09/03/1901 Southampton England 0-3
James Vincent Nolan-Whelan, William Gibson, Peter Boyle, Jimmy Connor, Archie Goodall, Joe Burnison, Tom Black, Robert Rea, John Mansfield, Isaac Doherty, Robert Clarke
In 1899, England won 13-2 against Ireland. However, England were disappointing against the Irish in 1900, and so it proved once more in 1901. Not until the closing minutes were they even sure of victory, although they were not helped by the loss after 20 minutes of Turner, playing on his home ground. Cox and Banks on the left were particularly poor, and both were left out of the line-up for the next game, which was announced soon after the final whistle.
None of England’s travails had seemed likely after the first 10 minutes, during which they played well and took the lead. Foster was causing problems for the Irish defence, and Hedley hit the bar early on. After Boyle was forced into conceding a corner, Cox’s cross found Crawshaw, who headed England into the lead. Foster and Turner then missed chances to extend the lead.
After Turner left the game, things got very scrappy, and it turned into a very poor spectacle. The English defended fairly well, and Ireland lacked the imagination to get through. Robinson was under-employed throughout the match. Early in the second half, Mansfield and Black had half-chances for Ireland, but that was it as far as attacking from them was concerned. Finally, England clinched victory thanks to two goals from Foster, both of which had involved Hedley in the build-up. This game was also notable for the one and only England cap of the legendary Fry. As well as being an international footballer, he was a Test cricketer, rugby player, joint world record holder for the long jump, schoolmaster at Charterhouse, Merchant Navy commander and de facto delegate to the League of Nations. He was also apparently offered the throne of Albania, but decided against accepting it.
Author: Peter Waring