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01 September 1888

(friendly match)

Umpires: Mr. Heaney (Antrim), Mr. Bingham (Canada)
Referee: William McCrum (Armagh)
Attendance/Venue: 1,000, Shaftesbury Grounds, Ormeau Road*, Belfast.
Goals: (Ireland) Peden (18), Gibb (43); (Canada) Scrimmage, Kraus, Webster, Thompson 3.

Co. Antrim:
John Clugston (Cliftonville) --
Frederick Browne (Cliftonville)
Robert Wilson (Cliftonville) --
James Williamson (Cliftonville)
James Christian (Linfield)
Samuel Baird (Oldpark) --
Olphert Martin Stanfield (Distillery)
Samuel Torrans (Linfield)
John Barry (Cliftonville)
John Turnbull Gibb (Cliftonville)
John Peden (Linfield)

Canada: (dark Blue shirts)
A.N. Garrett (Toronto) --
S. Brubacher (Berlin Rangers)
F. Killer (Berlin Rangers) --
H. Pirrie (Queen’s College)
T. Gibson (Berlin Rangers)
H. Bewell (Norwood Wanderers) --
Walter Bowman (Berlin Rangers)
Alex Gibson (Berlin Rangers)
W.P. Thompson (University of Toronto)
A. Webster (Galt F.C.)
C. Kranz (Berlin Rangers)

* The ground of Belfast Young Men’s Christian Association FC from 1886 to 1889.
The Canada team was a team from the Western Football Association of Canada, based in Berlin, Ontario while the Irish Team was a selection from the County Antrim area only, all however were International players.

Canada also played matches against Distillery (won 3-2 on 3rd September), Clarence (won 3-2 on 4th September) and YMCA (drew 1-1 on 5th September) before touring Scotland and England.

By George Glass

Selected Other Co. Antrim FA Representative Matches:
14-10-1953 vs South Africa ............... H W 1-0
21-10-1958 vs Sheffield & Hallamshire FA . A L 2-6
20-10-1959 vs Sheffield & Hallamshire FA . H W 5-3

10-05-1988 vs Mid-Ulster/North-West Select H L 2-6


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