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337 vs. Northern Ireland
Saturday, 4 October 1958
Home International Championship 1958-59 (64th) Match


Northern Ireland 3 England 3
[1-1]
 
 
Winterbottom's one hundredth match in charge
Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, county Antrim
Kick-off (BST): 3.00pm
Attendance: '58,000'; sold-out
Players lost since last match
Jack Harrow (19 July 1958) 69
David Jack (10 September) 60
Danny Blanchflower won the toss Bobby Charlton kicked off
     
[1-0] Wilbur Cush 33
 slid in a shot from 12yds into an empty net after running through unchallenged from a Jimmy McIlroy through-ball
 
 
[1-1] Peter Cush shot saved onto post 43
[0-0] a strike hits the post


[1-1] Bobby Charlton 39
an accurate right-foot shot from edge of penalty area into top corner after Johnny Haynes passed on a Finney corner
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[2-1] Bertie Peacock 58
 twenty-yard drive following a Billy Bingham centre

[3-2] Tommy Casey charged 67
 'McDonald was holding a McParland shot when he was charged by Casey and the ball rolled into the net.

[3-3] Billy Bingham strike hits the crossbar
89

[2-2] Tom Finney 65
beat Keith and Gregg to a pass-back to slip the ball in


[3-3] Bobby Charlton 79
a left-footed shot from a Johnny Haynes pass, from another Finney ball
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Referee (black)
Robert Holley Davidson
30 (19 July 1928), Airdrie
 
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Northern Ireland Team
 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 23rd to 22nd
Colours: Made by Bukta - Green continental jerseys with white v-neck collar/cuffs, white shorts, green socks with white tops.
Capt: Danny Blanchflower Manager: Peter Dermot Doherty, 45 (5 June 1913), appointed October 1951, also manager at Bristol City FC since January 1958.
33rd match, W 7 - D - 12 - L 14 - F 40 - A 63.
team chosen on Wednesday, 24 September 1958
Team attendant: Gerry Morgan (Linfield FC)
Northern Ireland Lineup
  Gregg, Henry 25
342 days
27 October 1932 G Manchester United FC, England 15 22ᵍᵃ
2 Keith, Richard M. 25
142 days
15 May 1933 RB Newcastle United FC, England 9 0
3 Graham, W.G. Leonard 32
352 days
17 October 1925 LB Doncaster Rovers FC, England 14 0
final app 1951-58
4 Blanchflower, R. Dennis 32
236 days
10 February 1926 RHB Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 36 0
most apps 1958
5 Cunningham, William E. 28
226 days
20 February 1930 CHB Leicester City FC, England 22 0
6
Peacock, Robert 30
5 days
29 September 1928 LHB The Celtic, Scotland 20 1
10
McIlroy, James 26
344 days
25 October 1931 AM Burnley FC, England 32 4
7
Bingham, William L. 27
60 days
5 August 1931 OR Luton Town AFC, England 34 4
8
Cush, Wilbur 30
116 days
10 June 1928 RF Leeds United AFC, England 17 5
9
Casey, Thomas 28
207 days
11 March 1930 LF Portsmouth FC, England 11 2
11 McParland, Peter J. 24
162 days
25 April 1934 OL Aston Villa FC, England 20 7
reserves: Tommy Forde (Ards FC)
team notes: 'Played the twin centre-forward game to perfection with two wing halves.'
An Irish outcry occurred when the team was announced over the absence of Alf McGuinness. His club, Newcastle United FC, refused to release him.
The Ireland team were set up in Portstewart prior to the match
Manager Peter Doherty played for Ireland against England on seven separate occasions from 1935 until 1947, scoring one in 1947.
 
2-3-(1-4)5 Gregg -
Keith, Graham -
Blanchflower, Cunningham, Peacock -
McIlroy,
Bingham, Cush, Casey, McParland
Averages: Age 28 years 168 days Appearances/Goals 20.9 1.8
 
England Team
 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th to 5th
Colours: The 1954 Umbro home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, red socks with white calf hoop.
33rd match, W 17 - D 7 - L 6 - F 83 - A 41.⁴³
Capt: Billy Wright³
82nd W 46 - D 19 - L 17 - F 204 - A 119.⁹⁰
Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 45 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
100th match, W 59 - D 23 - L 18 - F 278 - A 140, one abandoned.¹³⁹
Trainer: Harold Shepherdson
Team chosen by Selection Committee, headed by Joe Mears, on Monday, 29 September.
England Lineup
  three changes to the previous match (McGuinness, Charlton & Finney>Slater, Kevan & A'Court) league position (29 September)  
  McDonald, Colin A. 27
354 days
15 October 1930 G Burnley FC (FL 12th) 6 9ᵍᵃ
2 Howe, Donald 22
357 days
12 October 1935 RB West Bromwich Albion FC (FL 8th) 12 0
3 Banks, Thomas, injured 72 min. 28
328 days
10 November 1929 LB/OL Bolton Wanderers FC (FL 3rd) 6 0
final app 1958
4 Clayton, Ronald 24
60 days
5 August 1934 RHB/
CHB
Blackburn Rovers FC (FL 13th) 22 0
5 Wright, William A. 34
240 days
6 February 1924 CHB/LB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 9th) 97 3
most apps 1952-58
773 6 McGuinness, Wilfred 20
344 days
25 October 1937 LHB Manchester United FC (FL 6th) 1 0
the twentieth United player to represent England
7 Brabrook, Peter 20
330 days
8 November 1937 OR Chelsea FC (FL 4th) 2 0
8 Broadbent, Peter F. 25
142 days
15 May 1933 IR/RHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 9th) 2 0
9
Charlton, Robert 20
358 days
11 October 1937 CF Manchester United FC (FL 6th) 4 5
10
Haynes, John N. 23
352 days
17 October 1934 IL Fulham FC (FL2 TOP) 25 9
11
Finney, Thomas 36
182 days
5 April 1922 OL Preston North End FC (FL 2nd) 75 30
most goals 1958
reserves: Bob Morton (Luton Town FC (FL TOP)).
pre-match notes: England played Bolton Wanderers on 1 October at Burnden Park where they had three short practice matches winning 6-1 on aggregate (Broadbent, Finney (2), Charlton (2) and Haynes), and played Manchester City the day after at Maine Road. The forty-minute match was won 4-2 by England (Haynes (2), Broadbent and Charlton; McAdams and Hayes in reply), afterwhich they left Ringway airport on the 4.10pm plane to Belfast.
team notes: Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record 62nd consecutive match.
Late in the second half, 72nd minute, Tommy Banks pulled up with a pulled thigh muscle and Peter Brabrook was also limping.
records: This is England's record-equaling ninth match in 1958, with two matches still to play. It is the first time they have recorded five draws in a single calendar year,
 
2-3-5 McDonald -
Howe, Banks -
Clayton, Wright, McGuinness -
Brabrook, Broadbent, Charlton, Haynes, Finney.
notes: in the 72nd min., following Banks' injury, he went to outside left, Wright took up his position. Clayton moved to the centre and Broadbent dropped back.
Averages: Age 26 years 46 days Appearances/Goals 22.9 4.0
Winterbottom's XI after 100 matches Williams (24) -
Ramsey (32), Byrne (33) -
Wright (97), Franklin (27), Dickinson (48) -
Matthews (37), Mortensen/Haynes (25), Lofthouse (31), Mannion (26), Finney (75)
After 100 matches, Winterbottom has used 122 players, 152 on to teamsheets and 177 into his various parties.
 
              Match Report by Mike Payne

WHAT a spectacular match! This was the closest Northern Ireland have come to beating England on Irish soil since 1927. Three times they led and twice they hit the woodwork. In driving rain and cloying mud, both sides served up a feast of entertainment and seldom has a game had so many talking points.

Some 58,000 people crammed into Windsor Park and they were soon getting right behind their favourites as Ireland produced their usual passionate start to the game. This style always gave England a hard time although the extra skill factor remained with the visitors, Bobby Charlton, (why, oh why had he not been given a game in Sweden?), looked in sparkling form. His pedigree was there for all to see and his roving centre-forward role worked a treat.

The Irish were driven on by Blanchflower and McIlroy. They held the midfield together quickly shutting down on England's space and making them work for everything. Peacock, Cush and the lively Bingham gave them good support and on the half-hour Ireland deservedly took the lead. Good work by Blanchflower down the middle ended with a fine pass to Cush who crashed home an excellent shot for the first goal.

England, though, were quickly level. Charlton, who kept popping up everywhere eagerly wanting the ball, received a short pass from Johnny Haynes, turned sharply and fired in a rocket shot which flew into the top corner of Gregg's goal from just outside the area. It was a magnificent goal.

The rain had been incessant throughout the first half and England had done well to share the honours at half-time. But 15 minutes after the restart, Ireland once again sent their fans wild with delight. Blanchflower sent Bingham away down the right and the winger found McParland. When the deep centre came over, Peacock was there to hit home a fine goal.

No sooner had the the crowd celebrated that goal than England were level again. This time Tom Finney burst through on to a Charlton pass before cleverly sliding the ball under the advancing Gregg's body. A slip by Cunningham had given the Preston winger the chance to create a new scoring record for England with his 30th international goal.

The excitement continued unabated and with 20 minutes left, Ireland forced themselves into the lead again. Another cross from McParland was caught by Colin McDonald, only for Casey to come in and barge the 'keeper and the ball over the line. It was shades of Nat Lofthouse's effort in the previous season's FA Cup Final for Bolton against Manchester Uniteed. How ruefully Gregg, in the Irish goal, must have viewed Casey's copy-cat goal.

Still England were not finished and it was Charlton who once again produced a stunning goal to equalise for a third time. Surging past two defenders on the left, he took Haynes' pass inside Keith and unleashed yet another of those awesome shots from long range. Once more Gregg was left clutching only raindrops as the ball thudded into the net to stifle any thoughts the home side had of victory.

  

              Match Report by Norman Giller

Northern Ireland and England concocted a thriller on a waterlogged, mudheap of a pitch. Bobby Charlton, playing at centre-forward, scored with two thunderbolt shots to add fuel to the arguments that he should have been let off the leash in the World Cup. The Irish bravely led three times through Cush, Peacock and Casey as they searched for their first victory over England in Belfast since 1927. Bobby Charlton's two equalising goals sandwiched England's second goal by Tom Finney. This was a memorable milestone for the Preston Plumber. It was his thirtieth goal for England, a new all-time scoring record. Two Manchester United youngsters took the eye. Twenty-year-old Wilf McGuinness, another of the Busy Babes, won the first of what would surely have been many England caps but for a broken leg virtually ending his career in 1961.  Wilf, later to have an uncomfortable spell in charge at Old Trafford, would have been on the Munich flight but for staying behind in Manchester for a cartilage operation. The star of the match was Bobby Charlton, and it revived the question that had been asked so many times in Sweden, 'Why oh why was he not selected for at least one game in the World Cup?'
  

              Match Report as appears in the F.A. Yearbook 1959-60 page 32

The first full International was also marred by a heavy storm which reduced the pitch almost to a mud-heap. Both sides, however, deserved great credit for making the game into the thriller that it was. Ireland proved that their World Cup form the previous summers was no fluke, and England, experimenting with a new-style forward line, fought back three times to equalise. Ireland started off in impressive style, and it was no surprise when Cush scored after a Blanchflower-McIlroy move on the half-hour. Six minutes later Charlton scored superbly from 20 yards after excellent work by Haynes and Finney. In the second half Peacock put Ireland ahead again, only for Finney to equalise after Keith made a bad backpass. Yet again Ireland took the lead when Casey forced home a McParland cross, but England were not to be denied, and Charlton finally levelled the scores with another magnificent left-foot shot. For England, Charlton was the star, while Wright, Haynes, and Finney were also noteworthy. Gregg, Blanchflower, and McIlroy were perhaps the best of the good Irish side.
  

              Source Notes
TheFA.com
Original newspaper reports
Official matchday programme
The Complete Book of the British Charts
Northern Ireland Football Greats
  Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record
Norman Giller, Football Author
British Pathé
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