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17 vs. Wales

19 vs. Scotland

Saturday, 24 February 1883
International Friendly Match

England 7 Ireland 0 [4-0]

Match Summary
England Party

Ireland Party
Team Records

Liverpool Cricket Ground (The Lower End), Aigburth Road, Aigburth, Liverpool, Lancashire
Attendance: 2,500; Kick-off 'shortly after' 3.00pm GMT

England - Olly Whateley ('shot it splendidly' 15, 'clinking shot' 46), Nevill Cobbold ('from a scrimmage, put it through neatly' 17, 'hot shot' 19), Arthur Dunn ('secured' 44, 'long hot shot' 80), Frank Pawson ('put the ball through' 88).
Results 1872-90

Ireland won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]




Umpires -
Morton Peto Betts
35 (30 August 1847), Middlesex (Old Harrovians FC) &
McRedy McAlery
33/34 (1849), Irish FA

Referee -
K. McDowall
Scotland (Scottish FA Secretary).

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

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: White shirts, blue knickerbockers
Capt: Jack Hudson, first 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 14 January 1859 G

Pilgrims FC & Corinthians FC

5 15 GA
  de Paravicini, Percy J. 20 15 July 1862 RB

Cambridge University AFC & Old Etonians AFC

2 0
  Moore, Henry T. 21 27 June 1861 LB Notts County FC 1 0
  Hudson, John 22 11 October 1860 HB

Heeley FC, Sheffield FC & Wednesday FC

1 0
  MacRae, Stuart 27 7 December 1855
in India

Notts County FC & Corinthians FC

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

Cambridge University AFC & Old Carthusians AFC

1 2
  Cursham, Henry A. 23 27 November 1859 OR

Notts County FC & Corinthians FC

6 2
  Goodhart, Harry Chester 24 17 July 1858 CF

Old Etonians AFC & Corinthians FC

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


reserves 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.
By being four days younger than Alf Lyttelton, Nevill Cobbold became the youngest player to score on his debut (a record that will not be broken for another 51 years by Stan Matthews).
2-2-6 Swepstone -
de Paravicini, Moore -
MacRae, Hudson -
Cursham, Cobbold, Goodhart, Dunn, Whateley, Pawson.


Age 22.3 Appearances/Goals 2.1 0.2


Ireland Team



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

Ligoniel FC

1 0
  Martin, Donald C. 23/24 1859 HB

Cliftonville FAC

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

Cliftonville FAC

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

Cliftonville FAC

3 0
  Morrow, William J. 31 16 November 1851 CF

Moyola Park FC

1 0
  Potts, Renwick M. 24/25 1858 CF

Cliftonville FAC

1 0
  Reid, John nk not known IL

Ulster FC

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

Cliftonville FAC

1 0


reserves 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


    Match Report

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 26th February, 1883


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.

Source Notes

Jonny Dewart at Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats
Rothman's Yearbooks