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Saturday, 5 March 1898
Home International Championship 1897-98 (15th) Match

Ireland 2 England 3 [1-2]

Cliftonville Gardens, Cliftonville, Belfast, County Antrim
Attendance: 12,000; Kick-off 3.30pm GMT

Ireland - Jim Pyper ('after an Oakley mis-kick' 15), Joe McAllen ('a magnificent shot' late);
England - Tom Morren ('a fine oblique side-shot' 37), Gilbert Smith ([England's 100th goal against Ireland] 40), Charlie Athersmith ('a good dropping shot' 50)
The Sketch and Morning Post both state that Charlie Richards scored England's first goal, Athersmith the second and Morren the third.
The Dundee Courier states that Athersmith scored the first two and Morren the third.
Match Summary
Ireland Squad

England Squad
Team Records
Results 1891-1900

England won the toss, Ireland kicked-off.

 

Match Summary

Officials

Ireland

Type

England

Referee - Thomas Robertson
33 (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 1897 International Football Association Board Meeting:
International pitch sizes defined.
  Fouls Conceded  
  Possession  

Ireland Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th
Colours: Blue jerseys and white shorts
Capt: Jimmy Campbell Selectors: Team chosen by Committee, on Wednesday, 22 February 1898;
Ireland Lineup
  Scott, Thomas M. 24 9 August 1873 G Cliftonville FAC 11 32 GA
  Gibson, William K. 21 1 October 1876
born in Glasgow, Scotland
RB Cliftonville FAC 7 1
  Torrans, Samuel 28 27 October 1869 LB Linfield FAC 21 0
  Anderson, William J.S. 21 14 February 1877 RH Linfield FAC 2 0
  Milne, Robert G. 27 1 October 1870
born in Inverarity, Scotland
CH Linfield FAC 12 1
  Cochrane, Michael 23/24 circa 1874/75 LH Distillery FC 2 0
  Campbell, James 22 5 September 1875 OR Cliftonville FAC 5 0
  Mercer, John Thompson 20 27 March 1877 IR Distillery FC 2 0
Pyper, James 21 18 April 1876 CF Cliftonville FAC 4 2
  Peden, John 34 12 July 1863 IL Distillery FC 21 7
McAllen, Joseph C. 23 11 March 1874 OL Linfield FAC 1 1

reserves:

reserves not known
 
2-3-5 Scott -
Gibson, Torrans -
Anderson, Milne, Cochrane -
Mercer, Campbell, Pyper, Peden, McAllen

Averages:

Age 24.0 Appearances/Goals 8.0 0.9

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: White jerseys and navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Gilbert Smith, fifth, sixth or seventh captaincy Selectors:
Member in charge: R.P. Gregson
The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 14 February 1898 at 61 Chancery Lane, London, following a trial match.
31st match, W 24 - D 4 - L 3 - F 126 - A 28.
England Lineup
  Robinson, John W. 27 22 April 1870 G New Brighton Tower FC 3 4 GA
  Oakley, William J. 24 27 April 1873 RB Corinthians FC 8 0
  Williams, William 22 20 January 1876 LB West Bromwich Albion FC 2 0
  Forman, Frank 22 23 May 1875 RH Nottingham Forest FC 1 0
Morren, Thomas 27 27 March 1871 CH Sheffield United FC 1 1
  Turner, James 31/32 1866 LH Derby County FC 3 0
Athersmith Harper, W. Charles 25 10 May 1872 OR Aston Villa FC 5 2
  Richards, Charles H. 22 9 August 1875 IR Nottingham Forest FC 1 0
Smith, Gilbert O. 25 25 November 1872 CF Old Carthusians FC & Corinthians FC 11 5
  Garfield, Benjamin 25 4 April 1871 IL West Bromwich Albion FC 1 0
  Wheldon, G. Frederick 28 1 November 1869 OL Aston Villa FC 2 3

reserves:

reserves not known

team notes:

As England scored their third goal, Frank Forman was injured and had to leave the field for treatment, but returned after ten minutes.
 
2-3-5 Robinson -
Oakley, Williams -
Forman, Morren, Turner -
Athersmith, Richards, Smith, Garfield, Wheldon.

Averages:

Age 25.3 Appearances/Goals 3.5 0.7

 

    Match Report

Source Notes

Michael Cochrane's year of birth is deliberated from his death, he was 37 years old when he died in April 1912, giving him a birth year of 1874/75. But there is no entry in the Irish Civil Registration to specify a date. (possibly 20 October 1877).

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