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87 vs. Wales

Saturday, 17 February 1906
originally scheduled for 3 March
1906
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

Officials

Ireland

Type

England

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  
  Possession  

Ireland Team

 

Rank:

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:

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

Averages:

Age 25.1-2 Appearances/Goals 6.1 0.4

 

England Team

 

Rank:

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

reserves:

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.

Averages:

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

    Football League

 

Football League Division One
17 February 1906
Team P Pts
Liverpool 27 37
Preston North End 27 33
Manchester City 25 32
Birmingham 27 31
The Wednesday 27 31
Aston Villa 27 30
Bolton Wanderers 26 28
Newcastle United 26 28
Blackburn Rovers 25 28
Stoke 28 28
Everton 26 27
Sheffield United 27 27
Derby County 25 27
Notts County 28 25
Nottingham Forest 27 22
Woolwich Arsenal 27 21
Sunderland 25 21
Bury 27 20
Middlesbrough 26 19
Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 25

 

Division One matches played on 17 February 1906:

ASTON VILLA 3-1 NOTTINGHAM FOREST
Hall, Bache, Garraty (nk)
25,000 (Villa Park, Birmingham)

BOLTON WANDERERS 6-2 SUNDERLAND
Clifford, Shepherd 4, White (Holley, Bridgett)

15,000 (Burnden Park, Bolton)

Sunderland were without English McConnell, who was playing for Ireland against England in Belfast.

LIVERPOOL 2-1 THE WEDNESDAY
Cox 2 (Stewart)
20,000 (Anfield, Liverpool)

NOTTS COUNTY 0-0 EVERTON
10,000 (Trent Bridge, Nottingham)

PRESTON NORTH END 1-0 BURY
Derbyshire

7,000 (
Deepdale, Preston)

Preston were without Dicky Bond, who scored twice for England in Belfast.

SHEFFIELD UNITED 1-0 DERBY COUNTY
Pattinson
14,206 (
Bramall Lane, Sheffield)

United were without Arthur Brown, who scored for England in Belfast, whilst Derby were without Ben Warren, who was making his international debut for England.

STOKE 2-2 BIRMINGHAM
Rouse, Jones (Jones 2)
5,000 (Victoria Ground, Stoke)

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 0-0 MIDDLESBROUGH
4,000 (
Molineux, Wolverhampton)

Middlesbrough were without Alf Common, who was an England reserve in Belfast.

WOOLWICH ARSENAL 3-2 BLACKBURN ROVERS
Coleman 2, Bellamy pen. (Wilson, Davies)
8,000 (
Manor Ground, London)

Arsenal were without Jimmy Ashcroft, who was keeping a clean sheet on his international debut for England in Belfast, whilst Blackburn were without Bob Crompton, who was also playing for England.

After a slow start, newly-promoted Liverpool were now setting the pace and looked capable of winning a second successive championship.

Football League Division Two
17 February 1906
Team P Pts
Bristol City 26 44
Manchester United 26 41
Chelsea 26 38
West Bromwich Albion 25 34
Leicester Fosse 27 33
Hull City 24 30
Leeds City 24 28
Bradford City 26 28
Grimsby Town 25 27
Burnley 26 23
Chesterfield Town 26 23
Stockport County 26 22
Burton United 27 22
Barnsley 24 21
Glossop 27 18
Blackpool 25 18
Lincoln City 26 17
Burslem Port Vale 26 17
Gainsborough Trinity 25 16
Clapton Orient 25 12

 

Division Two matches played on 17 February 1906:

BRISTOL CITY 1-2 LEICESTER FOSSE
Gilligan (Bannister, Blessington)
8
,000 (Ashton Gate, Bristol)

BURNLEY 2-1 BARNSLEY
Davidson 2
(Birtles)
3,000 (Turf Moor, Burnley)

BURTON UNITED 4-0 CHESTERFIELD TOWN
Bradshaw 2, Axcell, Aston

3,000 (Peel Croft, Burton)

CHELSEA 4-2 LINCOLN CITY
Pearson, McDermott, Key, McRoberts pen. (Martin, Machin)

3,000 (Stamford Bridge, London)

Chelsea were without Jack Kirwan, who was playing for Ireland against England in Belfast.

GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 3-1 HULL CITY
Langham, Dixon, Morley (Raisbeck)

4,000 (The Northolme, Gainsborough)

GLOSSOP 2-3 BRADFORD CITY
Cameron 2 (Conlin, Smith, McMillan)

1,500 (North Road, Glossop)

GRIMSBY TOWN 4-1 CLAPTON ORIENT
Robinson 2, Swarbrick, Hooper (Evenson)

3,000 (Blundell Park, Cleethorpes)

LEEDS CITY 3-1 BURSLEM PORT VALE
Wilson, Hargraves, Parnell (Mountford)
9,000 (Elland Road, Leeds)

MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 WEST BROMWICH ALBION
15,000 (Bank Street, Manchester)

STOCKPORT COUNTY 2-1 BLACKPOOL
Suart 2 (Francis)

2,000 (Edgeley Park, Stockport)

 

Bristol City experienced only their second loss of the season, and their first at home, after previously equalling the Football League record of fourteen consecutive victories. It was to be their last defeat of the season and they only dropped two more points as they earned promotion to the First Division for the first time, unsurprisingly also winning the Second Division Championship.

IN OTHER NEWS...

It was on 17 February 1906 that King Christian IX of Denmark was buried at Roskilde. He had died at the age of 87 and had reigned for 42 years. His daughter was Queen Alexandra, the consort of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom. At the beginning of the First World War, eight different countries had monarchs that were direct descendants of either Queen Victoria or King Christian, who was nicknamed the 'father-in-law of Europe'. Seven of the thrones (including the UK) still carry this ancestry.

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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