10/02/1912 Dublin England 1-6 Mickey Hamill
Billy Scott, Sam Burnison, Paddy McCann, Val Harris, Pat O’Connell, Harry Hampton, Billy Lacey, Mickey Hamill, Billy Halligan, James Macauley, Frank Thompson
After a couple of very mediocre years, England began the 1912 Championship in fine style. Ireland were plucky (as usual), but England on this occasion outplayed them in every area of the pitch, and enjoyed an easy win. It was England’s biggest championship win for four years. The star man was Fleming, who had not always impressed in his England career thus far, scored his only international hat-trick.
His second goal was crucial, restoring England’s two goal cushion before half-time, just minutes after Ireland had got themselves back in to the game. His England career would end with the more than respectable figures of nine goals in eleven matches. He is a Swindon Town legend, having a road leading to their stadium named after him, as well as a statue in the foyer. He remains the club’s only England international.
After three first-half goals, England notched another three after the break, to complete a thoroughly satisfactory afternoon. Once again, though, the game was largely overshadowed in the English consciousness by the Oxford v Cambridge university match, played on the same day. It was England’s second and final championship game in Dublin (the first having been in 1900). The next time England visited the city – in 1946 – it would be to play the southern part of a divided Ireland.
Author: Peter Waring
Ireland went into the game against England having previously lost four games in a row. The Irish Football Association selection committee decided to rely mainly on professional Irish players playing their trade with clubs in Great Britain. There were nine players selected from varying clubs across the Irish Sea with Samuel Burnison (Distillery) and Paddy McCann (Belfast Celtic) the only players representing the Irish League. Unfortunately for the Irish their luck failed to improve and lost the game 6-1 with Manchester United’s Mickey Hamill scoring the consolation goal.