(International Trial Match)
Wednesday, 5th January 1910
HOME IRISH 3-1 ANGLO IRISH (H/T 0-1)Venue: Grosvenor Park, Belfast
Goals: Anglos: Meaney; Home: Robertson (pen), Enright, McKeown
F. McKee (Cliftonville)
J. Wright (Cliftonville)
J. Connor (Belfast Celtic)
Anderson (Belfast Celtic)
R. Lyner (Glentoran)
J. Robertson (Cliftonville)
J. Enright (Shelbourne)
F. Thompson (Cliftonville)
W.S. McBirnie (St Mirren)
H. Hampton (Dundee)
C. Mercer (Greenock Morton)
J. Maginnes (Greenock Morton)
W.T.J. Renneville (Leyton)
J. Meaney (Leith Athletic)
J. Murphy (Bradford City)
J.C. Slemin (Bradford City)
(from Dublin Daily Express - 6th January 1910)
INTERNATIONAL TRIAL MATCH
ANGLO-IRISH v. HOME IRISHThis game was played at Distillery ground, Belfast, in dull weather. There were four thousand spectators. Play opened pretty fast and in favour of the home side, whose work was very good. Burnison and Hill had hard luck. Thompson got hurt and retired, leaving his side short for a while. Meaney, with a fine shot scored for the Anglos. Interval score:-
Home Irish 0In the second half the Anglos rearranged their attack. Renneville, out-side right, going centre, and Murphy into the latter's position. The home lot had several chances of equalising, but were poor at close quarters. However, a penalty kick, McCrossan bringing down Thompson, and Robertson taking the kick, equalised, and Enright got a second in the last minute. McBirnie in kicking out punted the ball against McKeown. Result:-
Home Irish 3
Players with links were capped at full or amateur international level and are profiled elsewhere on NIFG. Players without full profiles:
Roly Lyner (Glentoran) also played for Linfield. Won titles with both Glens and Blues. Inter-League representative. Brother of Davy.
William McBirnie (St Mirren) also played for Derry Celtic (two spells), Linfield and Johnstone (Scottish Division Two).
McCrossan (Dykehead) Dykehead competed in the Scottish Football Union, which also included some league clubs' "A" sides. This is presumably how McCrossan came to the selectors' attention. No further details available.
Charles Mercer (Greenock Morton) also played for Distillery where he was part of the 1905/06 Irish League winning squad.
John Maginnes (Greenock Morton) also played for Kilbarchan.
John Meaney (Leith Athletic) also played for Falkirk, Hibs and East Stirlingshire. Born Tralee, 6th September 1886.
Match details kindly forwarded by John Meffen of Falkirk Historian and Steve Bell.