13th February – Today In Our Footballing History

13/02/1926 Belfast Wales 3-0 Billy Gillespie, Sammy Curran (2) 30,000

Elisha Scott, Walter Brown, Billy McConnell, Sam Irving, Mick O’Brien, Tom Sloan, Andy Bothwell, Alex Steele, Sammy Curran, Billy Gillespie, David McMullan

Ireland 3 – 0 Wales

Thirty thousand spectators at Windsor Park, Belfast witnessed Ireland defeat Wales three nil.

The Irish were better opportunists, playing as a team with a strong defensive line, unlike Wales whose defence was poor with many scoring opportunities missed.

Ireland’s Billy Gillespie at Inside Left scored Ireland’s first after 9 minutes. Ireland’s Centre Forward Sammy Curran scored the second with 28 minutes on the clock. At half-time the score was Ireland 2 – 0 Wales.

Wales improved in the second half but the Irish defence resisted any Welsh attack. Sammy Curren scored Ireland’s third and his second on 80 minutes.

There were no further goals and the match ended Ireland 3 – 0 Wales.

Author: Kilultagh

The Glasgow Herald Match Report

Elisha Scott, Walter Brown, Billy McConnell, Sam Irving, Mick O’Brien, Tom Sloan, Andy Bothwell, Alex Steele, Sammy Curran, Billy Gillespie, David McMullan

Back: J. Torrans (trainer), Mick O’Brien, Walter Brown, Elisha Scott, Billy McConnell, Tom Sloan, Sam Irving, S. Moore



Front: T. Robbins (Sec. FAW), W. McCurley (IFA), Andy Bothwell, Alex Steele, Billy Gillespie, Sammy Curran, David McMullan, C. Watson (Sec. IFA)



Source: Malcolm Brodie’s 100 Years of Irish Football

Northern Ireland’s Footballing Greats

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