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22 vs. Wales

24 vs. Wales

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

England 4 Ireland 0 [1-0]

Match Summary
England Party

Ireland Party
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]




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

Referee -
Thomas Lawrie or James E. McKillop

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  

England Team



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, on Monday, 16 February 1885.
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 AFC 1 0
  Walters, Arthur M. 20 26 January 1865 LB Cambridge University AFC & Old Carthusians AFC 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 AFC & Corinthians FC

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

Swifts FC

11 11


Alf Jones (Burnley FC)

team notes:

Percy and Arthur Walters were brothers.
Norman Bailey extends his record appearance tally and extends his record as the player with the most captaincies. Charlie Bambridge extends his record as England's top goalscorer.
This is only the third time (1878-79 & 1883) that England have won two matches in a row.
2-2-6 Arthur -
P.Walters, A.Walters -
Bailey, Forrest -
Lofthouse, Spilsbury, Pawson, Brown, Cobbold, Bambridge


Age 22.0 Appearances/Goals 3.6 1.5


Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: St. Patrick blue shirts, white shorts.
Capt: Jack Davison Selectors: Team chosen by Committee, on Thursday, 26 February 1885.
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 AFC 1 0
Eames, William L. 21 18 July 1863
born in Neemuch, India
HB Dublin University AFC 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

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 not known

team notes:

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


Age tbc Appearances/Goals 3.3 0.0


    Match Report

The annual encounter between England and Ireland, under Association rules, took place last Saturday, at Whalley Range, Manchester. The afternoon was fine, and between five and six thousand spectators visited the ground of the Manchester Club. Having lost the toss, Ireland kicked off with both wind and sun in their faces...

It continued so until close upon half-time, when Spilsbury dribbled the ball down the right side, and passed to Bambridge, who placed a goal to the credit of England...

...after the kick out a determined attack was made on the Irish goal, which resulted in Spilsbury obtaining another point for England. The latter team then had a further corner kick, which Lofthouse again undertook. He placed the ball within a few yards of the posts, and Eames in endeavouring to clear his lines sent the ball under the Irish cross-bar...

Brown secured it from the kick out, and after some passing between himself and Lofthouse he scored a fourth goal for England... - The Times - Monday 2nd March, 1885


Queen's Park beat Notts County, 2-1 at Derby in an F.A. Cup replay to reach the semi-finals for the second year in succession. They were to repeat their feat of the previous year, when they became the first and only Scottish club to reach the final, but once again, Blackburn Rovers were to deny them the ultimate prize.

It was on 27 February 1885 that the government achieved a narrow majority of 14 votes over the opposition's motion that their indecision and neglect of the war in Sudan had led directly to the loss of Khartoum and the death of General Gordon.

Source Notes

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