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Saturday, 20 October 1923
Home International Championship 1923-24 (36th) Match

Ireland 2 England 1 [1-1]
 

Match Summary
Ireland Party

England Party

Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, county Antrim
Attendance: 25,000;
Receipts: £1,540; Kick-off: tbc GMT

England - Joe Bradford (short-range tap-in from a Hegan corner 7)
Ireland - Billy Gillespie (Irving's effort hit the crossbar, Gillespie headed in the rebound 16), Tucker Croft (a shot following a joint-attack 70)
Results 1919-30

England won the toss, Ireland kicked-off.

 

Match Summary

Officials

Ireland

Type

England

Referee - Alexander A. Jackson
Scotland

Linesmen - not known

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
  Possession  

Ireland Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 20th
Colours: Royal blue jerseys, white shorts.
Capt: Billy Gillespie Selectors: Team Selection by Committee;
Ireland Lineup
  Farquharson, Thomas G. 22 4 December 1900 G Cardiff City FC, Wales 3 2 GA
  McCluggage, Andrew 23 1 September 1900 RB Bradford FC, England 2 0
  Curran, John J. 23/24 1898 LB Glenavon 5 0
  Emerson, William J. 31 16 December 1891 RH Burnley FC, England 11 1
  Irving, Samuel J. 30 28 August 1893 RH Dundee FC, Scotland 3 0
  Smith, Ernest E. 27 4 January 1896 CH Cardiff City FC, Wales 4 0
  Brown, John nk not known OR Tranmere Rovers FC, England 2 0
Croft, Thomas 26 8 April 1897 IR Queen's Island FC 2 1
  Irvine, Robert W. 23 29 April 1900 CF Everton FC, England 4 2
Gillespie, William B. 32 6 August 1891 IL Sheffield United FC, England 14 10
  Toner, Joseph S. 29 30 March 1894 OL The Arsenal FC, England 3 0

reserves:

reserves not known
 
2-3-5 Farquharson -
McCluggage, Curran -
Emerson, Irving, Smith -
Brown, Croft, Irvine, Gillespie, Toner

Averages:

Age 26.6/7 Appearances/Goals 4.8 1.1

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th to 9th
Colours: The 1923 uniform - White collared jerseys and dark club shorts
Capt: George Wilson, fifth captaincy Selectors: The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, following the trial match, on Monday, 8 October 1923.
104th match, W 70 - D 20 - L 14 - F 327 - A 99.
England Lineup
  Taylor, Edward 36 7 March 1887 G Huddersfield Town AFC 5 7 GA
  Bower, Alfred George 27 10 November 1895 RB Corinthians FC, Casuals FC & Old Carthusians FC 1 0
  Wadsworth, Samuel J. 27 13 September 1896 LB Huddersfield Town AFC 4 0
  Pantling, H. Harold 32 16 May 1891 RH Sheffield United FC 1 0
  Wilson, George 31 14 January 1892 CH The Wednesday FC 10 0
  Meehan, Thomas 27 Summer 1896 LH Chelsea FC 1 0
  Hegan, Lt. Kenneth E. 22 24 January 1901 OR Royal Army Service Corps FC & Corinthians FC 3 4
  Kelly, Robert 29 16 November 1893 IR Burnley FC 8 5
Bradford, Joseph 22 22 January 1901 CF Birmingham FC 1 1
  Chambers, Henry 26 17 November 1896 IL Liverpool FC 8 5
  Tunstall, Fred 26 29 May 1897 OL Sheffield United FC 2 0

reserves:

Sid Bishop (West Ham United FC) and David Jack (Bolton Wanderers FC)
 
2-3-5 Taylor -
Bower, Wadsworth -
Pantling, Wilson, Meehan -
Hegan, Kelly, Bradford, Chambers, Tunstall.

Averages:

Age 27.8 Appearances/Goals 4.0 1.2

 

    Match Report

Ireland beat England for the first time since 1914 at Windsor Park, Belfast, on Saturday, by two goals to one.

If the result was a surprise there is no doubt that the winners, in the second half especially, were far and away the better team. The success to Ireland was eminently satisfactory if only for the reason that the English clubs employing Irish players could not allow certain of those chosen to take part, with the result that the Irish selectors had to make the best of their material at their command...

When England took the lead after seven minutes' play, through Bradford, it seemed as if the visiting country must win, but when Gillespie headed an equalizing goal Ireland never appeared likely to lose, and it was no surprise when Croft, with a fine individual effort, scored the winning goal 18 minutes from the end of play. - The Times - Monday 22nd October, 1923

    Football League

Football League Division One
20 October 1923
Team P Pts
Cardiff City 11 17
Notts County 11 16
Huddersfield Town 11 15
Sheffield United 11 14
Bolton Wanderers 13 14
Aston Villa 13 14
Blackburn Rovers 11 13
Sunderland 12 13
West Bromwich Albion 11 12
Manchester City 11 12
Liverpool 11 11
Newcastle United 12 11
Tottenham Hotspur 11 11
West Ham United 11 11
Nottingham Forest 11 10
Everton 13 14
Arsenal 11 9
Chelsea 12 9
Birmingham 12 8
Middlesbrough 11 7
Burnley 11 7
Preston North End 11 4

 

Division One matches played on 20 October 1923:

BIRMINGHAM 0-1 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
(Smith)

18,000 (St Andrew's, Birmingham)

Birmingham were without Joe Bradford, who scored the opening goal on his international debut against Ireland in Belfast, whilst Huddersfield were without Taylor and Wadsworth, who were also playing against Ireland.

BLACKBURN ROVERS 0-1 MANCHESTER CITY
(Barnes)
25,000
(Ewood Park, Blackburn)

BOLTON WANDERERS 1-2 ARSENAL
J.R.Smith (Rutherford, Woods)

20,000 (Burnden Park, Bolton)

Bolton were without David Jack, who was a reserve against Ireland in Belfast, whilst Arsenal were without Joe Toner, who was playing for Ireland.

CARDIFF CITY 1-1 PRESTON NORTH END
Davies (Roberts)

35,000 (
Ninian Park, Cardiff)

Cardiff were without Farquharson and Smith, who were playing for Ireland against England in Belfast.

CHELSEA 0-0 WEST HAM UNITED
50,000 (
Stamford Bridge, London)

Chelsea were without Tommy Meehan, who was making his only international appearance, against Ireland in Belfast, whilst West Ham were without Sid Bishop, who was a reserve against Ireland.

LIVERPOOL 4-2 NOTTINGHAM FOREST
McKinlay 2, 1 pen., Walsh 2 (Walker 2)
30,000 (
Anfield, Liverpool)

Liverpool were without Harry Chambers, who was playing for England against Ireland in Belfast.

MIDDLESBROUGH 1-0 NEWCASTLE UNITED
Elliott pen.
25,000 (Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough)

NOTTS COUNTY 1-1 EVERTON
Cock (Chadwick)
18,000 (Meadow Lane, Nottingham)

Everton were without Bobby Irvine, who was playing for Ireland against England in Belfast.

SHEFFIELD UNITED 2-1 BURNLEY
Waugh, Menlove (Bennie)
15,000 (Bramall Lane, Sheffield)

United were without Gillespie, who scored Ireland's equaliser against England in Belfast, Pantling, who was making his only international appearance, and Tunstall who were playing against Ireland, whilst Burnley were without Emerson, who was also playing for Ireland, and Kelly, who was playing against Ireland.

SUNDERLAND 1-0 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Buchan pen.

20,000 (Roker Park, Sunderland)

WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1-0 ASTON VILLA
Morris
42,096 (The Hawthorns, West Bromwich)

Cardiff remained unbeaten in their first eleven games, though they would lose the return match at Preston, seven days later. They then went another ten games before losing their second match.

Football League Division Two
20 October 1923
Team P Pts
South Shields 11 16
Leeds United 11 15
Stoke 13 15
Derby County 11 14
Leicester City 11 13
Barnsley 11 13
Southampton 14 13
Clapton Orient 11 12
Blackpool 11 12
Manchester United 11 12
Bury 11 12
Bradford City 11 12
Coventry City 11 12
Stockport County 11 11
Nelson 12 10
Crystal Palace 11 9
Oldham Athletic 11 9
Hull City 11 9
Fulham 11 8
The Wednesday 11 8
Port Vale 11 7
Bristol City 11 6

 

Division Two matches played on 20 October 1923:

BLACKPOOL 5-0 COVENTRY CITY
Mee, Watson 2, White 2
12,000
(Bloomfield Road, Blackpool)

BRISTOL CITY 0-1 FULHAM
(Papworth)

12,000 (Ashton Gate, Bristol)

Fulham goalkeeper, Arthur Reynolds saved a second-half penalty from Laurie Banfield.

CLAPTON ORIENT 3-0 SOUTH SHIELDS
Williams, Rennox, Waite
25,000
(Millfields Road, London)

CRYSTAL PALACE 3-0 BRADFORD CITY
Whitworth, Hand, Bateman
1
2,000 (Croydon Common Athletic Ground, London)

HULL CITY 2-0 STOKE
Martin, Rumney)

8,000
(Anlaby Road, Hull)

LEICESTER CITY 2-0 BARNSLEY
Duncan, King
1
6,000 (Filbert Street, Leicester)

MANCHESTER UNITED 3-0 STOCKPORT COUNTY
Mann 2, Bain
31,5
00 (Old Trafford, Manchester)

NELSON 1-1 THE WEDNESDAY
Crawshaw (Petrie)
9,000 (Seedhill Ground, Nelson)

The Wednesday were without George Wilson, who was captain against Ireland in Belfast.

OLDHAM ATHLETIC 0-0 BURY
16,955 (Boundary Park, Oldham)

PORT VALE 0-1 LEEDS UNITED
(Richmond)
10,000 (Old Recreation Ground, Stoke)

SOUTHAMPTON 0-0 DERBY COUNTY
11,000 (The Dell, Southampton)

South Shields had not yet conceded a goal at home from five wins, but a comprehensive defeat at Clapton gave notice that their time at the top was soon to end.

Selected Division Three matches played on 20 October 1923:

BRADFORD 0-1 WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS
(Lees)

9,000 (Park Avenue, Bradford)

Bradford were without Andy McCluggage, who was playing for Ireland against England in Belfast.

TRANMERE ROVERS 1-3 LINCOLN CITY
Cartman (Pringle 3)

8,000 (Prenton Parl, Birkenhead)

Tranmere were without Jack Brown, who was playing for Ireland against England in Belfast.

Wolves led the northern section by two points from Rochdale and Southport. Portsmouth led the southern section on goal average from Swansea Town, but had played two more games.

IN OTHER NEWS...

It was on 21 October 1923 that the Rhenish Republic was proclaimed by separatists as a French protectorate during the post-war occupation of the Rhineland by French and Belgian forces, but the territory continued to be disputed and the self-proclaimed government lasted a matter of weeks. French forces finally withdrew in 1930.

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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