02/03/1889 Liverpool England 1-6 James Wilton
John Clugston, Manliffe Goodbody, James Watson, Alex Crawford, Archie Rosbotham, Sam Cooke, Arthur Gaussen, Olphert Stanfield, Jack Berry, James Wilton, John Peden
Anfield, home of Everton until 1892, was the venue for the latest horrific mismatch between England and Ireland. On this occasion, FA Cup commitments robbed England of many of their best players, and they ended up playing a whopping nine debutants. It would prove to make no difference, though (just as against Wales) England had to come from behind, after Wilton gave the Irish the lead.
England had started sloppily, but they slowly began to improve, and equalised when Shelton scored from long range (although Weir is sometimes credited as being the goalscorer). Yates then scored twice before half-time, and England led 3-1 at the break. The second half was more one-sided, with the Irish goal constantly under pressure. England scored three more goals in the second half, courtesy of (respectively) Lofthouse, Brodie and Yates. Lofthouse’s goal was the only England goal ever scored by an Accrington player. Ireland, as was their way, never gave up, but rarely looked like adding to their solitary goal.
One of the goalscorers, Brodie, was captaining England on his debut (the fifth of eleven England players to achieve that feat). He is one of the most important men in the history of Wolves, having helped to found the club and playing his entire career for them. After retiring, he stayed in Wolverhampton and became a school headmaster.
Author: Peter Waring