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Wednesday, 21 September 1949
International Friendly Match

England 0 Republic of Ireland 2 [0-1]


Match Summary
England Party
Repubic of Ireland Party

Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool, Lancashire
Kick-off (BST): 3.00pm.


unknown kicked-off  
  [0-1]Con Martin 32
penalty awarded after Mozley brought down Desmond
[0-2] Peter Farrell 85
lobbed the ball over the advancing keeper after being set through by O'Connor

Match Summary




Republic of Ireland

Referee (-) - John A. Mowat
x (-), Rutherglen.

Linesmen - J.H. Clough (blue flag) and G. Black (red flag)

The FIFA ruling of allowing a substitute to replace an injured player prior to the 44th minute, and a goalkeeper at any time, is in place.
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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd to 5th
Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks.
Capt: Billy Wright, eighth captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 36 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching on 8 July 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
23rd match, W 16 - D 3 - L 4 - F 75 - A 24.
Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry on Monday, 12 September 1949 in Sheffield.
England Lineup
  Williams, Bert F. 29 31 January 1920 G Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 2 3 GA
2 Mozley, Bert 26 21 September 1923 RB Derby County FC 1 0
3 Aston, John 28 3 September 1921 LB Manchester United FC 8 0
4 Wright, William A. 25 6 February 1924 RHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 23 1
5 Franklin, Cornelius 27 24 January 1922 CHB

Stoke City FC

23 0
6 Dickinson, James W. 24 24 April 1925 LHB Portsmouth FC 3 0
7 Harris, Peter P. 23 19 December 1925 OR Portsmouth FC 1 0
8 Morris, John 25 27 September 1923 IR Derby County FC 3 3
9 Pye, Jesse 29 22 December 1919 CF Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1 0
10 Mannion, Wilfred J. 31 16 May 1918 IL Middlesbrough FC 16 8
11 Finney, Thomas 27 5 April 1922 OL

Preston North End FC

19 14

unused substitute:

Phil Taylor (Liverpool FC).

team notes:

England were set-up in Southport prior to this match, using the Haig Avenue ground to train on.
First foreign country (non-Home Country) to beat England on their own soil.
First time, post-war, that England have failed to score at home. Not since 9 April 1938 vs. Scotland, have they failed to score at home.
2-3-5 Williams -
Mozley, Aston -
Wright, Franklin, Dickinson -
Harris, Morris, Pye, Mannion, Finney.


Age 26.7 Appearances/Goals 9.1 2.4


Republic of Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 30th to 29th
Colours: Green jerseys with white collar, white shorts, white and green hooped socks.
Capt: Johnny Carey Manager: Team chosen by Selection Committee on Thursday, 15 September 1949.
Republic of Ireland Lineup
  Godwin, Thomas F. 22 20 August 1927 G Shamrock Rovers FC 5 7 GA
2 Carey, John J.  30 23 February 1919 RB Manchester United FC, England 22 2
3 Aherne, Thomas 30 26 January 1919 LB Luton Town AFC, England 4 0
4 Walsh, William R. 28 31 May 1921 RHB Manchester City FC, England 7 0
5 Martin, Cornelius J. 26 20 March 1923 CHB Aston Villa FC, England 12 3
6 Moroney, Thomas 25 10 November 1923 LHB West Ham United FC, England 6 0
7 Corr, Peter 26 23 June 1923 OR Everton FC, England 3 0
8 Farrell, Peter D. 27 16 August 1922 IR Everton FC, England 9 1
9 Walsh, David J. 26 28 April 1923 CF West Bromwich Albion FC, England 11 3
10 Desmond, Peter 22 23 November 1926 IL Middlesbrough FC, England 2 0
11 O'Connor, Desmond nk nk OL Shamrock Rovers FC 2 0

unused substitutes:

not named

team notes:

Davy Walsh has also played eight times for Ireland. Johnny Carey and Peter Farrell have played seven times. Con Martin and Willie Walsh five, and Bud Aherne three times.
Johnny Carey has played three times for Ireland against England. Con Martin, Davy Walsh, Willie Walsh and Peter Farrell twice. Bud Aherne once.
2-3-5 Godwin -
Carey, Aherne -

W.Walsh, Martin, Moroney -
Corr, Farrell,
D.Walsh, Desmond, O'Connor.


Age 26.2 Appearances/Goals 7.5 0.6


     Match Report by Mike Payne

This was truly an amzing victory by the plucky Irishmen on their first visit to English soil. Every one of their team was a hear as they defied all of England's efforts.

Yet at the start, there was no inkling as to the drama that was to follow. Indeed, England could have scored after only 20 seconds. Straight from the kick-off, Wilf Mannion sent Tom Finney away and from the winger's centre, Jesse Pye headed just wide.

England immediately took hold of the game. A move between Johnny Morris and Pye ended with the centre-forawd having his shot blocked. Finney that shot straight at Godwin when it seemed he must score.

This early dominance encouraged England but the Irish defended well and they were dangerous when they broke quickly. Dave Walsh and  Farrell provided their main threat and they caused England some problems with Jimmy Dickinson particularly suspect.

After 32 minutes there came the first hint of what lay ahead. A quick pass by Moroney sent Desmond free inside the box. Bert Mozley, trying to recover, succeeded only in bringing the number-ten down from behind for an obvious penalty. It was Martin who scored from the spot to give Eire a sensational lead.

The second half was one-way traffic. With a swirling wind at their backs, England threw everything at the beleagured Irish defence. They had 90% of the possession and a whole series of amazing escapes somehow left Eire's lead intact.

Pye, Morris and Finney all hesitated when in good positions, Morris shot straight at Godwin from ten yards and then Pye did the same. Twice the inside-forawrds dawdled with the goal at their mercy and Godwin made flying saves from both Peter Harris and Wright; and when the goalkeeper was beaten, Bill Walsh and Martin cleared shots from the goal-line.

So, in rising excitement, the Irish clung on. Then, with only five minutes to go, the unbelievable happened. With England pushing everyone forward, Desmond's pass put Farrell through and suddenly the match was all over as the number-eight shot past Bert Williams.

     Match Report by Norman Giller

England were beaten on English soil by a non-British team for the first time in their history. Nine of the Irish players were with Football League clubs and two from Shamrock Rovers but all of them were born in Ireland. Johnny Carey was a magnificent captain, and Con Martin (penalty) and Peter Farrell scored in each half to produce a stunning result. Derby defender Bert Mozley made his England debut at right-back on his 26th birthday. It was an unhappy debut, too, for Wolves centre-forward Jesse Pye and Pompey's John Harris, who struck a shot against the bar with the score at 1-0. It sounded as if the majority of the 52,000 fans packed into Goodison were supporting the Irish as they battled their way to an amazing victory. Even big-hearted Billy Wright could not turn back the green tide that swept across the Goodison pitch. It was one of those days when nothing would go right for England. They had a strong wind at their backs in the second half, but still could not break down the Irish defence in which captain Johnny Carey was a colossus. England might have had three or four goals, but the ball just would not go into the net.

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