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Monday, 22 October 1928
Home International Championship 1928-29 (41st) Match

England 2 Ireland 1 [1-1]

Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool, Lancashire
Attendance: 25,000;
Receipt: £2,240; Kick-off: tbc GMT

England - Bill Dean (penalty saved, 21 min).
England - Joe Hulme (Ruffell, closing in, gave the ball to Hulme, who shot into an empty net 26), Bill Dean (from a Hacking goal clearance, three players touched the ball ending with a low left-footed shot 77)
Ireland - Joe Bambrick (ran through and although the English defence stopped, believing he had handled, he scored, despite a half-hearted Cooper tackle 32)
Match Summary
England Party

Ireland Party
Results 1919-30

Ireland won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Evan Charles Sambrooke

Linesmen - not known

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 13th
Colours: The 1923 uniform - White collared jerseys and dark club shorts
Capt: Willis Edwards, first captaincy Selectors:
In charge: Arthur G. Kingscott
The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, following the trial match, on Monday, 14 October 1928.
129th match, W 83 - D 25 - L 21 - F 392 - A 140.
England Lineup
  Hacking, John 30 22 December 1897 G Oldham Athletic AFC 1 1 GA
  Cooper, Thomas 23 9 April 1905 RB Derby County FC 2 0
  Blenkinsop, Ernest 26 20 April 1902 LB The Wednesday FC 3 0
  Edwards, Willis 25 28 April 1903 RH Leeds United AFC 12 0
  Barrett, James W., injured off 8th min 21 19 January 1907 CH West Ham United FC 1 0
  Campbell, Austen F. 27 5 May 1901 LH/CH Blackburn Rovers FC 1 0
Hulme, Joseph H.A. 24 26 August 1904 OR Arsenal FC 7 2
  Hine, Ernest W. 27 9 April 1901 IR Leicester City FC 1 0
Dean, William R. 21 22 January 1907 CF Everton FC 11 17
  Bradford, Joseph 27 22 January 1901 IL/LH Birmingham FC 4 3
  Ruffell, James W. 28 11 August 1900 OL West Ham United FC 3 0


George Beel (Burnley FC) and Fred Kean (Bolton Wanderers FC)

team notes:

Chelsea FC's Sid Bishop was the original named Captain and left-half, his place going to Austen Campbell, he was suffering with tonsilitus.
Tom Cooper almost missed the match because of a leg injury, but he was attended to and played.
Jimmy Barrett was stretchered off after he twisted his left knee whilst taking a right-footed shot. Reports suggest he either twisted his knee, or sprained his ankle. In fact, it was both, he aggravated an old knee injury and suffered a fresh sprain.
This is England's first home victory in nearly four years, since December 1924 against Belgium. They went a record five home matches without victory.
then 2-3-4 after 8 minutes
Hacking -
Cooper, Blenkinsop -
Edwards, Barrett
(Campbell), Campbell (Bradford) -
Hulme, Hine, Dean, Bradford, Ruffell


Age 25.4 Appearances/Goals 4.2 1.7


Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 19th to 20th
Colours: Royal blue jerseys, white shorts.
Capt: Billy Gillespie Selectors: Team Selection by Committee;
Ireland Lineup
  Scott, Elisha 35 24 August 1893 G Liverpool FC, England 16 24 GA
  McCluggage, Andrew 28 1 September 1900 RB Burnley FC, England 8 0
  Hamilton, Robert T. 24 11 November 1903 LB Rangers FC, Scotland 2 0
  Irving, Samuel J. 35 28 August 1893 RH Chelsea FC, England 17 0
  Sloan, Thomas M. 30 23 September 1898 CH Cardiff City FC, Wales 8 0
  Morgan, F. Gerald/Gerard 29 25 July 1899 LH Nottingham Forest FC, England 8 0
  Chambers, R. James 20 26 July 1908 OR Bury FC, England 5 2
  Irvine, Robert W. 28 29 April 1900 IR Portsmouth FC, England 12 3
Bambrick, Joseph G.A. 22 3 November 1905 CF Linfield FAC 1 1
  Gillespie, William B. 37 6 August 1891 IL Sheffield United FC, England 24 13
  Mahood, John 30 12 March 1898 OL Belfast Celtic FC 5 1


reserves not known

team notes:

Joe Bambrick was a last minute replacement for Liverpool's Billy Millar.
Billy Gillespie is Ireland's record goalscorer.
2-3-5 Scott -
McCluggage, Hamilton -
Irving, Sloan, Morgan -
Chambers, Irvine, Bqmbrick, Gillespie, Mahood.


Age 28.9 Appearances/Goals 9.6 1.7


    Match Report

England beat Ireland at Goodison Park yesterday by two goals to one, so obtaining their first victory since the season before last. The English team gave promise of becoming a powerful and efficient combination when, most unfortunately, Barrett broke down, and, although they won on their merits, they were not a convincing side...

Ruffell again threatened danger, and McCluggage handled in trying to check him, the referee awarding a penalty. Dean, entrusted with the kick, shot tremendously hard, but Scott, falling full length, saved magnificently.

In 20 minutes, however, England went ahead. Dean took a pass by Hine and sent the ball over to the left, where Ruffell ran in and, passing to Hulme, left the last-named to score with Scott out of position...

Bambrick, following a corner, had a shot kicked away by Cooper, but just afterwards, an appeal for hands being ignored by the referee, the Irish centre-forward went through and, recovering the ball after Cooper had tackled half-heartedly, beat Hacking with the other English players standing still...

...but after 32 minutes Dean got clean away and, with a low left-foot shot, gave England the lead, which they held to the finish. - The Times - Tuesday 23rd October, 1928


It was on 22 October 1928 that the murder trial of Chinese law student, Chung Yi Miao opened. He was on honeymoon with his wife, Wai-Sheung Siu, the daughter of a wealthy merchant and had strangled her in woods near the village of Grange in the Lake District, and tried to make it look as if she had been sexually assaulted and robbed, before returning alone to their hotel. Her rings were found in his possession and it was reported that he had made the fatal mistake of remarking that it was terrible that she had been robbed, when the police had not informed him that she had been. Two days later, he was found guilty and he was hanged, six weeks later.

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Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats
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