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Saturday, 7 March 1891
Home International Championship 1890-91 (8th) Match

One of two games played on the same day.
England 6 Ireland 1 [3-0]
England Party
Ireland Party
Team Records

Football League Record

Molineux Ground, Waterloo Road North, St. Peter's, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
Kick-off (GMT): 'almost promptly at half past three o'clock'.

Attendance: 'before 9,000 spectators; 'being about 10,000'
; Receipts: £235;

Tinsley Lindley kicked-off Ireland won the toss
 [0-0] Tinsley Lindley hits the post
George Cotterill 10-15
'a Brodie pass, as Henfrey tackled the keeper'
[2-0] Arthur Henfrey 11-16
'Bassett to Cotterill to Henfrey...a shot that puzzled the keeper'

[3-0] Harry Daft 35-44
 'received the ball from Lindley'

[2-0] Olly Stanfield hits crossbar
[4-0] Tinsley Lindley 60
'Clugston ran out to stop the shot but failed'

[5-1] Billy Bassett 63
'dribbled down the wing then a low, swift shot'

[6-1] Tinsley Lindley 83
'broke through the midfield, and with only the goalkeeper before him scored again'
Tommy Whiteside 61
'beat Rose cleverly, out of a rally in front of the goal'

Match Summary





Referee                   Richard Thomas Gough
                           31 (April 1859), Oswestry, Welsh FA
The 1890 International Football Association Board meeting:
The penalty kick proposed and delayed for a year
Linesmen                               not known

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Tinsley Lindley
(fourth & final captaincy)
Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Thursday, 26 February 1891 at The Clarendon Hotel, Derby (below), following an inadequate trial game.
10th match, W 8 - D 1 - L 1 - F 46 - A 10.
England Lineup
  Rose, William C. 29
96 days
1 December 1861 G

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

5 4 GA final app
longest serving goalkeeper
174   Marsden, Joseph T. 22
147 days
11 October 1868 RB Darwen FC 1 0 only app
175   Underwood, Alfred 21 mid-1869 LB Stoke FC 1        0
176   Bayliss, A.E. James M. 27
205 days
14 August 1863 RHB West Bromwich Albion FC 1 0 only app
  Perry, Charles 25
63 days
3 January 1866 CHB West Bromwich Albion FC 2        0
  Brodie, John B. 28
189 days
30 August 1862 LHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 3 2 final app
Bassett, William I. 22
39 days
27 January 1869 OR West Bromwich Albion FC 6   2 or 3
177 Cotterill, George H. 22
337 days
4 April 1868 IR Cambridge University AFC, Old Brightonians AFC & Corinthians FC 1        1
Lindley, Tinsley 25
131 days
27 October 1865 CF

Nottingham Forest FC & Corinthians FC

13 13 final app
most gls
178 Henfrey, Arthur G. 23
78 days
19 December 1867 IL Cambridge University AFC & Corinthians FC 1        1
Daft, Harry B. 24
336 days
5 April 1866 OL Notts County FC 4        1
reserves: not known
team notes: James Tattersall (Accrington FC) withdrew from the England line-up, his place going to Brodie.
Alf Shelton is the younger brother of Charlie (1888).
2-3-5 Rose -
Marsden, Underwood -
Bayliss, Perry, Brodie -
Bassett, Cotterill, Lindley, Henfrey, Daft


Age 24 years 296-310 dys Appearances/Goals 3.4    1.5


Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th
Colours: possibly Royal blue and white halved shirts, white shorts.
Capt: Alex Crawford Selectors: Team chosen by Committee, on Wednesday, 25 February 1891;
Ireland Lineup
  Clugston, W. John 21
208 days
11 August 1869 G Cliftonville FAC 8 48 GA
  Forbes, George 21/22 1869
in Canada
RB Distillery FC 2 0
  Morrison, Robert 21
189 days
30 August 1869
in Scotland
LB Linfield FAC 2 0
Morrison died four months later on 12 July 1891, suffering with pneumonia.
  Crawford, S. Alexander 21/22 1869 RHB Distillery FC 4 0
  Reynolds, John 22
14 days
21 February 1869 CHB Ulster FC
4 1
reputedly joined West Bromwich Albion at this match
  Moore, Richard 24
48 days
18 January 1867 LHB Linfield FAC 2 0
Whiteside, Thomas 18
162 days
26 September 1872 OR Distillery FC 1 1
  Stanfield, Olphert M. 22
9 days
26 February 1869 IR

Distillery FC

13 5
most apps most gls
  McCabe, William nk not known CF Ulster FC 1 0
  McIlvenny, J. Robert nk not known IL Distillery FC 2 0
  Peden, John 27
238 days
12 July 1863 OL

Linfield FAC

9 2


not known

team notes:

The original left-back was Dublin University FC's Goodbody, his place was given to left-back George Forbes, and Morrison drafted in to the vacant right-back slot. In the centre of the forawd line, both Linfield FC's forwards dropped out, Gaffikin and Torrans, replaced with Billy McCabe and Bob McIlvenny.
2-3-5 Clugston -
Forbes, Morrison -
Crawford, Reynolds, Moore -
Whiteside, Stanfield, McCabe, McIlvenny, Peden.


Age 22 years 176 days
(based on seven players)
Appearances/Goals 4.4 0.9


Match Report - Manchester Courier, Monday, 9 March 1891 In Other News....

"A very large concourse of spectators assembled at Wolverhampton to witness the international match between Ireland and England, which took place in fine though dull weather, and on ground which was in almost perfect condition. Five changes were made in the teams as originally selected, Brodie, of Wolverhampton Wanderers, playing in place of Tattersall, of Accrington, and the alterations in Ireland's team were Morrison, Whiteside, M'Cabe, and M'Ilvenney, the back division remaining as strong as first devised, but the combination of forwards was weakened. England kicked off, and for a moment Ireland pressed, but the superior strength of their opponents soon asserted itself, and the right wing proved that they were capable of doing most effective work. Ireland's defence was quickly taxed, and 10 minutes from the opening Cotterill from a pass by Brodie, opened the account for England, and a minute afterwards Henfrey put on a second point. Shortly after Rose had to repel two stinging shots right under the bar, bur he proved himself a most capable custodian throughout the game, and a word of praise is due to Clugstone, who was repeatedly called upon and saved grandly. A long, low shot by Bassett was well stopped, and Stanfield then struck the bar. Peden failed to take advantage of the opening, and Lindley headed over. England's defence was grand, Marsden being a tower of strength, kicking with much judgement, and Rose was not often called upon in consequence. Clugston saved several shots in miraculous manner, and just before the whistle blew Lindley scored a third goal out of a scrimmage. In the second half the game was quiet for a time, Lindley then scored. Whiteside put on the first point for Ireland a minute later, and immediately after Bassett registered a fifth point, Ireland for a time played with vigour, and endeavoured to increase their score, but were repeatedly baffled. Cotterill missed several openings, and but for Clugston's skill England's score must have been largely increased. Towards the close Ireland only broke away in a spasmodic mannar, their opponents having the best of the game. Lindley broke through the back division, and, with only the goalkeeper before him, scored again. The remainder of the play was mainly in favour of England.

"Although the matches between England Ireland have been invariably uneven, the attendance at Wolverhampton on Saturday, when the tenth annual game took place, was large. In this instance England again won, which brings their number of victories to ten and their goal record to 71 against five. Before half-time Cotteril, Henfrey, and Daft scored for England, while afterwards Lindley added the fourth and sixth and Bassett the fifth goals. Whiteside kicked a goal for Ireland, who were beaten by six goals to one..."
- The Times, Monday, 9 March 1891

Scotland won the rugby union 'Triple Crown' for the first time when they defeated England, 9-3 at Richmond.
It was on 7 March 1891 that a dispute between two doctors on the streets of Wheeling in West Virginia ended in 31-year-old Dr. George Garrison, the City Health Officer shooting dead Dr, George Baird, thirty years his senior, who was also carrying a gun. The pair had disagreed over alleged health violations and they had clashed in public, six months earlier, with Dr. Garrison knocking his former friend to the ground. Although he was found guilty of second-degree murder, an appeal reduced his sentence and he returned to his medical practice, less than two years later.

Domestic Football Results (7 March 1891)                                          Teams in a silver box denotes a player representing England
Football League:
Blackburn Rovers 0
Bolton Wanderers

   Ewood Park, Blackburn (6,000)
Davenport, Turner
Blackburn were without Jack Southworth, but did start with Jimmy Forrest, Joe Lofthouse, Nat Walton and Bill Townley.
John Sutcliffe and scorers Kenny Davenport & Jimmy Turner started for Bolton
Burnley 6 Preston North End 2
   Turf Moor, Burnley (6,000)
Nicol (3), Marr (2),
Hill ~ Dewhurst, N.Ross
 Bob Howarth, Bob Holmes and scorer, Fred Dewhurst were playing for Preston
West Bromwich Albion 5 Accrington 1
   Stoney Lane, West Bromwich (800)
Nicholls (2), Pearson (2), Groves ~ Kirkham
West Brom were without Billy Bassett, Charlie Perry and Jem Bayliss. However, they did start with Joe Reader and George Woodhall
George Haworth and Jimmy Whitehead started for Accrington

Team P
Everton 21 29
Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 26
Preston North End 20 25
Blackburn Rovers 19 24
Notts County 21 24
Sunderland 20  19*
Bolton Wanderers 19 19
Burnley 20 19
Derby County 21 15
Aston Villa 19 14
Accrington 20 14
West Bromwich Albion 19 10
*deducted two points for fielding an unregistered player

The shock defeats for FA Cup holders, Blackburn and defending League Champions, Preston meant that Everton were on the verge of their first title success. This was confirmed a week later when Preston lost at Sunderland to relinquish their prize after winning the first two championships, though they did secure the runners-up place.
Source Notes  
Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats
Cris Freddi's England Football Factbook
Rothman's Yearbooks

The Football Association Yearbook
Original Newspaper Reports