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Ireland 1914

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Ireland, the last of the 4 'Home Nations' to enter the International arena, had been the perennial whipping boys of the British Home Championship in the early days,
 In 1903 they shared first place with Scotland and England (all 3 finished the campaign with 2 wins and a defeat) and in 1913 enjoyed their first victory over England.


They won their first British Home Championship in 1914.



                                                                            v Wales

19.01.14

Wales  1 Ireland 2

Racecourse, Wrexham

GK

Fred McKee

Belfast Celtic



RB

Bill McConnell

Bohemians



LB

Sandy  Craig (c)

Greenock Morton



RH

Val Harris

Everton

Off injured at 45


CH

Pat O'Connell

Hull City



LH

Dave Rollo

Linfield


OR

Ted Seymour

Bohemians



IR

Sam Young

Linfield


CF

Billy Gillespie

Sheffield United

25, 65


IL

Billy Lacey

Liverpool



OL

Louis Bookman

Bradford City



Coach: R Bennett




14.02.14

England 0 Ireland 3

Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough

GK

Fred McKee

Belfast Celtic


RB

Bill McConnell

Bohemians


LB

Sandy  Craig
Greenock Morton


RH

Harry Hampton

Bradford City


CH

Pat O'Connell (c)

Hull City


LH

Mickey Hamill

Manchester United


OR

Dave Rollo

Linfield


IR

Sam Young

Linfield

CF

Billy Gillespie

Sheffield United

36

IL

Billy Lacey

Liverpool

6, 80

OL

Frank Thompson

Clyde


Coach: Rab Torrans



14.03.14

Ireland 1 Scotland 1

Windsor Park, Belfast

GK

Fred McKee

Belfast Celtic


RB

Bill McConnell

Bohemians


LB

Sandy  Craig
Greenock Morton


RH

Val Harris

Everton


CH

Pat O'Connell

Hull City


LH

Mickey Hamill (c)

Manchester United


OR

Johnny Houston

Everton


IR

Rab Nixon

Linfield


CF

Sam Young

Linfield
89

IL

Billy Lacey

Liverpool


OL

Frank Thompson

Clyde


Coach: Hugh McAteer


Ireland wore their St Patrick's Blue strip in all 3 matches:


The line ups , which include players based in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Dublin, show that the Ireland side in this era was representative of the whole of Ireland. Of the 16 players selected, 7 were from what is now Northern Ireland and 9 (including Bookman, who was born in Lithuania but grew up in Dublin) from what is now The Republic of Ireland. 

v Scotland. The name of the cat being held by Mickey Hamill is unknown to me. He did his job though, Sam Young's late equalizer meant that Ireland were champions. 




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