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Saturday, 13 February 1909
Home International Championship 1908-09 (26th) Match

England 4 Ireland 0 [0-0]

Match Summary
England Party

Ireland Party
Team Records

Horton Park Avenue, Horton Park, Bradford, Yorkshire
Attendance: 28,000; Receipts £800 11s. 6d.;
Kick-off 2.30pm GMT

England - George Hilsdon ('from magnificent play from Lintott' 50, penalty 87), Vivian Woodward ('from a corner' 60, 'heading in another corner' 80)
Results 1901-14

England won the toss, Ireland kicked-off.


Match Summary






Referee - James B. Stark

Linesmen - W.H. Bellamy (Grimsby, England) and Joseph P. Gillen (Fermanagh)

  Goal Attempts  
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The 1908 International Football Association Board meeting:
Players International Match fee
  Fouls Conceded  

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: "White shirts and black knickers"
Capt: Vivian Woodward, eighth captaincy Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 1 February 1909, in Birmingham, following the trial match.
67th match, W 49 - D 12 - L 6 - F 239 - A 57.
England Lineup
  Hardy, Sam 26 26 August 1882 G Liverpool FC 5 3 GA
  Crompton, Robert 29 26 September 1879 RB Blackburn Rovers FC 22 0
  Cottle, Joseph R. 22 4 June 1886 LB Bristol City FC 1 0
  Warren, Benjamin 29 7 May 1879 RH Chelsea FC 14 1
  Wedlock, William J. 28 28 October 1880 CH Bristol City FC 11 1
  Lintott, Evelyn H. 25 2 November 1883 LH Bradford City FC 4 0
  Berry, Arthur 21 3 January 1888 OR Oxford University AFC 1 0
Woodward, Vivian J. 29 3 June 1879 IR Tottenham Hotspur FC 17 18
Hilsdon, George 23 10 August 1885 CF Chelsea FC 8 14
  Windridge, James E. 26 21 October 1882 IL Chelsea FC 8 7
  Bridgett, G. Arthur
 injured first minute
26 11 October 1882 OL Sunderland AFC 7 2


Newcastle United FC's Colin Veitch and Swindon Town FC's Harold Fleming

team notes:

Fleming replaced The Wednesday FC's Frank Bradshaw, who been suffering with a poisonous toe.
Arthur Bridgett was injured in the first minute after Jimmy Balfe knocked him off the ball. Although he remained on the pitch until the end of the match, he was unable to play.
England have equalled their record of keeping three clean sheets in a row.
2-3-5 Hardy -
Crompton, Cottle -
Warren, Wedlock, Lintott -
Berry, Woodward, Hilsdon,
Windridge, Bridgett.


Age 25.8 Appearances/Goals 8.9 3.5


Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 20th
Colours: "Blue shirts and white knickers"
Capt: Val Harris Selectors: Team chosen by Committee;
Ireland Lineup
  Scott, William E. 26 17 May 1882 G Everton FC, England 14 29 GA
  Balfe, James nk not known RB Shelbourne FC 1 0
  McCartney, Alexander D. 29 14 November 1879 LB Glentoran FC 13 0
  Darling, John 31 30 October 1877 RH Linfield FAC 18 0
  Harris, Valentine 24 23 June 1884 CH Everton FC, England 7 0
  McClure, George 23 26 July 1885 LH Distillery FC 4 0
  Hunter, Andrew 25 11 October 1883 OR Belfast Celtic FC 6 0
  Lacey, William 19
142 dys
24 September 1889 IR Everton FC, England 1 0
  Greer, William nk not known CF Queen's Park Rangers FC, England 1 0
  O'Hagan, Charles 27 28 July 1881 IL Aberdeen FC, Scotland 10 2
  Young, Samuel 25 14 February 1883 OL Airdrieonians FC, Scotland 5


reserves not known

team notes:

The Wednesday FC's English McConnell was in the original line-up as centre-half, but he was injured in a cup replay match against Portsmouth on the previous Thursday. Johnny Darling was his replacement and was swapped places with Val Harris at right-half.
At just 19 years and 142 days old, Billy Lacey was the youngest "Southern"-born player to appear for Ireland.
2-3-5 Scott -
Balfe, McCartney -
Darling, Harris, McClure -
Hunter, Lacey, Greer, O'Hagan, Young


Age 25.4 Appearances/Goals 7.3 0.2


    Match Report

With a powerful eleven, which included nine members of the team that drew with Scotland last April, England beat Ireland on the Park-avenue ground at Bradford on Saturday by four goals to none. The match was the 28th of the series, and with the exception of two drawn games, all the contests have been won by England.

With the weather fine there was a very large attendance at the match, the first of its kind decided at Bradford. Over 28,000 people were present, and the gate receipts amounted to 800. There was very little grass on the playing pitch, and in places the ground was very heavy. In the first half the football was disappointing. England were always the superior side, but there was very little finish about the play of the inside forwards. Several good scoring chances were thrown away, and at half-time no goals had been scored. In the second half the English forwards showed better form. By opening out the game they quickly had the Irish defence in difficulties...

The goals were scored by Woodward (two) and Hilsdon (two). Hilsdon's second goal was from a penalty kick. - The Times - Monday 15th February, 1909

Source Notes

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