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Saturday, 9 October 1948
Home International Championship 1948-49 (54th) Match

Ireland 2 England 6 [0-1]
 

 

Match Summary
Ireland Squad
England Squad

Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, county Antrim
Attendance: 53,629;
Kick-off: 3.00pm GMT

England - Stan Matthews (a centre that went in off the post 27), Stan Mortensen (53, 58, 80 hattrick, the last was a flying header from a Cockburn freekick), Jackie Milburn (55), Stan Pearson (headed in a faultless Matthews centre 85)
Ireland - Davy Walsh (a fine header 50, 90).
Results 1946-1950

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Match Summary

Officials

Ireland

Type

England

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

Linesmen - tbc

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
  Possession  

Ireland Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 30th
Colours: Green jerseys, white shorts, blue socks.
Capt:   Manager: Team Selection by Committee
Ireland Lineup
  Smyth, William T. 22/23 1925 G Distillery FC 1 6 GA
2 Carey, John J.  29 23 February 1919 RB Manchester United FC, England 5 0
3 Martin, Cornelius J. 25 20 March 1923 LB Aston Villa FC, England 5 0
4 Walsh, William R. 27 31 May 1921 RHB Manchester City FC, England 4 0
5 Vernon, John J.  30 26 September 1918 CHB West Bromwich Albion FC, England 7 0
6 Farrell, Peter D. 26 16 August 1922 LHB Everton FC, England 6 0
7 O'Driscoll, John F. 27 20 September 1921 OR Swansea Town FC, England 1 0
8 McAlinden, James 30 31 December 1917 IR Southend United FC, England 4 0
9 Walsh, David J. 25 28 April 1923 CF West Bromwich Albion FC, England 6 3
10 Tully, Charles P. 24 11 July 1924 IL The Celtic FC, Scotland 1 0
11 Eglington, Thomas J.  25 15 January 1923 OL Everton FC, England 6 0

reserves:

-

team notes:

Johnny Carey has also made fifteen appearances for Éire, scoring twice. Peter Farrell six times. Con Martin five appearances, Jimmy McAlinden and Billy Walsh and Davy Walsh have played twice.
Johnny Carey, Tommy Eglington, Con Martin, Billy Walsh, all played for Éire against England in 1946.
 
2-3-5 Smyth -
Carey, Martin -

W.Walsh, Vernon, Farrell -
O'Driscoll, MacAlinden,
D.Walsh, Tully, Eglingbton.

Averages:

Age 26.4 Appearances/Goals 4.2 0.1

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd to 2nd
Colours: The 1946 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks.
Capt: Billy Wright, first captaincy Manager:
Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry
Walter Winterbottom, 35 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
16th match, W 12 - D 3 - L 1 - F 59 - A 14.
England Lineup
  Swift, Frank V. 34 26 December 1913 G Manchester City FC 16 14 GA
2 Scott, Lawrence 31 23 April 1917 RB

Arsenal FC

16 0
3 Howe, John R. 32 7 October 1915 LB Derby County FC 2 0
4 Wright, William A. 24 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

16 0
5 Franklin, Cornelius 26 24 January 1922 CHB

Stoke City FC

16 0
6 Cockburn, Henry 27 14 September 1921 LHB

Manchester United FC

7 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 33 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 27 10
8
Mortensen, Stanley H. 27 26 May 1921 IR Blackpool FC 8 14
9 Milburn, John E.T. 24 11 May 1924 CF Newcastle United FC 1 1
10 Pearson, Stanley C. 29 11 January 1919 IL Manchester United FC 2 1
11 Finney, Thomas 26 5 April 1922 OL

Preston North End FC

13 11

reserves:

-
 
2-3-5 Swift -
Scott, Howe -
Wright, Franklin, Cockburn -
Matthews, Mortensen, Milburn, Pearson, Finney.

Averages:

Age 28.5 Appearances/Goals 11.3 2.8

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne
 
     Match Report by Norman Giller

Billy Wright's first of 90 matches as England captain. The two Stanleys - Matthews and Mortensen - dominated the match. Matthews scored the first and helped lay on a hat-trick for his Blackpool team-mate. The Matthews goal was a freak effort. His centre from the right curled and hit an upright. The ball bounced against the head of Irish goalkeeper Willie Smyth and into the net.  'Wor Jackie' Milburn announced his debut with a neatly headed goal. Davie Walsh scored his second goal with the last kick of the match to bring a little respectability to a scoreline that flattered England. Five of the England goals came in a 30 minute burst in the second-half. The Irish more than held their own for the other hour, and might have had at least two more goals but for some desperate work by the England defenders.

Source Notes

TheFA.com
Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats

Norman Giller, Football Author
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CG