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Supranational Sides

On ocassion through the history of international football "Supranational" teams have been formed. From Great Britain Selects, to All-Ireland XIs, to Rest of the World All-Stars, some Northern Ireland players have been played alongside some of the world game's true stars...


Date
Team 1
Result
Team 2
Venue

11/05/1935
Football League
10-2
Wales-Ireland
Liverpool
King George V Jubilee Trust
10/05/1947
Great Britain
6-1
Rest of the World
Glasgow
FIFA Fundraiser
05/12/1951
Wales
3-2
Rest of the UK
Cardiff
FA of Wales 75th Anniversary
09/05/1955
All-Ireland XI
5-6
England XI
Dublin
An Tóstal Festival
13/08/1955
United Kingdom
1-4
Rest of Europe
Belfast
Irish FA 7th Anniversary
07/05/1956
All-Ireland XI
3-5
England XI
Dublin
An Tóstal Festival
14/05/1956
Ireland-Wales
3-2
England-Scotland
Dublin
Belgrove FC Exhibition
06/11/1963
England Youth
5-2
Rest.of.the.UK.Youth
Wembley
FA Centenary
28/07/1969
Wales
0-1
Rest of the UK
Cardiff
Prince of Wales Investiture
03/01/1973
The Three
2-0
The Six
Wembley
Common Market Match
03/07/1973
Shamrock Rovers XI
3-4
Brazil
Dublin
Exhibition Match
25/09/1973
Benfica
2-2
Rest of the World
Lisbon
Eusebio Celebration Match
27/07/1986
The Americas
2-2
Rest of the World
Pasadena
FIFA/UNICEF Match
08/08/1987
Football League
3-0
Rest of the World
Wembley
Football League Centenary
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King George V Jubilee Trust Fund
Saturday May 11, 1935, Goodison Park, Liverpool. Att. 9,000

Football League (4) 10
(Hampson 5, Leyfield, Eastham 2, Geldard, Westwood)
Wales-Ireland (1) 2
(Astley 2)

Referee:
A Taylor (Wigan) & G Stephenson (Liverpool) (two referee trial)
Wales-Ireland Team
1
Tommy Breen
Belfast Celtic & IRE
2
Alec Mackie
Portsmouth & IRE
3
Bertie Fulton
Belfast Celtic & IRE
4
Jimmy Murphy
West Bromwich Albion & WAL
5
Tom Griffiths
Middlesbrough & WAL
6
Bob John
Arsenal & WAL
7
Tim Rogers
Arsenal & WAL
8
Dai Astley
Aston Villa & WAL
9
Joe Bambrick
Chelsea & IRE
10
Alex Stevenson
Everton & IRE
11
Charlie Phillips
Wolverhampton Wanderers & WAL
Football League: GH Holdcroft (Preston); R Smith (Bolton), W Cresswell (Everton); CS Britton (Everton), JE Atkinson (Bolton), A Robinson (Burnley); A Geldard (Everton), GR Eastham (Bolton), J Hampson (Blackpool), RW Westwood (Bolton), C Leyfield (Everton).
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FIFA Fundraiser
(marking the British Associations rejoining FIFA)

Saturday May 10, 1947, Hampden Park, Glasgow. Att. 134,000


Great Britain (1) 6
(Mannion 2 (1 pen), Steel, Lawton 2, Parola (og))

Rest of Europe (1) 1
(Nordahl)
Referee: G Reader (England)
Great Britain Team
1
Frank Swift
Manchester City & ENG
2
George Hardwick capt
Middlesbrough & ENG
3
Billy Hughes
Birmingham City & WAL
4
Archie Macauley
Brentford & SCP
5
Jackie Vernon
West Bromwich Albion & IRE
6
Ron Burgess
Tottenham Hotspur & WAL
7
Stanley Matthews
Stoke City & ENG
8
Wilf Mannion
Middlesbrough & ENG
9
Tommy Lawton
Chelsea & ENG
10
Billy Steel
Morton & SCO
11
Billy Liddell
Liverpool & SCO
Europe: J Darui (France); P Petersen (Denmark), W Steffen (Switzerland); JJ Carey (Eire) capt, C Parola (Italy), J Ludl (Czechoslovakia); V Lemberechts (Belgium), G Gren (Sweden), G Nordahl (Sweden), F Wilkes (Netherlands), CA Praest (Denmark).
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FA of Wales 75th Anniversary
Wednesday December 5, 1951, Ninian Park. Att. 26,454

Wales (2) 3
(Allchurch 2, Ford)
Rest of United Kingdom (0) 2(Fleming, Medley)
Referee: BM Griffiths (Newport, Wales)
Rest of UK Team
1
JC Cowan
Morton & SCO
2
GL Young
Rangers & SCP
3
Alf McMichael
Newcastle United & IRE
4
TH Docherty
Preston North End & SCO
5
Jackie Vernon capt
West Bromwich Albion & IRE
6
Billy Wright
Wolverhampton Wanderers & ENG
7
G Smith
Hibernian & SCO
8
C Fleming
East Fife & SCO
9
Nat Lofthouse
Bolton Wanderers & ENG
10
EF Bailey
Tottenham Hotspur & ENG
11
LD Medley
Tottenham Hotspur & ENG
Wales: WW Short (Plymouth); W Barnes (Arsenal) capt, AT Sherwood (Cardiff); R Paul (Manchester City), RW Daniel (Arsenal), WAR Burgess (Tottenham); WI Foulkes (Newcastle), W Morris (Burnley), T Ford (Sunderland), IJ Allchurch (Swansea), RJ Clarke (Manchester City).
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An Tóstal Festival
Monday May 9, 1955, Dalymount Park, Dublin. Att. 25,000

All-Ireland International XI (2) 5
(McKenna, Gibbons, Doherty, McMorran 2)
England International XI (2) 6
(Rowley, Mitten 2, Ford 3)
Referee: J Smith
All-Ireland Team
1
Tommy Godwin
Bournemouth & RoI
2
Len Graham
Doncaster Rovers & NIR
3
Robin Lawlor
Fulham & RoI
4
Eddie Gannon
Shelbourne & RoI
5
Con Martin capt
Aston Villa, RoI
6
Des Glynn
Drumcondra & RoI
7
Johnny McKenna
Blackpool & NIR
8
Eddie McMorran
Doncaster Rovers & RoI
9
Sean Gibbons
St Patrick’s Athletic & RoI
10
Peter Doherty
Doncaster Rovers & NIR
11
Peter McParland
Aston Villa & NIR
England: Ted Ditchburn (Tottenham); Alf Ramsey (Tottenham), Tom Garrett (Blackpool); Neil Franklin (Hull City) capt, Allenby Chilton (Grimsby Town), Harry Johnston (Blackpool); Stanley Matthews (Blackpool), Charlie Mitten (Fulham), Trevor Ford (Cardiff City &Wales), Jack Rowley (Plymouth Argyle), Bobby Langton (Blackburn Rovers).
Scans courtesy of Barry Rojack
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Irish FA 75th Anniversary 
Saturday August 13, 1955, Windsor Park, Belfast. Att. 60,000


United Kingdom (1) 
(Johnstone) 
Rest of Europe (1) 

(Vincent, Vukas 3 (1 pen)) 

Referee: ??
UK Team
1
Kelsey
Arsenal & WAL
2
Sillet
Chelsea & ENG
3
McDonald
Sunderland & SCO
4
Tottenham Hotspur & NIR
5
Charles
Leeds United & WAL
6
Celtic & NIR
7
Matthews
Blackpool & ENG
8
Johnstone
Manchester City & SCO
9
Bentley
Chelsea & ENG
10
Burnley & NIR
11
Liddell
Liverpool & SCO
Rest of Europe: 


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An Tóstal Festival
Monday May 7, 1956, Dalymount Park, Dublin. Att. ??

All-Ireland International XI (1) 3
(Walker, Doherty (pen), Lockhart) 
England International XI (0) 5 
(Eastham jnr, Sewell 2, Ford 2)

Referee: ??
All-Ireland Team
1
Doncaster Rovers & NIR
2
Leicester City & NIR
3
Doncaster Rovers & NIR
4
Blackburn Rovers & NIR
5
Johnston 
Grimsby Town & RoI
6
Celtic & NIR
7
Blackpool & NIR
8
Tully 
Celtic & NIR
9
Doncaster Rovers & NIR
10
Doncaster Rovers & NIR
11
Aston Villa & NIR
England: (announced) Sam Bartram (York); George Hardwick (Oldham Athletic), Bill Eckersley (Blackburn Rovers), Johnny Wheeler (Bolton), Barrass (do.), Joe Mercer (Sheffield Utd) capt, Ronnie Allen (West Brom), Ernie Taylor (Blackpool), Stan Mortensen (Hull), Jackie Sewell (Aston Villa), Jimmy Hagan (Sheffield Utd).

The actual England XI was much changed, featuring the players underlined plus the three below and four others (possibly from the announced line-up)
Trevor Ford (Cardiff City & Wales), George Eastham Sr (Ards), George Eastham Jr (Ards)

Stanley Matthews was an even earlier withdrawal, having been called-up for the England team to face Brazil at Wembley two days later.
Scans courtesy of Barry Rojack
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Belgrove FC's Exhibition Match 
Monday May 14, 1956, Dalymount Park, Dublin 
Ireland-Wales (0) 3 
(J. Dunne, Allchurch 2) 
England-Scotland (2) 3 
(Thompson, Langton, Allen)
Ireland-Wales Team
1
Dwyer  Wolverhampton Wanderers/RI
2
Martin  Aston Villa/RI&NI
3
McDonnell  Drumcondra/RI
4
T. Dunne St Patrick's Athletic/RI
5
Charles  Leeds/W
6
Gannon  Shelbourne/RI
7
J. Dunne St. Patrick's Athletic/RI
8
Whelan  Manchester United/RI
9
Ford  Cardiff City/W
10
Allchurch  Swansea Town/W
11
Haverty  Arsenal/RI
England-Scotland: 
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FA Centenary Floodlit Youth International Match*
Wednesday November 6, 1963, Wembley Stadium, London. Att. ??

England 5
(Smith 2, Jones, Sissons, Sammels)
Rest of the UK 2
(Graham, Mitchell)

Referee:
 W.A. O'Neill (Republic of Ireland)

Rest of the UK Team
1
P. Jennings
Watford & N. Ireland
2
D. Clements
Wolverhampton Wanderers & N. Ireland
3
H. Bailie
Scotland
4
J. Nicholl
Coleraine & N. Ireland
5
D. Murray capt
Scotland
6
D. Hollywood
Scotland
7
A. Edwards
Scotland
8
P. Rodon
Wales
9
G. Graham
Scotland
10
J. Mitchell
Scotland
11
V. McKinney
Glenavon & N. Ireland
England: J. Cowan (Chelsea); L. Badger (Sheffield United), B. Shaw (Sheffield United), T. Smith (Liverpool), L.C. Chatterley (Aston Villa), R.E. Harris (Chelsea), G. French (Swindon), J. Sammels (Arsenal), G. Jones (Bury), J. Sissons (West Ham), R. Whittaker (Arsenal) 

*The FA held many events to mark their centenary, most notably matches against the Football League (24 May) and the Rest of the World (23 October).
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Prince of Wales Investiture/Aberfan Disaster Fund 
Monday July 28, 1969, Ninian Park, Cardiff. Att: 13,605 
Wales (0) 0 
Rest of the United Kingdom (1) 1 
(Lee 33)
Rest of UK Team
1
Pat Jennings  Tottenham Hotspur/NI
2
Tommy Gemmell  Celtic/S
3
Terry Cooper  Leeds United/E
4
Billy Bremner  Leeds United/S
5
Jack Charlton Leeds United/E
6
Alan Mullery  Tottenham Hotspur/E
7
George Best  Manchester United/NI
8
Francis Lee  Manchester United/E
9
Derek Dougan  Wolverhampton Wanderers/NI
10
Bobby Charlton capt * Manchester United/E
11
John Hughes  Celtic/S
sub
Keith Newton (for Cooper 46) Blackburn/E
sub
Willie Henderson (for Lee 46) Rangers/S
Wales: Gary Sprake, Peter Rodrigues, Mike England, Terry Hennessey, Rod Thomas, Barrie Jones, Graham Moore, Ronnie Rees (Gil Reece 81), Cliff Jones, Ron Davies, John Toshack.

BBC

* sources conflict, some listing a line-up with John Greig (Rangers/S) rather than Bobby Charlton
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"Common Market" Match - Fanfare for Europe
Wednesday January 3, 1973, Wembley Stadium, London. 
Att. 36,5000
The Three (Denmark, Republic of Ireland & United Kingdom) (0) 2 
(Jensen, Stein) 
The Six (Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, West Germany) (0) 0

Ref: Norman Burtenshaw
The Three Team (all white)
Manager: Alf Ramsey (England)
1
Pat Jennings  Tottenham Hotspur/NI
2
Peter Storey  Arsenal/E
3
Emlyn Hughes  Liverpool/E
4
Colin Bell  Manchester City/E
5
Allan Hunter  Ipswich Town/NI
6
Bobby Moore  West Ham United/E
7
Peter Lorimer  Leeds United/S
8
Johnny Giles  Leeds United/RI
9
Colin Stein Coventry City/S
10
Bobby Charlton capt Manchester United/E
11
Henning Jensen  Monchengladbach/D
sub
John Steen Olsen (for Bell 74 mins) Denmark
sub
Alan Ball (for Jensen 60 mins) Arsenal/E
The Six: C Piot (Standard Liege/Belgium); M Tresor (Olympique Marseille/France); B Vogts (Borussia Monchengladbach/W Germany); H Blankenburg (Ajax/W Germany); F Beckenbauer (Bayern Munich/W Germany); J Neeskens (Feyenoord/Netherlands); J Grabowski (Eintracht Frankfurt/W Germany); W van Hanegem (Feyenoord/Netherlands); G Muller (Bayern Munich/W Germany); G Netzer (Borussia Monchengladbach/W Germany); G Bereta (St Etienne/France)
Subs: D Zoff (Juventus/Italy) for Piot; W Suurbier (Ajax/Netherlands) for Tresor; R Krol (Ajax/Netherlands) for Beckenbauer; H Wimmer (Borussia Monchengladbach/W Germany) for van Hanegem.
Manager: H Schoen (W Germany).

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Shamrock Rovers' All-Ireland Match, Tuesday July 3, 1973, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Att: 34,000
Shamrock Rovers "All-Ireland" XI (1) 3 (Martin, Dougan, Conroy)Brazil (2) 4 (Paulo Cesar 2 (1 pen), Jairzinho, Valdomiro)
Shamrock Rovers Team: Jennings (Tottenham Hotspur/NI); Craig (Newcastle/NI), Mulligan (Crystal Palace/RI), Hunter (Ipswich Town/NI), Carroll (Birmingham City/RI) [sub: O'Kane (Nottingham Forest/NI) 66], O'Neill (Nottingham Forest/NI), Giles (Leeds Unied/RI) capt, Martin (Manchester United/RI), Conroy (Stoke City/RI) [sub: Dennehy (Nottingham Forest/RI) 88], Dougan (Wolverhampton Wanderers/NI), Givens (QPR/RI) [sub: Hamilton (Ipswich Town/NI) 66].
Some Brazilian sources list this match as a "Full" international.


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Eusebio Celebration Match
September 25, 1973, Estádio da Luz. Att. 40,000

Benfica (1) 2
(Nene (3, 52))
Rest of the World (1) 2
(Keita (43), Seeler (63))
Rest of the World
1
Banks
England
2
Blankenburg
West Germany
3
Hilario
Portugal
4
Charlton R.
England
5
Charlton J.
England
6
Badeco
Brazil
7
Best
Northern Ireland
8
Paulo Cesar
Brazil
9
Keita
Mali
10
Netzer
West Germany
11
Keizer
Netherlands
sub
Iribar (for Banks)
Spain
sub
Gento (for Hilario)
Spain
sub
Seeler (for Charlton R.)
West Germany
sub
Dirceu (for Best)
Brazil
sub
Hilario (for Keizer)
Portugal
sub
Garcia Ramon (for Iribar)
Spain
Benfica: José Enrique; Artur; Barros; Rui Rodriguez; Messias; Bastos Loopes; Nene, Victor Martins; Jordão; Eusebio; Simoes. Substitutions: Bento for José Enrique; Humberto Coelho for Bastos Lopes; Toni for Victor Martins; Artur Jorge for Jordão; Nelinho for Eusebio.
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FIFA/UNICEF Match, Sunday July 27, 1986, Rose Bowl, Pasedena, Califrnia, USA. Att: 57, 539.
The Americas (0) 2 (Cabanas, Maradona)
Rest of the World (1) 2 (Butcher, Rossi)
The Americas won 4-3 on penalties
Rest of the World Team: Jennings (Northern Ireland) [sub: Dasayev (USSR) 46]; Stielike (West Germany), Renquin (Belgium) [sub: Hermann (Switzerland) 46], Butcher (England), Amoros (France), Strachan (Scotland), Magath (West Germany), Lerby (Denmark), Rocheteau (France) [sub: Timoumi (Morocco) 60], Rossi (Italy), Belanov (USSR) [sub: Chang-Sun Park (South Korea) 46].
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Football League Centenary
Saturday August 8, 1987, Wembley Stadium, London. Att: 61,000
Football League (1) 3 (Robson 2, Whiteside)
Rest of the World 0 (0)
FL: Shilton (Ogrizovic); Gough (Clarke), Sansom, McClelland, McGrath, Brady (Nevin), Robson, Webb (Ardiles), Allen (Whiteside), Beardsley (A. Smith), Waddle.
RoTW: Dasayev (Zubizarreta), Josimar (Detari), Celso, (Stojkovic), Julio Alberto, Hysen, Bagni (Belanov), Berthold, Lineker (Elkjaer), Platini (P. Larsson), Maradona, Futre (Zavarov). 

Various testimonial/benefit matches have been played by "Supranational" teams featuring Northern Ireland internationals, including an All-Ireland select in a testimonial for Ronnie Blair (1979), International selects in a testimonal for Pat Jennings (1985), George Best (1987) and a fund-raiser for Co-Operation North (1995 vs. Manchester United).

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