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The 1886 International Football Association Board meeting

Saturday, 5 February 1887
Home International Championship 1886-87 (4th) Match

England 7 Ireland 0 [4-0]

Yorkshire County Cricket Ground, Bramall Lane, Highfield, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire
Kick-off (GMT):
'at 2.45'; 'at 2.55'; 'little before 3 oclock'; 'a minute or two before the hour'.
Attendance: 'upwards of 5
,000 people'; 'numbering upwards of 6,000'; '...of over six thousand'; 'nearly 7,000 persons'.

Tinsley Lindley kicked-off Johnny Gibb won the toss
[1-0] Fred Dewhurst 3
 'oblique shot that skimmed the ground'

[2-0] Nevill Cobbold 23
 'high shot after Sayer and Dewhurst ran the ball back'

[3-0] Tinsley Lindley 24
 'from a double pass by Cobbold'

[4-0] Tinsley Lindley 43
 'from Dewhurst to Lindley resulted in another point'
[5-0] Nevill Cobbold 46
[6-0] Tinsley Lindley 47 HAT-TRICK
 'after some good dribbling on the right wing'

[6-0] Nevill Cobbold hits the crossbar
[7-0] Fred Dewhurst circa89
<Cobbold's goal is England's fiftieth second half goal. They have scored 39 goals in the fiirst half.  
  "The grounds were in capital condition, and played in a slight breeze of wind and strong sun."

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]

England Team Records Ireland
Umpires Actual caps were awarded for the first time, consisting of royal blue velvet, at the suggestion of Nicholas Lane Jackson.
John Charles Clegg
36 (15 June 1850)
Sheffield FA President
John McRedy McAlery
38 (19 November 1848)
Irish FA Honorary secretary
played for England in 1872
Hunter Hunter
24/25 (early 1862), Tiverton, Devon (Welsh FA Secretary)

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd


White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers


Charlie Bambridge² ¹
P 2 - W 2 - D 0 - L 0 - F 20 - A 0.


The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on Friday, 28 January 1887.
P 29 - W 13 - D 5 - L 11 - F 91 - A 58
England Lineup
(five changes to the previous match)
Arthur, W.J. Herbert 23
356 days
14 February 1863 G Blackburn Rovers FC 6 4ᵍᵃ
=most gk apps
134   Howarth, Robert H. 21
230 days
20 June 1865 RB Preston North End FC 1 0
the third Northender to represent England
135   Mason, Charles 23
310 days
1 April 1863 LB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

1 0
the first Wanderer to represent England
136   Haworth, George 22
111 days
17 October 1864 RHB Accrington FC 1 0
the first Accrington player to represent England
137   Brayshaw, Edward 23
122 days
6 October 1863 CHB

Wednesday FC

1 0
the sixth Wednesday player to represent England only app 1887
  Forrest, James H. 22
226 days
24 June 1864 LHB

Blackburn Rovers FC

7 0
138   Sayer, James 24
151 days
7 September 1862 OR Stoke FC 1 0
the third Stoke player to represent England only app 1887
Dewhurst, Frederick 23
51 days
16 December 1863 IR

Preston North End FC & Corinthians FC

3 4
Lindley, Tinsley 21
101 days
27 October 1865 CF

Nottingham Forest FC, Cambridge University AFC & Corinthians FC

4 5
seventh hattrick scored by England
Cobbold, W. Nevill 24
1 day
4 February 1863 IL

Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC

7 5
  Bambridge, E. Charles 28
190 days
30 July 1858 OL

Swifts FC & Corinthians FC

16 12
mst gls


Bob Roberts (West Bromwich Albion FC, goal); Francis Ingram (Corinthians FC) and Arthur Wardle (Leek FC, back); Ralph Squire (Old Westminsters AFC), Charlie Shelton (Notts Rangers FC) and Andrew Amos (Old Carthusians AFC, half-backs); Joe Lofthouse (Blackburn Rovers FC), Kenny Davenport (Bolton Wanderers FC), Jem Bayliss (West Bromwich Albion FC), John Goodall (Preston North End FC) and George Farmer (Everton FC and ex-Wales forward).

team notes:

One newspaper report, The Derbyshire Times, names Old Carthusians FC's Smaley as the original centre-forward. But other newspaper reports name Lindley.


This is only the fourth time (1878-79, 1883, 1884-85) England have managed two victories in a row. However, they have gone on a record unbeaten sequence of eight matches, lasting nearly three years.
Although this was England's tenth appearance in a Home Championship match, and they have a success rate of 75%, the players at the time were unaware, and were playing for nothing more than prestige.
2-3-5 Arthur -
Howarth, Mason -
Haworth, Brayshaw, Forrest -
Sayer, Dewhurst, Lindley, Cobbold, Bambridge


Age 23 years 202 days Appearances/Goals 4.4    1.7


Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th


St. Patrick blue shirts, white shorts.
one match report states:- "The light blues...."


Johnny Gibb


Team chosen by Committee;
Ireland Lineup
  Gillespie, J. Shaw 19
13 days
23 January 1868 G

Hertford FC

4 25ᵍᵃ
  Browne, Frederick W.J. 22
322 days
20 March 1864
in Carlisle, England

Cliftonville FAC

1 0
  Fox, William T. 20
100 days
28 October 1866 FB

Ulster FC

2 0
  Rosbotham, Alexander 21
131 days
27 September 1865 B

Cliftonville FAC

1 0
  Allen, James 27
269 days
12 May 1859 B

Limavady FC

1 0
  Crone, William 23
158 days
31 August 1863 B

Distillery FC

8 0
  Small, James M. 19
213 days
7 July 1867 OR

Clarence FC

1 0
  Gibb, John T. nk not known IR Wellington Park FC 7 2
  Stanfield, Olphert M. 17
344 days
26 February 1869 CF

Distillery FC

1 0
  Leslie, William 20
141 days
17 September 1866 IL

Belfast YMCA FC

1 0
  Brown, Nathaniel M. nk not known OL

Limavady FC

1 0


not known

team notes:

Stansfield and Rosbotham were late replacements for Thomas Molyneux and Robert Wilson.
2-3-5 Gillespie -
Fox, Brown -
Allen, Rosbotham, Crone -
Stansfield, Gibb, Brown, Small, Leslie


Age tbc Appearances/Goals 2.5 0.2


Match Report - York Herald, Monday, 7 February 1887 In Other News.....
Weather of the finest description was associated with this international match, which was played on Saturday at Bramall Lane Grounds, before 6,000 spectators. The English team played as advertised, but there were two changes in the Irish eleven. The grounds were in capital condition, but the play throughout was all in favour of the Englishmen, who lost the toss, and in the first half played against a slight breeze of wind and strong sun. Lindley kicked off, and in less than two minutes Dewhurst scored for England; twenty-five minutes from the start, Cobbold, with a high cross shot from the left wing, scored a second goal. As soon as the ball was restarted, Lindley got possession, and eluding all opposition, scored a third point, and before the call of half-time the Notts player added a fourth goal. On changing ends the ball was at once taken into the Irish quarters, and Cobbold registered a fifth goal, and soon after Lindley kicked a sixth. During the greater portion of the second half the Irishmen were pinned in their own territory, and had to make the most strenuous exertions to save their goal from downfall. Just before the call of time Dewhurst added a seventh goal, the final scores being´┐ŻEngland seven goals, Ireland none. From start to finish the game was all in favour of the Englishmen, who outplayed their opponents at all points. The English forwards all played splendidly. The Irish goalkeeper, Gillespie, had a busy time of it, but Arthur's post was a sinecure, he only being called upon once during the whole game.

Aston Villa defeated Horncastle, 5-0, at their Perry Barr ground, in the fifth round of the F.A. Cup, ex-England international, Arthur Brown scoring a hat-trick. This put Villa into the quarter-finals for the first time and they went on to lift the trophy.

It was on 5 February 1887 that 38 people died when a train crashed off the White River Bridge in Vermont, onto the frozen river and was then engulfed in flames.

Saturday last was also appointed for the sixth annual match between England and Ireland under Association rules at Bramall-lane, Sheffield, where, the weather being fine, several thousand on-lookers assembled. Successful in the toss, the visitors played with the wind in their favour and a little before 3 o clock Lindley started the ball. The English at once acted on the aggressive and Dewhurst kicked a goal. The play for a little while became more even, but the home side were faster and kicked more skilfully than their opponents. Cobbold, with a well-aimed shot from the left side, sent the ball between the posts. Lindley then finished up a fine run by securing a third goal for England, and prior to half-time the same player obtained a fourth. Ends were changed, and the home eleven speedily resumed the aggressive. Cobbold obtained a fifth goal and Lindley added a sixth. In spite of these continuous reverses, Ireland played in a very determined manner, and once they very nearly scored. Towards the close of the match however, Dewhurst gained a seventh point.
Source Notes  
Jonny Dewart at Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats
Cris Freddi's England Football Factbook
The Football Association Yearbook
Original Newspaper Reports