15/03/1913 Dublin Scotland 1-2 Jimmy McKnight
Billy Scott, Bill McConnell, Peter Warren, Billy Andrews, Val Harris, Harry Hampton, Johnny Houston, Jimmy McKnight, Billy Gillespie, James Macauley, Frank Thompson
‘Despite dominating for long periods, Ireland lost 2-1 to Scotland but the crowds were incensed that English referee Arthur Adams had allowed Alec Bennett’s winning goal to stand as the Rangers man looked offside. At the final whistle, several Scottish players tried to grab the ball as a souvenir, Sheffield Wednesday’s George Robertson emerging with the leather, only to have it knocked out of his hands by a spectator, Patrick Gartland. It was picked up by Ireland’s American-born player, Billy Andrews, but in the struggle that followed Gartland was knocked over.’
‘Rumour quickly spread that Robertson had broken Gartland’s leg, and a furious mob gathered outside the Scottish dressing room, smashing windows. The Scots were locked in for more than an hour and Robertson, a school teacher by profession, was arrested and taken to a police station. The Irish FA, keen to defuse the situation, agreed to pay the costs of the injured Gartland, who dropped the charges against Robertson, who was released. But the Irish mob continued to vent their fury and followed the Scottish party back to their hotel, where Swindon full-back Jock Walker was attacked outside.’
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‘The ‘Ireland’s Own’ band, hired to provide the pre-match entertainment, complicated matters by refusing to play ‘God Save the King’. Only the hurried arrival of a military band from the nearby Marlborough Barracks saved the occasion.’
The match was moved to Dublin from Belfast to financially help the Irish Football Association.