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FIRST MEETING VS. ÉIRE
 

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Monday, 30 September 1946
Silver Jubilee of FAI International Friendly Match


Éire 0 England 1 [0-1]
 
 

Dalymount Park, Phibsborough, Dublin
Kick-off (BST): 5.30pm

Attendance: 31,988.

Johnny Carey won the toss England probably kicked off.
   
  [0-1] Tom Finney 82
"Breen dropped the ball, Mannion secured possession and centred low across the goal for Finney to run and shoot into an empty goal."
 
 

"FINNEY WINS THRILLING MATCH FOR ENGLAND" - Yorkshire Post

Officials          

Éire Party

FIFA ruling on substitutes

England Party

Referee
William
E. Webb
Glasgow
Teams were presented to Mr. S. T. O'Kelly.
 
Dr W.F. Hooper, president of the FAI, handed to the chairman of the FA, Mr. W. Brooke-Hurst, a silver cup - a replica of the Ardagh Chalice - to commemorate the first meeting with England in the Silver Jubilee year of the Eire Association.
 
The FIFA ruling of allowing a substitute to replace an injured player prior to the 44th minute, and a goalkeeper at any time, is in place.

Linesmen

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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 Selection: ...by the International Selection Committee on Tuesday, 24 September 1946
Éire Lineup
  Breen, Thomas 34
156 days
27 April 1912 G Shamrock Rovers FC 3 1ᵍᵃ
2 Hayes, William E., injured early 30
327 days
7 November 1915 LB/OR Huddersfield Town AFC, England 1 0
3 Gorman, William C. 35
79 days
13 July 1911 RB Brentford FC, England 12 0
4 Carey, John J. 27
219 days
23 February 1919 RHB/LB Manchester United FC, England 11 2
5 Martin, Cornelius J. 24
194 days
20 March 1923 CHB Glentoran FC 2 0
6 Walsh, William R. 26
122 days
31 May 1921 LHB Manchester City FC, England 1 0
7 O'Flanagan, Dr. Kevin P. 27
103 days
19 June 1919 OR/IR Arsenal FC, England 8 2
8 Coad, Patrick 26
179 days
4 April 1920 IR/RH Shamrock Rovers FC 1 0
9 O'Flanagan, Michael 24
1 day
29 September 1922 CF Bohemians FC 1 0
only app 1946
10 Stevenson, Alexander E. 34
52 days
9 August 1912 IL Everton FC, England 2 0
11 Eglington, Thomas J.  24
258 days
15 January 1923 OL Everton FC, England 3 0

unused substitute:

Bud Aherne (Belfast Celtic FC)

team notes:

The O'Flanagan's, Kevin and Michael, were brothers.
West Bromwich Albion FC's Dave Walsh was the original chosen centre-forward, his place going to Eddie McMorran, after a knee injury in a club match forced his withdrawal.
"Handicapped from the start by the lameness of Hayes, who strained a leg muscle."
Bill Gorman, Johnny Carey and Bud Aherne played against England for Ireland two days previous.
 
2-3-5 Breen -
Hayes, Gorman -
Carey, Martin, Walsh -

K.O'Flanagan, Coad, M.O'Flanagan, Stevenson, Eglington.
notes: the injured Hayes played at outside-right during the second half, Carey replacing him at left-back. K.O'Flanagan went to inside-right and Coad to right-half.

Averages:

Age 28 years 156 days Appearances/Goals 4.1 0.4

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 1946 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks.
2nd match, W 2 - D 0 - L 0 - F 8 - A 2¹⁸

Capt:

George Hardwick

2nd capt, W 2 - D 0 - L 0 - F 8 - A 2.¹³
Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 33 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
2nd match, W 2 - D 0 - L 0 - F 8 - A 2¹³⁹
Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry, following the Ireland match.
England Lineup
  Swift, Frank V. 32
278 days
26 December 1913 G Manchester City FC 2 2ᵍᵃ
2 Scott, Lawrence 29
160 days
23 April 1917 RB

Arsenal FC

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

Middlesbrough FC

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

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

2 0
5 Franklin, Cornelius 24
249 days
24 January 1922 CHB

Stoke City FC

2 0
6 Cockburn, Henry 25
16 days
14 September 1921 LHB

Manchester United FC

2 0
7 Finney, Thomas 24
178 days
5 April 1922 OR

Preston North End FC

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

Derby County FC

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

Middlesbrough FC

2 3
11 Langton, Robert 28
22 days
8 September 1918 OL

Blackburn Rovers FC

2 1

unused substitutes:

Don Welsh (Charlton Athletic FC), Eddie Shimwell (Sheffield United FC),
Johnny Hancocks (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC) replaced Tom Finney.

team notes:

Stanley Matthews (Stoke City FC) was selected for the starting eleven, but had to withdraw through injury and was replaced by Tom Finney from the reserves on 23 September.
 

2-3-5

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

Averages:

Age 27 years 189 days Appearances/Goals 3.3 1.4

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

THE first-ever meeting between the two nations was played in persistent 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 England's 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

Norman Giller, Football Author
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