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Wednesday, 6 November 1957
Home International Championship 1957-58 (63rd) Match

England 2 Northern Ireland 3 [0-1]
 

 

Match Summary
England Squad
Northern Ireland Squad

Empire Stadium, Wembley Park, Wembley, Middlesex
Attendance: 42,000;
Kick-off: 2.30pm GMT
Live on BBC (UK) -
Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme

Northern Ireland - Jimmy McIllroy (penalty in off Hopkinson after a Wright foul 32), Sam McCrory (a glorious drive 67), Billy Simpson (six-yard diving header from a Bingham cross 72)
England - Alan A'Court (slides inside the left-post from a Kevan through-ball), Duncan Edwards (eighteen-yard side-footed shot from a Douglas cross 80)
Results 1955-1960

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

 

Match Summary

Officials

England

Type

Northern Ireland

Referee (-) - B.M.Griffiths
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 to 4th
Colours: The 1954 Umbro home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, red socks with white calf hoop.
Capt: Billy Wright, 72nd captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 44 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
90th match, W 56 - D 18 - L 16 - F 260 - A 125, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee.
England Lineup
  Hopkinson, Edward 22 29 October 1935 G Bolton Wanderers FC 2 3 GA
2 Howe, Donald 22 12 October 1935 RB West Bromwich Albion FC 2 0
3 Byrne     LB Manchester United    
4 Clayton, Ronald 23 5 August 1934 RHB Blackburn Rovers FC 16 0
5 Wright, William A. 33 6 February 1924 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

87 3
6 Edwards, Duncan 21 1 October 1936 LHB Manchester United FC 17 5
7 Douglas     OR Blackburn    
8 Kevan, Derek T. 22 6 March 1935 IR West Bromwich Albion FC 3 1
9 Taylor, Thomas 25 29 January 1932 CF Manchester United FC 18 14
10 Haynes, John N. 23 17 October 1934 IL Fulham FC 15 8
11 A'Court     OL Liverpool    

reserves:

-

team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record 52nd consecutive match.
 
2-3-5 Hopkinson -
Howe, Byrne -
Clayton, Wright, Edwards -
Douglas, Kevan, Taylor, Haynes, A'Court

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

Northern Ireland Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 41st to 32nd
Colours: Made by Bukta - Green continental jerseys with white v-neck collar/cuffs, white shorts, green socks with white tops.
Capt: Danny Blanchflower Manager: Peter Dermot Doherty, 44 (5 June 1913), appointed October 1951, also manager at Doncaster Rovers FC since June 1949.
24th match, W 4 - D - 8 - L 12 - F 26 - A 46.
Northern Ireland Lineup
  Gregg, Henry 25 27 October 1932 G Doncaster Rovers FC, England 8 7 GA
2 Keith, Richard M. 24 15 May 1933 RB Newcastle United FC, England 1 0
3 McMichael, Alfred 30 1 October 1927 LB Newcastle United FC, England 26 0
4 Blanchflower, R. Dennis 31 10 February 1926 RHB Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 27 0
5 Blanchflower, John 24 7 March 1933 CHB Manchester United FC, England 10 1
6 Peacock, Robert 29 29 September 1928 LHB The Celtic, Scotland 12 0
7 Bingham, William L. 26 5 August 1931 OR Sunderland AFC, England 25 4
8 McCrory, Samuel M. 33 11 October 1924 IR Southend United FC, England 1 1
9 Simpson, William J. 27 12 December 1929 CF Rangers FC, Scotland 9 4
10 McIlroy, James 26 25 October 1931 IL Burnley FC, England 23 3
11 McParland, Peter J. 23 25 April 1934 OL Aston Villa FC, England 11 2

reserves:

-

team notes:

Manager Peter Doherty played for Ireland against England on seven seperate occasions from 1935 until 1947, scoring one in 1947.
This is Ireland's first victory over England since 1927, only the fifth time overall.
Danny and Jackie Blanchflower are brothers.
 
2-3-5 Gregg -
Keith, McMichael -

D.Blanchflower, J.Blanchflower, Peacock -
Bingham, McCrory, Simpson, McIlroy, McParland.

Averages:

Age 27.1 Appearances/Goals 13.9 1.1

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

 

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Skipper Danny Blanchflower and goalkeeper Harry Gregg were carried off shoulder high by celebrating Irish fans after this unexpected victory that ended England's sixteen-match unbeaten run. Burnley schemer Jimmy McIlroy gave Ireland a first-half lead with a penalty shot that hit a post and then went into the net off the back of goalkeeper Hopkinson. The penalty had been conceded by Billy Wright with one of the few fouls he ever committed in an England shirt. Liverpool winger Alan A'Court, making his debut in place of the injured Tom Finney, equalised soon after half-time before McCrory and Simpson - with a goal hotly disputed by England - put the Irish 3-1 clear. Duncan Edwards pulled back a goal, but Ireland went on to their first victory over England since 1927 and the first on English soil since 1914. Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Harry Gregg, later to join Manchester United and survive the Munich air crash, had a game to remember, making at least half a dozen crucial saves. The third Irish goal looked at least two yards off-side and Englands' defenders could not believe it when the linesman's flag stayed down.

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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