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Wednesday, 6 February 1935
Home International Championship 1934-35 (47th) Match

England 2 Ireland 1 [1-0]

Match Summary
England Party

Ireland Party

Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool, Lancashire
Attendance: 32,000;
Receipts: £2,179; Kick-off: tbc GMT

England - Cliff Bastin (ten-yard first time drive as he ran at speed to put in a Bestall pass 21, prevented the ball from going out and while shaping to pass, changed his direction to send in a surprise shot 71)
Ireland - Alex Stevenson (twelve-yard shot from a Coulter neat pass 47).
Ireland - Jackie Coulter (missed penalty hit the bar 57)
Results 1930-39

Ireland won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Willie Webb

Linesmen - not known

  Goal Attempts  
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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd
Colours: The 1923 uniform - White collared jerseys, navy blue or black shorts, black socks topped with two white hoops
Capt: Eddie Hapgood, second captaincy. Selectors: The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, following the FA Cup fifth round draw, on Monday, 28 January 1935.
163rd match, W 105 - D 29 - L 29 - F 491 - A 183.
England Lineup
  Hibbs, E. Henry 28 27 May 1906 G Birmingham FC 21 22 GA
  Male, C. George 24 8 May 1910 RB Arsenal FC 2 0
  Hapgood, Edris A. 26 24 September 1908 LB Arsenal FC 10 0
  Britton, Clifford S. 25 27 August 1909 RH Everton FC 3 0
  Barker, John W. 28 27 February 1906 CH Derby County FC 3 0
  Copping, Wilfred 27 17 August 1907 LH Arsenal FC 8 0
  Crooks, Samuel D. 27 16 January 1908 OR Derby County FC 22 7
  Bestall, John G. 34 24 June 1900 IR Grimsby Town FC 1 0
  Drake, Edward J. 22 16 August 1912 CF Arsenal FC 2 1
Bastin, Clifford S. 22 14 March 1912 IL Arsenal FC 10 6
  Brook, Eric F. 27 27 November 1907 OL Manchester City FC 11 7


Tom Gardner (Aston Villa FC) and Teddy Sandford (West Bromwich Albion FC)

team notes:

Bolton Wanderers FC's Ray Westwood was the original named inside-left and Bastin was on the outside. Bastin moved inside and Eric Brook called up to the vacant outside-left position on 6 February.
Harry Hibbs equals Sam Hardy's record of the most appearances by the goalkeeper.
2-3-5 Hibbs -
Male, Hapgood -
Britton, Barker, Copping -
Crooks, Bestall, Drake, Bastin, Brook.


Age 26.4 Appearances/Goals 8.5 1.7


Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 28th
Colours: Green jerseys with white white winged collars, white shorts.
Capt: x Selectors: Team Selection by Committee, on Monday, 28 January 1935;
Ireland Lineup
  Breen, Thomas 22 15 June 1912 G Belfast Celtic FC 1 2 GA
  Cook, William 25 20 January 1909 RB Everton FC, England 4 0
  Fulton, Robert P. 28 6 November 1906 LB Belfast Celtic FC 14 0
  Gowdy, William A. 31 24 December 1903 RH Linfield FAC 4 0
  Jones, John 27 3 April 1907 CH Linfield FAC 15 0
  Mitchell, William 24 22 November 1910 LH Chelsea FC, England 8 0
  Brown, John 20 8 November 1914 OR Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, England 1 0
  Doherty, Peter D. 21 5 June 1913 IR Blackpool FC, England 1 0
  Martin, David K. 21 1 February 1914 CF Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, England 5 3
Stevenson, Alexander E. 22 9 August 1912 IL Everton FC, England 5 1
Coulter, John 22/23 1912 OL Everton FC, England 5 1


reserves not known

team notes:

Original outside-right Leeds United AFC's Harry Duggan was replaced by Brown.
2-3-5 Breen -
Cook, Fulton -
Gowdy, Jones, Mitchell -
Duggan, Doherty, Martin, Stevenson, Coulter.


Age 23.9/24.0 Appearances/Goals 5.7 0.4


    Match Report

England beat Ireland at Goodison Park, Everton, yesterday by two goals to one. Liverpool is a good place in which to hold an Association International match against Ireland, for there is an Irish atmosphere about the place even before the steamers from Dublin and Belfast have docked, and the ground yesterday afternoon was full of green and Irish enthusiasm...

After 18 minutes' play came England's first goal, and a splendid one it was. Bastin pushed the ball out to Brook, turned his centre inside to Bestall, who held the ball while Bastin ran forward for the return pass, which he met, and Breen had not the slightest chance of saving his shot...

Ireland went off with a rush after the restart, and, after five minutes' play, they drew level. An attack developed on the left, Ireland's stronger wing, and the one on which they played for the greater part of the game, and an attempt to clear only led to Stevenson getting possession of the ball some 12 yards out and driving in a shot which nearly broke the back of the net...

Soon afterwards Hapgood handled in the penalty area, and after some delay Coulter advanced to take the kick ; his shot hit the cross-bar, and a great opportunity was lost...

The game continued to go from end to end, and it was not until 20 minutes from the finish that Bastin scored the goal which decided the fate of the game. Bastin placed the ball out to Crooks, and, as is his usual custom, ran forward, but he could not control it. The ball ran almost to the goal-line ; Bastin got it ; turned towards the corner-flag ; swung round, and got in a shot from an angle which mathematically ought to have been impossible. - The Times - Thursday 7th February, 1935

   Football League

Division Three (North) Cup first round replay played on 6 February 1935:

Burke, Iverson (Alsop 3)

2,000 (Sincil Bank, Lincoln)

Lincoln recovered after going two goals down, but could not handle the free-scoring Gilbert Alsop, who had scored one of the goals that had famously knocked Arsenal out of the FA Cup, two years earlier.

Football League Division One
6 February 1935
Team P Pts
Arsenal 27 37
Sunderland 27 34
Manchester City 27 34
Stoke City 27 32
Derby County 28 32
Everton 27 31
Sheffield Wednesday 28 31
Liverpool 26 31
West Bromwich Albion 28 30
Grimsby Town 26 28
Aston Villa 27 28
Preston North End 27 25
Portsmouth 26 24
Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 24
Chelsea 27 24
Blackburn Rovers 28 24
Middlesbrough 27 23
Leeds United 26 22
Birmingham 27 22
Tottenham Hotspur 28 21
Huddersfield Town 26 19
Leicester City 27 18


Division One matches played on 6 February 1935:

White 2, Jones 2 (Baxter, Jennings)

5,729 (St Andrew's, Birmingham)

Birmingham were without Harry Hibbs, who was in goal against Ireland at Liverpool.

Gurney 20, Carter 41, 77 (Cunliffe 5, Beresford 44, Dix 61)
(Roker Park, Sunderland)

 Harry Morton saved a penalty from Sunderland's Harry Shaw in the 35th minute.
















Sunderland failed to take advantage of their game in hand and extended their winless run to four games, whilst Arsenal had won their last four.

Football League Division Two
6 February 1935
Team P Pts
Bolton Wanderers 27 39
Manchester United 28 37
Brentford 27 36
West Ham United 27 36
Newcastle United 28 34
Blackpool 27 33
Nottingham Forest 27 30
Bury 28 29
Plymouth Argyle 27 28
Burnley 27 28
Sheffield United 27 27
Fulham 27 27
Norwich City 27 26
Hull City 27 26
Southampton 28 24
Bradford City 27 23
Barnsley 27 22
Port Vale 27 21
Bradford 27 21
Swansea Town 27 19
Notts County 27 17
Oldham Athletic 27 15


Division Two matches played on 6 February 1935:

Rowley, T.J.Jones (Rhodes)
7,372 (Old Trafford, Manchester

H.Smith (O'Rourke, Blackmore, Earl, Self)
5,048 (City Ground, Nottingham)

6,314 (Home Park, Plymouth)


















Although Manchester United, who were vastly improved since their dramatic escape from relegation, a year earlier, closed the gap on Bolton, they were to lose their next three games as their promotion challenge faded.

Division Three on 6 February 1935:

There were two local derbies, neither of which had any bearing on the top of the table. In the northern section (led by Tranmere Rovers) Stockport County put four goals past Crewe Alexandra without reply, whilst in the southern section (led by Charlton Athletic) the two Bristol clubs shared the points from a 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate.


It was on 6 February 1935 that the Government of India Bill received its second reading in the House of Commons. Though it took another two years to take effect, the Act separated Burma from India, and provided for more autonomy to the Indian people, including direct elections.

Source Notes

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