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13 vs. Scotland

15 vs. Scotland

Saturday, 18 February 1882
International Friendly Match

Ireland 0 England 13 [0-5]

Match Summary
Ireland Party

England Party
Team Records

Knock Ground, Bloomfield, Belfast, County Antrim
Attendance: 2,500 Receipts: £12 19s. 7d; Kick-off in the afternoon DMT

England - Howard Vaughton (3rd min, + 4 more goals), Jimmy Brown (8th min, +1 goal), Arthur Brown (15th min, + 3 goals), Charlie Bambridge, Harry Cursham; most goal times unknown.
Because it is relatively impossible to find a full match report for this match, it is not known whose hat-trick was completed first, Vaughton's or Brown's.
Results 1872-90

England won toss, Ireland kicked-off.


Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]




Umpires -
Samuel Sinclair
(Distillery FC) &
William Pearce Dix

(Sheffield FA)
(replaced Charles William Alcock).

Referee -
M. Kennedy

Played according to the Irish FA rules.

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

Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: St. Patrick blue shirts, white shorts.
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 9 September 1858 B

Cliftonville FAC

1 0
  Rattray, David nk not known B

Avoniel FC

1 0
  Martin, Donald C. 22/23 1859 HB

Cliftonville FAC

1 0
  Hastings, John 23/24 1858 HB

Knock FC

1 0
  Buckle, H. James 27/28 1854 F

Cliftonville FAC

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

Knock FC

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

Cliftonville FAC

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

Knock FC

1 0
  Johnston, Samuel J. 15
154 dys
18 September 1866 F Distillery FC 1 0


reserves not known

team notes:

The line-up included Samuel Johnston, who at the age of 15 years and 154 days became the youngest international debutant. Some outdated sources list David McCaw as starting, but he started the trial match the previous week.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 21.7-22.3 Appearances/Goals 1.0 0.0


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: White shirts with the English Arms in black on the breast, white shorts;
Capt: Charlie Bambridge, first 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
  Rawlinson, John F.P. 21 21 December 1860 G

Cambridge University AFC & Old Etonians AFC

1 0 GA
  Dobson, Alfred T.C. 22 28 March 1859 RB Notts County FC & Corinthians FC 1 0
  Greenwood, Doctor H. 21 31 October 1860 LB

Blackburn Rovers FC

1 0
  Hargreaves, Frederick W. 23 16 August 1858 HB

Blackburn Rovers FC

3 0
  King, Robert S. 19 4 April 1862 HB Oxford University AFC 1 0
Bambridge, E. Charles 23 30 July 1858 OR

Swifts FC

4 6
  Barnet, Horace H. 25 6 March 1856 IR Royal Engineers FC & Corinthians FC 1 0

Brown, Arthur 22 15 March 1859 CF Aston Villa FC 1 4
Brown, James 19 31 July 1862 CF

Blackburn Rovers FC

2 2

Vaughton, O. Howard 21 9 January 1861 IL Aston Villa FC 1 5
Cursham, Henry A. 22 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. Charlie extends his record as England's top goalscorer.
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 21.6 Appearances/Goals 1.6 0.5


    Match Report

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

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 20th February, 1882


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.

Source Notes

Official matchday programme April 1970
Jonny Dewart at Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats
Rothman's Yearbooks