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22 vs. Wales

23
24 vs. Wales

Saturday, 28 February 1885
Home International Championship 1884-85 (2nd) Match

England 4 Ireland 0 [1-0]
 

Match Summary
England Squad

Ireland Squad
Team Records

Manchester Football Ground, Upper Chorlton Road, Whalley Range, Manchester, Lancashire
Attendance: 6,000; Kick-off tbc

England - Charlie Bambridge ('sent it between the posts' 44), Ben Spilsbury ('free-kick' 75), William Eames (own goal from a corner 77), Jimmy Brown ('some neat dribbling' after 77)
Some sources credit England's third goal as a Joe Lofthouse goal, but match reports clearly state an Eames own goal.
Results 1872-90

England won the toss, Ireland kicked-off.

 

Match Summary

 
Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]

England

Type

Ireland

Umpires -
Charles H.R. Wollaston
35 (31 July 1849), Sussex, Wanderers FC &
John
McRedy McAlery
35/36 (1849) Irish FA Honorary Secretary.

Referee -
Thomas Lawrie or James E. McKillop

Scotland
Five sources - The Times, The Field, Bell's Life, Sporting Life, and the Athletic News name Lawrie, another four - Alcock's Annual 1885, Northern Whig, Belfast News-Letter, and The Sportsman name McKillop.

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

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Norman Bailey, ninth captaincy. Selectors: The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence.
England Lineup
  Arthur, W.J. Herbert 22 14 February 1863 G Blackburn Rovers FC 1 0 GA
  Walters, Percy M. 21 30 September 1863 RB Oxford University AFC & Old Carthusians FC 1 0
  Walters, Arthur M. 20 26 January 1865 LB Cambridge University AFC & Old Carthusians FC 1 0
  Bailey, Norman C. 27 23 July 1857 HB

Clapham Rovers FC

13 1
  Forrest, James H. 20 24 June 1864 HB

Blackburn Rovers FC

2 0
  Lofthouse, Joseph M. 19 14 April 1865 OR Blackburn Rovers FC 1 0
Spilsbury, Benjamin W. 20 1 August 1864 IR Cambridge University AFC, Derby County FC & Corinthians FC 1 1
  Pawson, Francis W. 23 6 April 1861 CF

Swifts FC & Corinthians FC

2 1
Brown, James 22 31 July 1862 CF

Blackburn Rovers FC

3 3
  Cobbold W. Nevill 22 4 February 1863 IL

Cambridge University AFC, Old Carthusians FC & Corinthians FC

3 3
Bambridge, E. Charles 26 30 July 1858 OL

Swifts FC

11 10

reserves:

reserves not known

team notes:

Percy and Arthur Walters were brothers.
Norman Bailey extends his record cap tally.
   
2-2-6 Arthur -
P.Walters, A.Walters -
Bailey, Forrest -
Lofthouse, Spilsbury, Pawson, Brown, Cobbold, Bambridge

Averages:

Age 22.0 Appearances/Goals 3.6 1.5

 

Ireland Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: St. Patrick blue shirts, white shorts.
Capt: Jack Davison Selectors: Team chosen by Committee;
Ireland Lineup
  Henderson, John A.W. 40 31 July 1844 G

Ulster FC

1 4 GA
  Hewison, George nk not known FB Moyola Park FC 1 0
  Moorhead, Frederick W. nk not known FB Dublin University FC 1 0
Eames, William L. 21 18 July 1863
born in Neemuch, India
HB Dublin University FC 1 0
  Molyneux, Thomas B. 16/17 1868 HB

Cliftonville FAC

6 0
  Houston, William J. nk not known HB Moyola Park FC 1 0
  McWha, William B.R. 24/25 1860 OR

Cliftonville FAC

6 0
  Davison, Dr. John R. 24 25 April 1860
 born in Leeds, England
IR

Cliftonville FAC

8 0
  Gibb, John T. nk not known CF Wellington Park FC 3 0
  Dill, Alexander H. 21 27 June 1863 IL Cliftonville FAC 7 0
  Magee, George nk not known OL Wellington Park FC 1 0

reserves:

reserves not known

team notes:

Eames and Frederick Moorhead were the first Dublin-based players to be selected for Ireland.
   
2-3-5 Henderson -
Hewison, Moorhead -
Eames, Molyneux, Houston -
McWha, Davison, Gibb, Dill, Magee

Averages:

Age tbc Appearances/Goals 3.3 0.0

 

    Match Report

Source Notes

Jonny Dewart at Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats
Original Newspaper Reports
TheFA.com
Rothman's Yearbooks
FA Yearbooks 1950-60
Kaye Aldous (Great granddaughter of William Eames)

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