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Saturday, 18 February 1899
Home International Championship 1898-99 (16th) Match

England 13 Ireland 2 [5-0]
  

Roker Park Ground, Association Road, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, county Durham
Attendance:
13,000; Receipts: £558 17s 6d; Kick-off: 3.05pm GMT

England - Frank Forman ('Forman sent in a shot, rebounding off Milne's foot' 15), Fred Forman ('long high kick in off the upright' 20, 'put the ball thro' after Lewis had already cleared one shot' 52), Charlie Athersmith ('kicked' 25), Gilbert Smith ('out of the scrimmage' 32, 59, 60, 63), Steve Bloomer ('kicked' 40, 89), Jimmy Settle ('splendid shot' 53, 55, 80)
England - Jimmy Crabtree (missed penalty 46)
Ireland - Joe McAllen (penalty 65), James Campbell ('with only Hillman before, had no difficulty in scoring' 88)
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Results 1891-1900

England won the toss, Ireland kicked-off.

 

Match Summary

Officials

England

Type

Ireland

Referee - Allen Hamilton
Queen's Park FC, Scotland

Linesmen - J. Howcroft, England and Thomas W. Gibson, Ireland

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
The 1898 International Football Association Board meeting: Domicile: no action required
Descriptive title added to laws
  Fouls Conceded  
  Possession  

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: White jerseys and navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Gilbert Smith, seventh, eighth or ninth captaincy Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 1 February 1899, at The Crystal Palace, London, following the trial match.
34th match, W 27 - D 4 - L 3 - F 145 - A 31.
England Lineup
  Hillman, W. John 28 30 November 1870 G Burnley FC 1 2 GA
  Bach, Philip 26 summer 1872 RB Sunderland AFC 1 0
  Williams, William 23 20 January 1876 LB West Bromwich Albion FC 5 0
Forman, Frank 23 23 May 1875 RH Nottingham Forest FC 3 1
Crabtree, James W. 27 23 December 1871 CH Aston Villa FC 7 0
  Needham, Ernest 26 21 January 1873 LH Sheffield United FC 8 1
Athersmith Harper, W. Charles 26 10 May 1872 OR Aston Villa FC 8 3
Bloomer, Stephen 25 20 January 1874 IR Derby County FC 9 17

Smith, Gilbert O. 26 25 November 1872 CF Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 14 10
Settle, James 23 September 1875 IL Bury FC 1 3
Forman, Frederick R. 25 8 November 1873 OL Nottingham Forest FC 1 2

reserves:

reserves not known

team notes:

On 9 February, it was announced that Charlie Athersmith would take the place of Oxford University AFC's Gilbert Vassall. The Corinthian was needed to take the field as Captain in Oxford's varsity match against Cambridge University AFC.
Fred and Frank Forman were brothers. Steve Bloomer extends his tally as England's record goalscorer.
Jack Hillman, at 28 years and 304 days, becomes the oldest goalkeeper to face a penalty-kick.
 
2-3-5 Hillman -
Bach, Williams -

Fk. Forman, Crabtree, Needham -
Athersmith, Bloomer, Smith, Settle,
Fd. Forman

Averages:

Age 25.2 Appearances/Goals 5.3 2.2

 

Ireland Team
 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th
Colours: Probably blue jerseys and white shorts
Capt: Joe McAllen Selectors: Team chosen by Committee;
Ireland Lineup
  Lewis, James 24 4 September 1874 G Glentoran FC 1 13 GA
  Pyper, John S. 21 9 January 1878 RB Cliftonville FAC 4 1
  Torrans, Samuel 29 27 October 1869 LB Linfield FAC 23 0
  Ponsonby, John 22 May 1876
born in Dumbarton, Scotland
RH Distillery FC 9 0
  Milne, Robert G. 28 1 October 1870
born in Inverarity, Scotland
CH Linfield FAC 14 1
  Cochrane, Michael 24/25 circa 1874/75 LH Distillery FC 4 0
Campbell, James 23 5 September 1875 OR Cliftonville FAC 7 1
  Mercer, John Thompson 21 27 March 1877 IR Distillery FC 4 0
  Waring, R. John nk not known CF Distillery FC 1 0
  Wattie, John nk not known IL Distillery FC 1 0
McAllen, Joseph C. 23 11 March 1874 OL Linfield FAC 2 2

reserves:

reserves not known

team notes:

Jack Waring, Mick Cochrane and Jack Waring replaced Cliftonville's Jim Pyper, Jack's brother, Glentoran's George McMaster and Distillery FC's John Peden in the side.
 
2-3-5 Lewis -
Pyper, Torrans -
Ponsonby, Milne, Cochrane -
Campbell, Mercer, Waring, Wattie, McAllen.

Averages:

Age 23.8 Appearances/Goals 6.4 0.3

 

    Match Report

The Irishmen sustained a crushing reverse at Roker-park, Sunderland, on Saturday. Completely overmatched from the start, they had to admit defeat from England by 13 goals to two. So thoroughly did the English team hold the upper hand that it was not until their own score held at 11 that Ireland gained their first point. The ground was a trifle soft and muddy, but was sufficiently firm to afford a fair foothold. The 12,000 spectators who were present were thoroughly rewarded for their attendance, as, though the match was so terribly one-sided, they had the pleasure of witnessing an exceptionally brilliant exposition of the game by the English forwards. The play might well be described as one long series of attacks on the Irish goal, only broken at rare intervals by breaks-away on the part of the Irish forwards, who scarcely ever were really dangerous...

Thanks largely to the skilfulness of Lewis, their goal-keeper, the Irish defence held up for the first quarter of an hour, but afterwards, it broke down entirely. In about 12 minutes four goals were obtained, and a fifth came soon afterwards...

...Then McAllen kicked a penalty goal, and shortly before time Campbell, the best of their forwards, taking advantage of an easy opening, scored their second point...

Of a brilliant front rank G. O. Smith, in the centre, stood out prominently, once more emphasizing the fact that in this position he has no superior in England. His judgment in passing to his wings, whom he kept together admirably, was splendid, while his shooting was hard, low, and frequent. Settle scored three times, Bloomer and Frank Forman twice each, and Athersmith and Fred Forman once each...

It should be stated that Ireland were not quite fully represented, three changes having been made in their side. - The Times - Monday 20th February, 1899

    Football League

 

Football League Division One
18 February 1899
Team P Pts
Aston Villa 23 33
Liverpool 26 33
Everton 24 29
Blackburn Rovers 27 28
Burnley 25 28
West Bromwich Albion 26 27
Notts County 24 27
Derby County 25 26
Bury 26 26
Sheffield United 27 25
Nottingham Forest 26 24
Sunderland 24 24
Preston North End 26 23
Stoke 25 23
Wolverhampton Wanderers 25 22
Newcastle United 25 21
The Wednesday 25 18
Bolton Wanderers 23 15

 

Division One matches played on 18 February 1899:

BLACKBURN ROVERS 2-2 WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS
Anderson, Booth (Miller 2)
4,500 (Ewood Park, Blackburn)

BOLTON WANDERERS 0-2 STOKE
(Turner 2)
4,000 (Burnden Park, Bolton)

DERBY COUNTY 4-2 NOTTS COUNTY
A.Goodall pen., Oakden 2, Bull o.g. (Hadley, Fletcher)
8,000 (Baseball Ground, Derby)

Derby were without Steve Bloomer, who scored twice for England against Ireland at Sunderland.

LIVERPOOL 2-0 BURNLEY
Allan, Robertson
12,0
00 (Anfield, Liverpool)

Burnley were without Jack Hillman, who was making his international debut in goal for England against Ireland at Sunderland.

NEWCASTLE UNITED 2-0 BURY
Peddie 2
16,000 (St. James' Park, Newcastle)

Bury were without Jimmy Settle, who scored a hat-trick on his international debut for England against Ireland at Sunderland.

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1-0 ASTON VILLA
11,000 (City Ground, Nottingham)

Forest were without Frank and Fred Forman, who both scored for England against Ireland at Sunderland (they were responsible for the first two goals, with Fred later adding a second), whilst Villa's Athersmith and Crabtree were also playing for England (Athersmith scored, whilst Crabtree missed a penalty).

PRESTON NORTH END 1-0 SHEFFIELD UNITED
Halsall
6,500 (Deepdale, Preston)

Sheffield United were without Ernest Needham, who was playing for England against Ireland at Sunderland.

THE WEDNESDAY 0-1 SUNDERLAND
(Raisbeck)
12,000 (Olive Grove, Sheffield)

 

Liverpool drew level on points with Aston Villa, but they had played three games more. Preston met Sheffield United for the third time in eight days and for the second time in three days, but took revenge for their FA Cup replay defeat of two days earlier.

Football League Division Two
18 February 1899
Team P Pts
Manchester City 23 34
Leicester Fosse 24 33
Burslem Port Vale 24 32
New Brighton Tower 24 31
Small Heath 22 30
Newton Heath 23 30
Walsall 24 28
Woolwich Arsenal 23 28
Glossop North End 24 28
Barnsley 22 22
Lincoln City 22 22
Burton Swifts 24 21
Grimsby Town 20 18
Gainsborough Trinity 24 17
Luton Town 22 16
Blackpool 21 8
Loughborough 23 8
Darwen 21 4

 

Division Two matches played on 18 February 1899:

BLACKPOOL 3-6 GRIMSBY TOWN
Birkett 2, Parkinson (nk, Jenkinson 2,1 pen., Greenwood)
 4,000 (Raikes Hall, Blackpool)

BURSLEM PORT VALE 2-1 LINCOLN CITY
Harvey, Beech (nk)
 3,000 (Athletic Ground, Stoke)

BURTON SWIFTS 1-2 WOOLWICH ARSENAL
Knibbs (Shaw 2)
2,000 (Peel Croft, Burton)

GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 2-0 BARNSLEY
Wigmore, nk
 3,000 (The Northolme, Gainsborough)

GLOSSOP NORTH END 1-3 LEICESTER FOSSE
nk (King, Galbraith, Watkins)
 1,000 (North Road, Glossop)

LOUGHBOROUGH 0-1 NEWTON HEATH
(Bryant)
 1,500 (Athletic Ground, Loughborough)

MANCHESTER CITY 10-0 DARWEN
F.Williams 5, Meredith 3, Dougal, S.Smith
 8,000 (Hyde Road, Manchester)

SMALL HEATH 3-2 NEW BRIGHTON TOWER
Abbott 2, Wilcox (nk)
 9,500 (Coventry Road, Birmingham)

WALSALL 6-0 LUTON TOWN
Dean pen., Aston 2, nk, Vail 2
 3,000 (Hilary Street, Walsall)

 

Manchester City maintained their slender advantage at the top (albeit with a game in hand), following an astonishing double-figures scoreline against a hapless Darwen team, who were heading out of the Football League at the end of the season. This was their 13th successive defeat on their way to setting the Football League record of 18 in a row. They would also suffer two more 10-0 defeats before the season was out.

 

 

IN OTHER NEWS...

Cambridge University beat Oxford University, 3-1 in the annual varsity match at Queen's Club, in Kensington.

It was on 18 February 1899 that Émile Loubet was elected the new president of the French Republic, following the death of his predecessor, Félix Faure, just two days earlier, from a brain haemorrhage, whilst 'entertaining' his young mistress.

Source Notes

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

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