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227 vs. Ireland
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229 vs. Wales

Monday, 30 September 1946
International Friendly Match

Éire 0 England 1 [0-1]

 

Match Summary
Ireland Squad
England Squad

Dalymount Park, Phibsborough, Dublin
Attendance: 31,988;
Kick-off: 5.30pm BST

England - Tom Finney (slotted in a shot after Breen parried a Mannion effort 82)
Results 1946-1950

Ireland won the toss, ? kicked-off. ? minutes (? & ?).

 

Match Summary

Officials

Éire

Type

England

Referee (-) - William E. Webb
x (-), Glasgow.

Linesmen - tbc

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
  Possession  

Éire Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 25th
Colours: Green jerseys with white collar, white shorts, green and white hooped socks.
Capt: Johnny Carey Manager:  
Éire Lineup
  Breen, Thomas 34 27 April 1912 G Shamrock Rovers FC 3 1 GA
2 Gorman, William C. 35 13 July 1911 RB Brentford FC, England 12 0
3 Hayes, William E., injured second half     LB Huddersfield Town AFC, England 1 0
4 Carey, John J. 27 23 February 1919 RHB Manchester United FC, England 11 2
5 Martin, Cornelius J. 24 20 March 1923 CHB Glentoran FC 2 0
6 Walsh, William R. 26 31 May 1921 LHB Manchester City FC, England 1 0
7 O'Flanagan, Dr. Kevin P.     OR Arsenal FC, England 8 2
8 Coad, Patrick 26 4 April 1920 IR Shamrock Rovers FC 1 0
9 O'Flanagan, Michael     CF Bohemians FC 1 0
10 Stevenson, Alexander E.     IL Everton FC, England 2 0
11 Eglington, Thomas J.  24 15 January 1923 OL Everton FC, England 3 0

reserves:

-

team notes:

Bill Gorman and Johnny Carey played against England for Ireland two days previous.
 
2-3-5 Breen -
Gorman, Hayes -
Carey, Martin, Walsh -

K.O'Flanagan, Coad, M.O'Flanagan, Stevenson, Eglington.

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 1946 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks.
Capt: George Hardwick, second captaincy. Manager:
Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry
Walter Winterbottom, 33 (31 March 1913), appointed national director of coaching in September 1946;
2nd match, W 2 - D 0 - L 0 - F 8 - A 2.
England Lineup
  Swift, Frank V. 32 26 December 1913 G Manchester City FC 2 2 GA
2 Scott, Lawrence 29 23 April 1917 RB

Arsenal FC

2 0
3 Hardwick, George F.M. 26 2 February 1920 LB

Middlesbrough FC

2 0
4 Wright, William A. 22 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

2 0
5 Franklin, Cornelius 24 24 January 1922 CHB

Stoke City FC

2 0
6 Cockburn, Henry 25 14 September 1921 LHB

Manchester United FC

2 0
7 Finney, Thomas 24 5 April 1922 OR

Preston North End FC

2 2
8 Carter, Horatio S. 32 21 December 1913 IR

Derby County FC

8 3
9 Lawton, Thomas 26 6 October 1919 CF Chelsea FC 10 7
10 Mannion, Wilfred J. 28 16 May 1918 IL

Middlesbrough FC

2 3
11 Langton, Robert 28 8 September 1918 OL

Blackburn Rovers FC

2 1

reserves:

Eddie Shimwell (Sheffield United)
 

2-3-5

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

Averages:

Age 26.9 Appearances/Goals 3.3 1.4

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

THE first-ever meeting between the two nations was played in persistant drizzle and the difficult pitch made life awkward for the players. Throughout the match, the Republic put up a terrific fight and made the England team fight all the way to gain their eventual undeserved win. Indeed, had it not been for the fact that Frank Swift was in inspired form, then the visitors could have been well beaten.

The Irish won the toss but England were soon on the attack, winning two early corners. On 15 minutes, Tom Finney set off on a brilliant dribble only to see Raich Carter's first-time shot from his pass saved well by Tommy Breen. However, the Republic were always in contention and they forced Swift into a fine save and also forced corners on both wings.

The strong tackling home defenders were upsetting the rhythm of the sometimes delightful play of the England forwards. Only a brave save by Swift at the feet of Kevin O'Flanagan saved a difficult situation before Carter, Wilf Mannion and Tommy Lawton all went close for England. At half-time the score was 0-0 with Ireland more than holding their own.

Hayes was suffering from a pulled muscle as the second half began and moved to the wing position. England were soon on the attack with Carey heading an early Bobby Langton effort off the goal-line. After 59 minutes, Stevenson was desperately unlucky not to give the Irish the lead. He beat two players in a fine run but saw his shot crash against the bar with Swift beaten.

The next 15 minutes saw the Irishmen in control. Twice Swift saved magnificently from Eglington and Coad and only a brilliant tackle by Billy Wright averted one dangerous situation. Somehow, England held on and recovered their poise.

With only nine minutes remaining they stole victory with a fine goal. Langton gave Mannion a through pass down the left. The 'Boro man cut in and unleashed an angled shot which Breen could only parry. The ball ran loose and Finney dashed in to slot it home. England had won by the skin of their teeth.

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Tom Finney saved Englands blushes with a scrambled winner eight minutes from the end as the light started to fade in this Monday evening match. It was England's first ever game against the Republic of Ireland. There was a persistent drizzle throughout the game, and conditions handicapped the ball-playing England inside-forwards. The O'Flanagan brothers and right wing partners - Dr Kevin and Michael - were outstanding for Ireland. Both were also Irish rugby internationals. Manchester City left-half Billy Walsh, playing for Ireland, had been capped by England as a schoolboy. The team was skippered by John Carey, who played for both Northern and Southern Ireland and who was to become an outstanding captain of Manchester United. Billy Wright was the most authoritative of the England half-back line, but much of his work was wasted by forwards who struggled to find a way through a defiant Irish defence.

Source Notes

TheFA.com
Soccerscene

Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller, Football Author
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