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110 vs. Scotland
112 vs. Wales

Saturday, 10 February 1912
Home International Championship 1911-12 (29th) Match

Ireland 1 England 6 [1-3]

Match Summary
England Party

Team Records

Dalymount Park, Phibsborough, Dublin
Attendance: 15,000;
receipts £803 (not including tickets sold); Kick-off: 3.30pm GMT

England - Harold Fleming ('from a Freeman pass' 12, 'scored the third' 40, ''took a pass from Freeman and had little difficulty in beating Scott' 64), George Holley ('breasted through after a McCann clearance' 17), Bert Freeman ('beat Scott' 50), Jock Simpson ('added a sixth...in semi-darkness' 85);
Ireland - Mickey Hamill ('from a scramble near the goal' 35)
Results 1901-14

Ireland won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Alexander A. Armstrong
Glasgow, Scotland,
originally Scotland's A. Jackson

Linesmen - G.T. Wagstaffe Simmons, 44/45 (early 1867), Hertfordshire FA, and not known

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
The 1911 International Football Association Board meeting:
Players registration and new ball.
  Fouls Conceded  

Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 24th
Colours: Royal blue jerseys and white shorts
Capt: Billy Scott Selectors: Team chosen by Committee, on Monday, 29 January 1912 in Belfast;
Ireland Lineup
  Scott, William E. 28 17 May 1882 G Everton FC, England 22 50 GA
  Burnison, Samuel 21 30 November 1890 RB Distillery FC 7 0
  McCann, Patrick 30/31 1881 LB Glentoran FC 6 0
  Harris, Valentine 27 23 June 1884 RH Everton FC, England 16 0
  O'Connell, Patrick J. 24 8 March 1887 CH The Wednesday FC, England 1 0
  Hampton, Henry V. 23/24 1888 LH Bradford City FC, England 4 0
  Lacey, William 22 24 September 1889 OR Everton FC, England 10 1
Hamill, Michael 23 19 January 1889 IR Manchester United FC, England 1 1
  Halligan, William 25 18 February 1886 CF Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, England 2 1
  McAuley, James L. 22 24 November 1889 IL Huddersfield Town AFC, England 3 1
  Thompson, Francis W.
 injured off c.52nd minute
26 2 October 1885 OL Bradford City FC, England 6 2


reserves not known

team notes:

Their were several changes from the original named line-up on 6 February. Sam Burnison came in to replace Greenock Morton FC's Sandy Craig at left-back, then Burnison and McCann swapped positions. Harry Hampton replaced Hibernian FC's John Lamb at right-half. There were two replacements in the forward line, Airdrieonians FC's Sam Young was replaced at centre by Billy Halligan, and to his left, Greenock Morton FC's O'Hagan was replaced with Jimmy McAuley.
An accident to Frank Thompson soon after the second half started meant he had to retire, but he returned and Ireland effectively played with ten men for the rest of the match.
2-3-5 Scott -
Burnison, McCann -
Harris, O'Connell, Hampton -
Lacey, Hamill, Halligan, McAuley, Thompson.


Age 24.6-8 Appearances/Goals 7.1 0.4


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: White collared jerseys and navy blue shorts
Capt: Bob Crompton, fourteenth captaincy Selectors: The seven-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 29 January 1912 at 42 Russell Square, London, following the amateur trial match.
78th match, W 57 - D 14 - L 7 - F 275 - A 67.
England Lineup
  Hardy, Sam 29 26 August 1882 G Liverpool FC 14 12 GA
  Crompton, Robert 32 26 September 1879 RB Blackburn Rovers FC 33 0
  Pennington, Jesse 28 23 August 1883 LB West Bromwich Albion FC 17 0
  Brittleton, J. Thomas 29 23 April 1882 RH The Wednesday FC 1 0
  Wedlock, William J. 31 28 October 1880 CH Bristol City FC 23 1
  Bradshaw, William 27 3 April 1884 LH Blackburn Rovers FC 3 0
Simpson, John 26 25 December 1885 OR Blackburn Rovers FC 4 1
Fleming, Harold J. 24 30 April 1887 IR Swindon Town FC 8 7
Freeman, Bertram C. 26 13 October 1885 CF Burnley FC 3 2
Holley, George H. 26 20 November 1885 IL Sunderland AFC 7 6
  Mordue, John 25 13 December 1886 OL Sunderland AFC 1 0


Derby County FC's George Richards and Fleming, who was originally replaced by Aston Villa FC's Harry Hampton, and then replaced by his clubmate, Joe Bache, as the Football Association felt they were best served by an inside-forward.

team notes:

Bob Crompton extends his tally as England's record appearance holder, and Sam Hardy extends his record of the goalkeeper with most appearances, in this, the oldest team to be fielded by England thus far, a record broken for the third match in a row.

newspaper notes:

"A difficulty has arisen with regard to England's team to meet Ireland...owing to the replayed Cup ties fixed for Thursday. The Football Association, without wishing to bring pressure to bear, have notified [Tim] Williamson of Middlesbrough, and [Harry] Makepeace and [Frank] Jefferis, of Everton, that unless they can travel with the rest of the party, which leaves Crewe at 5.10 on Thursday afternoon, they will not be allowed to play. Hardy, Bradshaw and Fleming are chosen to fill vacancies that may arise."
2-3-5 Hardy -
Crompton, Pennington -
Brittleton, Wedlock, Bradshaw -
Simpson, Fleming, Freeman, Holley, Mordue.


Age 27.5 Appearances/Goals 10.4 1.0


    Match Report

England beat Ireland at Dublin on Saturday by six goals to one. Ireland played up pluckily, but England were the better side at all points. - The Times - Monday 12th February, 1912

...the game was played under excellent conditions before about 15,000 people.

Ireland had the misfortune to lose Thompson, who was injured early in the second half, and they were completely outplayed to the finish.

...the Irish backs could not withstand the dashing attacks of the English front line, in which Fleming played a brilliant game throughout. - The Observer - Sunday 11th February, 1912

Source Notes

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