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181 vs. Scotland
183 vs. Wales

Monday, 17 October 1932
Home International Championship 1932-33 (45th) Match

England 1 Ireland 0 [1-0]

Match Summary

England Party
Ireland Party

Bloomfield Road, Revoe, Blackpool, Lancashire
Attendance: 25,000
; Receipts: £1,794; Kick-off: 3.00pm GMT

England - Bobby Barclay (Scott kicked the ball away, only to be picked up by Barclay, who put in a quick low shot 31)
Results 1930-39

Ireland won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Hugh Watson

Linesmen - not known

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th
Colours: The 1923 uniform - White collared jerseys and dark club shorts
Capt: Ernie Blenkinsop, third captaincy Selectors:
Trainer: J.M. Stewart
The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, following a trial match, on Wednesday, 12 October 1932.
149th match, W 97 - D 27 - L 25 - F 459 - A 167.
England Lineup
  Hibbs, E. Henry 26 27 May 1906 G Birmingham FC 11 12 GA
  Goodall, F. Roy 29 31 December 1902 RB Huddersfield Town AFC 18 0
  Blenkinsop, Ernest 30 20 April 1902 LB Sheffield Wednesday FC 23 0
  Strange, Alfred H. 32 2 April 1900 RH Sheffield Wednesday FC 13 0
  O'Dowd, J. Peter 24 26 February 1908 CH Chelsea FC 2 0
  Weaver, Samuel 23 8 February 1909 LH Newcastle United FC 2 0
  Crooks, Samuel D. 24 16 January 1908 OR Derby County FC 13 6
Barclay, Robert 25 27 October 1906 IR Sheffield United FC 2 2
  Dean, William R. 25 22 January 1907 CF Everton FC 16 18
  Johnson, Thomas C.F. 31 19 August 1901 IL Everton FC 5 5
  Cunliffe, Arthur 23 5 February 1909 OL Blackburn Rovers FC 1 0


Lewis Stoker (Birmingham FC) and George Brown (Aston Villa FC)

team notes:

This win creates a new England record of eight home victories in a row.
2-3-5 Hibbs -
Goodall, Blenkinsop -
Strange, O'Dowd, Weaver -
Crooks, Barclay, Dean, Johnson, Cunliffe


Age 26.5 Appearances/Goals 11.8 2.7


Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 31st to 30th
Colours: Green jerseys with white white winged collars, white shorts.
Capt: Elisha Scott Selectors: Team Selection by Committee;
Ireland Lineup
  Scott, Elisha 39 24 August 1893 G Liverpool FC, England 23 46 GA
  Cook, William 23 20 January 1909 RB The Celtic FC, Scotland 2 0
  Fulton, Robert P. 25 6 November 1906 LB Belfast Celtic FC 9 0
  Mitchell, William 21 22 November 1910 RH Distillery FC 3 0
  Jones, John 25 3 April 1907 CH Linfield FAC 9 0
  McCleery, William 30 25 January 1902 LH Linfield FAC 9 0
  Duggan, Harold A. 29 8 June 1903 OR Leeds United AFC, England 4 0
  Moore, Patrick 22/23 1909 IR Aberdeen FC, Scotland 1 0
  Dunne, James 27 3 September 1905 CF Sheffield United FC, England 6 4
  Doherty, John 24 12 April 1908 IL Cliftonville FC 1 0
  Kelly, James 20/21 1911 OL Derry City FC 4 3


Jackie Coulter (Belfast Celtic FC) & J. Wallace (tbc club)
2-3-5 Scott -
Cook, Fulton -
Mitchell, Jones, McCleery -
Duggan, Moore, Dunne, Doherty, Kelly.


Age 25.9-26.1 Appearances/Goals 6.5 0.6


    Match Report


England beat Ireland at Blackpool yesterday by one goal to nothing in the forty-sixth International match between the two countries. It was a poor game, and there was never the likelihood of another goal being scored.

A fierce wind that lashed up angry white horses on the sea front was warded off from the ground by a great protecting stand, but at times came in gusts round the corners and took the ball away where it was not intended to go. Half an hour had elapsed before England scored the only goal of the first half, and that would not have been gained but for a slip by the Irish defence. In trying to kick clear a centre from Cunliffe, on the left wing, Scott, the Irish goalkeeper, miss-kicked, and the ball went straight to the right foot of Barclay, who had no difficulty in scoring...

It was well that England had a goal to their credit, for no one looked like getting another if he played till Doomsday. - The Times - Tuesday 18th October, 1932



It was on 17 October 1932 that an unemployed 31-year-old Sunderland welder, Thomas Howard strangled his 27-year-old wife, Florence. Less than four weeks later, he was found guilty of her murder and sentenced to death, though the jury had recommended mercy. Immediately after the attack, Howard had tried to get a neighbour to call an ambulance. Fifty thousand people signed a petition appealing for his reprieve, but two days after abandoning his appeal, and eleven days before the date of his execution, the Home Secretary, John Gilmour, commuted the sentence to life imprisonment.

Source Notes

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