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Saturday, St. Patrick's Day, 17 March 1900
Home International Championship 1899-1900 (17th) Match

Ireland 0 England 2

Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Kick-off (DMT): 4.00pm 4:25pm GMT;
Attendance: 8,000; Receipts £312;
Ireland won the toss England kicked-off  

  [0-1]Michael Cochrane own goal 12
'Johnson cleverly dropped the ball in front of the Irish goal, Cochrane dashed up to kick away, but mis-judging sent the ball through his own goal'

[0-2] Charlie Sagar 16
'Smith dribbled down and passing out to Sagar, who shot a another splendid goal'
two players lost since last match
Albert Allen (13 October 1899) 32
Harry Bradshaw (25 December) 26
Football League Record
seventh ever scoreless second half (first since 1895) - eleventh ever scoreless half

"MATCH SUMMARY" - Newspaper


Ireland Team Records England
John Marshall
40 (
28 April 1859), Cathcart, Scotland FA
played for Scotland vs. England. in 1887
not known

Ireland Team

Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th
Colours Probably blue jerseys and white shorts
Captain George Sheehan Selection Team chosen by Committee, on Wednesday, 7 March 1900 in Belfast;
P 2 of 2 - W 0 - D 0 - L 2 - F 0 - A 4,
Ireland Lineup
156   Reilly, Matthew M. 25 22 March 1874 G Portsmouth FC, England 1 2ᵍᵃ
  Pyper, John Stanley 22 9 January 1878 RB Cliftonville FAC 8 1
  Cochrane, Michael 26 27 February 1874 LB Distillery FC 7 0
the ninth own goal scored for England
  McShane, John nk not known RH Cliftonville FAC 4 0
final app 1899-1900
  Goodall, Archibald Lee 35 19 June 1864 CH Derby County FC, England 4 1
  Maginnis, Hugh 19 5 September 1878 LH Linfield FAC 3 0
  Sheehan, Dr. George Faber 25 22 December 1874 OR Bohemians FC 3 0
final app 1899-1900
  Campbell, James Caughley 22 5 September 1875 OR Cliftonville FAC 9 1
  Pyper, James 21 18 April 1876 CF Cliftonville FAC 7 2
  McAllen, Joseph Croft 23 11 March 1874 IL Linfield FAC 7 2
  Kearns, Alfred 23 7 February 1877 OL Distillery FC 3 0
reserves: not known
team notes: The original team line up had Preston North End FC's Andrew Gara at outside-left. He could not take his place, so Jimmy Pyper was called up, replacing Joe McAllen at centre-forward, McAllen in turn, went inside-left, moving Alf Kearns to the vacant outside-left position.
Jack and Jim Pyper are brothers.
records: Ireland suffered their fourth consecutive defeat
2-3-5 Reilly -
Jn.Pyper, Cochrane -
McShane, Goodall, Magennis -
Sheehan, Campbell,
Jm.Pyper, McAllen, Kearns
Averages: Age 24.0/1 Appearances/Goals 4.5 0.6


England Team

Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours White jerseys and navy blue knickerbockers
Captain Gilbert Smith
tenth, eleventh or twelfth captaincy
Trainer: Nat Walton (Blackburn Rovers FC)
The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Wednesday, 7 March 1900 at The Crystal Palace, London, following the North vs. South trial match.
P 10 of 13, W 8 - D 0 - L 2 - F 39 - A 9. P 37th of 195, W 30 - D 4 - L 3 - F 152 - A 34.
England Lineup
  four changes to the previous match (Robinson, Crabtree, Needham & Smith remain) league position (7th March) ave lge pos: xth¹⁰
  Robinson, John W. 28 22 April 1870 G Southampton FC 8 6ᵍᵃ
most gk apps 1900
  Crabtree, James W. 28 23 December 1871 RB Aston Villa FC 10 0
  Oakley, William J. 26 27 April 1873 LB Corinthians FC 11 0
247   Johnson, W. Harrison 24
72 days
4 January 1876 RH Sheffield United FC 1 0
the eighth/ninth United player to represent England
  Holt, John 33
152 days
16 October 1866 CH Reading FC 10 0
final app 1895-1900
  Needham, Ernest 27 21 January 1873 LH Sheffield United FC 11 2
248   Turner, Arthur 23
x days
January 1877 OR Southampton FC 1 0
second Southampton player to represent England
249   Cunliffe, Daniel 24
279 days
11 June 1875 IR Portsmouth FC 1 0
the first Portsmouth player to represent England only app 1900
  Smith, Gilbert O. 27 25 November 1872 CF Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 17 11
250 Sagar, Charles 21
354 days
28 March 1878 IL Bury FC 1 1
the second Bury player to represent England
251   Priest, Alfred E. 24
236 days
24 July 1875 OL Sheffield United FC 1 0
the eighth/ninth United player to represent England only app 1900
reserves: Walter Bull (Notts County FC)
team notes: Frank Forman (Nottingham Forest FC) was due to start at centre-half, but he was replaced by Johnny Holt on 12 March.
records: Jack Robinson is the first goalkeeper to keep four clean sheets.
2-3-5 Robinson -
Oakley, Crabtree -
Johnson, Holt, Needham -
Turner, Cunliffe, Smith, Sagar, Priest
Averages: Age 26.0 Appearances/Goals 6.5 1.1


    Match Report
In arranging for the annual match with England to be played at Dublin the Irish Association made quite a new departure, all Ireland's home international games having, until Saturday, been decided at Belfast. The experiment was a distinct success, the Lansdowne-road ground being visited by 7,000 or 8,000 people, who demonstrated very clearly their appreciation of the play. With the weather fine, if rather cold, and the turf in good order, the conditions were all in favour of a bright and interesting struggle. To some extent expectations were more than realized. Ireland had never beaten England at the Association game, and the matches with Wales and Scotland this season having both been lost it was not to be anticipated that the Irishmen would break their run of ill-success on Saturday. At the same time, Ireland's representatives, badly as they have fared in out matches, have of late years, when playing at home, generally been able to make a fair fight with England. Defeat was on Saturday once more their portion, the Englishmen winning by two goals to none, but it would be absurd to pretend that this score represented the merits of the game. As a matter of fact, play was more often in the English half than in that of the Irishmen, and Robinson had probably twice as many shots to stop as Reilly, the Irish goalkeeper. The Englishmen, however, were the quicker to settle down, and before the match had been in progress a quarter of an hour they had obtained their two goals. The first score came rather luckily, Cochrane, in an attempt to stop a shot from Johnson, merely turning the ball into the net and out of Reilly's reach. The second point was gained by Sagar, but the credit of it belonged mainly to G. O. Smith, who had dribbled half-way down the field and gave the ball to Sagar just at the moment the Bury man had a favourable opening... With better combination between Sheehan, Campbell, and James Pyper, Ireland would no doubt have made a draw and might possibly have won. - The Times - Monday 19th March, 1900

Source Notes

Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats
Original Newspaper Reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
FA Yearbooks 1950-60
F.W. dayson's Standard Time in Ireland