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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

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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

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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