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Tuaisceart Éireann


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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: 58,500;
Kick-off: 3.00 GMT

Match Summary
Northern Ireland Squad
England Squad

England - Stan Matthews (2)
Northern Ireland - Jimmy McIlroy (10)
Results 1955-1960

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Match Summary


Northern Ireland



Referee (-) - tbc
x (-).

Linesmen - tbc

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
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  Fouls Conceded  

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:   Manager:  
Northern Ireland Lineup
        G     GA
2       RB      
3       LB      
4       RHB      
5       CHB      
6       LHB      
7       OR      
8       IR      
9       CF      
10       IL      
11       OL      


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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


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: 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
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      



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.
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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.

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