19/10/1935 Belfast England 1-3 Jackie Brown
Elisha Scott, Sidney Reid, Cecil Allan, Billy Mitchell, Jack Jones, Bobby Browne, Jackie Brown, Keiller McCullough, Joe Bambrick, Peter Doherty, Jimmy Kelly
The fiftieth meeting of England and Ireland resulted in England’s 39th win. They were made to work for it, though, and trailed for more than half of the match. In bitterly cold and blustery conditions, the quality of play was pleasingly high. Ireland, with the wind in their favour, should have been more than one goal ahead at half-time, and ended up paying the price for it. Individually, they were, if anything, stronger than England, but wasted too many chances by not shooting soon enough and over-elaborating.
Ireland had already had a few chances to score by the time they took the lead in the 16th minute. Brown scored the goal, after Jones had struck an upright. Allan subsequently also hit a post, but England survived. Even into the second half, England were under considerable pressure. The game was now being played in driving rain, and the pitch was quickly becoming farcical.
Eventually, England began to get into the game more, and were rewarded with three goals in a 20-minute spell. Tilson got the all-important equaliser, running past Jones and slotting the ball neatly away. This was his fourth and final international, and he had scored in all of them. Three minutes later, he scored again (his sixth goal in those four matches), before Brook scored a goal that his all-round performance richly merited.