12 April 2009

12 October 1918

(War Charities Match)
IRISH War Team - ENGLISH War Team 0:0

Referee: H. D. Allen
Attendance: 20,000 (Receipts £1,000)
Venue: Windsor Park, Belfast

Irish War Team:
Elisha Scott (Belfast Celtic) --
David Rollo (Linfield)
Robert Mills (Cliftonville) --
Harry Leddy (Distillery)
Johnny Scraggs (Glentoran)
Billy Emerson (Glentoran) --
David Lyner (Glentoran)
William Lacey (Linfield)
Edward Brooks (Linfield)
Michael Hamill (Belfast Celtic)
John Wilgar (Belfast Celtic)
Captain: Johnny Scraggs
Trainer: Robert Torrans

English War Team:
James Lawrence (Newcastle United) --
William Robert McCracken (Newcastle United)
J. English (Sheffield United) --
Alfred Randolph Fenwick (West Ham United)
Hunter (Aston Villa)
Fetherstone (St. Mirren) --
John Rutherford (Woolwich Arsenal)
William Hibbert (Newcastle United)
Chambers (Newcastle United)
Halley (Sunderland)
Cook (Middlesborough)
Captain: Bill McCracken
This match was played less than a month before the end of the First World War to raise money for the Prisoners of War Fund and the Ulster Volunteer Force Hospital.
Three of the Irish team had won caps prior to the war and another six were to be capped when international football-proper resumed.
The England side were captained by Ireland's Billy McCracken and contained two pre-war internationals and one future cap.

By George Glass

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