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Saturday, 19 October 1935
Home International Championship 1935-36 (48th) Match

Ireland 1 England 3 [1-0]

Match Summary
Ireland Party

England Party

Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, county Antrim
Attendance: 35,000;
Kick-off: tbc GMT

Ireland - Jackie Brown (18)
England - Ralph Birkett (ran past Jones and slotted the ball into the goal 65), Fred Tilson (68), Eric Brook (85)
Most modern yearbooks, and The Glasgow Herald, state that Tilson scored the equalising goal, the first of two for him. But Saturday Night and Sporting Life list Birkett as the scorer.
Results 1930-39

? won the toss, ? kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - William E. Webb

Linesmen - T. Bentley, Manchester, and not known

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Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 29th to 31st
Colours: Green jerseys with white white winged collars, white shorts.
Capt: Jack Jones Selectors: Team Selection by Committee;
Ireland Lineup
  Scott, Elisha 42 24 August 1893 G Player-manager of Belfast Celtic FC 29 55 GA
  Reid, Sidney E. 27 20 June 1908 RB Derby County FC, England 3 0
  Allan, Cecil A. 21 1 August 1914 LB Cliftonville FC 1 0
  Mitchell, William 24 22 November 1910 RH Chelsea FC, England 9 0
  Jones, John 28 3 April 1907 CH Linfield FAC 17 0
  Browne, Robert J. 23 9 February 1912 LH Leeds United AFC, England 1 0
Brown, John 20 8 November 1914 OR Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, England 3 1
  McCullough, Keiller 30 25 March 1905 IR Belfast Celtic FC 2 0
  Bambrick, Joseph G.A. 29 3 November 1905 CF Chelsea FC, England 9 11
  Doherty, Peter D. 22 5 June 1913 IL Blackpool FC, England 3 0
  Kelly, James 23/24 1911 OL Derry City FC 7 3


reserves not known
2-3-5 Scott -
Reid, Allan -
Mitchell, Jones, Browne -
Brown, McCullough, Bambrick, Doherty, Kelly.


Age 26.3/4 Appearances/Goals 7.6 1.2


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th
Colours: The 1935 home uniform - White collared jerseys, navy blue shorts, black socks topped with two white hoops
Capt: Eddie Hapgood, fifth captaincy. Selectors: The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, following an inter-league match, on Tuesday, 8 October 1935.
166th match, W 107 - D 29 - L 30 - F 495 - A 186.
England Lineup
  Sagar, Edward 25 7 February 1910 G Everton FC 1 1 GA
  Male, C. George 25 8 May 1910 RB Arsenal FC 5 0
  Hapgood, Edris A. 27 24 September 1908 LB Arsenal FC 13 0
  Smith, Septimus C. 23 15 March 1912 RH Leicester City FC 1 0
  Barker, John W. 29 27 February 1906 CH Derby County FC 6 0
  Bray, John 26 22 April 1909 LH Manchester City FC 2 0
Birkett, Ralph J.E. 22 9 January 1913 OR Middlesbrough FC 1 1
  Bowden, E. Raymond 26 13 September 1909 IR Arsenal FC 3 0
Tilson, S. Frederick 31 19 April 1904 CF Manchester City FC 4 5
  Westwood, W. Raymond 23 14 April 1912 IL Bolton Wanderers FC 4 0
Brook, Eric F. 27 27 November 1907 OL Manchester City FC 13 8


Ken Willingham (Huddersfield Town FC) and Jimmy Cunliffe (Everton FC)
2-3-5 Sagar -
Male, Hapgood -
Smith, Barker, Bray -
Birkett, Bowden, Tilson, Westwood, Brook.


Age 25.9 Appearances/Goals 4.8 1.0


    Match Report


England beat Ireland in the fiftieth match between the two countries in Belfast on Saturday by three goals to one.

A bitterly cold and blustering wind blew across the pitch all the time ; and it says much for the players on both sides that they overcame the conditions sufficiently to play fast and keen football for 90 minutes. Ireland, individually, looked to be the better side, and with the wind in their favour in the first half they should have built up a lead big enough to have won the match. Their forwards, however, wasted many easy chances of scoring because they insisted upon taking the ball too close to goal before shooting...

...England beat off these early attacks and held out until Brown scored after a shot by Jones had struck one of the uprights...

Tilson, in scoring the equalizing goal 21 minutes after change of ends, snapped up a pass and, beating Jones, placed the ball well away from Scott. Three minutes later Tilson shot through again, and just before the finish Brook obtained the goal he richly deserved. - The Times - Monday 21st October, 1935

Source Notes

"There was to be no broadcast of this international match. The Irish Football Association had agreed to allow a broadcast of the second half for the payment of twenty guineas, but this offer had been refused by the Broadcasting Corporation."

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