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Wednesday, 18 November 1936
Home International Championship 1936-37 (49th) Match

England 3 Ireland 1 [1-1]

Victoria Ground, Boothen, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Attendance: 47,886;
Kick-off: tbc GMT

England - Raich Carter (a diving header from a Worrall shoulder-high pass 30), Cliff Bastin (in off the post from a Johnson cross 71), Fred Worrall (half-volley from a Johnson cross 80)
Ireland - Tom Davis (Brown's right-wing cross brought Holdcroft out of his goal, Davis reached the ball first and crashed it home 43)
Match Summary
England Party

Ireland Party
Results 1930-39

Ireland won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Willie Webb

Linesmen - not known

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 8th to 7th
Colours: The 1935 home uniform - White collared jerseys, navy blue shorts, black socks topped with two white hoops
Capt: George Male, first captaincy Selectors: The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, following an inter-league match, on Wednesday, 11 November 1936.
173rd match, W 109 - D 30 - L 34 - F 507 - A 197.
England Lineup
  Holdcraft, G. Henry 27 23 January 1909 G Preston North End FC 2 3 GA
  Male, C. George 26 8 May 1910 RB Arsenal FC 11 0
  Catlin, A. Edward 26 11 January 1910 LB Sheffield Wednesday FC 2 0
  Britton, Clifford S. 27 27 August 1909 RH Everton FC 5 0
  Gee, Charles W. 27 6 April 1909 CH Everton FC 3 0
  Keen, Eric R.L. 26 4 September 1910 LH Derby County FC 3 0
Worrall, Fred 26 8 September 1910 OR Portsmouth FC 2 2
Carter, Horatio S. 22 21 December 1913 IR Sunderland AFC 4 1
  Steele, Frederick C. 20 6 May 1916 CF Stoke City FC 2 0
Bastin, Clifford S. 24 14 March 1912 IL Arsenal FC 17 9
  Johnson, Joseph A. 25 4 April 1911 OL Stoke City AFC 1 0


Don Welsh (Charlton Athletic FC) and Jimmy Cunliffe (Everton FC)

team notes:

This victory ends England's record of three defeats in a row, set in 1878 and 1928. It also ends the sequence of five matches without victory, again, set in 1878.
2-3-5 Holdcroft -
Male, Catlin -
Britton, Gee, Keen -
Worrall, Carter, Steele, Bastin, Johnson


Age 25.1 Appearances/Goals 4.7 0.8


Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 34th to 36th
Colours: Green jerseys with white white winged collars, white shorts.
Capt: Billy Cook Selectors: Team Selection by Committee, on Monday, 9 November 1936
Ireland Lineup
  Breen, Thomas 24 15 June 1912 G Belfast Celtic FC 4 11 GA
  Cook, William 27 20 January 1909 RB Everton FC, England 8 0
  Fulton, Robert P. 30 6 November 1906 LB Belfast Celtic FC 19 0
  McCullough, Keiller 31 25 March 1905 RH Manchester City FC, England 5 0
  Jones, John 29 3 April 1907 CH Hibernian FC, Scotland 21 0
  Mitchell, William 25 22 November 1910 LH Chelsea FC, England 12 0
  Brown, John 22 8 November 1914 OR Coventry City FC, England 4 1
  Stevenson, Alexander E. 24 9 August 1912 IR Everton FC, England 8 2
Davis, Thomas L. 25 3 February 1911 CF Oldham Athletic AFC, England 1 1
  Doherty, Peter D. 23 5 June 1913 IL Manchester City FC, England 5 0
  Kelly, James 23/24 1911 OL Derry City FC 11 4


Harry Baird (Linfield FAC) and Matt Doherty (Derry City FC)
2-3-5 Breen -
Cook, Fulton -
McCullough, Jones, Mitchell -
Brown, Stevenson, Davies, Doherty, Kelly.


Age 25.7/8 Appearances/Goals 8.9 0.6


    Match Report

England beat Ireland in a thoroughly interesting match at Stoke-on-Trent yesterday by three goals to one. On the day's play Ireland were unfortunate to lose...

It was appropriate that Britton should open the way with the first goal, which came after 30 minutes. He beat his man, took the ball up, and pushed it out to Worrall. Worrall centred, Steele met the ball with his head, and Breen was beaten. Two minutes from half-time Ireland equalized. Brown threw the ball in from the touch-line, Stevenson got it, worked it to the goal-line, and then, with Holdcroft on the ground, hooked it back for Davis to shoot into an empty net...

...England's attack became more and more menacing and after 22 minutes they scored again. Steele veered out to the left wing and crossed the ball back to Bastin, whose shot hit the inside of the far goal-post and rebounded into the net. England were now on top of their form, and eight minutes later a centre by Johnson found the Irish defence out of position and Worrall right in front of goal.

Ireland had lost the game, but so far as pure football is concerned they had shared the honours of a splendid match. - The Times - Thursday 19th November, 1936


It was on 18 November 1936 that, amidst the fighting in Madrid in the Spanish Civil War, Hitler's Germany and Mussolini's Italy simultaneously recognised General Franco as the new leader of Spain, but the war would drag on for another three years before Franco could claim victory.

Source Notes

Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats
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