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Wednesday, 5 November 1947
Home International Championship 1947-48 (53rd) Match

England 2 Ireland 2 [0-0]


Match Summary
Ireland Squad
England Squad

Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool, Lancashire
Attendance: 67,980;
Kick-off: 2.45pm GMT

Ireland - Dave Walsh (55), Peter Doherty (90).
England - Wilf Mannion (84), Tommy Lawton (87).
Results 1946-1950

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Match Summary

Officials from Scotland




Referee (-) - Peter Fitzpatrick
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Linesmen - tbc

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd to 4th
Colours: The 1946 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks.
Capt: George Hardwick, 11th captaincy. Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 34 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
11th match, W 8 - D 2 - L 1 - F 43 - A 10.
England Lineup
  Swift, Frank     G Manchester City FC   GA
2 Scott, Lawrence     RB Arsenal FC    
3 Hardwick, George F.M.     LB Middlesbrough FC    
4 Taylor, Philip H.     RHB Liverpool FC    
5 Franklin, Cornelius F.     CHB Stoke City FC    
6 Wright, William A.     LHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC    
7 Matthews, Stanley     OR Blackpool FC    
8 Mortensen, Stanley H.     IR Blackpool FC    
9 Lawton, Thomas 28 6 October 1919 CF Chelsea FC 19 20
10 Mannion, Wilfred J.     IL Middlesbrough FC    
11 Finney, Thomas     OL Preston North End FC    


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Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 30th to 27th
Capt: Jack Vernon Manager:  
Ireland Lineup
  Hinton, Edward      G Fulham FC   GA
2 Martin, C. J.     RB Leeds United AFC    
3 Carey, J. J.     LB Manchester United FC    
4 Walsh, W.     RHB Manchester City FC    
5 Vernon, John J.     CHB West Bromwich Albion FC    
6 Farrell, P. D.     LHB Everton FC    
7 Cochrane, D.     OR Leeds United AFC    
8 Smyth, S.     IR Wolverhampton Wanderers FC    
9 Walsh, D. J.     CF West Bromwich Albion FC    
10 Doherty, P. D.     IL Huddersfield Town FC    
11 Eglington, T. J.      OL Everton FC    


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    Match Report

Northern Ireland performed superbly in securing a startling draw on English soil against heavily-favoured England in an enthralling match that took dramatic twists and turns.  

England had beaten Northern Ireland 12 times in succession; the last point Northern Ireland had taken against England had come 20 years before in 1927.  This was the second post-war meeting between the two.  England had won 7-2 at Belfast's Windsor Park in their first post-war international match in September, 1946.

For the fourth successive match,  England fielded one of the greatest forward lines ever assembled--Stanley Matthews, Stan Mortensen, Tommy Lawton, Wilf Mannion and Tom Finney.  The selectors had discovered in May that they could play both Finney and Matthews in the same team by switching the versatile Finney to the left wing.  This switch brought together a marvelous attacking combination that had produced three straight one-sided away victories over Portugal, 10-0, Belgium, 5-2, and Wales, 3-0.   

England had a decided advantage in play over the first half hour, but failed to capitalize on it.  Mannion, the best England forward on the day, and Finney played well, but Matthews was quieter than usual.  As the half progressed, Northern Ireland's customary passion brought them into the game.  But a great deal of effort from both teams went unrewarded, and the half ended scoreless.

The second half was astonishing.  The Irish took the lead nine minutes in when Dave Walsh scored from a Peter Doherty pass.  Inspired, the Irish twice threatened to increase their lead, Tommy Eglington and Sammy Smyth almost breaking through England's shaky defence.

The prospect of an upset already had injected great tension into the match, but sudden reversals in fortune over the last 20 minutes took spectators to levels of excitement that surely left them drained.   

At 70 minutes, Matthews was brought down in the penalty area.  An England equalizer through the ensuing penalty kick seemed certain, but Ted Hinton saved from Mannion.

Yet England remained composed and continued to fight.  Only seven minutes remained when Billy Wright, playing well forward, set up Mannion for the equalizer.  

Mannion wasn't finished. Soon after he put Matthews clear down the right for a perfectly flighted cross that found Lawton, whose magnificent volley from 15 yards put England one up.

As the match reached its final seconds, it seemed England would prevail once again despite a spirited Irish display deserving more than another loss.  But, with the last kick of the game, Eglington sent over a fine cross, Doherty hurled himself forward, and Northern Ireland were level again.  The final whistle came right away, and jubilant Irish supporters carried Doherty, injured in his last-gasp effort, from the pitch.

    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

Three goals came in the last eight minutes after Northern Ireland had battled to hang on to a 54th minute lead given to them by West Bromwich Albion centre-forward Davie Walsh. 'Peter the Great' Doherty headed a last-minute minute equaliser for the Irish following goals in quick succession for England by Wilf Mannion and Tommy Lawton. Mannion had a penalty saved in the 70th minute by Fulham goalkeeper Eddie Hinton. The roar that greeted the save from the predominantly Irish crowd could have been heard back in Belfast. It was the first time in 13 meetings with England that the Irish had avoided defeat, and the game had a suitably explosive finish for Guy Fawkes Day. It would have been an injustice had Northern Ireland not got a draw from this game. They were often the superior side, with Peter Doherty pulling the strings and playing with the skill that made him one of the world's outstanding inside-forwards. He was carried off at the end by jubilant Irish supporters, who counted this as a victory. There were 68,000 shoe-horned into the Goodison ground, and most of them seemed to be shouting for the Irish who must have felt it was like a home game.

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller, Football Author