12 April 2009

13 September 1941

(Friendly Match)

Referee: Flight Lieut. James Jewell (R.A.F.)
Attendance: 30,000, Windsor Park, Belfast (Receipts: £1,549-2-5)
Goals: (Ireland) Martin; (Army) Hagan 3, Mercer

Tom Breen (Belfast Celtic) --
William Hayes (Huddersfield)
Robert Patrick Fulton (Belfast Celtic) --
Harry Walker (Belfast Celtic)
Jack Vernon (Belfast Celtic)
Thomas Brolly (Linfield) --
Norman Kernaghan (Belfast Celtic)
James McAlinden (Belfast Celtic)
David Kirker Martin (Glentoran)
Alexander Stevenson (Everton)
Michael Kelly (Derry City)

British Army:
Frank Swift (Manchester City) --
Jimmy Carabine (Third Lanark)
Andrew Beattie (Preston North End) --
Clifford Samuel Britton (Everton)
Stan Cullis (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Joseph Mercer (Everton) --
Ralph Birkett (Newcastle United)
Thomas Walker (Hearts)
Donald Welsh (Charlton Athletic)
James Hagan (Sheffield United)
Denis Compton (Arsenal)

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 £643-10-7.

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

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