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

England 6 Ireland 1

Anfield Road Ground, Anfield Road, Anfield, Liverpool, Lancashire
Kick-off (GMT): 'within five minutes of advertised time'; 3.35pm.
Attendance: 'fully 5,000 persons present'; 'presence of 5,000 people'; 'at least 6,000'; '6,000 spectators'.

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 then others say only once!

Football League Record

England's first visit to Anfield is also their second visit to Liverpool and sixth to Lancashire
Jack Brodie kicked-off Ollie Stanfield won the toss
Ireland's first goal in England>
Davie Weir 17
'equalised with a long shot'
[2-1] Jack Yates overhead kick 22
 'a fine shot'
[3-1] Jack Yates
'added a third'
[0-1] James Wilton header 10-15
'rushed up and headed the first goal'
<England's thirteenth equalising goal

[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 HAT-TRICK
'scored a sixth'


Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]


Team Records


R.M. Sloan
replaced Richard Gregson
Allan Richard Elleman
22 (summer 1866), Cliftonville
born in Stoke-on-Trent
Alfred Owen Davies
26 (5 December 1862), Barmouth
also played for Wales against England 1885-90

England Team

Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers

Jack Brodie Selection The seven-man FA International Selection Committee
only match, W 1 - D 0 - L 0 - F 6 - A 1. P 5 of 195, W 5 - D 0 - L 0 - F 25 - A 4.
  teams chosen at The Grand Hotel, Birmingham, Wednesday, 13 February 1889.
England Lineup
  record high eleven changes to the previous match league position (23rd February) ave lge pos: 9th
157   Rowley, William S. 23
172 days
11 September 1865 G Stoke FC (FL 11th) 1 1ᵍᵃ
the 4th/5th Stoke player to represent England
158   Clare, Thomas 24
26 days
4 February 1865 RB Stoke FC (FL 11th) 1 0
the 4th/5th Stoke player to represent England
  Aldridge, Albert J. 25
210 days
4 August 1863 LB Walsall Town Swifts FC 2 0
final app 1888-89
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 (FL 9th) 1 1
the second Wanderer to represent England
161   Shelton, Alfred 23
171 days
12 September 1865 LHB Notts County FC (FL 10th) 1 0
the 11th/12th County player to represent England
Lofthouse, Joseph M. 23
322 days
14 April 1865 OR Accrington FC (FL 6th) 6 1
second Accrington player to represent England
162   Burton, Frank E. 23
349 days
18 March 1865 IR Nottingham Forest FC 1 0
the eighth Forester to represent England only app 1889
163 Brodie, John B. 26
184 days
30 August 1862 CF Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 3rd) 1 1
 25th player to score on his debut the fifth Wanderer to represent England
164   Daft, Harry B. 22
331 days
5 April 1866 IL Notts County FC (FL 10th) & Corinthians FC 1 0
the 11th/12th County player to represent England
165 Yates, John 28
58 days
3 January 1861 OL Burnley FC (FL 8th) 1 3
23rd brace scored - tenth hattrick oldest oldest comp. scorer so far the first Burnley player to represent England only app 1889
named on 18 February in London
along with the FA Cup 3rd round draw
Johnny Horne (Accrington FC (FL 6th), goal), Henry Hammond (Oxford University AFC) and Johnny Holt (Everton FC (FL 7th), backs), George Cotterill (Cambridge University AFC, right wing), Edmund Currey (Old Carthusians AFC, centre), John Veitch (Old Westminsters AFC) and Billy Locker (Long Eaton Rangers FC); as well as those who replaced those below...
team changes: Jack Southworth (Blackburn Rovers FC (FL 4th))) and Bob Holmes (Preston North End FC (FL Champions)) were the original full-backs; Willie Almond (Blackburn Rovers FC (FL 4th)), Billy Betts (Wednesday FC) and Arthur Lowder (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 3rd)) were the original half-backs; Albert Brown (Aston Villa FC (FL RU)) was the original outside-right.
team notes: The English team was seriously dilapidated, due to the quarter-final of the FA Challenge Cup being played on the same day. This resulted in England having to name a complete list of eleven different players for the first time, none of which had previously played under the ISC.
Alf Shelton is the younger brother of Charlie (1888).
As Everton FC have occupied the Anfield Road ground since 1878, then only reserve Johnny Holt was back at his home ground.
appearance notes: Joe Lofthouse is the fifteenth player to make six England appearances.
79 players have appeared for England for more than once
records: England have won their fifth match in a row, extending the record, all under the oversight of the newly-formed International Selection Committee.
For the second time, England score two equalising goals in two separate matches in the same season.
Of the 122 goals England have now scored, thirteen have been the result of equalisers.
2-3-5 Rowley -
Clare, Aldridge -
Wreford-Brown, Weir, Shelton -
Lofthouse, Burton, Brodie, Daft, Yates.
Averages: Age 24 years 196 days Appearances/Goals 1.5    0.1
oldest competitive team until 1890


Ireland Team

Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th
Colours Royal blue and white halved shirts, white shorts.
Captain Ollie Stanfield Selection Ireland Selection Committee
P 4 of 8, W 0 - D 0 - L 4 - F 4 - A 32. member in charge: John Reid, secretary
Ireland Lineup
  Clugston, William John 19
203 days
11 August 1869 G Cliftonville FAC 2 17ᵍᵃ
will be a linesman in the 1898 fixture
71   Goodbody, Manliffe Francis 20
105 days
17 November 1868 RB Dublin University AFC 1 0
  Watson, James 33/34 1855 LB Ulster FC 8 0
72   Crawford, Alexander 20
42 days
19 January 1869 RHB Distillery FC 1 0
  Rosbotham, Alexander 23
156 days
27 September 1865 CHB Cliftonville FAC 7 0
final app 1887-89
73   Cooke, Samuel nk not known LHB Belfast YMCA FC 1 0
  Peden, John 25
233 days
12 July 1863 OR Linfield FAC 5 1
Wilton, James McElmunn 20
101 days
21 November 1868 IR St. Columb's Court FC 3 1
will be a linesman in the 1900 fixture
  Stanfield, Olphert Martin 20
4 days
26 February 1869 CF Distillery FC 7 1
  Gaussen, Arthur David Ash 26
76 days
16 December 1862 IL Magharafelt FC 5 0
  Barry, John 21
145 days
8 October 1867 OL Cliftonville FAC 3 0
reserves: not known
team changes: Goodbody replaced Ireland's equal-record goalscorer (2) Fred Browne at right-back, Cooke replaced Billy Crone at left-half and Gaussen replaced equal-record goalscorer Johnny Gibb as the new inside-left.
records: Ireland suffer a fourth consecutive defeat. However, James Wilton does score Ireland's first ever goal in England, as well as the first in the first half of the the four overall that they have scored, all competitively.
"The Irish team crossed over on Thursday night per s.s. Dynamic, arriving shortly before 9 a.m. the following morning at their destination, and proceeded to the Shaftesbury Temperance Hotel, Mountpleasant, the whole party, numbering fifteen" - Belfast Telegraph, Saturday, 2 March 1889
2-3-5 Clugston -
Goodbody, Watson -
Rosbotham, Crawford, Cooke -
Peden, Wilton, Stanfield, Gaussen, Barry
Averages: Age 23 years 3-40 days10 Appearances/Goals 3.9 0.3


       Match Report Sporting Life, Monday, 4 March 1889

This international match was played on Saturday, on the ground of the Everton Club at Liverpool. Considerable interest was taken in the event, and a large concourse of spectators, numbering at least 6,000, assembled to witness the play. The English team was considerably weakened, owing to the premier clubs having English Cup tie fixtures on. It was, however, a fully representative one, as far as number of clubs represented goes, but far short in strength of what England is able to put in, although deemed strong enough by the Association for the task before them. Prompt to time both teams made their appearance on the ground, and Brodie kicked off. Play at once became very fast, the Irishmen showing up very well. Watson and Goodbody repelled Peden, and Stanfield almost beat Rowley. A minute latter Gaussen passed, and Wilton scored amidst great cheers ten minutes from the start. Brodie next made a fine run, but Goodbody cleared smartly, and Cook shot wide. Lofthouse lost a splendid opening, but a long shot by Weir equalised the score. Five minutes later Yates, by an overhead shot, took the lead. This was added to directly after, the English forwards rushing the Irish goal-keeper through, a claim of off-side not being entertained. England then pressed, but thanks to excellent play by Goodbody, no further score was made. The game at half-time stood—England, three goals; Ireland, one goal. On change of ends the visitors were pressed, but Goodbody cleared in fine style. Give-and-take play then ensued for a time, when Lofthouse managed to register a fourth goal for England after a splendid run. Stanfield and Gaussen were now very prominent for the Irishmen, but the ball was again worked in front of the goal, when Brodie sent it through, thus scoring a fifth goal for the representatives of the Rose. Yates and Brodie now put in some good work, but the visitors' custodian, Rowley, cleared splendidly, and a visit was paid to the Englishmen's quarters, only to see it returned, and before time was up the Irish goal-keeper was again beaten, and when the whistle was sounded for cessation of hostilities, England had added another to their list of victories by six goals to Ireland one goal. 

       Match Report The Times, Monday, 4 March 1889

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...
              In Other News....
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), Jack Southworth (4), Warner
ref: Charlie Clegg
- Hodgetts
Herbie Arthur, Jimmy Forrest, Nat Walton, Jack Southworth and Bill Townley all started for Rovers.
Albert Brown, Albert Allen and Denny Hodgetts started for Villa
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 (20,000)
Bassett (2),
Wilson (3), Timmins, W.Perry, Bayliss (2), Conquer OG.
Bob Roberts, Charlie Perry, Billy Bassett and Jem Bayliss all started for Albion
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 (9,000)
Holmes, Thomson
Bob Howarth, Bob Holmes, John Goodall and Fred Dewhurst were playing for Preston
Jack Devey started for St. George
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 Wednesday 0
   Dudley Road, Wolverhampton (10,000)
Fletcher, Wykes (2)
Wolves were without Jack Brodie, but did have Dick Baugh, Charlie Mason, Albert Fletcher, Harry Allen, Arthur Lowder and Harry Wood.
Teddy Brayshaw and Billy Betts started for Wednesday
Derby County 1 Burnley 0
   County Ground, Derby (3,000)
Burnley were without Jack Yates


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