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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 kicked-off. Ireland won the toss.

[1-0] Olly Whateley 15
'shot it splendidly'
[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
'clinking shot'
[6-0] Arthur Dunn 80

'long hot shot'

[7-0] Frank Pawson 88
'put the ball through'
Results 1872-90

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  
  Attempts on Target  
  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, 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
  de Paravicini, Percy J. 20
224 days
15 July 1862 RB

Cambridge University AFC & Old Etonians AFC

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

Heeley FC, Sheffield FC & Wednesday FC

1 0
  MacRae, Stuart 27
79 days
7 December 1855
in Bengal, 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
89 days
27 November 1859 OR

Notts County FC & Corinthians FC

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

Old Etonians AFC & Corinthians FC

2 0
Dunn, Arthur T.B. 22
196 days
12 August 1860 CF Cambridge University AFC & Old Etonians AFC 1 2
Whateley, Oliver 20
200 days
8 August 1862 IL Aston Villa FC 1 2
Pawson, Francis W. 21
324 days
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.
Albemarle Swepstone extends his record as the goalkeeper with the most appearances.
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).
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 22.3 (161 days) 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