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Saturday, 24 February 1883
Association Friendly Match

England 7 Ireland 0 [4-0]
Match Summary
England Party

Ireland Party
Team Records

Liverpool Cricket Ground (The Lower (Railway) End), Aigburth Road, Aigburth, Liverpool, Lancashire
Kick-off (GMT) 'shortly after'; 'at ten minutes past three'
Attendance: 'between 2,000 and 3,000 spectators persons assembled'; 'fully 3,000 spectators present'.

Harry Chester Goodhart kicked-off Ireland won the toss
[1-0] Olly Whateley 15
'shot it splendidly' from a Cursham pass
[2-0] Nevill Cobbold 17
 'from a scrimmage, put it through neatly'
[3-0] Nevill Cobbold 19
 'hot shot'

[4-0] Arthur Dunn 44
[5-0] Olly Whateley 46
 'clinking shot'

[6-0] Arthur Dunn 80

 'long hot shot'

[7-0] Frank Pawson 88
 'put the ball through'

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]





Morton Peto Betts
35 (30 August 1847), Middlesex
Old Harrovians FC

John McRedy McAlery
33/34 (1849),
Irish FA

played for England in 1877
K. McDowall
Scottish FA Secretary

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: "...their opponents in white".
Capt: Jack Hudson
(only captaincy)
Selectors: The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on Friday, 16th February 1882.
England Lineup
  Swepstone, H. Albemarle 24
41 days
14 January 1859 G

Pilgrims FC & Corinthians FC

5     15 GA
most gk apps
  de Paravicini, Percy J. 20
224 days
15 July 1862 RB

Cambridge University AFC & Old Etonians AFC

2      0
103   Moore, Henry T. 21
242 days
27 June 1861 LB Notts County FC 1      0
104   Hudson, John 22
136 days
11 October 1860 Half

Heeley FC, Sheffield FC & Wednesday FC

1 0 only app
first debut & captain since 1875
  MacRae, Stuart 27
79 days
7 December 1855
in Bengal, India

Notts County FC & Corinthians FC

2      0
105 Cobbold W. Nevill 20
20 days
4 February 1863 IR

Cambridge University AFC & Old Carthusians AFC

1      2
  youngest to score on debut (until 1934)
  Cursham, Henry A. 23
89 days
27 November 1859 OR

Notts County FC & Corinthians FC

6      2
  Goodhart, Harry Chester 24
222 days
17 July 1858 Centre

Old Etonians AFC & Corinthians FC

2      0
106 Dunn, Arthur T.B. 22
196 days
12 August 1860 Cambridge University AFC & Old Etonians AFC 1      2
107 Whateley, Oliver 20
200 days
8 August 1862 IL Aston Villa FC 1      2
108 Pawson, Francis W. 21
324 days
6 April 1861 OL Cambridge University AFC 1      1


not known

team notes:

Norman Bailey (Clapham Rovers FC), Jack Hargreaves (Blackburn Rovers FC) and Clem Mitchell (Upton Park FC) all withdrew from the England line-up on 21 February. Hudson, Cobbold and Arthur Bambridge were replacements. Arthur Cursham and Bambridge then dropped out, replaced by Whateley and Pawson.
Arthur and Harry Cursham were brothers.


This is the second time (1878-79) that England have won two matches in a row, but only the first time they have not conceded a goal for two matches in a row.
2-2-6 Swepstone -
de Paravicini, Moore -
MacRae, Hudson -
Cursham, Cobbold, Goodhart, Dunn, Whateley, Pawson.


Age 22 years 228 days Appearances/Goals 2.1     0.2


Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: "The Irish in blue costumes"
Capt: Donald Martin Selectors: Team chosen by Committee;
Ireland Lineup
  Rankine, James nk not known G

Alexander FC

1 7 GA
  Watson, James nk not known RB

Ulster FC

1 0
  Rattray, David nk not known LB

Avoniel FC

2 0
  Molyneux, Thomas B. 14/15 1868 Half

Ligoniel FC

1 0
  Martin, Donald C. 23/24 1859

Cliftonville FAC

3 0
Davison, Dr. John R. 22
305 days
25 April 1860
in Leeds, England

Cliftonville FAC

3 0
  McWha, William B.R. 22/23 1860 IR

Cliftonville FAC

3 0
  Morrow, William J. 31
100 days
16 November 1851 Centre

Moyola Park FC

1 0
  Potts, Renwick M. 24/25 1858

Cliftonville FAC

1 0
  Reid, John nk not known IL

Ulster FC

1 0
  Spiller, Edward A. 21
155 days
22 September 1861 OL

Cliftonville FAC

1 0


 not known

team notes:

James Buckle and Alexander Dill were in the original starting eleven. There places went to Reid and Spiller.
2-2-6 Rankine -
Watson, Rattray -
Martin, Molyneux -
Davison, McWha, Morrow, Potts, Reid, Spiller.


Age tbc Appearances/Goals 1.6 0.0
"In the evening the players and their frieds sat down to dinner under the auspices of the English Association, at the Bear's Paw Restaurant, Lord-street, and the proceedings passed off very pleasantly" - Liverpool Mercury, Monday, 26 February 1883


Match Report - Sporting Life, Tuesday, 27 February 1883 In Other News.....

Between 2,000 and 3,000 persons assembled on the ground of the Liverpool Cricket Club at Aigburth on Saturday, to witness the international Association game. The weather though cold, was brilliantly fine. An excellent contest ensued; the Englishmen, however did the entire scoring, and H. Cursham showed really brilliant form throughout. Pawson, Cobbold, and Dunn also made excellent runs, and de Paravicini and Hudson behind were most difficult to get past. For Ireland, M'Wha, Morrow, and Reid made several fine runs, and Watson at full back showed a very good defence. Ireland, winning the toss, Goodhart started the ball for England. Cursham soon had the ball in front of his opponents' goal, where some nice heading and passing took place, Whateley ultimately causing Rankin to pick up and throw out; a brace of corners immediately followed to the English team, but in each case Cursham kicked behind. M'Wha here took the ball well down to the centre, but Cursham got it back, and, centring to Dunn, the latter's shot was again cleverly fisted out. Dunn and Cursham each in turn followed with excellent shots. Rattray defended well, and, passing to Reid, the latter ran down to the mid-field, where M'Crae stopped him. Cursham again made a splendid run, and, centring to Whateley, the latter shot the ball through. Morrow, Potts, and Davison now made a combined rush, and got past all opposition, until de Paravicini returned the play finely to the centre. M'Wha and Davison here cleverly got through their opponents, causing Swepstone to send behind. The corner was well taken away, and Whateley sent the ball to Pawson, the latter player centring to Cobbold, who shot it through. Immediately after Pawson again came away, and passed to Dunn, who falling, Cobbold took possession, again scoring. A corner by Pawson was followed by  Cobbold making another excellent shot, and after a corner to England, two good runs were made by M'Wha, Morrow and Reid, stopped by De Paravicini. The play for some time was now even until Cobbold had a chance, and centred to Dunn, who added a fourth goal, and 'Half-time!' was called. Potts restarted for Ireland, and Dunn was at once busy, but over-running it, Whateley sent it flying through. Morrow and Reid then ran down, and the latter had a chance, but his shot went over the tape. Again, Morrow, with Reid and spiller, got close in, but Hudson saved the goal. Dunn, by a long, low shot, next scored goal number six. Another corner to England. Morrow took away to mid-field, but 'hands' gave a free-kick, which de Paravicini put nicely to Pawson, the latter giving the final kick, and scoring the seventh goal. 'Time' was almost immediately afterwards called, leaving England victorious by seven goals to nil.

  Blackburn Olympic's F.A Cup run continued as they brushed aside Druids, the Welsh Cup holders, 4-1 to progress to the semi-finals for the first time. They went on to become the first northern club to lift the trophy.

It was on 23 February 1883 that Charles Parnell, the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, defiantly tried to deflect criticism of his suspected support of the violent attacks on opponents of the Irish Land League.

On Saturday, at Aigburth, near Liverpool, the second annual match was played between England and Ireland according to the rules of the Football Association. Ireland was successful in the toss, and at ten minutes past 3 Goodhart kicked off for England. Before a quarter of an hour had expired, Whateley kicked a goal for England; this score was rapidly augmented by a second, secured by Cobbold, and, prior to half-time, the last-named player and Dunn obtained two more. Positions having been reversed, the Irishmen strove hard to retrieve their losses, but without effect; while, on the other hand, Whateley, Dunn, and Pawson shot the ball under the bar for the home team.  - The Times, Monday, 26 February 1883

Source Notes  
Jonny Dewart at Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats
Cris Freddi's England Football Factbook
The Football Association Yearbook
Original Newspaper Reports