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88 vs. Scotland
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Saturday, 16 February 1907
Home International Championship 1906-07 (24th) Match

England 1 Ireland 0 [0-0]

Match Summary
England Party

Ireland Party
Team Records

Goodison Park, Walton Road, Liverpool, Lancashire
Attendance: 22,235; Receipts £1,020; 
Kick-off 3.30pm

England - Harold Hardman ('a long, splendid shot high up in the corner of the goal' 53)
Results 1901-14

Ireland won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Thomas Robertson
42 (1 December 1864), Torrance, Stirlingshire, Scotland Football Association

Linesmen - John Lewis, Blackburn, and J. McAanerany, Ireland

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
The 1906 International Football Association Board meeting:
Offside rule debated and Neutral Linesmen
  Fouls Conceded  

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: "England in white shirts and black knickers."
Capt: Bob Crompton, sixth captaincy Selectors:
In Charge: Charles J. Hughes
The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 28 January 1907, following the trial match at Stamford Bridge.
58th match, W 42 - D 10 - L 6 - F 195 - A 51.
England Lineup
  Hardy, Sam 24 26 August 1882 G Liverpool FC 1 0 GA
  Crompton, Robert 27 26 September 1879 RB Blackburn Rovers FC 12 0
  Carr, John T. 28 summer 1878 LB Newcastle United FC 2 0
  Warren, Benjamin 27 7 May 1879 RH Derby County FC 4 0
  Wedlock, William J. 26 28 October 1880 CH Bristol City FC 1 0
  Hawkes, Robert M. 26 18 October 1880 LH Luton Town FC 1 0
  Rutherford, John 22 12 October 1884 OR Newcastle United FC 2 0
  Coleman, John George 25 26 October 1881 IR Woolwich Arsenal FC 1 0
  Hilsdon, George 21 10 August 1885 CF Chelsea FC 1 0
  Bache, Joseph W. 27 8 February 1880 IL Aston Villa FC 5 3
Hardman, Harold P. 24 4 April 1882 OL Everton FC 2 1


Newcastle United FC's Colin Veitch and Manchester City FC's Irvine Thornley.
2-3-5 Hardy -
Crompton, Carr -
Warren, Wedlock, Hawkes -
Rutherford, Coleman, Hilsdon, Bache, Hardman.


Age 25.2 Appearances/Goals 2.9 0.3


Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 16th
Colours: "The Irishmen played in royal blue with shamrock crests."
Capt: Harold Sloan Selectors: Team chosen by Committee, on Wednesday, 6 February 1907;
Ireland Lineup
  Scott, William E. 24 17 May 1882 G Everton FC, England 9 14 GA
  McCracken, William R. 22 29 January 1883 RB Newcastle United FC, England 11 1
  McCartney, Alexander D. 27 14 November 1879 LB Belfast Celtic FAC 7 0
  Wright, John nk not known CH Cliftonville FAC 4 0
  Connor, James 29 22 September 1877 RH Belfast Celtic FAC 6 0
  McConnell, D.J. English 23 14 May 1883 LH Sunderland AFC, England 5 0
  Blair, John W. 25 19 November 1881 OR Cliftonville AFC 1 0
  Harris, Valentine 22 23 June 1884 IR Shelbourne FC 2 0
  Sloan, Howard A. 24 25 August 1882 CF Bohemians 5 3
  O'Hagan, Charles 25 28 July 1881 IL Aberdeen FC, Scotland 6 1
  Young, Samuel 24 14 February 1883 OL Linfield FAC 1 0


Bob Milne (Linfield AFC) and John Owens (Shelbourne FC).
2-3-5 Scott -
McCracken, McCartney -
Wright, Connor, McConnell -
Blair, Harris, Sloan, O'Hagan, Young


Age 24.5 Appearances/Goals 5.4 0.5


    Match Report

Meeting England at Liverpool on Saturday, in the first Association international of the present season, Ireland suffered defeat by one goal to none.

Inasmuch as victory had never rewarded their efforts in the course of 25 former games between the two countries, the Irish team were probably well satisfied with the result of the encounter. They showed remarkably good powers of defence, half-backs, backs, and goalkeeper alike acquitting themselves with skill and judgment ; but unfortunately the excellence in this respect was to some extent discounted by lack of combination among the forwards. Individually the majority of the Irish front rank possessed pace and ability in dribbling. The want of mutual understanding, however, robbed their attack of real effectiveness, and until some advance is made in this direction, Ireland are not likely to gain the long-delayed victory over England. Still, the form of the visitors on Saturday was a notable improvement upon that displayed at Belfast 12 months ago, when the Englishmen, without especially distinguishing themselves, won by five goals to none. As a matter of fact, although it cannot be said that they ever looked like winning, Ireland were rather unfortunate in not effecting a draw ; for the one goal obtained by England possessed some element of luck and, during the last five minutes, the Englishmen experienced the greatest difficulty in keeping their goal intact...

...Indeed it was not until the second half had been in progress for some minutes that they secured the one goal of the match.

The match, which attracted about 23,000 people, took place in favourable conditions, for the state of the turf, although rather soft, did not handicap the players, and the breeze, though fairly fresh, blew across the ground. Of the 26 matches now played between the two countries, England have won 24 and two have been drawn. - The Times - Monday 18th February, 1907

Source Notes

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