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Monday, 20 October 1930
Home International Championship 1930-31 (43rd) Match

England 5 Ireland 1 [5-0]

Match Summary
England Party

Ireland Party

Bramall Lane, Little Sheffield, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire
Attendance: 25,000;
Kick-off: tbc GMT

England - Harry Burgess (headed in from Houghton's pass 15, easy goal from a Strange pass 35), Jimmy Hampson (Leach sent down a ball for Hodgson to intercept, who passed to Hampson to score 25), Sammy Crooks (went through and scored 30), Eric Houghton (from a pass by Hodgson 40)
England - Alf Strange (saved penalty in the second half)
Ireland - Jimmy Dunne (a skilful dribble which was completed by hooking the ball into the net 80)
Results 1930-39

Ireland won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - John Thomson

Linesmen - H. Heath, Sheffield and not known

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 7th to 5th
Colours: The 1923 uniform - White collared jerseys and dark club shorts
Capt: Roy Goodall, fourth captaincy Selectors:
In charge: A.J. Dickenson
The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, following a trial match, on Monday, 13 October 1930.
140th match, W 90 - D 27 - L 23 - F 429 - A 155.
England Lineup
  Hibbs, E. Henry 24 27 May 1906 G Birmingham FC 5 6 GA
  Goodall, F. Roy 27 31 December 1902 RB Huddersfield Town AFC 13 0
  Blenkinsop, Ernest 28 20 April 1902 LB Sheffield Wednesday FC 14 0
Strange, Alfred H. 30 2 April 1900 RH Sheffield Wednesday FC 4 0
  Leach, Thomas 27 23 September 1903 CH Sheffield Wednesday FC 1 0
  Campbell, Austen F. 29 5 May 1901 LH Huddersfield Town AFC 3 0
Crooks, Samuel D. 22 16 January 1908 OR Derby County FC 4 1
  Hodgson, Gordon 26 16 April 1904
born in South Africa
IR Liverpool FC 1 0
Hampson, James 24 23 March 1906 CF Blackpool FC 1 1
Burgess, Harry 26 20 August 1904 IL Sheffield Wednesday FC 1 2
Houghton, W. Eric 20 29 June 1910 OL Aston Villa FC 1 1


Harry Nuttall (Bolton Wanderers FC) and Joe Carter (West Bromwich Albion FC)
2-3-5 Hibbs -
Goodall, Blenkinsop -
Strange, Leach, Campbell -
Crooks, Hodgson, Hampson, Burgess, Houghton.


Age 25.7 Appearances/Goals 4.4 0.0


Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 20th to 23rd
Colours: Royal blue jerseys, white shorts.
Capt: Billy Gillespie Selectors: Team Selection by Committee, on Monday, 13 October 1930;
Ireland Lineup
  Scott, Elisha 37 24 August 1893 G Liverpool FC, England 20 41 GA
  McCluggage, Andrew 30 1 September 1900 RB Burnley FC, England 12 2
  Fulton, Robert P. 23 6 November 1906 LB Belfast Celtic FC 3 0
  Jones, John 23 3 April 1907 RH Linfield FAC 3 0
  Reid, William nk not known CH Heart of Midlothian FC, Scotland 1 0
  McCleery, William 28 25 January 1902 LH Linfield FAC 4 0
  Duggan, Harold A. 27 8 June 1903 OR Leeds United AFC, England 2 0
  Irvine, Robert W. 30 29 April 1900 IR Connah's Quay FC, Wales 14 3
Dunne, James 25 3 September 1905 CF Sheffield United FC, England 2 1
  Gillespie, William B. 39 6 August 1891 IL Sheffield United FC, England 25 13
  McCaw, J. Harold nk not known OL Linfield FAC 4 1


Jimmy McCambridge (Everton FC) and Bill Gowdy (Hull City AFC)

team notes:

Billy Gillespie is Ireland's record goalscorer.
2-3-5 Scott -
McCluggae, Fulton -
Jones, Reid, McCleery -
Duggan, Irvine, Dunne, Gilespie, McCaw


Age 29.1 Appearances/Goals 8.2 1.7


    Match Report

As had been expected, England did not experience great difficulty in winning the first International match of the season at Bramall-lane, Sheffield, yesterday, and, but for the stubborn defence which they had to face, their victory over Ireland would have been gained by a larger margin than five goals to one.

The extent to which Ireland were outplayed may be gathered from the fact that five goals were scored in the course of 25 minutes during the first half, and Ireland had to act almost as much on the defensive after the change of ends...

Thanks mainly to their backs and Scott, Ireland prevented any scoring for a quarter of an hour, but then long passes by Hodgson and Houghton ended in Burgess heading the ball into the net...

By clever passing they outwitted their opponents, and Leach started some passing which produced a goal scored by Hampson. More combined play in which Campbell and Hampson were conspicuous enabled Crooks to score, and then a beautiful pass by Strange gave Burgess an opportunity which the inside-left used very promptly. A pass by Hodgson enabled Houghton to get away, and the outside-left, closing in, completely beat Scott...

They ought to have increased their lead when a penalty was awarded, but Strange kicked within the reach of Scott, who saved smartly. The Irishmen did not cease to play hard, and were rewarded 10 minutes from time when Dunne made a skilful dribble which he completed by hooking the ball between the posts.

Of the 45 matches now played between the countries, England have won 34 and drawn seven, Ireland's victories being limited to four, the first of which was gained in 1913. - The Times - Tuesday 21st October, 1930


"Sir Charles Clegg, president, presided over a meeting of the Council of the Football Association, held at Lancaster Gate, yesterday [Monday, 13 October 1930]. A resolution was deprecating the use of clocks professing to indicate the duration of play on football grounds, and ordering their immediate removal.

"A resolution framed in a way that would prohibit players, other than British born, from taking part in the F.A. Cup Competitions unless possessed of a two years' residential qualification, was moved by Mr. C. Wreford-Brown.
"Having been slightly amended, in the suggestion of Mr C.E. Sutcliffe, the resolution, which read as follows, was carried:-
  ""That the Rules Revision Committee be instructed to draft a rule for submission to the Council, whereby no individual, other than British born, is eligible to take part in any competition sanctioned by the Football Association or any affiliated county association unless he possesses a two years' residential qualification." -
The Western Daily Press, Tuesday, 14 October 1930

Source Notes

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