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85 vs. Scotland
87 vs. Wales

Saturday, 17 February 1906
originally scheduled for 3 March
Home International Championship 1905-06 (23rd) Match

Ireland 0 England 5 [0-2]

Match Summary
Ireland Party

England Party

Team Records

Solitude Ground, Cliftonville, Belfast, County Antrim
Attendance: 16,000;
Kick-off tbc

England - Dick Bond ('took up running, scoring with an unsaveable shot' 26, 'added another' 89), Arthur Brown ('added a second' 32), Stan Harris ('received from Brown' 56), Sammy Day ('a soft shot' 70).
Results 1901-14

England won the toss, Ireland kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Thomas Robertson
41 (1 December 1864), Torrance, Stirlingshire, Scotland Football Association

Linesmen - E.G/L. Holland (England) and unknown

The ground's width was six yards less than the regulations permitted.

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
The 1905 International Football Association Board meeting:
Leather balls, non-violent charging, six-yard rule
and the direct free-kick.
  Fouls Conceded  

Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 14th
Colours: Probably royal blue jerseys and white shorts
Capt: Jack Kirwan Selectors: Team chosen by Committee;
Ireland Lineup
  Sherry, James J. 29/30 poss. 1876 G Bohemians FC 1 5 GA
  Darling, John 28 30 October 1877 RB Linfield FAC 14 0
  McIlroy, Hugh nk not known LB Cliftonville FAC 1 0
  Wright, John nk not known RH Cliftonville FAC 1 0
  Milne, Robert G. 35 1 October 1870
born in Inverarity, Scotland
CH Linfield FAC 26 2
  McConnell, D.J. English 22 14 May 1883 LH Sunderland AFC, England 4 0
  Hunter, Andrew 22 11 October 1883 OR Distillery FC 2 0
  Mulholland, Thomas 17
310 dys
13 April 1888 IR Belfast Celtic FAC 1 0
  Harris, Valentine 21 23 June 1884 CF Shelbourne FC 1 0
  O'Hagan, Charles 24 28 July 1881 IL Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 3 1
  Kirwan, John H. 28 9 February 1878 OL Chelsea FC, England 13 2


reserves not known
2-3-5 Sherry -
Darling, McIlroy -
Wright, Milne, McConnell -
Hunter, Mulholland, Harris, O'Hagan, Kirwan.


Age 25.1-2 Appearances/Goals 6.1 0.4


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: White collared jerseys and navy blue shorts
Capt: Stan Harris, second captaincy Selectors:
Trainer: Bob Holmes (Blackburn Rovers FC)
The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 5 February 1906, at 104 High Holborn, along with the FA Cup third round draw.
55th match, W 40 - D 10 - L 5 - F 192 - A 49.
England Lineup
  Ashcroft, James 27 12 September 1878 G Woolwich Arsenal FC 1 0 GA
  Crompton, Robert 26 26 September 1879 RB Blackburn Rovers FC 9 0
  Smith, Herbert 28 22 November 1877 LB Reading FC 3 0
  Warren, Benjamin 26 7 May 1879 RH Derby County FC 1 0
  Veitch, Colin C.M. 24 22 May 1881 CH Newcastle United FC 1 0
  Houlker, Albert E. 33 27 April 1872 LH Southampton FC 4 0
Bond, Richard 22 14 December 1883 OR Preston North End FC 3 2
Day, Samuel H. 27 29 December 1878 IR Old Malvernians AFC & Corinthians FC 1 1
Brown, Arthur S. 20 6 April 1885 CF Sheffield United FC 2 1
Harris, Stanley S. 24 19 July 1881 IL Old Westminsters AFC & Corinthians FC 4 2
  Gosnell, Albert A. 26 10 February 1880 OL Newcastle United FC 1 0


Tottenham Hotspur FC's Walter Bull and Middlesbrough FC's Alf Common.

team notes:

Tottenham Hotspur FC's Vivian Woodward was the original named centre-forward, he was replaced by Brown.
2-3-5 Ashcroft -
Crompton, Smith -
Warren, Veitch, Houlker -
Bond, Day, Woodward, Harris, Gosnell.


Age 25.7 Appearances/Goals 2.7 0.1


    Match Report

At Belfast on Saturday the first international match under Association rules of the present season resulted in a victory for England by five goals to none. The winners deserved their victory, showing more method in attack than was possessed by the Irishmen, and much better powers of defence. At the same time there was no such disparity between the two elevens as the score would suggest. Indeed, taking the game all through the home side had almost as much of the play as their opponents ; but the Englishmen, after an indifferent start, steadily improved. They were leading by two goals to none at the interval, and they attained to real excellence in the second half of the match. The limitations of the Irish half-backs and backs became strongly emphasized during the last hour. Still, from start to finish, the home forwards, if possessing only moderate combination, worked with untiring energy...

...both Harris and Day dribbled very finely, and each had the satisfaction of scoring from the other's pass...

Apart from the state of the ground, the conditions in which the game took place were of the most pleasant description, the afternoon being fine and mild with scarcely any wind. - The Times - Monday 19th February, 1906

Source Notes

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