25 November 2010

115: 24 September 1924

115
24/09/1924 15:00
International Friendly Match
Ireland (IRE)
-
South Africa (ZAF)
H/T
1
2
1-1
Referee:
William Cowan (Belfast – IRE)
Venue:
Solitude, Belfast
Attendance:
6,000
Goals:
IRE Rushe (10); ZAF Murray (44), Green (75)
IRELAND: 2-3-5 (blue jerseys)
Coach:
Joe Devlin (Belfast Celtic)
Captain:
John Harris (2)
Players
Club
Gls
Sub
Cap
1
Queen's Island


1
2
Belfast Celtic


1
3
Linfield


1
4
Distillery


1
5
Glentoran


1
6
Glenavon


2
7
Glentoran


1
8
Queen's Island


3
9
Distillery
1

1
10
Cliftonville


1
11
Linfield


1

SOUTH AFRICA: 2-3-5 Trainer: Hugh Sweetlove
Arthur Jack Riley (Transvaal); C. R. Thompson (Transvaal), G. W. Burton (Natal); G. R. Parry (Western Province), H. C. Williams (Western Province), B. P. Tuohy (Natal); P. D. Jacobi (Frontier), J. Green (Transvaal), David James Murray (Western Province), Gordon Hodgson (Transvaal), E. S. G. Stuart (Western Province)



Match Programme:


Notes:
  • This match is considered by some sources as an Amateur International. However, the match was billed as "Ireland v South Africa" and while the South African team was all-amateur, the Irish team contained several professional players and wore blue (rather than green which was worn by the IFA's Amateur selections of the day).
  • To reduce travelling costs the Irish team was selected solely from Irish League players.
  • South Africa also played Wales, England (twice) and the Netherlands as well as another 21 matches against club sides and other representative selections during a three month tour of Europe. (rsssf)
  • Several of the South African players were signed by British clubs after their tour ended. Notably, Gordon Hodgson won three England caps, including one against Ireland in 1930, while playing for Liverpool.

Credits/Sources:
George Glass/Marshall Gillespie
Gary Spain (programme)

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