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England National Football Team Match No. 237

England 2 Northern Ireland 2 [0-0]

Match Records

Match Background

 

Match Summary

Date: Wednesday, 5 November 1947.
Status: British International Championship 1947-48 match.
Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool, capacity 78,299 (record gate in 1948).
Attendance: 67,980.
Goals: Northern Ireland--Dave Walsh, 55th min.
England--Wilf Mannion, 84th min.
England--Tommy Lawton, 85th (?) min.
Northern Ireland--Peter Doherty, 90th min.
Cautions: Not known.
Expulsions: None.
Officials: Referee--P. Fitzpatrick, Scotland.
Linesmen--Not known.
Match observer--Not known.
Conditions: Not known.
Statistics: Not known.

England

Ranking:

No ranking system established.

Colours: Not known.
Lineup: Player Age Pos Club App G Career
1-Swift, Frank  -  G Manchester City FC - - -
2-Scott, L. - RB  Arsenal FC - - -
3-Hardwick, G. F. M. - LB Middlesbrough FC - - -
4-Taylor, P. H. - RH Liverpool FC - - -
5-Franklin, C. F. - CH Stoke City FC - - -
6-Wright, W. A. - LH Wolverhampton Wanderers FC - - -
7-Matthews, S. - OR Blackpool FC - - -
8-Mortensen, S. H. - IR Blackpool FC - - -
9-Lawton, T. - CF Notts County FC - - -
10-Mannion, W. J. - IL Middlesbrough FC - - -
11-Finney, T. - OL Preston North End FC - - -
Substitutes: Player Age Pos Club App G Career
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Substitutes
Not Used:
Captain: George Hardwick, ___ of __ career captaincies.
Coach: Walter Winterbottom,  __, appointed __________, ___ match, W  - D - L - F - A .
Formation:

Northern Ireland

Ranking:

No ranking system established.

Colours: Not known.
Lineup: Player Age Pos Club App G Career
1-Hinton, Edward  25  G Fulham FC - - -
2-Martin, C. J.   RB Leeds United AFC - - -
3-Carey, J. J.   LB Manchester United FC - - -
4-Walsh, W.   RH Manchester City FC - - -
5-Vernon, John J. 29 CH West Bromwich Albion FC - - -
6-Farrell, P. D.   LH Everton FC - - -
7-Cochrane, D.   OR Leeds United AFC - - -
8-Smyth, S.   IR Wolverhampton Wanderers FC - - -
9-Walsh, D. J.   CF West Bromwich Albion FC - - -
10-Doherty, P. D.   IL Huddersfield Town FC - - -
11-Eglington, T. J.   OL Everton FC - - -
Substitutes: None permitted at time.
Captain: Jack Vernon, ___ of __ career captaincies.
Coach: xxxxxxxx, __, appointed __________, __ match [P __, W __, D __, L __, F __, A __]
Formation:

Match Report

 

Northern Ireland performed superbly in securing a startling draw on English soil against heavily-favoured England in an enthralling match that took dramatic twists and turns.  

England had beaten Northern Ireland 12 times in succession; the last point Northern Ireland had taken against England had come 20 years before in 1927.  This was the second post-war meeting between the two.  England had won 7-2 at Belfast's Windsor Park in their first post-war international match in September, 1946.

For the fourth successive match,  England fielded one of the greatest forward lines ever assembled--Stanley Matthews, Stan Mortensen, Tommy Lawton, Wilf Mannion and Tom Finney.  The selectors had discovered in May that they could play both Finney and Matthews in the same team by switching the versatile Finney to the left wing.  This switch brought together a marvelous attacking combination that had produced three straight one-sided away victories over Portugal, 10-0, Belgium, 5-2, and Wales, 3-0.   

England had a decided advantage in play over the first half hour, but failed to capitalize on it.  Mannion, the best England forward on the day, and Finney played well, but Matthews was quieter than usual.  As the half progressed, Northern Ireland's customary passion brought them into the game.  But a great deal of effort from both teams went unrewarded, and the half ended scoreless.

The second half was astonishing.  The Irish took the lead nine minutes in when Dave Walsh scored from a Peter Doherty pass.  Inspired, the Irish twice threatened to increase their lead, Tommy Eglington and Sammy Smyth almost breaking through England's shaky defence.

The prospect of an upset already had injected great tension into the match, but sudden reversals in fortune over the last 20 minutes took spectators to levels of excitement that surely left them drained.   

At 70 minutes, Matthews was brought down in the penalty area.  An England equalizer through the ensuing penalty kick seemed certain, but Ted Hinton saved from Mannion.

Yet England remained composed and continued to fight.  Only seven minutes remained when Billy Wright, playing well forward, set up Mannion for the equalizer.  

Mannion wasn't finished. Soon after he put Matthews clear down the right for a perfectly flighted cross that found Lawton, whose magnificent volley from 15 yards put England one up.

As the match reached its final seconds, it seemed England would prevail once again despite a spirited Irish display deserving more than another loss.  But, with the last kick of the game, Eglington sent over a fine cross, Doherty hurled himself forward, and Northern Ireland were level again.  The final whistle came right away, and jubilant Irish supporters carried Doherty, injured in his last-gasp effort, from the pitch.

 

Team Records

 

British Championship 1947-48
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts %
Home - - - - - - - - - - - -
Away - - - - - - - - - - - -
Neutral - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total - - - - - - - - - - - -

 

England's Record Against Northern Ireland
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts %
Home - - - - - - - - - - - -
Away - - - - - - - - - - - -
Neutral - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total - - - - - - - - - - - -

For a list of England's results against Italy, see England's Opponents:  Italy

 

Northern Ireland's Record Overall
Type P W D L F A GD
Home - - - - - - -
Away - - - - - - -
Neutral - - - - - - -
All - - - - - - -

 

England's Record Overall
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts %
Home - - - - - - - - - - - -
Away  - - - - - - - - - - - -
Neutral - - - - - - - - - - - -
All - - - - - - - - - - - -

 

Englandís Record Under Manager Walter Winterbottom
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts %
Home - - - - - - - - - - - -
Away - - - - - - - - - - - -
Neutral - - - - - - - - - - - -
All - - - - - - - - - - - -

 

England's Record 1947-48 Season
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts %
Home - - - - - - - - - - - -
Away - - - - - - - - - - - -
Neutral - - - - - - - - - - - -
All - - - - - - - - - - - -

 

Source Notes