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Wednesday, 11 November 1953
Home International Championship 1953-54 (59th) Match

&
World Cup 1954 UEFA Group Three Qualification Match

England 3 Ireland 1 [ 1-0]
 

 

Match Summary
England Squad
Ireland Squad

Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool, Lanacashire
Attendance: 70,700;
Kick-off: tbc BST

England - Harold Hassall (twenty-yard tame shot that went under Smyth's diving body 1 00:30, header 60), Nat Lofthouse (ten-yard header 75)
Ireland - Eddie McMorran (twelve-yard header hit the post and rebounded in off Merrick's arm from a Bingham cross 52)
Results 1950-1955

England kicked-off. ? minutes (? & ?).

 

Match Summary

Officials

England

Type

Ireland

Referee (-) - R.K. Smith
x (-), Wales.

Linesmen - tbc

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

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd
Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks.
Capt: Billy Wright, 39th captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 40 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
57th match, W 37 - D 12 - L 8 - F 171 - A 71, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee.
England Lineup
  Merrick, Gilbert H. 31 26 January 1922 G Birmingham City FC 16 21 GA
2 Rickaby, Stanley 29 12 March 1924 RB West Bromwich Albion FC 1 0
3 Eckersley     LB Blackburn    
4 Wright, William A. 29 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

54 3
5 Johnston, Harry 34 26 September 1919 CHB Blackpool FC 9 0
6 Dickinson, James W. 28 24 April 1925 LHB

Portsmouth FC

31 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 38 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 35 10
8 Quixall, Albert 20 9 August 1933 IR Sheffield Wednesday FC 3 0
9 Lofthouse, Nathaniel, injured off 75th min. 28 27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC 19 20
10 Hassall, Harold W. 24 4 March 1929 IL Bolton Wanderers FC 5 4
11 Mullen, James 30 6 January 1923 OL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 9 4

reserves:

Len Quested (Huddersfield Town AFC)

team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally.
Nat Lofthouse collided with Ireland's Billy Dickson as he scored the final goal. A cut over his right eye resulted in two stitches.
 
2-3-5 Merrick -
Rickaby, Eckersley -
Wright, Johnston, Dickinson -
Matthews, Quixall, Lofthouse, Hassall, Mullen.

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

Ireland Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 53rd
Colours: Green jerseys with white collars, white shorts, blue socks with white tops.
Capt:   Manager: Peter Dermot Doherty, 40 (5 June 1913), appointed October 1951, also manager at Doncaster Rovers FC since June 1949.
ninth match, W 0 - D - 2 - L 7 - F 8 - A 26.
Ireland Lineup
  Smyth, William T., injured off c.80th min 27/28 1925 G Distillery FC 4 15 GA
2 Graham, W.G. Leonard 28 17 October 1925 RB Doncaster Rovers FC, England 8 0
3 McMichael, Alfred 26 1 October 1927 LB Newcastle United FC, England 14 0
4 Blanchflower, R. Dennis 27 10 February 1926 RHB Aston Villa FC, England 12 0
5 Dickson, William 30 15 March 1923 CHB/GK Arsenal FC, England 10 0
6 Cush, Wilbur 25 10 June 1928 LHB Glenavon FC 4 0
7 Bingham, William L. 22 5 August 1931 OR Sunderland AFC, England 10 0
8 McIlroy, James 22 25 October 1931 IR Burnley FC, England 8 0
9 Simpson, William J. 23 12 December 1929 CF Rangers FC, Scotland 4 2
10 McMorran, Edward J. 30 2 September 1923 IL Doncaster Rovers FC, England 12 4
11 Lockhart, Norman H. 29 4 March 1924 OL Aston Villa FC, England 6 3

reserves:

-

team notes:

Manager Peter Doherty played for Ireland against England on seven seperate occasions from 1935 until 1947, scoring one in 1947.
Billy Smyth, in diving at the feet of Jimmy Mullen, broke his nose, he was replaced in goal after eighty minutes by Billy Dickson.
 
2-3-5 Smyth -
Graham, McMichael -
Blanchflower, Dickson, Cush -
Bingham, McIlroy, Simpson, McMorran, Lockhart.

Averages:

Age 26.3 Appearances/Goals 8.4 0.7

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

 

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Harold Hassall, playing alongside his Bolton team-mate Nat Lofthouse, scored the first of his two goals in just thirty seconds to mark his international recall after two years. It was Hassall's fifth and last cap. Eddie McMorran equalised for the Irish nine minutes after half-time, and they were the superior side for long periods. Stanley Matthews turned the game England's way with a typical mazy run on the hour before passing to Billy Wright, who set up a simple second goal for Hassall. It was Nat Lofthouse who wrapped up victory for England fifteen minutes later when he headed in a Jimmy Mullen cross, colliding with goalkeeper Smyth as he powered the ball into the net. Lofthouse limped off and Smyth was carried off with a broken nose. West Bromwich right-back Stan Rickaby played in his one and only England match in place of the injured Alf Ramsey.

Source Notes

TheFA.com
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

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