1 November 2010

001: 18 February 1882

First Match -
001
18/02/1882
International Friendly Match
Ireland (IRE)
-
England (ENG)
H/T
0
13
0-5
Referee:
Robert M. Kennedy (IRL)
Umpires:
Samuel Sinclair (IRL - Distillery FC), William Peirce Dix (ENG - Sheffield FA)
Venue:
Knock Ground, Bloomfield, Belfast
Attendance:
2,500 (modern estimate)
Goals:

ENG: Vaughton (3,?,?,?,?), J. Brown (8, ? ), A. Brown (15,?,?,?), Cursham (?), Bambridge (?)
IRELAND: 2-2-6 (St. Patrick blue shirts, white shorts)
Coach:
-
Captain:
J.M. McAlery (Game 1. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 1)

Players
Club
Gls
Sub
Cap
1
Knock
1
2
Cliftonville
1
3
Avoniel
1
4
Cliftonville
1
5
Knock
1
6
Knock
1
7
Cliftonville
1
8
Knock
1
9
Distillery
1
10
Cliftonville
1
11
Knock
1

ENGLAND: (white shirts and shorts)
Rawlinson; A. Dobson, Greenwood, F.W. Hargreaves, King, E.C. Bambridge, Barnet, A. Brown, J. Brown, Vaughton, Cursham

Match Pictures:

Back row: David Rattay, James Buckle, Sam Sinclair (Umpire), John Hastings, Jack Davison, Donald Martin, Sam Johnston
Front row: James Hamilton, Alex Dill, John McAlery, Billy McWha, Jack Sinclair.

Match Report:
On Saturday last for the first time an Irish Association team met a picked eleven of English players, at Bloomfield, Belfast. England won the toss and chose to play with a strong wind at their backs. Ireland set the ball rolling: it was soon returned and in a few minutes England forced the ball underneath the crossbar. In the result, England were pronounced victorious by 13 goals to none. - The Times - Monday 20th February, 1882
Notes:
  • Many sources list D. McCaw (Malone) as having played rather than Sam Johnson (Distillery). Johnson was just 15 years and 154 days old.
  • J.M. McAlery (Cliftonville) was one of the founders of the Irish FA and secretary from 1880-1888.
  • Jack Sinclair (Knock) and Sam Sinclair (Umpire) were brothers.
Credits/Sources:
George Glass

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