06th March – Today In Our Footballing History

06/03/1897 Belfast Wales 4-3 James Barron, Olphert Stanfield, John Pyper, John Peden

Tom Scott, William Gibson, Sam Torrans, John Pyper, Jack Ponsonby, George McMaster, James Campbell, Olphert Stanfield, James Pyper, John Peden, James Barron

On March 6, 1897, Ireland beat Wales 4:3 in Belfast. The Irish side included the brothers James Pyper (18.4.1876-5.3.1925) and John Stanley Pyper (9.1.1878-6.8.1952), both of whom would become ministers: “Jim”, the older brother who played centre forward, joined the Duncairn Presbyterian Church in Belfast, his brother “Jack” Pyper the Strand Presbyterian Church in Portstewart. Welsh wing half John Leonard Jones (1866-24.11.1931) later became a professional cricketer and played for Durham (South Africa) for many years.

Source: iffhs.de

Northern Ireland Footballing Greats



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