Match No. 65 - Saturday, 18th February 1899

  • "England attacked, Forman sending in a [long] shot, the ball rebounding off Milnes' [sic] boot into the net... at the end of fifteen minutes' play". Frank FormanOnly Goal, 15'
  • "...five minutes after the first point Fred Forman shot in at close range. The ball struck the post and went into the net." Fred Forman1st of 3 goals, 20'
  • "A minute later the Englishmen were again round the Irish posts, and Athersmith, with a longish swift shot, scored the third goal for his side." Charlie Athersmith3rd of 3 goals, 21'
  • "The Englishmen were speedily in evidence again, and Athersmith struck the bar with a sharp shot. Smith quickly rushed up, and collaring the ball scored the fourth goal. There was a suspicion of off side...but the referee promtly disallowed the appeal of the Irishmen." GO Smith7th of 11 goals, 32'
  • "Five minutes before the interval Bloomer scored the fifth goal." Steve Bloomer16th of 28 goals, 40'
  • Fred Forman2nd of 3 goals, 52'
  • Jimmy Settle1st of 6 goals, 53'
  • Jimmy Settle2nd of 6 goals, 55'
  • GO Smith8th of 11 goals, 59'
  • GO Smith9th of 11 goals, 60'
  • GO Smith10th of 11 goals, 63'
  • Jimmy Settle3rd of 6 goals, 80'
  • Steve Bloomer17th of 28 goals, 89'
    • RB
    • Phil BachSunderland, Only Cap
      26 years, 5 months, 17 days
    • RH
    • Frank FormanNotts Forest, 3rd of 9 caps
      23 years, 8 months, 26 days
    • CH
    • Jimmy CrabtreeAston Villa, 7th of 14 caps
      27 years, 1 month, 26 days
    • LH
    • Ernest NeedhamSheffield Utd, 8th of 16 caps
      26 years, 0 months, 28 days
    • CF
    • GO SmithCorinthians, 14th of 20 caps
      26 years, 2 months, 23 days
      (c)8th captaincy
    • IL
    • Jimmy SettleBury, 1st of 6 caps
      23 years, 5 months, 13 days
    • OL
    • Fred FormanNotts Forest, 1st of 3 caps
      25 years, 3 months, 10 days
  • Joe McAllen (pen) 65?
  • James Campbell, 88'
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    • GK
    • Jim LewisJames Lewis.
      Born 1874.
    • RB
    • Jack PyperJohn Stanley Pyper.
      Born 9th Jan 1878.
      Younger brother of Jim Pyper.
    • LB
    • Sam TorransSamuel Torrans.
      Born 27th Oct 1869, Belfast.
    • HB
    • Jack PonsonbyJohn Ponsonby.
      Born 1876, Dumbarton, Scotland.
    • HB
    • Bob MilneRobert George Milne.
      Born 1st Oct 1870, Inverarity, Scotland.
    • HB
    • Mick CochraneMichael Cochrane.
      Born 1875, .
    • OR
    • James CampbellJames Caughley Campbell.
      Born 5th Sep 1875, Belfast.
    • IR
    • Johnnie MercerJohn Thompson Mercer.
      Born 1877, Belfast.
      Also known as Toby.
    • CF
    • Jack WaringR. John Waring.
      Date of birth unknown.
    • IL
    • Jack WattieJohn Wattie.
      Date of birth unknown.
    • OL
    • Joe McAllenJoseph Croft McAllen.
      Date of birth unknown, Belfast.

Notes

  • Match InfoStill the record number of goals scored by England in a single match.
  • Match InfoAlso the highest aggregate goals (15) in a game involving England.
  • Disallowed GoalWith the score at 4-0: "...in a skirmish in front of the Irish goal Smith placed into the net just after the whistle had sounded for offside."
  • Missed Penalty: GO Smith1st miss from 1st taken (0.0%). England's 1st overall. At the start of the second half with the score 5-0 "...Smith was about to put the ball through when Lewis rushed at him, and threw him down. The referee awarded a penalty kick which was taken by Smith. Lewis saved by turning the ball aside..." The first penalty to be awarded to England, and the first one to be missed.
  • Hat-Trick: GO Smith1st hat-trick (14th overall). 28 minutes between first and third goals. Time between second and fourth goals: 4 minutes.
  • Hat-Trick: Jimmy Settle1st hat-trick (15th overall). 27 minutes between first and third goals. Second England match to have two hat-tricks.
  • Player MilestoneJack Hillman's Only Cap
  • Player MilestonePhil Bach's Only Cap
  • Player MilestoneJimmy Settle's 1st Cap
  • Player MilestoneFred Forman's 1st Cap
  • Goal MilestoneFrank Forman's 1st Goal
  • Goal MilestoneFred Forman's 1st Goal
  • Goal MilestoneJimmy Settle's 1st Goal
  • Goal MilestoneGO Smith's 10th Goal

Sources

  • The Times "England v Ireland", Monday 20th February 1899.
  • Derby Daily Telegraph "England v Ireland", Monday 20th February 1899, page 3.
  • Freeman's Journal "England v Ireland", Monday 20th February 1899, page 7.
  • The History of the English Football League: Part One 1888-1930 by Michael J. Slade (Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Co. 2013)
  • nifootball.blogspot.com

Managers

  • England Committee
  • Northern Ireland Committee

Referee

  • Scotland Alexander Hamilton

Attendance

  • Between 12,000 and 15,000

Half Time Score

ELO Ratings

  • No change in rank, gaining 1 ranking points to 2061 points England - 1st
  • Ireland - 4th