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Wednesday, 16 November 1949
Home International Championship 1949-50 (55th) Match

World Cup 1950 UEFA Group One Qualification Match

England 9 Ireland 2 [4-0]


Match Summary
England Party
Ireland Party

Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester, Lancashire
Kick-off (GMT): 2.30pm.

Attendance: 69,472.
Receipt: 10,700.

unknown kicked-off  
[1-0] Jack Rowley 5
 left-footed shot from a Froggatt centre
[2-0] Jack Froggatt 25
 headed in a Finney centre

[3-0] Stan Pearson 31
 'plundered' from close range
[4-0] Stan Mortensen 35
 headed in a Rowley centre

[5-0] Jack Rowley 46

 from a Froggatt pass
[6-0] Stan Mortensen 50
 a fierce drive from a Rowley header

[7-1] Jack Rowley 57 HAT-TRICK

 from the kick-off
[8-1] Jack Rowley 59
 tapped in a Mortensen pass back
[9-1] Stan Pearson 68
 following a Finney run

[6-1] Sammy Smyth 56
from McKenna

[9-2] Bobby Brennan 75
after Franklin failed to intercept

Match Summary





Referee (-) - Benjamin Mervyn Griffiths
x (-), Abertillery, Monmouthshire.

Linesmen - E. Plinston, Cheshire, and J.A.A. Murphy, Ireland.

No substitutes permitted, as per UK ruling.

  Goal Attempts  
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  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
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  Fouls Conceded  

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th to 3rd
Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks.
Capt: Billy Wright, tenth captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 36 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching on 8 July 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
25th match, W 18 - D 3 - L 4 - F 88 - A 27.
Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry on Monday, 7 November 1949.
England Lineup
  Streten, Bernard R. 28 14 January 1921 G Luton Town FC 1 2 GA
2 Mozley, Bert 26 21 September 1923 RB Derby County FC 3 0
3 Aston, John 28 3 September 1921 LB Manchester United FC 10 0
4 Watson, Willie 29 7 March 1920 RHB Sunderland AFC 1 0
5 Franklin, Cornelius 27 24 January 1922 CHB

Stoke City FC

25 0
6 Wright, William A. 25 6 February 1924 LHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

25 1
7 Finney, Thomas 27 5 April 1922 OR

Preston North End FC

21 14
8 Mortensen, Stanley H. 28 26 May 1921 IR Blackpool FC 14 17
Rowley, John F. 31 7 October 1918 CF Manchester United FC 4 5
10 Pearson, Stanley C. 30 11 January 1919 IL Manchester United FC 4 3
11 Froggatt, Jack 26 17 November 1922 OL Portsmouth FC 1 1


Laurie Hughes (Liverpool FC)

team notes:

England were set-up in Southport prior to this match, using the Haig Avenue ground to train on.
Streten is the smallest goalkeeper since Teddy Davison in 1922. He is also the first Luton player since Ernie Simms, also in 1922.
Far from the fact that five players were dropped from that match against Wales, those omitted players, Bert Williams, Jimmy Dickinson, Jackie Milburn, Len Shackleton and Johnny Hancocks, were invited to Maine Road to maintain the 'international atmosphere".
2-3-5 Streten -
Mozley, Aston -
Watson, Franklin, Wright -
Finney, Mortensen, Rowley, Pearson, Froggatt.


Age 27.7 Appearances/Goals 9.9 2.9


Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 40th to 42nd
Colours: Green jerseys, white shorts, blue socks.
Capt: Jackie Vernon Manager: Team Selection by Committee, on Monday, 7 November 1949.
Ireland Lineup
  Kelly, Hugh R. 30 17 August 1919 G Fulham FC, England 1 9 GA
2 Feeney, James M. 28 23 June 1921 RB Swansea Town FC, England 2 0
3 McMichael, Alfred 22 1 October 1927 LB Newcastle United FC, England 2 0
4 Bowler, Gerald C. 30 8 June 1919 RHB Hull City AFC, England 2 0
5 Vernon, John J.  31 26 September 1918 CHB West Bromwich Albion FC, England 11 0
6 McCabe, James J. 31 17 September 1918 LHB Leeds United AFC, England 3 0
7 Cochrane, David A. 29 14 August 1920 OR Leeds United AFC, England 12 0
8 Smyth, Samuel 24 25 February 1925 IR Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, England 7 5
9 Brennan, Robert A. 24 14 March 1925 CF Birmingham City FC, England 3 1
10 Tully, Charles P. 25 11 July 1924 IL The Celtic FC, Scotland 2 0
11 McKenna, John 23 6 June 1926 OL Huddersfield Town AFC, England 2 0


H. Walsh (Linfield FC).
2-3-5 Kelly -
Feeney, McMichael -
Bowler, Vernon, McCabe -
Cochrane, Smyth, Brennan, Tully, McKenna.


Age 27.0 Appearances/Goals 4.3 0.3


     Match Report by Mike Payne

Grey sky and persistent drizzle could not dampen the Manchester crowd's enthusiasm for one of England's most impreesive and fluent performances. They completely overwhelmed the Northern Ireland side with a display of football that was pure delight.

The Irish offered plenty of pluck and never gave up but really there was only one team in it. The goals simply rained into the Irish net and poor Kelly in goal did not know what him.

After five minutes Jack Rowley sent Jack Froggatt away and then followed up to meet the centre smoothly to shoot home. Although Smyth and Tully set the England defence a few problems, when Tom Finney took a hold of the match in the 25th minute, the landslide began.

Playing one of his best-ever games he conjured up some sheer magic as he teased the whole Irish defence with the balance, poise, speed and footwork. Poor McMichael did not know which way to turn next. In that 25th minute, perfect footwork and controlled speed took Finney past three defenders on the right and Froggatt headed in the cross as clean as a whistle.

Within minutes the ball was off again, moving swiftly between Willie Watson, Finney, Billy Wright and Stan Mortensen before Stan Pearson joined in to add the finishing touch.

Hardly had the crowd had time to enjoy that little gem before they looked up to see Mortensen flying through the air to meet Finney's centre with a glorious header to make it 4-0 at half-time.

Rowley made it five a minute into the second half and shortly afterwards Kelly could only hear Mortensen's shot whizz pas thim. Smyth did pull one goal back for the Irish, but England were at full steam now, doing exactly what they liked, when they liked. Rowley scored two more goals, both of which had all the forwards helping in the build-up. The first 13 minutes of the second half had seen five goals.

A Finney headed pass to Pearson gave the England number nine the chance to score, appropriately, their ninth goal. Finally, a goal by Brennan, after a mistake by Neil Franklin, ended the scoring and an altogether extraordinary afternoon.

     Match Report by Norman Giller

Jack Rowley, deputising for injured Jackie Milburn, hammered four goals against an Irish team that had gone down 8-2 against Scotland in their previous match. Pompey's Jack Froggatt scored on his debut. England Test cricketer Willie Watson won the first of four caps at right-half, and former amateur international Bernard Streten got his only full England call while playing in the Second Division with Luton. Fulham's Irish goalkeeper Hugh Kelly had to pick the ball out of his net 28 times in five successive international matches.

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)
Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats
Clive Leatherdale's England's Quest For The World Cup (Methuen London Ltd, London, 1984)

Norman Giller
, Football Author