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Saturday, 20 February 1897
Home International Championship 1896-97 (14th) Match

England 6 Ireland 0 [3-0]
 

Trentbridge Cricket Ground, Brook Lane, West Bridgford, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Attendance: 13,490; Kick-off tbc (five minutes late)

England - Steve Bloomer ('one-two with Smith' 17, 85), Fred Wheldon ('free-kick' 27, 'pretty' 30, 'from a Bloomer pass' 55), Charlie Athersmith ('The ball was passed to Bloomer, who, however, would have been offiside if he touched it. Scott came out of his goal, apparently with the intention of meeting the ball before Bloomer got to it, but, seeing the latter stop, he foolishly hesitated, and before he could make up his mind what to do, Athersmith came up and put it in the net' 75)
Ireland - Bob Milne ('After a trip by Williams.... made a complete mess of it' penalty miss c.80)

Notes: Some reports state that Needham scored the second goal.
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England won the toss, Ireland kicked-off.

 

Match Summary

 

Officials

England

Type

Ireland

Referee - Thomas Robertson
32 (1 December 1864), Torrance, Stirlingshire, Scotland Football Association

Linesmen - not known

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
The 1896 International Football Association Board meeting:
a few Laws rewritten
  Fouls Conceded  
  Possession  

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: "...followed by the Englishmen in white"
Capt: Gilbert Smith, second, possibly third captaincy Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, following a trial match, on Wednesday, 3 February 1897.
28th match, W 22 - D 4 - L 2 - F 118 - A 24.
England Lineup
  Robinson, John W. 26 22 April 1870 G Derby County FC 1 0 GA
  Oakley, William J. 23 27 April 1873 RB Oxford University AFC & Corinthians FC 5 0
  Williams, William 21 20 January 1876 LB West Bromwich Albion FC 1 0
  Middleditch, Bernard 25/26 early 1872 RH Corinthians FC 1 0
  Crawshaw, Thomas H. 24 27 December 1872 CH Wednesday FC 5 0
  Needham, Ernest 24 21 January 1873 LH Sheffield United FC 3 0
Athersmith Harper, W. Charles 24 10 May 1872 OR Aston Villa FC 2 1
Bloomer, Stephen 23 20 January 1874 IR Derby County FC 5 11
  Smith, Gilbert O. 24 25 November 1872 CF Oxford University AFC, Old Carthusians FC & Corinthians FC 8 4
Wheldon, G. Frederick 27 1 November 1869 IL Aston Villa FC 1 3
  Bradshaw, Thomas H. 23 24 August 1873 OL Liverpool FC 1 0

reserves:

reserves not known

notes:

Billy Bassett (West Bromwich Albion FC), hadn't recovered from his poorly leg and was replaced with Charlie Athersmith.
   
2-3-5 Robinson -
Oakley, Williams -
Middleditch, Crawshaw, Needham -
Bassett, Bloomer, Smith, Wheldon, Bradshaw

Averages:

Age 24.0 Appearances/Goals 3.0 1.2

 

Ireland Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th
Colours: "the Irish team first made an appearance wearing Royal blue...."
Capt: James Barron Selectors: Team chosen by Committee; Coached by Billy Crone
Ireland Lineup
  Scott, Thomas M. 23 9 August 1873 G Cliftonville FAC 8 26 GA
  Ponsonby, John 20 May 1876
born in Dumbarton, Scotland
RB Distillery FC 6 0
  Torrans, Samuel 27 27 October 1869 LB Linfield FAC 18 0
  Pyper, John S. 19 9 January 1878 RH Cliftonville FAC 1 0
Milne, Robert G. 26 1 October 1870
born in Inverarity, Scotland
CH Linfield FAC 9 1
  McMaster, George 20/21 1876 LH Glentoran FC 1 0
  Campbell, James 21 5 September 1875 OR Cliftonville FAC 1 0
  Hall, George nk not known IR Distillery FC 1 0
  Stanfield, Olphert M. 28 26 February 1869 CF Distillery FC 28 10
  Darling, John 19 30 October 1877 IL Linfield FAC 1 0
  Barron, James H. 22 30 September 1874 OL Cliftonville FAC 6 2

reserves:

reserves not known

team notes:

John Peden was replaced by John Darling as inside-left.
   
2-3-5 Scott -
Ponsonby, Torrans -
Pyper, Milne, McMaster -
Campbell, Hall, Stanfield, Darling, Barron.

Averages:

Age 22.5/.6 Appearances/Goals 7.3 1.2

 

    Match Report

Source Notes

Regarding George McMaster's date of birth, NIFG state 1878, Irish Civil Registrations state the only Belfast-born George was born in 1876.

Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats
Original Newspaper Reports
TheFA.com
Rothman's Yearbooks
FA Yearbooks 1950-60
Ancestry.com

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