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221 vs. Norway
222
223 vs. Scotland

Wednesday, 16 November 1938
Home International Championship 1938-39 (51st) Match

England 7 Ireland 0 [4-0]
 

Match Summary
England Squad

Ireland Squad

Old Trafford, Warwick Road North, Stretford, Manchester, Lancashire
Attendance: 40,386
; Receipts £3305 2s.; Kick-off: 2.30pm GMT

England - Tommy Lawton (eighteen-yard magnificent shot set up by Matthews 6), Willie Hall (unstoppable left foot drive from a Matthews cross 35, low into an open goal 37, from a move down the left 38, overhead kick 55, Matthews dribble then short pass 65), Stanley Matthews (run from the halfway line then shot from a tight angle 75)
Results 1930-39

Ireland won the toss, England kicked-off.

 

Match Summary

Officials

England

Type

Ireland

Referee - Peter Craigmyle
Scotland

Linesmen - not known

The FA Cup first round draw preceded the match.

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England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 7th
Colours: The 1935 home uniform - White collared jerseys, navy blue shorts, black socks topped with two white hoops
Capt: Eddie Hapgood, eighteenth captaincy. Selectors: The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, following the Norway match, on Wednesday, 9 November 1938.
189th match, W 121 - D 30 - L 38 - F 571 - A 220.
England Lineup
  Woodley, Victor R. 28 26 February 1910 G Chelsea FC 15 19 GA
2 Morris, William W. 25 26 March 1913 RB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1 0
3 Hapgood, Edris A. 30 24 September 1908 LB Arsenal FC 27 0
4 Willingham, C. Kenneth 25 1 December 1912 RH Huddersfield Town AFC 9 1
5 Cullis, Stanley 22 25 October 1916 CH Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 8 0
6 Mercer, Joseph 24 9 August 1914 LH Everton FC 1 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 23 1 February 1915 OR Stoke City FC 14 8
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Hall, G. William 26 12 March 1912 IR Tottenham Hotspur FC 7 8
9 Lawton, Thomas 19 6 October 1919 CF Everton FC 4 4
10 Stephenson, J. Eric 24 17 September 1914 IL Leeds United AFC 2 0
11 Smith, J.C.R. Reginald 26 20 January 1912 OL Millwall FC 2 2

reserves:

Frank Broome (Aston Villa FC) and George Taylor (Bolton Wanderers FC)

team notes:

The original right-back was Manchester City FC's Bert Sproston, but injury prevented him from taking his place. The vacant spot going to Billy Morris.
In scoring five goals Hall created an England international record and equalled the feat of Hugh Gallacher, who scored five for Scotland against Ireland in 1929. Joe Bambrick holds the international record with six goals against Wales in 1930. Hall's hat-trick in three minutes is international fast scoring record.
 
2-3-5 Woodley -
Morris, Hapgood -
Willingham, Cullis, Mercer -
Matthews, Hall, Lawton, Stephenson, Smith
For the last five minutes, an injury to Cullis moved him to outside-left

Averages:

Age 24.7 Appearances/Goals 8.2 1.5

 

Ireland Team

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 35th
Colours: Green jerseys with white white winged collars, white shorts.
Capt: Billy Cook Selectors: Team Selection by Committee, on Monday, 7 November 1938.
Ireland Lineup
  Twomey, James F. 24 13 April 1914 G Leeds United AFC, England 2 7 GA
2 Hayes, William E. 23 7 November 1915 RB Huddersfield Town AFC, England 4 0
3 Cook, William 29 20 January 1909 LB Everton FC, England 14 0
4 Brolly, Thomas H. 26 1 June 1912 RH Millwall FC, England 3 0
5 McMillen, Walter S. 24 24 November 1913 CH Chesterfield AFC, England 7 0
6 Browne, Robert J. 26 9 February 1912 LH Leeds United AFC, England 6 0
7 Cochrane, David A. 18 14 August 1920 OR Leeds United AFC, England 1 0
8 Stevenson, Alexander E. 26 9 August 1912 IR Everton FC, England 13 4
9 Baird, Henry 24 17 August 1913 CF Huddersfield Town AFC, England 1 0
10 Doherty, Peter D. 24 5 June 1913 IL Manchester City FC, England 9 1
11 Brown, John, injured 24 8 November 1914 OL Birmingham FC, England 9 1

reserves:

reserves not known

team notes:

Manchester United FC's Tommy Breen was the original chosen goalkeeper, but was unable to take his place. Jim Twomey was handed the role on 10 November.
For the first time, the entire Irish team players are all from English-based clubs.
John Brown collided with Billy Morris and had to be carried off the field with a leg injury shortly before half-time. He returned for the second half, limping badly.
 
2-3-5 Twomey -
Hayes, Cook -
Brolly, McMillen, Browne -
Cochrane, Stevenson, Baird, Doherty, Brown.

Averages:

Age 24.4 Appearances/Goals 6.3 0.5

 

    DROPPING OF DIX FROM ENGLAND TEAMS PROVOKES CRITICISM

STEPHENSON PREFERRED

   The action of the England selectors in dropping Ronald Dix, the Derby County inside-left, in favour of Stephenson, of Leeds, for the match with Ireland, has been much criticised.
   It is difficult, indeed, to understand the Selectors' attitude. In two representative games Dix has scored three goals. Against the Scottish League he was one of the outstanding successes, and yesterday, he played well against Norway.
   Dix, without doubt, has been the most brilliant inside-left in the country this season. Besides being a football artist he has the match-winning shot.

BORDERING ON RIDICULOUS
   What do the Selctors want? They have done surprising things before, but this change is bordering on the ridiculous.
   My views are shared by others. Here are views from national newspapers:
   Charles Buchan in the News Chronicle:
   "After England had beaten Norway at Newcastle the F.A. Selectors sprang their usual surprise by dropping Dix from team to oppose Ireland next Wednesday at Old Trafford. Dix played very well both against the Scottish League and Norway, so his omission is as surprising as was that of Goulden.
   "Stephenson, the clever little Leeds forward, has been preferred. It is more remarkable because Stephenson has only recently resumed player after being off for some weeks with a broken toe."
   Clifford Webb in the Daily Herald:
   "The big surprise in my opinion is the dropping of Ronald Dix, although, if it comes to that, there was really no reason why Goulden should have had his international career interrupted because of one listless display against the Europeans at Highbury.
   "Stephenson has been tried before in international football, but flopped badly against the Scots at Wembley last season.
   "I imagine that there will be yet another change in this position when the England team to meet Scotland at Hampden Park comes to be chosen. But I wish the selectors could make up their minds."
   Daily Express: "Big surprise is the dropping of Dix, most brilliant inside forward of the season."
   Frank Coles Daily Telegraph:
   "The one big surprise in the team to oppose Ireland is the dropping of Ronald Dix. It is true that his second-half finishing this afternoon was indifferent, but that chargecan be laid against all the forwards."
   Sporting Life: "The dropping of Dix is a major surprise. He did well enough to support the view that he would be retained, especially as he had displayed such talent in recent matches.
   "Stephenson, who takes his place, is certainly one of the best inside-forwards in the game, and an artist with the ball, but he was not a success when tried against Scotland at Wembley last Wembley."
- Derby Evening Telegraph, Thursday, 10 November 1938.

    Match Report

Source Notes

Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats
Original Newspaper Reports
TheFA.com
Rothman's Yearbooks
FA Yearbooks 1950-60
Ancestry.com

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