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Saturday, 7 October 1950
Home International Championship 1950-51 (56th) Match

Ireland 1 England 4 [0-1]


Match Summary
Ireland Party
England Party

Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, county Antrim
Kick-off (BST): 3.00pm
Attendance: 46,000.

Ireland kicked-off  

[1-2] Eddie McMorran 70

 lobs Williams from a Blanchflower pass after an eighty yard Kelly pass
[0-1] Eddie Bailey 43
a simple shot from a Wright pass
[0-2] Jackie Lee 64
jumps with Kelly to head in a Lee cross

[1-3] Billy Wright 85
from a corner Wright tried a 25-yard long shot striking an Irish defender as well as the crossbar
[1-4] Eddie Bailey 86
18-yard overhead kick from a Langton cross

Match Summary





Referee (-) - George Mitchell
x (-), Falkirk.

Linesmen - tbc

No substitutes permitted, as per UK ruling.

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

Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 41st to 42nd
Colours: Made by Athletic Stores - Green collared jerseys with white collars, white shorts, blue socks.
Capt: Jackie Vernon Manager: Team Selection by Committee, on Tuesday, 26 September
Ireland Lineup
  Kelly, Hugh R. 31 17 August 1919 G Southampton FC, England 3 13 ᵍᵃ
2 Gallogly, Charles 31 16 June 1919 RB Huddersfield Town AFC, England 1 0
3 McMichael, Alfred 23 1 October 1927 LB Newcastle United FC, England 3 0
4 Blanchflower, R. Dennis 24 10 February 1926 RHB Barnsley FC, England 3 0
5 Vernon, John J.  32 26 September 1918 CHB West Bromwich Albion FC, England 12 0
6 Cush, Wilbur 22 10 June 1928 LHB Glenavon FC 1 0
7 Campbell, John P. 27 28 June 1923 OR Fulham FC, England 1 0
8 Crossan, Edward 24 17 November 1925 IR Blackburn Rovers FC, England 2 0
9 McMorran, Edward J. 27 2 September 1923 CF Barnsley FC, England 2 1
10 Brennan, Robert A. 25 14 March 1925 IL Fulham FC, England 5 1
11 McKenna, John 24 6 June 1926 OL Huddersfield Town AFC, England 4 0


George McKnight (Blackpool FC, England)

team notes:

The Celtic FC's Fallon, the only Eire-born player in the team, was the original right-back, his place going to Gallogly on 29 September.
2-3-5 Kelly -
Gallogly, McMichael -
Blanchflower, Vernon, Cush -
Campbell, Crossan, McMorrian, Brennan, McKenna.


Age 26.4 Appearances/Goals 3.4 0.1


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared short-sleeved jerseys, blue shorts, red socks.
Capt: Billy Wright, eighteenth captaincy Manager:
Trainer: Bert Shelley (Liverpool FC)
Walter Winterbottom, 37 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
33rd match, W 24 - D 3 - L 6 - F 106 - A 34.

Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry on Thursday, 21 September 1950.
England Lineup
  Williams, Bert F. 30
249 dys
31 January 1920 G

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

11 11ᵍᵃ
2 Ramsey, Alfred E. 30
258 dys
22 January 1920 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 9 0
3 Aston, John 29
34 dys
3 September 1921 LB Manchester United FC 17 0
4 Wright, William A. 26
243 dys
6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

33 3
5 Chilton, Allenby 32
21 dys
16 September 1918 CHB Manchester United FC 1 0
6 Dickinson, James W. 25
166 dys
24 April 1925 LHB

Portsmouth FC

11 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 35
248 dys
1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 32 10
8 Mannion, Wilfred J. 32
144 dys
16 May 1918 IR Middlesbrough FC 22 10
9 Lee, John 29
337 dys
4 November 1920 CF Derby County FC 1 1
10 Baily, Edward F. 25
62 dys
6 August 1925 IL Tottenham Hotspur FC 2 2
11 Langton, Robert 32
29 dys
8 September 1918 OL

Bolton Wanderers FC

11 1


Jackie Milburn (Newcastle United FC) and Tommy Cummings (Burnley FC)

team notes:

Aston replaced original choice left-back Bill Eckersley (Blackburn Rovers FC) on 2 October. Then Tom Finney (Preston North End) withdrew from the team on 4 October because of an ankle injury. Langton was invited to take up the vacant position.
This is Billy Wright's record 33rd consecutive appearance.
This is also England's oldest post-war team.
2-3-5 Williams -
Ramsey, Aston -
Wright, Chilton, Dickinson -
Matthews, Mannion, Lee, Baily, Langton


Age 29.545 (163 days) Appearances/Goals 13.6 2.1


     Match Report by Mike Payne

Four missed chances in the first 30 minutes cost Northern Ireland dearly in a game that was never as clear cut as the score suggests. If the Irish had not squandered those chances the story might have been different.

In that first half-hour, Ireland, urged on by their traditional passion and dedicated followers, put the England defence under extreme pressure. The visitors made a very tentative opening and McMorran twice missed with the simplest of headers from point-blank range. Soon afterwards Campbell and Crossan also failed to hit the target from clear positions.

The crisis passed as England gradually clawed themselves into the game. They started to search for openings in the Irish defence. Vernon, Cush and McMichael were outstanding for them and although the balance of attacks were now swinging England's way the Irish battled for everything.

The conditions were a little bit different from England's previous match, against Spain in the World Cup, and the cold October wind blowing down from Mount Colin brought some drizzle with it. The half seemed destined to end goalless but just before half-time the sun came out and with it England broke the deadlock by conjuring up a goal.

Not surprisingly the move developed down the left wing where Bobby Langton was giving Galloghy a torrid time. A swift inter-change with Eddie Baily set up the chance which the inside-left took gratefully, shooting past Kelly's left hand. The lead gave England time to rethink during the interval and they came out with a new strategy and a new determination. Suddenly Wilf Mannion became the focal point of their improvement.

The 63rd minute saw a decisive moment at both ends. First the referee refused an appeal for hands against Alf Ramsey, and then, 60 seconds later, following a swift counter-attack, Kelly failed to clear Baily's lob into the goalmouth and Jack Lee pounced to head the loose ball into the net.

Everyone thought that that was the end, but Ireland refused to lie down. Within six minutes the issue was wide open again as they pulled a goal back.

McMorran, an eager beaver all afternoon, chased a long clearance down wind and beat Allenby Chilton to the ball and shot on the turn to flick it over the advancing Bert Williams. Urged on by their crowd, the Irish threw wverything at England and McMorran was unlucky with a shot that skimmed the bar.

England, however, met the challange bravely. Inspired by the powerful Jimmy Dickinson, Billy Wright and Ramsey they weathered the storm and began to mount psoitive raids. Stanley Matthews came into the game at last and gradually the Irish began to wilt.

In the last five minutes, England scored two more goals. First Wright shot home through a crowd of players following a corner by Langton, and within a minute of that goal, Baily scored the best goal of the match with a clever hooked shot.

The match, although full of incident, has never reached the high standards of most internationals but England's performance was nonetheless satisfactory.

     Match Report by Norman Giller

Eddie Baily, more noted for his skilful scheming, scored two goals and big Jackie Lee, a Leicestershire cricketer, marked his only international with a goal. Northern Ireland were chasing an equaliser with the score at 2-1 when England scored twice in the last five minutes. Billy Wright netted his third and final goal for England with a shot that went into the net through a forest of legs, and Baily finished the Irish off with a superbly executed hook shot. Manchester United centre-half Allenby Chilton had to wait until he was thirty-two for this first cap as the selectors continued to hunt for a successor to Neil Franklin.

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