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Saturday, 22 October 1927
Home International Championship 1927-28 (40th) Match

Ireland 2 England 0 [1-0]

Match Summary
Ireland Party

England Party

Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, county Antrim
Attendance: 30,000;
Receipts: £1,860; Kick-off: tbc GMT

Ireland - Herbert Jones (deflected in from an Irvine shot, own goal 36), Jackie Mahood (long dropping shot that deceived Ball 72)
Results 1919-30

Ireland won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Thomas R. Dougray

Linesmen - not known

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Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 27th to 19th
Colours: Royal blue jerseys, white shorts.
Capt: Billy Gillespie Selectors: Team Selection by Committee, following the inter-league match, on Wednesday, 12 October 1927.
Ireland Lineup
  Scott, Elisha 34 24 August 1893 G Liverpool FC, England 13 21 GA
  McCluggage, Andrew 27 1 September 1900 RB Burnley FC, England 5 0
  McConnell, William H. 25 2 September 1901 LB Reading FC, England 7 0
  Irving, Samuel J. 34 28 August 1893 RH Cardiff City FC, Wales 14 0
  Morgan, F. Gerald/Gerard 28 25 July 1899 CH Nottingham Forest FC, England 5 0
  Sloan, Thomas M. 29 23 September 1898 LH Cardiff City FC, Wales 6 0
  Chambers, R. James 19 26 July 1908 OR Bury FC, England 2 1
  Irvine, Robert W. 27 29 April 1900 IR Everton FC, England 10 3
  Davey, Hugh H. 30 14 June 1897 CF Reading FC, England 4 1
  Gillespie, William B. 36 6 August 1891 IL Sheffield United FC, England 23 13
Mahood, John 29 12 March 1898 OL Belfast Celtic FC 2 1


George Moorhead (Linfield FAC)

team notes:

Jimmy Chambers replaced Belfast Celtic FC's Jack McGrillen at outside-right.
Billy Gillespie is Ireland's record goalscorer.
2-3-5 Scott -
McCluggage, McConnell -
Irving, Morgan, Sloan -
Chambers, Irvine, Davey, Gillespie, Mahood.


Age 28.9 Appearances/Goals 8.3 1.6


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 9th to 11th
Colours: The 1923 uniform - White collared jerseys and dark club shorts
Capt: Jack Hill, fourth captaincy
second half: ?
Selectors: The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, following the trial match, on Wednesday, 12 October 1927.
124th match, W 80 - D 25 - L 19 - F 380 - A 130.
England Lineup
  Hufton, A. Edward, injured off 46th min. 34 25 November 1892 G West Ham United FC 2 3 GA
  Cooper, Thomas 22 9 April 1905 RB Derby County FC 1 0
Jones, Herbert 30 3 December 1896 LB Blackburn Rovers FC 5 0
  Nuttall, Henry 29 9 November 1897 RH Bolton Wanderers FC 1 0
  Hill, John H., injured 30 2 March 1897 CH Burnley FC 7 0
  Storer, Harry 29 2 February 1898 LH Derby County FC 2 0
  Hulme, Joseph H.A. 23 26 August 1904 OR Arsenal FC 4 1
  Earle, Stanley G.J. 30 6 September 1897 IR West Ham United FC 2 0
  Dean, William R. 20 22 January 1907 CF Everton FC 6 12
  Ball, John 27 29 September 1900 IL/G Bury FC 1 1 GA
  Page, Louis A. 28 27 March 1899 OL Burnley FC 6 1


Charlie Spencer (Newcastle United FC) and Jackie Carr (Middlesbrough FC)

team notes:

Tom Cooper replaced Huddersfield Town AFC's Roy Goodall and Harry Storer replaced Leicester City FC's Sid Bishop because of injury, on 17 October.
Ted Hufton broke his arm after twenty minutes, but continued on until the half-time break, after which he was taken to hospital, and Jack Ball took over in goal. Jack Hill was also injured during the first half, and resumed in the second half, playing with a leg injury.
second half: 2-3-4
Hufton (Ball) -
Cooper, Jones -
Storer, Nuttall, Hill,  -
Hulme, Earle, Dean,
Ball, Page.


Age 27.5 Appearances/Goals 3.4 1.3


    Match Report

The opening match of the season's International Championship produced a surprise, Ireland beating England at Windsor Park, Belfast, by two goals to none, but as Hufton, the England goalkeeper, broke a bone in his right forearm after 20 minutes' play, and Hill, England's captain, was limping before half-time, some such result was only to be expected.

Before England suffered these handicaps Ireland played much the superior game on the very wet ground, and throughout the match they adopted an open style of play which was the only effective policy in the conditions prevailing...

...nine minutes before half-time the home side took the lead, Jones having the misfortune to put the ball through his own goal in trying to keep out a shot from Irvine, which was beating Hufton, who could use only one arm...

Mahood put in a long, dropping shot, and Ball, rushing out, was completely deceived, Ireland obtaining their second point after 27 minutes' play in the second half. - The Times - Monday 24th October, 1927

Source Notes

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