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70 vs. Scotland
72 vs. Wales

Saturday, 9 March 1901
Home International Championship 1900-01 (18th) Match

England 3 Ireland 0 [1-0]

Match Summary
England Party

Ireland Party
Team Records

The Dell, Milton Road, The Common, Southampton, Hampshire
Attendance: 8,000;
Receipts £412; Kick-off 3.00pm GMT

England - Tommy Crawshaw (headed in from a corner 8), George Hedley ('took a smart pass from the wing, burst clean through the defence and after steadied himself in time to get in a fine oblique shot' 83), Tip Foster ('his shot just missing the post' 84);
Hedley scored the second goal: The Times, The Field, Manchester Guardian, Observer, Sheffield's Daily Telegraph and Ireland's Saturday Night. Foster scoring twice is a Rothmans mistake
Results 1901-14

England won the toss, Ireland kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Thomas Robertson
36 (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 1900 International Football Association Board Meetings:
Proposals regarding the Penalty Kick submitted and subsequently withdrawn.
  Fouls Conceded  
The England team wore black armbands in respect of Mr C.E. Hart, the honorary treasurer of the FA., who had died the previous day.
The Irish also wore black armbands, but they were respecting Lord Spencer Chichester, the president of the Irish FA.

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: "....whilst the Englishmen were, as usual, in white, with the customary rose embroidered on the breast" and navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: William Oakley, first captaincy Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 25 February 1901, at 61 Chancery Lane, along with the FA Cup third round draw.
40th match, W 31 - D 5 - L 4 - F 158 - A 37.
England Lineup
  Robinson, John W. 30 22 April 1870 G Southampton FC 11 11 GA
  Fry, Charles B. 28 25 April 1872 RB Southampton FC & Corinthians FC 1 0
  Oakley, William J. 27 27 April 1873 LB Corinthians FC 14 0
  Jones, William J. 25 6 March 1876 RH Bristol City FC 1 0
Crawshaw, Thomas H. 28 28 December 1872 CH The Wednesday FC 8 1
  Needham, Ernest 28 21 January 1873 LH Sheffield United FC 13 2
  Turner, Arthur injured off 20 mins. 24 early 1877 OR Southampton FC 2 0
Foster, Reginald E. 22 16 April 1878 IR Old Malvernians AFC & Corinthians FC 2 1
Hedley, George A. 24 20 July 1876 CF Sheffield United FC 1 1
  Banks, Herbert E. 26 19 June 1874 IL Millwall Athletic FC 1 0
  Cox, John T. 23 21 December 1877 OL Liverpool FC 1 0


reserves not known

team notes:

"Boyle was penalised for a heavy charge on Turner, the local having to be led off the field, suffering from concussion of the brain."
Jack Robinson extends his record of most appearances by a goalkeeper.
2-3-5 Robinson -
Fry, Oakley -
Jones, Crawshaw, Needham -
Turner, Foster, Hedley, Banks, Cox


Age 25.9 Appearances/Goals 5.0 0.1


Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th
Colours: "The visitors wore shirts of Royal blue...", white shorts, dark socks
Capt: Archie Goodall Selectors: Team chosen by Committee;
Ireland Lineup
  Nolan, James V. 20 22 October 1880 G Freebooters FC 1 3 GA
  Gibson, William K. 24 1 October 1876
Born in Glasgow
RB Cliftonville FAC 10 1
  Boyle, Peter 24 26 April 1876 LB Sheffield United FC, England 1 0
  Connor, James 23 22 September 1877 RH Glentoran FC 2 0
  Goodall, Archibald L. 36 19 June 1864 CH Derby County FC, England 5 1
  Burnison, Joseph 20 12 December 1880 LH Distillery FC 1 0
  Black, Thomas 20 17 March 1880 OR Glentoran FC 1 0
  Rea, Robert B. 22 29 March 1878 IR Glentoran FC 1 0
  Mansfield, John R.W. 19 1 October 1881 CF Freebooters FC 1 0
  Doherty, Isaac 21 2 June 1879 IL Belfast Celtic FC 1 0
  Clarke, Robert 23 20 April 1877 OL Belfast Celtic FC 2 0


reserves not known

team notes:

Three players on this team are replacements for Freebooters FC Harry O'Reilly, who was retained by his club, Cliftonville FAC's Jimmy Campbell and Distillery FC's Jimmie Smith, who both stayed at home because of business commitments.
2-3-5 Nolan -
Gibson, Boyle -
Connor, Goodall, Burnison -
Black, Rea, Mansfield, Doherty, Clarke.


Age 22.9 Appearances/Goals 2.4 0.2


    Match Report

England won the first of their international engagements under Association rules, on Saturday, beating the representatives of Ireland at Southampton by three goals to none. Inasmuch as the Englishmen proved successful the result may be said to have realized expectations, but the services of Turner, the Southampton forward, being lost after the first 20 minutes, the attack of the home team proved so ineffective subsequently that the issue of the encounter remained in doubt until within a few minutes of the finish. Considering that the contest with Ireland is generally regarded as a trial game, the chief interest of which is the light it throws upon England's prospects of victory against Scotland, the performance of the home team cannot be regarded as satisfactory...

...Boyle being forced to give a corner at the other end, Cox dropped the ball right in front of the posts and Crawshaw headed into the net. Play at that point had lasted less than ten minutes...

Less than ten minutes remained for play, and, with the Irishmen attacking, it looked as if England would have to be content with a bare victory, when Hedley dashed away. Taking the ball down unaided, the Sheffield forward got right through and put the ball past Nolan, thus gaining a second point for the home side. Scarcely had the game been restarted when Hedley and Foster, passing backwards and forwards to one another in extremely clever style, overcame all opposition, the amateur when in front of goal sending in a shot which Nolan had no possibility of stopping...

Twenty matches have now been contested between the two countries, 19 ending in favour of England and the other one being drawn. - The Times - Monday 11th March, 1901

Source Notes

Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats
Original Newspaper Reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
FA Yearbooks 1950-60