12 April 2009

11 September 1943

(Friendly Match)
IRELAND - BRITISH ARMY 4:2

Referee: Peter Craigmyle (Aberdeen)
Attendance/Venue: 30,000, Windsor Park, Belfast (Receipts: £1,544-19-6)
Goals: (Ireland) Cochrane 3, Stevenson; (British Army) Westcott, Powell

Ireland:
Tom Breen (Linfield) --
William McMillen (Belfast Celtic)
E. Noonan (Glentoran) --
Thomas Brolly (Linfield)
Jack Vernon (Belfast Celtic)
Samuel Jones (Blackpool) --
David Cochrane (Linfield)
Alexander Stevenson (Everton)
James McAlinden (Belfast Celtic)
Peter Dermot Doherty (Manchester City)
Patrick Bonnar (Belfast Celtic)
Captain:

British Army:
Frank Swift (Manchester City) --
Jimmy Carabine (Third Lanark)
Leslie Compton (Arsenal) --
Clifford Samuel Britton (Everton)
Stan Cullis (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Donald Welsh (Charlton Athletic) --
Aubrey Powell (Leeds United)
Ronald William Dix (Tottenham Hotspur)
David Westcott (Wolverhampton Wandreres)
James Hagan (Sheffield United)
Denis Compton (Arsenal)
Captain:

By George Glass

The idea of an Ireland vs Army fixture was first discussed in the Irish FA Emergency committee meeting of 5th September 1940, to raise money for the Army FA for purchasing football equipment. The gate money (minus expenses) was split between the IFA and the Army FA.

From this match the army received £785-17-2.

Additional details sourced from Irish FA Finance Committee minutes by Robin Peake.

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