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Results 1946-50

, 28 September 1946,
The 52nd British Championship 1946-47, match one

Ireland 2 England 7 [0-3]

Windsor Park, Belfast,
Kick-off in the afternoon, delayed.

Ireland Squad
England Squad

Team Records

Attendance - 58,000 
 Ireland - Norman Lockhart (?, ?),
 England - Raich Carter (1), Wilf Mannion (7, ?, 61 - hat-trick), Tom Finney (60), Tommy Lawton (?), Bobby Langton (?).
none none

Match Summary






Referee - William Webb,

Linesmen -

  Goal Attempts  
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  Hit Bar/Post  
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  Offside Calls Against  
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Ireland Team



ELO (34th) Colours:
made by
Green shirts, white shirts, blue socks with green tops.
Capt: not known Coach: not known
Ireland Lineup
1 Russell, A.      G

Linfield FC

1 7GA
2 Gorman, William C.     RB

Brentford FC, England

1 0
3 Aherne, Thomas     LB

Belfast Celtic FC

1 0
4 Carey, John C.      RHB

Manchester United FC, England

1 0
5 Vernon, Jack      CHB

Belfast Celtic FC

1 0
6 Douglas, J.P.     LHB

Belfast Celtic FC

1 0
7 Cochrane, David     OR

Leeds United AFC, England

3 0
8 McAlinden, Jimmy     IR

Portsmouth FC, England

3 0
9 McMorran, Eddie J.     CF

Belfast Celtic FC

1 0
10 Doherty, Peter D.     IL

Derby County FC, England

11 1
Lockhart, Norman H.     OL

Linfield FC

1 2


not known 

not known not known

Averages (Starting XI):

Age n/a Appearances/Goals    


England Team



ELO (4th) Colours: White shirts, blue shorts, red socks. - The 1946 Home Uniform
Capt: George Hardwick, 1st captaincy. Coach: Walter Winterbottom, 33, appointed national director of coaching in 1946;
1st match, W 1 - D 0 - L  0 - F 7 - A 2.
England Lineup
1 Swift, Frank  V.     G

Manchester City FC

1 2GA
2 Scott, Lawrence     RFB

Arsenal FC

1 0
3 Hardwick, George F.M.     LFB

Middlesbrough FC

1 0
4 Wright, William A.     RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

1 0
5 Franklin, Cornelius     CHB

Stoke City FC

1 0
6 Cockburn, Henry     LHB

Manchester United FC

1 0
Finney, Thomas     OR

Preston North End FC

1 1
Carter, Horatio S.     IR

Derby County FC

7 3
Lawton, Thomas     CF

Chelsea FC

9 7
Mannion, Wilfred J.     IL

Middlesbrough FC

1 3
Langton, Robert     OL

Blackburn Rovers FC

1 1


Don Welsh, Eddie Shimwell, Johnny Hancocks.


Stanley Matthews was selected for the starting eleven, but had to withdraw through injury and was replaced by Tom Finney from the reserves.

Swift  -
Scott, Franklin, Hardwick -
Wright, Cockburn -
Carter, Mannion -
Finney, Lawton, Langton.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age   Appearances/Goals    



Match Report by Mike Payne


A record 57,000 people attended the first official full Home International football match since 1939 and the huge swirling crowd threatened to cancel the game as the spectators spilled on to the pitch.  Thankfully, common sense and good humour prevailed and order was restored in time for the kick-off.

The match got off to a sensational start with England taking the lead in the first minute.  George Hardwick sent the ball into the Irish penalty area and after Ahearne had made a weak attempt at a clearance, Raich Carter pounced to open the scoring.

Although Ireland tried desperately to recover they could not stop the eager England forwards.  In the seventh minute it was 2-0.  Henry Cockburn found Tommy Lawton with a lovely pass and the centre-forward fond some space brilliantly to set up and easy goal for Wilf Mannion.  Middlesbrough's Mannion scored again before half-time after Lawton's ferocious shot rebounded off the crossbar and England went in with a commanding lead.

Carter and Mannion continued to perform brilliantly after the break to completely destroy Ireland's already shattered defences.  Time and again their fine passing set up more goal chances.  Within 15 minutes England had scored two more goals through Tom Finney and Mannion, who thus completed his hat-trick.

Finney was doing just as he pleased on the right wing and by this time Mannion and Carter were walking through the demoralised Irish ranks.  Lockhart gavethe eerily silent crowd something to cheer with a goal from the left, but Lawton and then Bobby Langton underlined England's superiority with goals six and seven.  Just before the end Lockhart gave the Irish another consolation goal but it was a very dejected set of green-shirted footballers who left the field at the final whistle.

England's display had been very impressive and Carter's link up with Finney was outstanding, much better than at anytime with Stanley Matthews; Mannion's performance was also memorable.

Back row - Laurie Scott, Neil Franklin, Frank Swift,
Billy Wright, Henry Cockburn. 
Front row - Tom Finney, Raich Carter, George Hardwick,
Wilf Mannion, Tommy Lawton, Bobby Langton.

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