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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
Attendance: 58,420;
Kick-off: 3.00 GMT

Match Summary
Northern Ireland Squad
England Squad

England - Stan Matthews (fifteen yard drive from a Revie pass 2)
Northern Ireland - Jimmy McIlroy (rebound after Reg Matthews could only palm away 10)
Results 1955-1960

England kicked-off. ? minutes (? & ?).

 

Match Summary

Officials

Northern Ireland

Type

England

Referee (-) - tbc
x (-).

Linesmen - tbc

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

Northern Ireland Team

 

Rank:

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: 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.
Northern Ireland Lineup
  Gregg, Henry 23 27 October 1932 G Doncaster Rovers FC, England 2 2 GA
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

reserves:

-

team notes:

Manager Peter Doherty played for Ireland against England on seven seperate 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.

Averages:

Age 25.3 Appearances/Goals 9.4 0.6

 

England Team

 

Rank:

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: Walter Winterbottom, 43 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
81st match, W 49 - D 17 - L 15 - F 231 - A 115, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee.
England Lineup
  Matthews, Reginald D. 23 20 December 1932 G Coventry City FC 5 5 GA
2       RB      
3       LB      
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       OL      

reserves:

-

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.
 
- -

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

 

    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

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