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82 vs. Scotland
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84 vs. Wales

Saturday, 25 February 1905
Home International Championship 1904-05 (22nd) Match

England 1 Ireland 1 [0-0]
 

Match Summary
England Party

Ireland Party
Team Records

Ayresome Park, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire
Attendance: 25,500;
Receipts £1070 14s; Kick-off tbc

Ireland - Tim Williamson (From a Kirwan corner, Williamson collected the ball, he stepped over his own goal-line, own goal 48)
England - Steve Bloomer ('a minute later, Bloomer equalised easily' 50)
Results 1901-14

England won the toss, Ireland kicked-off.

 

Match Summary

Officials

England

Type

Ireland

Referee - Thomas Robertson
40 (1 December 1864), Torrance, Stirlingshire, Scotland Football Association

Linesmen - F.H. Dennis (North Ormesby, Middlesbrough) and unknown

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
The 1905 International Football Association Board meeting:
Whole of the ball and the corner flag
  Fouls Conceded  
  Possession  

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: White collared jerseys and navy blue shorts
Capt: Stan Harris, first captaincy Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 13 February 1905, following the trial match in Bristol, at the Royal Hotel, Bristol
52nd match, W 37 - D 10 - L 5 - F 183 - A 48.
England Lineup
Williamson, Reginald G. 20 6 June 1884 G Middlesbrough FC 1 1 GA
  Balmer, William A. 29 29 July 1875 RB Everton FC 1 0
  Carr, John T. 26 summer 1878 LB Newcastle United FC 1 0
  Wolstenholme, Samuel 27 16 March 1877 RH Blackburn Rovers FC 2 0
  Roberts, Charles 21 6 April 1883 CH Manchester United FC 1 0
  Leake, Alexander 33 11 July 1871 LH Aston Villa FC 3 0
  Bond, Richard 21 14 December 1883 OR Preston North End FC 1 0
Bloomer, Stephen 31 20 January 1874 IR Derby County FC 19 27
  Woodward, Vivian J. 25 3 June 1879 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 6 4
  Harris, Stanley S. 23 19 July 1881 IL Old Westminsters AFC & Corinthians FC 2 0
  Booth, Frank, injured off 22 summer 1882 OL Manchester City FC 1 0

reserves:

Tottenham Hotspur FC's John Brearley was an original reserve. Sunderland AFC's Arthur Bridgett replaced him, and Southampton FC's Edgar Bluff.

notes:

Frank Booth was carried off after being injured.
Steve Bloomer extends his tally as England's record goalscorer.
 
2-3-5 Williamson -
Balmer, Carr -
Wolstenholme, Roberts, Leake -
Bond, Bloomer, Woodward, Harris, Booth.

Averages:

Age 25.3 Appearances/Goals 3.5 2.7

 

Ireland Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 13th
Colours: Probably Royal blue jerseys and white shorts
Capt: Jack Kirwan Selectors: Team chosen by Committee, on Saturday, 4 February 1905;
Ireland Lineup
  Scott, William E. 22 17 May 1882 G Everton FC, England 7 9 GA
  McCracken, William R. 22 29 January 1883 RB Newcastle United FC, England 8 1
  McCartney, Alexander D. 25 14 November 1879 LB Everton FC, England 5 0
  Darling, John 27 30 October 1877 CH Linfield FAC 11 0
  Connor, James 27 22 September 1877 RH Glentoran FC 3 0
  Nicholl, Henry 28 30 October 1875 LH Belfast Celtic FAC 2 0
  Murphy, J. Cornelius 25/26 1879 IR Queen's Park Rangers FC, England 1 0
  Sheridan, James 22 15 May 1882 IL Stoke FC, England 6 2
  Shanks, Thomas 22 30 March 1882 CF Brentford AFC, England 3 0
  Sloan, Howard A. 22 25 August 1882 IR Bohemians 3 0
  Kirwan, John H. 27 9 February 1878 OL Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 10 2

reserves:

Howard Sloan was an original reserve, Glentoran FC's English McConnell was the second reserve.

team notes:

Tottenham Hotspur FC's Charles O'Hagan withdrew from the line-up on the morning of the match. He was replaced by reserve Howard Sloan.
 
2-3-5 Scott -
McCracken, McCartney -
Darling, Connor, Nicholl -
Murphy, Sheridan, Shanks, Sloan, Kirwan

Averages:

Age 24.5-6 Appearances/Goals 5.4 0.4

 

    Match Report

For the first time since the institution of association matches between England and Ireland the Irishmen on Saturday succeeded in escaping defeat in England, the match at Middlesbrough ending in a draw of one goal all. There was every reason to expect that the English team would gain another victory, as owing to lameness O'Hagan was unable to play for Ireland, and thus a rearrangement of the forward line was necessary on the morning of the match...

The first half passed by without any score, but both points were scored immediately after the interval. Ireland's goal came from a corner taken by Kirwan. The ball was well placed, but Williamson should have cleared without difficulty. Instead of so doing he did not hold the ball at the first attempt, and in turning to gather it he stepped just over his own line, and so enabled the visitors to score through a bad error of judgment on his part. Directly afterwards Bloomer, profiting by a blunder on the part of McCartney, slipped by the Irish back, and at short range equalized with a shot which Scott had no chance of stopping...

Just at the finish Booth, meeting with an injury, had to be carried off the field. - The Times - Monday 27th February, 1905

    Football League

 

Football League Division One
25 February 190
5
Team P Pts
Everton 26 36
Newcastle United 25 34
Manchester City 25 34
Small Heath 25 33
Aston Villa 27 32
Sunderland 26 32
Sheffield United 27 32
Woolwich Arsenal 26 28
Derby County 29 28
The Wednesday 26 27
Preston North End 27 25
Blackburn Rovers 26 22
Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 21
Bury 26 19
Stoke 25 19
Nottingham Forest 27 18
Middlesbrough 25 17
Notts County 26 13

 

Division One matches played on 25 February 1905:

DERBY COUNTY 3-2 NOTTINGHAM FOREST
Fletcher, Hall, nk (nk)
5,000 (Baseball Ground, Derby)

Derby were without Steve Bloomer, who scored England's equaliser against Ireland at Middlesbrough.

EVERTON 1-0 BLACKBURN ROVERS
Sharp

23,000 (Goodison Park, Liverpool)

Everton were without Billy Balmer, who was playing for England against Ireland at Middlesbrough, and McCartney and Scott, who were playing for Ireland, whilst Blackburn were without Sam Wolstenholme, who was also playing for England.

MANCHESTER CITY 3-2 BURY
Bannister 2, Meredith (nk)
16,000 (Hyde Road, Manchester)

City were without Frank Booth, who was injured making his only appearance for England, against Ireland at Middlesbrough.

NEWCASTLE UNITED 1-0 PRESTON NORTH END
Appleyard
20,000 (St James' Park, Newcastle)

Newcastle were without Jack Carr, who was making his international debut for England against Ireland at Middlesbrough, and Bill McCracken, who was playing for Ireland, whilst Preston were without Dicky Bond, who was also making his international debut for England.

NOTTS COUNTY 3-4 WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS
Dean pen., Tarplin, Craythorne (J.Smith, Wooldridge, Bevan 2)
4,000 (
Trent Bridge, Nottingham)

SHEFFIELD UNITED 0-1 MIDDLESBROUGH
(Common pen.)
10,000 (
Bramall Lane, Sheffield)

Middlesbrough were without Tim Williamson, who scored an own goal on his international debut for England against Ireland at Middlesbrough.

SMALL HEATH 0-3 ASTON VILLA
(Pearson, Hampton, Windmill)
32,000 (Coventry Road, Birmingham)

Villa were without Alex Leake, who was playing for England against Ireland at Middlesbrough.

STOKE 1-3 SUNDERLAND
Hall (Fullarton, Watkins 2)
5,000 (Victoria Ground, Stoke)

Stoke were without James Sheridan, who was playing for Ireland against England at Middlesbrough.

WOOLWICH ARSENAL 3-0 THE WEDNESDAY
Coleman 2, Satterthwaite
20,000 (Manor Ground, London)

There was little to choose between the top three teams all in form, with City, in particular, on a run of eight straight wins.

Football League Division Two
25 February 1905
Team P Pts
Bolton Wanderers 26 45
Manchester United 24 40
Liverpool 23 39
Bristol City 24 32
Gainsborough Trinity 24 27
Lincoln City 25 25
Chesterfield Town 24 25
Blackpool 23 22
Barnsley 24 22
West Bromwich Albion 24 21
Burnley 25 21
Grimsby Town 24 20
Leicester Fosse 23 19
Bradford City 24 18
Glossop 23 18
Burslem Port Vale 23 17
Burton United 25 15
Doncaster Rovers 24 6

 

Division Two matches played on 25 February 1905:

BARNSLEY 0-0 MANCHESTER UNITED
5,000 (Oakwell, Barnsley)

United were without Charlie Roberts, who was playing for England against Ireland at Middlesbrough.

BLACKPOOL 1-0 BURTON UNITED
Hogg

3,000 (Bloomfield Road, Blackpool)

BOLTON WANDERERS 2-0 BRADFORD CITY
Marsh 2

10,000 (Burnden Park, Bolton)

BURNLEY 5-0 BURSLEM PORT VALE
R.Smith 3, McFarlane, Marshall

1,000 (Turf Moor, Burnley)

DONCASTER ROVERS 1-5 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY
Norris (A.Foxall, Langham, Jenkinson, Milsom 2)

3,000 (Intake Ground, Doncaster)

GRIMSBY TOWN 0-1 LIVERPOOL
(Parkinson)

6,000 (Blundell Park, Cleethorpes)

LINCOLN CITY 0-0 CHESTERFIELD TOWN
2,000 (Sincil Bank, Lincoln)

WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0-0 BRISTOL CITY
4,172 (The Hawthorns, West Bromwich)

 

 

 

 

The Second Division was also led by three outstanding teams, battling for two promotion places, and all three were from Lancashire.

IN OTHER NEWS...

It was on 26 February 1905 that five men were lost at sea off the coast of Holyhead whilst sailing out to aid in the rescue of two distressed schooners during a fierce storm. Their boat was passed by a steam-powered lifeboat on its way to rescue the crew members of the schooners, but the sailboat was swamped by the conditions. All five men lived in the same street and the father of one of them was in the lifeboat that passed them. Four others were lost on the same night from vessels around the British coast.

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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