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Saturday, 28 September 1946
Home International Championship 1946-47 (52nd) Match

Ireland 2 England 7 [0-3]
 

Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, county Antrim
Attendance: 57,011 (a new record);
Receipts: £5,950; Kick-off: 3.15pm BST (delayed because of crowd disturbance).
Second half live on Radio BBC Light Programme - Commentator: Raymond Glendenning

Ireland - Norman Lockhart (slipped Wright and Scott to beat Swift from a McAlinden cross 70, flashed the ball past Swift 88),
England - Raich Carter (from a defensive blunder 1), Wilf Mannion (ran into an empty net from a Lawton cross 7, rebound after Lawton's hot hit the bar 28, following a Russell fault 61), Tom Finney (turned in a Langton goalline cross 60), Tommy Lawton (from a Mannion pass 80), Bobby Langton (following a long dribble 83).
Match Summary
Ireland Party
England Party
Results 1946-1950

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Match Summary

Officials

Ireland

Type

England

Referee (-) - William E. Webb
x (-), Glasgow.

Linesmen - tbc

No substitutes permitted, as per UK ruling.

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Ireland Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 39th to 41st
Colours: Green jerseys with white white winged collars, white shorts, blue socks with green tops.
Capt: Peter Doherty Manager: Team Selection by Committee on Thursday, 19 September 1946.
Ireland Lineup
  Russell, Alexander 23 18 January 1923 G Linfield FAC 1 7 GA
2 Gorman, William C. 35 13 July 1911 RB

Brentford FC, England

1 0
3 Aherne, Thomas 27 26 January 1919 LB

Belfast Celtic FC

1 0
4 Carey, John J.  27 23 February 1919 RHB

Manchester United FC, England

1 0
5 Vernon, John J.  28 26 September 1918 CHB

Belfast Celtic FC

1 0
6 Douglas, Joseph P. nk not known LHB

Belfast Celtic FC

1 0
7 Cochrane, David A. 26 14 August 1920 OR

Leeds United AFC, England

3 0
8 McAlinden, James 30 31 December 1917 IR

Portsmouth FC, England

3 0
9 McMorran, Edward J. 23 2 September 1923 CF

Belfast Celtic FC

1 0
10 Doherty, Peter D. 33 5 June 1913 IL

Derby County FC, England

11 1
11 Lockhart, Norman H. 22 4 March 1924 OL

Linfield FAC

1 2

reserves:

Jim Feeney (Linfield FAC)

team notes:

Bud Aherne had already accumulated three appearance for Éire. Johnny Carey had made ten appearances, scoring twice. Jimmy McAlinden had played twice.
West Bromwich Albion FC's Dave Walsh was the original chosen centre-forward, his place going to Eddie McMorran, after a knee injury in a club match forced his withdrawal.
"The smart rig worn by the Irish team and "Special Victory" football used in the match were supplied by The Athletic Stores Ltd., of Wellington Place." - Belfast news-letter, Monday, 30 September 1946.
 
2-3-5 Russell -
Gorman, Aherne -
Carey, Vernon, Douglas -
Cochrane, McAlinden, McMorran, Doherty, Lockhart.

Averages:

Age 27.4 Appearances/Goals 2.3 0.1

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th to 5th
Colours: The 1946 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks.
Capt: George Hardwick, first captaincy. Manager:
Masseuse: Walter Max
Walter Winterbottom, 33 (31 March 1913), appointed national director of coaching on 8 July 1946;
1st match, W 1 - D 0 - L 0 - F 7 - A 2.
Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry on Wednesday, 18 September 1946, following the trial match between FA XI and Combined XI in Nottingham.
England Lineup
  Swift, Frank V. 32 26 December 1913 G Manchester City FC 1 2 GA
2 Scott, Lawrence 29 23 April 1917 RB Arsenal FC 1 0
3 Hardwick, George F.M. 26 2 February 1920 LB Middlesbrough FC 1 0
4 Wright, William A. 22 6 February 1924 RHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1 0
5 Franklin, Cornelius 24 24 January 1922 CHB

Stoke City FC

1 0
6 Cockburn, Henry 25 14 September 1921 LHB

Manchester United FC

1 0
7 Finney, Thomas 24 5 April 1922 OR

Preston North End FC

1 1
8 Carter, Horatio S. 32 21 December 1913 IR

Derby County FC

7 3
9 Lawton, Thomas 26 6 October 1919 CF Chelsea FC 9 7
10
Mannion, Wilfred J. 28 16 May 1918 IL

Middlesbrough FC

1 3
11 Langton, Robert 28 8 September 1918 OL

Blackburn Rovers FC

1 1

reserves:

Don Welsh (Charlton Athletic FC), Eddie Shimwell (Sheffield United FC), Johnny Hancocks (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC) replaced Tom Finney.

team notes:

Stanley Matthews (Stoke City FC) was selected for the starting eleven, but had to withdraw through injury and was replaced by Tom Finney from the reserves on 23 September.
Raich Carter's seventh appearance comes nine years and 168 days after his sixth, in April 1937. Also, the only survivor from England's last official match, Tommy Lawton, his ninth appearance comes seven years and 127 days after his eighth.
"The England team arrived in Belfast by boat from Liverpool [via Euston Station, London], and went at once to the Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle, which will be their headquarters until Saturday" - Belfast News-Letter, Friday, 27 September 1946.
 

2-3-5

Swift  -
Scott, Hardwick -
Wright, Franklin, Cockburn -
Finney, Carter, Lawton, Mannion, Langton.

Averages:

Age 26.9 Appearances/Goals 2.3 0.7

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

A RECORD 57,000 people attended the first official full Home International football match since 1939 and the huge swirling crowd threatened to cancel the game as the spectators spilled on to the pitch.  Thankfully, common sense and good humour prevailed and order was restored in time for the kick-off.

The match got off to a sensational start with England taking the lead in the first minute.  George Hardwick sent the ball into the Irish penalty area and after Ahearne had made a weak attempt at a clearance, Raich Carter pounced to open the scoring.

Although Ireland tried desperately to recover they could not stop the eager England forwards.  In the seventh minute it was 2-0.  Henry Cockburn found Tommy Lawton with a lovely pass and the centre-forward fond some space brilliantly to set up and easy goal for Wilf Mannion.  Middlesbrough's Mannion scored again before half-time after Lawton's ferocious shot rebounded off the crossbar and England went in with a commanding lead.

Carter and Mannion continued to perform brilliantly after the break to completely destroy Ireland's already shattered defences.  Time and again their fine passing set up more goal chances.  Within 15 minutes England had scored two more goals through Tom Finney and Mannion, who thus completed his hat-trick.

Finney was doing just as he pleased on the right wing and by this time Mannion and Carter were walking through the demoralised Irish ranks.  Lockhart gavethe eerily silent crowd something to cheer with a goal from the left, but Lawton and then Bobby Langton underlined England's superiority with goals six and seven.  Just before the end Lockhart gave the Irish another consolation goal but it was a very dejected set of green-shirted footballers who left the field at the final whistle.

England's display had been very impressive and Carter's link up with Finney was outstanding, much better than at anytime with Stanley Matthews; Mannion's performance was also memorable.

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Raich Carter scored in the first minute of what was a memorable match for Middlesbrough team-mates Wilf Mannion and George Hardwick.  Mannion illuminated his debut with a hat-trick, and Hardwick was made skipper in his first official international. He was to make thirteen successive appearances for England, all as captain. There was a record Windsor Park crowd of 57,000 for this first Home International match since 1939. England were 3-0 up at half-time. This was England's first game under the stewardship of Walter Winterbottom, a former Manchester United centre-half who was a university-educated intellectual whose depth of knowledge about the tactics and techniques of the game were unequalled. He was shackled and stifled by a team selection system that put all the responsibility on his shoulders but most of the power in the hands of amateur selectors. Winterbottom was lucky if he got his players together a day before an international match, and often they would arrive just a few hours before the kick-off. It was nothing unusual for England team-mates to meet each other for the first time in the dressing-room shortly before going out to play.

    ....elsewhere on this day

Football League Division One:-
   Aston Villa 5 Brentford 2
   Bolton Wanderers 1 Grimsby Town 2
   Chelsea 2 Charlton Athletic 2
   Derby County 1 Blackpool 2
   Huddersfield Town 1 Everton FC 0
   Liverpool 2 Leeds United 0
   Manchester United 3 Arsenal 2
   Preston North End 1 Stoke City 3
   Sheffield United 2 Middlesbrough 1
   Sunderland 1 Blackburn Rovers 0
   Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 Portsmouth 1

Source Notes

"ENGLAND SHOCK THE I.F.A"
 "The Emergency Committee of the Irish Football Association held a special meeting in Belfast to consider a letter from the Football Association statting that their International Committee wanted assurance that only players born in Northern Ireland would be selected for the international match against England at Windsor Park on Saturday, September 28. The I.F.A. Committee did not announce their decision, but it is understood that they are to inform the Football Association that they see no reason why such an assurance should be given. The information given to the Press was: "We have drafted a reply which is being sent to the Football Association. A copy will be issued to the Press on Thursday afternoon. At the Liverpool Conference of 1923 the IFA was given international status and the Eire Association dominion status. Under this agreement the IFA had the right to select any Irish-born player attached to an English or Scottish club and the Eire Association was only permitted to call upon Eire-born players". -
Belfast News-Letter, Wednesday, 18 September 1946


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