10th November – Today In Our Footballing History

10/11/1937 Aberdeen Scotland 1-1 Peter Doherty

Tommy Breen, Bill Hayes, Billy Cook, Matt Doherty, Billy McMillen, Billy Mitchell, Jackie Brown, Jimmy McAlinden, David Martin, Peter Doherty, Jackie Coulter

Original Source: The Scotsman

Online Source: http://www.londonhearts.com/scores/images/1937/1937111003.htm

Spotlight on Football by Peter Doherty Art & Educational Publishers; First edition (1947)

Spotlight on Football by Peter Doherty
Art & Educational Publishers; First edition (1947)

* Trivia –

In November 1937, Breen was caught in the middle of a dispute between the FAI and the IFA, when both associations wanted him to play for their respective national teams within the same week. Breen was called up by the FAI XI to play in a 1938 World Cup qualifier against Norway on 7 November. However, the IFA XI also called him up to play in a 1938 British Home Championship game against Scotland on 10 November.

The IFA’s own rules, however, stated that a player must not play for three days before an international fixture. Thus, if Breen lined up for the FAI XI against Norway, he would have been ineligible to play for the IFA XI against Scotland. As a result, when the IFA offered Breen a place in their team, it came with the condition that he drop out of the FAI XI. Breen’s club at the time, Manchester United, even offered to arrange for him to travel from Dublin to Aberdeen after the first game, but the rival associations failed to reach an agreement. Breen eventually opted to play for the IFA XI, and helped them to a 1–1 draw, but the decision cost him his place in the FAI XI.

Source: Wikipedia

The Belfast Telegraph’s ‘Ralph The Rover’ quoted; “The football community will applaud him for his decision. It took pluck to phone the secerety of the FAI [Joe Wickham] to say he was not playing for them and that is what Breen did. I salute him for being so plucky”. Meanwhile the Nationalist Irish News stated; “The IFA selectors practically held the pistol to Breen’s head and the Manchester United goalkeeper thus lost what would have been the unique distinction of playing for the Free State and the IFA in two International games.”

At the December meeting of the FAI the following month the FAI struck Breen’s name off their playing staff list and stated “that he be not invited to play for his country on any future occasion.”

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