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18 vs. Ireland
Saturday, 18 February 1882
Association Friendly Match

Ireland 0 England 13 [0-5]
 Match Summary
Ireland Party
England Party
Team Records
Ireland is the third nation visited by England

Knock Ground, Bloomfield, Belfast, County Antrim
Kick-off (DMT): 'kick-off at 2.45'...'a few minutes after the advertised hour'.
Attendance: 2,500; Receipts: £9 19s. 7d.
Ireland kicked-off England won toss
Because it is relatively impossible to find a concise report for this match, it is not known whose hat-trick was completed first, Vaughton's or Brown's. Howard Vaughton 3 +4 HAT-TRICK
Jimmy Brown
8, +1
Arthur Brown
15, + 3 HAT-TRICK
Charlie Bambridge
Harry Cursham

most goal times unknown.
"Weather being bitterly cold, a gale blowing, accompanied at times by showers of rain and hail."

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]


Played according to the Irish FA rules..



An experimental law is introduced, that empowers the referee to award a goal in cases where, in his opinion, a goal has been prevented from a deliberate handball by the defending team.  It lasts one season only, and it is unknown as to whether it resulted in any England goals in 1881-82.
 Samuel Sinclair
Distillery FC
William Pearce Dix
Hon. secretary Sheffield FA
(replaced Charlie Alcock).
M. Kennedy
Hon.assistant secretary of Irish FA

Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: 'the costume of the Irish team consisted of royal blue jersey and hose, with white knickers, each player wearing his international badge on left breast, consisting of an Irish cross, with harp in centre, surrounded with a wreath of shamrocks, the whole embroidered with golden floss on a blue silk ground'
Capt: John McAlery Selectors: Team chosen by Committee, on 11 February 1882;
Ireland Lineup
  Hamilton, James 22/23 1859 G

Knock FC

1 13 GA
  McAlery, John M. 23
162 days
9 September 1858 RB

Cliftonville FAC

1 0
  Rattray, David nk not known LB

Avoniel FC

1 0
  Martin, Donald C. 22/23 1859 Half

Cliftonville FAC

1 0
  Hastings, John 23/24 1858

Knock FC

1 0
  Buckle, H. James 27/28 1854 OR

Cliftonville FAC

1 0
  McWha, William B.R. 21/22 1860 IR

Knock FC

1 0
  Davison, Dr. John R. 21
299 days
25 April 1860
in Leeds, England

Cliftonville FAC

1 0
  Sinclair, John 25/26 1856 Knock FC 1 0
  Dill, Alexander H. 18
236 days
27 June 1863 IL

Knock FC

1 0
  Johnston, Samuel J. 15
154 days
18 September 1866 OL Distillery FC 1 0
the youngest international debutant


not known

team notes:

Some sources list David McCaw as starting, but he started the trial match the previous week.
John Waring (Cliftonville) was named in the original line-up, but following a 'misdemeanor', his place went to Buckle.
2-2-6 Hamilton -
McAlery, Rattray -
Martin, Hastings -
Buckle, McWha, Davison, Sinclair, Dill, Johnston.


Age 21-22 Appearances/Goals 1.0 0.0


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: 'the English team being arrayed in white, with the usual international badge on the left breast'.
Capt: Charlie Bambridge
(first (2) captaincy).
Selectors: The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on Tuesday, 7 February 1882.
England Lineup
90   Rawlinson, John F.P. 21
59 days
21 December 1860 G

Cambridge University AFC & Old Etonians AFC

1 0 GA only app
91   Dobson, Alfred T.C. 22
327 days
28 March 1859 RB Notts County FC & Corinthians FC 1       0
92   Greenwood, Doctor H. 21
110 days
31 October 1860 LB

Blackburn Rovers FC

1       0
  Hargreaves, Frederick W. 23
186 days
16 August 1858 Half

Blackburn Rovers FC

3 0 final app
93   King, Robert S. 19
320 days
4 April 1862 Oxford University AFC 1 0 only app
Bambridge, E. Charles 23
203 days
30 July 1858 OR

Swifts FC

4       6 
 most goals
94   Barnet, Horace H. 25
349 days
6 March 1856 IR Royal Engineers FC & Corinthians FC 1 0 only app
Brown, Arthur 23
77 days
3 December 1858 Centre
Aston Villa FC 1       4
first or second hattrick scored by England first Villa player to represent England
Brown, James 19
202 days
31 July 1862

Blackburn Rovers FC

2       2
Vaughton, O. Howard 21
40 days
9 January 1861 IL Aston Villa FC 1       5
first or second hattrick scored by England first Villa player to represent England
Cursham, Henry A. 22
83 days
27 November 1859 OL Notts County FC & Corinthians FC 2       1


Arthur Mallinson (Barnsley Wanderers FC, goal), Arthur Bambridge (Swifts FC, full-back), W.H. Norris (full-back), C.G. Colom (both Old Carthusians AFC, half-back), Record cap holder Billy Mosforth (Wednesday FC, left wing), William Page (Old Carthusians AFC, centre), Percivall Parr (Oxford University AFC, centre), Edward Hansell (Old Carthusians AFC, right wing).

team notes:

Norman Bailey (Old Westminsters AFC) was the original Captain and half-back. His place went to King. Vaughton also replaced George Holden (Wednesbury Old Athletic FC, right wing). Barnet replaced E.J. Wilson (Old Carthusians AFC, right wing).
Charlie and Arthur Bambridge were brothers.
'The English team stayed at the Queen's Hotel, York Street, under the hospitable roof of Mr. Shorthouse'


This is the first match, since the very first that England have not conceded a goal.
2-2-6 Rawlinson -
Dobson, Greenwood -
Hargreaves, King -
Bambridge, Barnet,
A.Brown, J.Brown, Vaughton, Cursham.


Age 22 years 79 days Appearances/Goals 1.6      0.5
youngest so far
"After the match the two teams dined together at the Castle Restaurant, Donegall Place, where Mr. Fisher catered for their creature comforts in excellent style, and a very enjoyable evening was spent under the presidency of Colonel Chichester, of Moyola Park, Castledawson, the President of the Irish Football Association'. - Belfast news-letter, Monday, 20 February 1882.


Match Report - Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Monday, 20 February 1882 In Other News.....

The first International (Association) match in Ireland was played at Bloomfield, Belfast, on Saturday. The attendance of spectators was very large, the weather bitterly cold, a gale blowing, accompanied at times by showers of rain and hail. The result of the match was an easy victory for England by 13 goals to nil. England won the toss. Ireland kicked off against a perfect hurricane. The ball was driven up to the Irish goal, and within a few minutes from the start Vaughton scored a goal for England, and two others were obtained in the succeeding 15 minutes. Towards the conclusion of the game Cursham made some splendid runs on the left, for which he was loudly cheered. Bambridge also played in fine form, and his neat dribbling and passing tended considerably to the number of goals in the latter half of the game. In the centre the two Brown's played an excellent game throughout, but the Blackburn man was scarcely so effective as usual when near goal. All the English backs performed remarkably well, but Hargreaves and Greenwood were best of the quartet. As to the Irish team, it may be said they played fairly well all round, but as the majority of them have only had two seasons' practice it could scarcely be expected that they would show to advantage when pitted against such a strong team as that which represented England.


Great Marlow beat the Old Foresters 1-0 to reach the F.A. Cup semi-finals for the only time, where they were beaten 5-0 by the eventual winners, Old Etonians.

It was on 17 February 1882 that Lord Donoughmore's motion was passed for a Select Committee to be set up to investigate the inefficiencies of the previous year's Irish Land Act.

On Saturday last for the first time an Irish Association team met a picked eleven of English players, at Bloomfield, Belfast. England won the toss and chose to play with a strong wind at their backs. Ireland set the ball rolling: it was soon returned and in a few minutes England forced the ball underneath the crossbar. In the result, England were pronounced victorious by 13 goals to none. - The Times, Monday, 20 February 1882
Source Notes  
Jonny Dewart at Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats
Cris Freddi's England Football Factbook
Official matchday programme April 1970
The Football Association Yearbook
James Corbett's England Expects
Original Newspaper Reports