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Saturday, 2 March 1889
Home International Championship 1888-89 (6th) Match

England 6 Ireland 1
Match Summary
England Party
Ireland Party
Team Records

Anfield Road Ground, Anfield Road, Anfield, Liverpool, Lancashire
Kick-off (GMT): 3.35pm.
Attendance: 6,000.

England kicked-off Ireland won the toss

Davie Weir
'equalised with a long shot'
[2-1] Jack Yates
 'a fine shot'
[3-1] Jack Yates
'added a third'
[0-1] James Wilton 10-15
'rushed up and headed the first goal'

At least eight reports state that England's first goal, Weir equalised from long range... two others say it was Shelton. One Irish report also says Brodie scored twice, but ten others say only once!
[4-1] Joe Lofthouse
 'from a subsequent punt by Clare, gained possession and scored a fourth'

[5-1] Jack Brodie
'in the last few minutes'
 'scored a fifth'

[6-1] Jack Yates
'scored a sixth'

Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]




R.M. Sloan
Allan Richard Elleman
22 (summer 1866), Cliftonville
born in Stoke-on-Trent
Owen Davies
26 (early 1863), Barmouth

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Jack Brodie
(only captaincy)
Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Wednesday, 13 February 1889 in Birmingham, the reserves were named on 18 February in London, with the FA Cup 3rd round draw.
5th match, W 5 - D 0 - L 0 - F 25 - A 3.
England Lineup
157   Rowley, William S. 23 summer 1865 G Stoke FC 1    1 GA
158   Clare, Thomas 24
26 days
4 February 1865 RB Stoke FC 1        0
  Aldridge, Albert J. 25
210 days
4 August 1863 LB

Walsall Town Swifts FC

2 0 final app
159   Wreford-Brown, Charles 22
144 days
9 October 1866 RHB Oxford University AFC, Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 1        0
160 Weir, David 25
185 days
29 August 1863 CHB Bolton Wanderers FC 1        1
161   Shelton, Alfred 23
171 days
12 September 1865 LHB Notts County FC 1        0
Lofthouse, Joseph M. 23
322 days
14 April 1865 OR Accrington FC 6        1
162   Burton, Frank E. 23
349 days
18 March 1865 IR Nottingham Forest FC 1 0 only app
163 Brodie, John B. 26
184 days
30 August 1862 CF Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1        1
 25th player to score on his debut
164   Daft, Harry B. 22
331 days
5 April 1866 IL Notts County FC & Corinthians FC 1        0
165 Yates, John 28
58 days
3 January 1861 OL Burnley FC 1 3 only app


Johnny Horne (Accrington FC, goal), Henry Hammond (Oxford University AFC) and Johnny Holt (Everton FC, backs), George Cotterill (Cambridge University AFC, right wing), Edmund Samuel Currey (Old Carthusians AFC, centre), John Veitch (Old Westminsters AFC) and Billy Locker (Long Eaton Rovers FC); as well as those who replaced those below...

team notes:

Jack Southworth (Blackburn Rovers FC) and Bob Holmes (Preston North End FC) were the original full-backs; Willie Almond (Blackburn Rovers FC), Billy Betts (Wednesday FC) and Arthur Lowder (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC) were the original half-backs; Albert Brown (Aston Villa FC) was the original outside-right.
The English team was seriously dilapidated, due to the quarter-final of the FA Challenge Cup being played on the same day.
Alf Shelton is the younger brother of Charlie (1888).


England have won their fifth match in a row, extending the record.
2-3-5 Rowley -
Clare, Aldridge -
Wreford-Brown, Weir, Shelton -
Lofthouse, Burton, Brodie, Daft, Yates.


Age 24.0 (198 days - ten players) Appearances/Goals 1.5    0.1


Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th
Colours: Royal blue and white halved shirts, white shorts.
Capt: Ollie Stanfield Selectors: Team chosen by Committee;
Ireland Lineup
  Clugston, W. John 19 11 August 1869 G Cliftonville FAC 2 17 GA
  Goodbody, Manliffe F. 20 20 November 1868 RB Dublin University AFC 1 0
  Watson, James nk not known LB Ulster FC 8 0
  Crawford, S. Alexander 19/20 1869 RHB Distillery FC 1 0
  Rosbotham, Alexander 23 27 September 1865 CHB

Cliftonville FAC

7 0
  Cooke, Samuel nk not known LHB Belfast YMCA FC 1 0
  Peden, John 25 12 July 1863 OR

Linfield FAC

5 1
Wilton, James M. 20 21 November 1868 IR

St. Columb's Court FC

3 1
  Stanfield, Olphert M. 20 26 February 1869 CF

Distillery FC

7 1
  Gaussen, Arthur D.A. 26 1863 IL

Magharafelt FC

5 0
  Barry, John 27 18 December 1861 OL Cliftonville FAC 3 0


not known

team notes:

Goodbody replaced Brown, Cooke replaced Billy Crone and Gaussen replaced Johnny Gibb
2-3-5 Clugston -
Goodbody, Watson -
Rosbotham, Crawford, Cooke -
Peden, Wilton, Stanfield, Gaussen, Barry


Age 22.1 (nine players) Appearances/Goals 3.9 0.3


Match Report - The Times, Monday, 4 March 1889 In Other News.....

In the matches under Association rules England has proved far too powerful for Ireland. Prior to Saturday seven contests had been played and all were won by England. The first victory was by 13 goals to none, while altogether 50 goals have been registered against two by Ireland. On the present occasion the English eleven was not so strong as usual, many of the best players having engagements in the National Cup competition. The game was played at Everton in the presence of 6,000 spectators. Ireland started in fine form, and, after good dribbling by their forwards, Wilton registered the first point for them. As the game progressed the home side greatly improved in combination, and eventually a long shot by Weir brought the score level. A very few minutes had elapsed when Yates obtained a second goal for England, and the same player subsequently added a third...

Lofthouse then got away and added a fourth goal, while a fifth came from the foot of Brodie. England still had much the better of the play, and Yates credited them with a sixth point...

  It was on 1 March 1889 that Richard Pigott, an Irish journalist, committed suicide by shooting himself in a Madrid hotel room, after being exposed as a forger of letters intimating that Charles Parnell, the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, had supported the Phoenix Park murders of 1882.



Domestic Football Results (2 March 1889)                                          Teams in a silver box denotes a player representing England
Football Association Challenge Cup Third Round:
Blackburn Rovers 8 Aston Villa 1
   Leamington Street, Blackburn (12,000)
Haresnape (3), Southworth (4), Warner
OG Hodgetts
Jack Southworth, who had made a goalscoring debut for England, the previous week, helped himself to four goals, as Blackburn Rovers thrashed Aston Villa to reach the F.A. Cup semi-finals. Villa had recently finished runners-up to the 'invincible' Preston North End team in the inaugural Football League Championship. Blackburn lost to Wolves in the semi-finals and it was Preston, who went on to complete the first League and Cup double.
Chatham 1 West Bromwich Albion 10
   Great Lines, New Brompton (17,000)
Bassett (2), Perry, Wilson (3), Bayliss (2), Timmins, Conquer OG
The holders breezed through to a semi-final with the 'invincibles', whom they had beaten in the previous year's final. The new League Champions would have their revenge, just two weeks later.
Preston North End 2
Birmingham St. George's 0

   Deepdale, Preston (8,000)
Holmes, Thomson
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3
Wednesday 0
   Dudley Road, Wolverhampton (10,000)
Wykes (2), Fletcher
Wolves were without Jack Brodie, who scored for England against Ireland at Anfield.
The Football League:
Derby County 1 Burnley 0
   Racecourse Ground, Derby (3,000)

Team P
Preston North End 22 40
Aston Villa 21 29
Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 28
Blackburn Rovers 20 24
West Bromwich Albion 22 22
Accrington 20 18
Everton 21 18
Burnley 22 17
Bolton Wanderers 19 16
Notts County 19 12
Derby County 18 11
Stoke 20 11
Preston had already won the first League Championship with an unbeaten record and Aston Villa had clinched the runners-up place. Derby's games in hand took them off the bottom, but they were unable to avoid having to apply for re-election to the Football League, though they were successful, as were Burnley.
Source Notes  
Jonny Dewart at Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats
Cris Freddi's England Football Factbook
Rothman's Yearbooks
The Football Association Yearbook
Original Newspaper Reports