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Wednesday, 5 November 1947
Home International Championship 1947-48 (53rd) Match

England 2 Ireland 2 [0-0]


Match Summary
Ireland Party
England Party

Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool, Lancashire
Kick-off (GMT): 2.45pm.

Attendance: 67,980.

unknown kicked-off  

Wilf Mannion 70
 penalty saved after a foul on Matthews
[1-1] Wilf Mannion 84
 from a Wright pass
[2-1] Tommy Lawton 87
 15-yard half-turn shot from a Matthews' centre
[0-1] Davy Walsh 54
from a Doherty pass

[2-2] Peter Doherty
threw himself at full length to head in an Eglington centre.

Match Summary





Referee (-) - Peter Fitzpatrick
x (-), Glasgow, Scotland.

Linesmen - tbc

No substitutes permitted, as per UK ruling.

  Goal Attempts  
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  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd to 4th
Colours: The 1946 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks.
Capt: George Hardwick, eleventh captaincy. Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 34 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
11th match, W 8 - D 2 - L 1 - F 43 - A 10.
Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry, on Thursday, 29 October, following the trial match between FA XI and RAF XI at Highbury.
England Lineup
  Swift, Frank V. 33 26 December 1913 G Manchester City FC 11 10 GA
2 Scott, Lawrence 30 23 April 1917 RB

Arsenal FC

11 0
3 Hardwick, George F.M. 27 2 February 1920 LB

Middlesbrough FC

11 0
4 Taylor, Philip H. 30 18 September 1917 RHB Liverpool FC 2 0
5 Franklin, Cornelius 25 24 January 1922 CHB

Stoke City FC

11 0
6 Wright, William A. 23 6 February 1924 LHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

11 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 32 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 23 9
8 Mortensen, Stanley H. 26 26 May 1921 IR Blackpool FC 4 6
9 Lawton, Thomas 28 6 October 1919 CF Chelsea FC 19 20
10 Mannion, Wilfred J. 29 16 May 1918 IL Middlesbrough FC 11 8
11 Finney, Thomas 25 5 April 1922 OL

Preston North End FC

9 8


Harry Johnston (Blackpool FC)

team notes:

This unchanged side has now become the most experienced post-war team so far, also equalling the oldest.
2-3-5 Swift  -
Scott, Hardwick -
Taylor, Franklin, Wright -
Matthews, Mortensen, Lawton, Mannion, Finney.


Age 28.0 Appearances/Goals 11.2 4.4


Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 30th to 27th
Colours: "green-shirted forwards"
Capt: Jackie Vernon Manager: Team chosen on Thursday, 23 October 1947, by the Selction Committee
Ireland Lineup
  Hinton, Edward G.A. 25 20 May 1922  G Fulham FC, England 4 3 GA
2 Martin, Cornelius J. 24 20 March 1923 RB Leeds United AFC, England 3 0
3 Carey, John J.  28 23 February 1919 LB Manchester United FC, England 4 0
4 Walsh, William R. 26 31 May 1921 RHB Manchester City FC, England 2 0
5 Vernon, John J.  29 26 September 1918 CHB West Bromwich Albion FC, England 5 0
6 Farrell, Peter D. 25 16 August 1922 LHB Everton FC, England 4 0
7 Cochrane, David A. 27 14 August 1920 OR Leeds United AFC, England 7 0
8 Smyth, Samuel 22 25 February 1925 IR Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, England 2 2
9 Walsh, David J. 24 28 April 1923 CF West Bromwich Albion FC, England 4 1
10 Doherty, Peter D. 34 5 June 1913 IL Huddersfield Town FC, England 13 3
11 Eglington, Thomas J.  24 15 January 1923 OL Everton FC, England 4 0


Bud Aherne (Belfast Celtic FC) and Alex Stevenson (Everton FC).

team notes:

Johnny Carey has also made thirteen appearances for Éire, scoring twice. Con Martin and Tommy Eglington have played three times. Peter Farrell and Davy Walsh have also played twice has played twice. Billy Walsh once.
Johnny Carey, Tommy Eglington, Con Martin, Billy Walsh, all played for Éire against England last season.
This is the first time Ireland have avoided in thirteen attempts against England.
2-3-5 Hinton -
Martin, Carey -

W.Walsh, Vernon, Farrell -
Cochrane, Smyth,
D.Walsh, Doherty, Eglington.


Age 26.2 Appearances/Goals 4.7 0.3


    Match Report by Mike Payne

Appropriately, there were plenty of fireworks in this explosive match which saw Northern Ireland almost pull of an astonishing victory. During the first half hour of the game, England were well on top and a couple of fine chances went begging. But although England had the edge, they were not firing on all cylinders.

Stanley Matthews was not as prominent as usual but Tom Finney was playing well and gave Martin a troublesome afternoon. Wilf Mannion was also performing well and was consistently the best of the England forwards. However, Ireland came more into the game as the first half wore on, playing with their customary passion. A lot of effort was put into the half by both sides but, alas, no goals.

Nine minutes into the second half came the almost unbelievable - Ireland took the lead! Dave Walsh, taking a pass from Doherty, upset the form book by putting Ireland 1-0 up with a good shot past Frank Swift. It could have been worse for England shortly afterwards as Ireland nearly went two up. First Eglington and then Smyth came very close to breaching the shaky England defence.

Ireland were playing like men inspired but with 20 minutes left, it seemed that all their good work was for nothing as Matthews was sent sprawling in the area. Mannion took the penalty kick but Hinton saved.

Ireland, everyone thought, now surely had to win; but England also knew how to fight and they rose to the challenge superbly. With only seven minutes left they equalized. Billy Wright, up with his forwards, gave Mannion the chance to make amends for his penalty miss and this time the 'Boro man made no mistake.  

Amazingly, the match then took a new twist. Mannion sent Matthews away down the right. Over came a perfect cross and Tommy Lawton volleyed a magnificent shot past Hinton from 15 yards.

It would have been a travesty if Ireland's spirited display had ended with nothing to show for it. Happily, justice was done in the dying seconds. Indeed, it was the last kick of the game when Eglington put over a superb cross to find Doherty throwing himself at the ball. The former Glentoran man was injured in the process but the important thing was that the ball nestled in the bottom of the net. The final whistle sounded immediiately and Doherty was carried from the field by jubilant Irish supporters, the hero of the day.

Vernon, Doherty, Farrell and Bill Walsh were the cornerstones of a fine team performance by the Irish.

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Three goals came in the last eight minutes after Northern Ireland had battled to hang on to a 54th minute lead given to them by West Bromwich Albion centre-forward Davie Walsh. 'Peter the Great' Doherty headed a last-minute minute equaliser for the Irish following goals in quick succession for England by Wilf Mannion and Tommy Lawton. Mannion had a penalty saved in the 70th minute by Fulham goalkeeper Eddie Hinton. The roar that greeted the save from the predominantly Irish crowd could have been heard back in Belfast. It was the first time in 13 meetings with England that the Irish had avoided defeat, and the game had a suitably explosive finish for Guy Fawkes Day. It would have been an injustice had Northern Ireland not got a draw from this game. They were often the superior side, with Peter Doherty pulling the strings and playing with the skill that made him one of the world's outstanding inside-forwards. He was carried off at the end by jubilant Irish supporters, who counted this as a victory. There were 68,000 shoe-horned into the Goodison ground, and most of them seemed to be shouting for the Irish who must have felt it was like a home game.

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats

Norman Giller, Football Author