manderson, Kennedy -
Chatton, O'Brien, Irving -
Lacey, Gallagher, Irvine, Gillespie, Toner.


Age 29.5 Appearances/Goals 7.5 1.4


    Match Report

England won the first international match of the season yesterday when they beat Ireland at Goodison Park, Liverpool, by three goals to one.

England played sound football under conditions which favoured accuracy of footwork, and they thoroughly deserved their success...

It was the combination of the right wing that produced the first two goals, which were scored just before a quarter of an hour had passed in each half. The second proved the value of dribbling to beat the defence before making the low pass to the centre-forward. Kelly obtained the first goal, and his low pass left Bedford a clear opening with the goalkeeper beaten, while the third came from a variation to the open game, Tunstall passing right across for Walker to head through...

Gillespie, the veteran captain, who headed through from Toner's centre, once more stood out as the best Irish forward. - The Times - Thursday 23rd October, 1924

    Football League

Division Three matches played on 22 October 1924:

Leitch, Readman
3,000 (Dean Court, Bournemouth)


5,000 (Priestfield Road, Gillingham)

It was only Gillingham's sixth goal in eleven games and it wasn't enough to lift them off the bottom of the table, but they would recover to finish in mid-table. Plymouth Argyle led the southern section by two points from Swindon Town and Bristol City, and had played a game fewer than each of them.


It was on 22 October 1924 that a fifty-thousand-year old mammoth tusk was sold for just 9 at a London auction. It was one of a number of tusks found in Siberia being sold by the Russian government, but they discovered that fresh ivory was more valuable.

Source Notes

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