14th April – Today In Our Footballing History

14/04/1923 Wrexham Wales 3-0 Bobby Irvine (2), Billy Gillespie

Tom Farquharson, Alex Mackey, Andy Kennedy, Sam Irving, Bert Smith, Billy Emerson, Davy Lyner, Patsy Gallagher, Bobby Irvine, Billy Gillespie, Joe Toner

Ireland, playing for pride comprehensively beat Wales in the last match of the 1922–23 British Home Championship competition to finish third.


Fair weather and a large attendance were in evidence here Saturday afternoon for the Wales-Ireland international soccer match, which the latter won 3 to 0. The ground was in capital condition. Lyner, of Glentoran, replaced Lacey on the Irish team. while Vizard, of Bolton, came In for Nicholas, on the Welsh eleven. Ireland won the toss and took advantage of the strong wind. Wales immediately took the offensive, but Kennedy relieved. Ireland forced a corner, from which Gillespie put the ball over the bar with a wild kick. The Irish forwards attacked, Irvine struck; with a perfect drive. The Welshmen tested Farquharson who cleared. Ireland then once more’ attacked and Gillespie headed a corner from Toner into the net. Just before half time Irvine scored a third goal for Ireland from a drive from 25 yards out. At the interval the score stood: Ireland 1, Wales 0. On the resumption of play the Welshmen played up strongly and were frequently attacking. Evans missed with a hot shot and Len Javles sent the ball right across tha Irish goal mouth. The Welshmen forced a couple of corners near the end of the game, but without result.

Source: newspapers.com

* Trivia –

Ireland’s goalkeeper Tom Farquharson who was winning his second IFA cap would declare in 1931 that he no longer wished to be picked for the IFA Ireland side but instead that he would represent the new FAI Ireland side after earning two FAI caps already. In April 1931 he was called up by the IFA to play against Wales but opted instead to play for the FAI XI against Spain.

During his career Farquharson became known as the ‘Penalty King’ for his many fine saves from spot kicks. One of his tactics was to move along the line to unsettle the penalty-taker. This tactic was so effective that in 1929 the law was changed to require the goalkeeper not to move his feet until the ball had been kicked.

Match Report – Ireland Defeats Wales

Match Report – Ireland 3 Wales 0

Source: Roy Cathcart

Wales v Ireland Programme 1923  (3)

Wales v Ireland Programme 1923  (5) Source: Roy Cathcart

Northern Ireland Footballing Greats



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