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Saturday, 6 October 1956
Home International Championship 1956-57 (62nd) Match

Northern Ireland 1 England 1 [1-1]

Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, county Antrim
Kick-off (GMT): 3.00pm;
Attendance: 58,420; Receipts: �9550 (a new Irish record)

Ireland won the toss England kicked-off Match Summary
Northern Ireland Party
England Party

[1-1] Jimmy McIlroy 10
 volleyed the ball from 16-yards over after keeper's head after Matthews palmed McParland's throw into his path
[0-1] Stan Matthews 2
15-yard left-footed drive from a Revie pass into the far corner

Match Summary

Officials from Scotland

Northern Ireland



Referee (-) - Hugh Phillips
x (-), Wishaw.

Linesmen - Alexander P. Davidson, Castle Douglas, and Alexander F. Murray, Glasgow.

  Goal Attempts  
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Northern Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 46th to 43rd
Colours: Green continental jerseys with white v-neck collar/cuffs, white shorts, blue socks with white tops.
Capt: Danny Blanchflower Manager:
Attendant/Trainer: G. Morgan (Linfield FAC)
Peter Dermot Doherty, 43 (5 June 1913), appointed October 1951, also manager at Doncaster Rovers FC since June 1949.
seventeenth match, W 2 - D - 5 - L 10 - F 18 - A 40.
Team chosen on Wednesday, 26 September 1956
Northern Ireland Lineup
  Gregg, Henry 23 27 October 1932 G Doncaster Rovers FC, England 2 2ᵍᵃ
2 Cunningham, William E. 26 20 February 1930 RB Leicester City FC, England 8 0
3 McMichael, Alfred 29 1 October 1927 LB Newcastle United FC, England 19 0
4 Blanchflower, R. Dennis 30 10 February 1926 RHB Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 20 0
5 Blanchflower, John 23 7 March 1933 CHB Manchester United FC, England 6 1
6 Casey, Thomas 26 11 March 1930 LHB Newcastle United FC, England 3 0
7 Bingham, William L. 25 5 August 1931 OR Sunderland AFC, England 18 2
8 McIlroy, James 24 25 October 1931 IR Burnley FC, England 16 1
9 Jones, James 28 25 July 1928 CF Glenavon FC 2 1
10 McAdams, William J. 22 20 January 1934 IL Manchester City FC, England 3 1
11 McParland, Peter J. 22 25 April 1934 OL Aston Villa FC, England 6 2


Tommy Dickson (Linfield FAC)

team notes:

Manager Peter Doherty played for Ireland against England on seven separate occasions from 1935 until 1947, scoring one in 1947.
Danny and Jackie Blanchflower are brothers.
2-3-5 Gregg -
Cunningham, McMichael -

D.Blanchflower, J.Blanchflower, Casey -
Bingham, McIlroy, Jones, McAdams, McParland.


Age 25.3 Appearances/Goals 9.4 0.6


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 1954 Umbro home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, red socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, 63rd captaincy Manager:
Attendant/Trainer: Jack Marshall (Sheffield Wednesday FC)
Walter Winterbottom, 43 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
81st match, W 49 - D 17 - L 15 - F 231 - A 115, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee on Monday, 24 September, announced 30 September.
England Lineup
  Matthews, Reginald D. 23 20 December 1932 G Coventry City FC 5 5ᵍᵃ
2 Hall, Jeffrey J. 27 7 September 1929 RB Birmingham City FC 10 0
3 Byrne, Roger W. 27 8 September 1929 LB Manchester United FC 23 0
4 Clayton, Ronald 22 5 August 1934 RHB Blackburn Rovers FC 7 0
5 Wright, William A. 32 6 February 1924 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

78 3
6 Edwards, Duncan 20 1 October 1936 LHB Manchester United FC 10 1
7 Matthews, Stanley 41 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 48 11
8 Revie, Donald G. 29 10 July 1927 IR Manchester City FC 6 4
9 Taylor, Thomas 24 29 January 1932 CF Manchester United FC 11 4
10 Wilshaw, Dennis J. 30 11 March 1926 IL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 12 10
11 Grainger, Colin 23 10 June 1933 OL Sheffield United FC 5 3


Jim Langley (Brighton & Hove Albion FC)

team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record 43rd consecutive match.
Stan Matthews becomes England's oldest goalscorer, aged 41 years and 248 days.
The team gathered together on Monday, 1 October, at St. Andrews, Birmingham City FC, for training and a rain-soaked practice match that finished 3-0 to England (30 min. period followed by a 15 min. period), before traveling to the Central Council of Physical Recreation in Lilleshall, where they also played against Wolverhampton Wanderers FC on Tuesday, losing 3-2. On Wednesday, the team flew to Dublin to watch the match between Republic of Ireland and Denmark, before training at Bangor on Thursday and Friday.
2-3-5 R.Matthews -
Hall, Byrne -
Clayton, Wright, Edwards -

S.Matthews, Revie, Taylor, Wilshaw, Grainger.


Age 27.1 Appearances/Goals 19.5 3.2


    Match Report by Mike Payne

England had nearly always been assured of victory in Northern Ireland but on this occasion they came so very close to losing. Despite an inspired opening burst, they ended the match hanging on for dear life to the draw.

The visitors began with a devastating first nine minutes. With the magnificent win in Germany still fresh in their memory. England played some superb football. They pushed the ball around with arrogance and confidence and twice in the opening seconds, Ronnie Clayton and Don Revie set up Stan Matthews to provide tantalising centres to fully test the Irish rearguard.

This was followed up in the third minute with a glorious goal. Fine interpassing between Duncan Edwards, Revie and Tommy Taylor ended with the centre-forward putting a square pass inside to Revie. Revie flicked it to his right and Stan Matthews came in to shoot a lovely, low left-foot shot into the far corner. It was his first international goal for eight years and, coincidentally, his last one was also against the Irish at Windsor Park.

    Match Report by Norman Giller

A rare goal from Stanley Matthews (his eleventh and last in international football) after just two minutes gave England a dream start, but they were hustled out of their stride by a Northern Ireland team motivated by a dazzling performance from skipper Danny Blanchflower.  Jimmy McIlroy equalised after ten minutes when goalkeeper Reg Matthews palmed a long throw from Peter McParland into his path.  McIlroy was faced with an open goal five minutes from the end but hit a post. If he had found the net, it would have given Northern Ireland their first home win over England since 1927.  There was a lot of good-natured ribbing of Stanley Matthews over his goal. His last goal for England had been eight years earlier, also against Northern Ireland and also at Windsor Park. Jackie Blanchflower, Danny's brother and always a quick wit, asked: "Why does he always pick on us?" Danny himself came into the dressing-room after the match and told Stanley that he had been a schoolboy spectator in short trousers when he scored his last goal. "You'll have a long beard by the time I score the next one," said Stanley, with that poker-faced humour of his. Danny had a magnificent match, and it was clear the Irish were getting a powerful team together for their World Cup challenge.

  ....elsewhere on this day

Football League Division One:
   Arsenal 7 Manchester City 3
   Birmingham City 0 Bolton Wanderers 0

   Burnley 2 Blackpool 2
   Cardiff City 4 Leeds United 1

   Chelsea 2 Tottenham Hotspur 4
   Manchester United 4 Charlton Athletic 2

   Newcastle United 2 Luton Town 2
   Portsmouth 5 Aston Villa 1
   Preston North End 0 Everton 0

   Sheffield Wednesday 3 Sunderland 2
   West Bromwich Albion 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1
Football League Division One Table:
  Manchester United P 11 20pts
  Tottenham Hotspur P 11 17pts
  Leeds United P 12 16pts
  Burnley P 12 15pts
  Blackpool P 11 15pts
  Birmingham City P 11 14pts
  Bolton Wanderers P 12 13pts
  Luton Town P 11 13pts
  Wolverhampton Wanderers P 11 12pts
  Preston North End P 12 12pts
  Sheffield Wednesday P 12 12pts
  Arsenal P 12 11pts
  Newcastle United P 11 11pts
  Aston Villa P 11 10pts
  West Bromwich Albion P 11 10pts
  Cardiff City P 12 10pts
  Chelsea P 11 8pts
  Everton P 12 8pts
  Sunderland P 11 7pts
  Portsmouth P 11 7pts
  Manchester City P 12 6pts
  Charlton Athletic P 12 5pts
  The Top Twenty UK Music Chart by New Musical Express
  On Friday, 15 November 1952, The New Musical Express published the first ever singles chart in the UK, comprising the twelve highest selling singles of the week, it increased to twenty on Friday, 1 October 1954, and thirty on Friday, 13 April 1956. When England beat West Germany, Ronnie Hilton's No Other Love was still the best selling single. This chart was published on Friday, 25 May 1956:-
1. (=) No Other Love - Ronnie Hilton (HMV)
2. (4) A Tear Fell - Teresa Brewer (Vogue Coral)
3. (2) The Poor People Of Paris - Winifred Atwell (Decca)
4. (7) I'll Be Home - Pat Boone (London)
5. (3) My September Love - David Whitfield (Decca)
6. (5) Rock And Roll Waltz - Kay Starr (HMV)
7. (10) Lost John/Stewball - Lonnie Donegan (Pye Nixa)
8. (14) Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley (HMV)
9. (8) The Happy Whistler - Don Robertson (Capitol)
10. (9) Main Title Theme From 'Man With The Golden Arm' - Billy May (Capitol)
11 (=)  
12. (4)  
13. (2)  
14. (7)  
15. (3)  
16. (5)  
17. (10)  
18. (14)  
19. (8)  
20. (9)  

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

Norman Giller
, Football Author
Drew Herbertson, Scottish FA historian