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74 vs. Wales
Ibrox disaster

76 vs. Scotland

Saturday, 22 March 1902
Home International Championship 1901-02 (19th) Match

Ireland 0 England 1 [0-1]

Match Summary
Ireland Party

England Party

Team Records

Balmoral Showgrounds, Lisburn Road, Belfast, County Antrim
Attendance: 12,000;
Kick-off 3.30pm GMT

Ireland - Bob Milne (missed second half penalty).
England - Jimmy Settle (low and hard shot 86)
Results 1901-14

England won the toss, Ireland kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Thomas Robertson
37 (1 December 1864), Torrance, Stirlingshire, Scotland Football Association

Linesmen - not known

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Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 8th
Colours: Probably Royal blue jerseys and white shorts
Capt: Bob Milne Selectors: Team chosen by Committee on Friday, 7 March 1902;
Ireland Lineup
  Reilly, Matthew M. 28 22 March 1874 G Portsmouth FC, England 2 3 GA
  McCracken, William R. 19 29 January 1883 RB Distillery FC 2 0
  Boyle, Peter 25 26 April 1876 LB Sheffield United FC, England 2 0
  Darling, John 24 30 October 1877 RH Linfield FAC 6 0
Milne, Robert G. 31 1 October 1870
born in Inverarity, Scotland
CH Linfield FAC 19 2
  Nicholl, Henry 26 30 October 1875 LH Belfast Celtic FAC 1 0
  Mercer, John Thompson 24 27 March 1877 OR Linfield FAC 6 0
  Morrison, Thomas 28 1 February 1874 IR Burnley FC, England 7 0
  Gara, Andrew 23 15 August 1878 CF Preston North End FC, England 3 3
  Kirwan, John H. 24 9 February 1878 IL Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 3 0
  Kearns, Alfred 25 7 February 1877 OL Distillery FC 6 0


reserves not known

team notes:

Cliftonville FAC's Willie Gibson was chosen as the original right-back, his place going to clubmate Bill McCracken.
2-3-5 Reilly -
McCracken, Boyle -
Darling, Milne, Nicholl -
Mercer, Morrison, Gara, Kirwan, Kearns


Age 25.2 Appearances/Goals 5.2 0.5


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: White jerseys and navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Frank Forman, first captaincy Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 3 March 1902, following the Wales match in Wrexham.
44th match, W 33 - D 7 - L 4 - F 167 - A 39.
England Lineup
  George, William 27 29 June 1874 G Aston Villa FC 2 0 GA
  Crompton, Robert 22 26 September 1879 RB Blackburn Rovers FC 2 0
  Iremonger, James 26 5 March 1876 LB Nottingham Forest FC 2 0
  Wilkes, Albert 26 6 September 1875 RH Aston Villa FC 4 0
  Bannister, William 23 12 September 1878 CH Bolton Wanderers FC 2 0
  Forman, Frank 26 23 May 1875 LH Nottingham Forest FC 7 1
  Hogg, William 22 29 May 1879 OR Sunderland AFC 2 0
  Bloomer, Stephen 28 20 January 1874 IR Derby County FC 16 25
  Calvey, John 26 23 June 1875 CF Nottingham Forest FC 1 0
Settle, James 26 5 September 1875 IL Everton FC 4 5
  Blackburn, J.T. Alfred 23 20 July 1878 OL Blackburn Rovers FC 2 1


reserves not known

team notes:

Sheffield United FC's Ernest Needham was in the original line-up as left-half, but an injury in a Derby County vs. United match meant his place went to Frank Forman. Billy Bannister was then awarded the vacant centre-half spot. Corinthians FC's Tip Foster was also replaced, by Jimmy Settle.
2-3-5 George -
Crompton, Iremonger -
Wilkes, Bannister, Forman -
Hogg, Bloomer, Calvey, Settle, Blackburn.


Age 25.0 Appearances/Goals 4.0 2.8


    Match Report

The English team won its second international match of the season under Association rules, beating Ireland at Belfast, on Saturday, by one goal to none. Under the conditions the team may be said to have played well. The ground handicapped the forwards, so that it is impossible to speak at all highly of the attack. With the ball constantly in their opponent's half the English forwards should certainly have scored more than once ; but, apart from the difficulty of controlling the ball, they had a splendid goalkeeper to beat, Reilly, of Portsmouth, who was at his best. The match was played on the ground of the North-East Agricultural Association. The turf, naturally coarse, was very uneven and soft after rain. Much of the play was excellent, and the game was so well contested all through that the 12,000 people present had plenty to interest them...

...Milne, however, failed to score from a penalty, George saving by falling on his knees...

...with Reilly's clever defence and erratic shooting it was not until five minutes of time that Settle scored the point which gave England the victory. Some smart passing by Hogg, Bloomer, and Calvey brought the ball across to Settle, and he shot low and hard just out of Reilly's reach...

In one respect the match was unsatisfactory. A great many free kicks were given, and many of these stoppages appeared unnecessary, as the game was always played in the best possible spirit. - The Times - Monday 24th March, 1902

Source Notes

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