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Sunday, 19 May 1957
VM Coupe Jules Rimet Fotboll UEFA Group One Qualification Match

Republic of Ireland 1 England 1 [0-0]


Match Summary
Republic of Ireland Party
 England Party

Dalymount Park, Phibsborough, Dublin
Kick-off (BST): 3.30pm

unknown kicked off  
Alf Ringstead 3 John Atyeo 89

Match Summary

Officials from Scotland

Republic of Ireland



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

Linesmen - Alexander Purves, Edinburgh (orange flag) and William R. Leggatt, Clydebank (red flag)

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
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  Fouls Conceded  

Republic of Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 24th
Colours: Green jerseys with white collar, white shorts, white and green hooped socks.
Capt: Noel Cantwell Manager: John Carey
Republic of Ireland Lineup
  Godwin, Thomas F.     G Shamrock Rovers FC or AFC Bournemouth, England 11 20ᵍᵃ
2 Cantwell, Noel E.C.     RB West Ham United FC, England    
3 Dunne, Seamus     LB Luton Town FC, England    
4 Saward, Patrick     RHB Aston Villa FC, England    
5 Hurley, Charles J.     CHB Millwall FC, England    
6 Nolan, Ronald C.     LHB Shamrock Rovers FC    
7 Haverty, Joseph     OR Arsenal FC, England    
8 Fitzsimons, Arthur     IR Middlesbrough FC, England    
9 Curtis, Dermot P.     CF Bristol City FC, England    
10 Whelan, William A.     IL Manchester United FC, England    
11 Ringstead, Alfred     OL Sheffield United FC, England    


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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, seventieth captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 44 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
88th match, W 55 - D 18 - L 15 - F 254 - A 122, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee.
England Lineup
  Hodgkinson, Alan 20 16 August 1936 G Sheffield United FC 4 4ᵍᵃ
2 Hall, Jeffrey J. 27 7 September 1929 RB Birmingham City FC 17 0
final app 1955-57
3 Byrne, Roger W. 27 8 September 1929 LB Manchester United FC 30 0
4 Clayton, Ronald 22 5 August 1934 RHB Blackburn Rovers FC 14 0
5 Wright, William A. 33 6 February 1924 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

85 3
most apps 1946-57
6 Edwards, Duncan 20 1 October 1936 LHB Manchester United FC 15 4
7 Finney, Thomas 35 5 April 1922 OR

Preston North End FC

67 27
8 Atyeo, P. John W. 25 7 February 1932 IR Bristol City FC 6 5
final app 1955-57
9 Taylor, Thomas 25 29 January 1932 CF Manchester United FC 16 14
10 Haynes, John N. 22 17 October 1934 IL Fulham FC 13 6
760 11 Pegg, David 21 20 September 1935 OL Manchester United FC 1 0
only app 1957



team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record fiftieth consecutive match.
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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

England, needing a point to qualify for the World Cup finals, were rocked and shocked by a third minute goal from Dublin-born winger Alf Ringstead. He crashed a loose ball wide of his Sheffield United team-mate Alan Hodgkinson to send the capacity crowd in Dalymount Park wild.  From then on England struggled to make any impact against an inspired Irish defence in which Bournemouth goalkeeper Tommy Godwin and Millwall centre-half Charlie Hurley were outstanding. The game was into its last minute when Tom Finney fired over a perfect cross for John Atyeo to head a superbly taken equaliser that gave relieved England a passport to Sweden. David Pegg, who came in for the injured Stanley Matthews, won his only cap before becoming one of the vićtims of the Munich air crash. Atyeo's goal saved England a lot of embarrassment, and a hammering from the press. The selectors rewarded John by never selecting him again! He returned to Bristol where he created new goal scoring and appearance records for City before concentrating full-time on his teaching career. He eventually became a headmaster, which he had always been on the football pitch.

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
Drew Herbertson, Scottish FA historian