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On this day in football history

  • 1872 England beat Ireland 13-0 in Belfast. This was the first International match where a team scored double figures. The match also contained England's first hat-trick scored by Vaughton (who scored 5) and a further hat-trick by A Brown (who scored 4).
  • 1882 In the first international between the two countries England beat Ireland 13-0 in Belfast. Howard Vaughton of Aston Villa sets an English record scoring five goals. It should be noted that football in England had been organised for almost 20 years with ten years of matches against Scotland and three years against Wales already played. Ireland, on the other hand, had only seen its first match (an exhibition between two Scottish sides) in 1878 and the Irish FA had only been founded in 1880.
  • 1926 Jimmy McMullen, Partick Thistle's Scottish international wing-half, transferred to Manchester City. Chunky in build (5'5" and 11st 7lb) he had originally joined Thistle during the First War but, following a dispute, had spent two seasons with Maidstone in the Kent League before eventually rejoining them. A little over two months after his move to City he captained the side in the Cup Final which they lost to Bolton Wanderers and had a similar experience in 1933 when City lost to Everton. He was, nonetheless, an inspiring captain and led his country for the majority of the 16 internationals for which he was selected including the famous 5-1 victory over England at Wembley in 1928 when the side became immortalised as the "Wee Blue Devils". He retired after the 1933 Cup Final defeat having played in nearly 400 Scottish and English League matches; 220 for City. He later managed both Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday. Died at the age of 70 in November 1964 on the same day as Billy Walker the former Villa and England forward.
  • 1933 Portsmouth beat Racing Club de Paris 7-1 at Fratton Park.
  • 1961 Denis Wilshaw, Stoke City's former England international inside-forward, broke his leg during his club's FA Cup tie at Newcastle and was forced to retire from the game. He was transferred to Stoke from Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1959 after nearly 14 years at Molineux; although he spent the first two seasons after the War on loan to Walsall. Won a League Championship medal with Wolves in 1954 and played 12 internationals for England scoring 10 goals including four against Scotland at Wembley in 1955. In all he scored 173 goals in 378 League games.
  • 1963 The worst winter known since meteorological records began forced the FA Cup committee to move the Final back three weeks. This was the first time in the history of the competition that the originally selected Final date had had to be moved.
  • 1984 The match between Birmingham City and West Ham United is interupted by crowd trouble. The referee takes the players off of the pitch twice.
  • 1987 Tony Adams of Arsenal makes his international debut in a 4-2 win over Spain on Bobby Robson's 54th birthday. In form Gary Lineker scores all four England goals.
  • 1995 With three months left of the season a new record for red cards is set when John Newsome of Norwich City is sent off.
  • 1998 Former Welsh International Robbie James dies while playing for Llanelli. He began his playing career as a schoolboy at Cardiff City but after leaving school became an electrician. He was signed as an amateur by Harry Gregg at Swansea City. He played in the Welsh League and Football Combination before making his full debut against Charlton Athletic in Division 3 in the last match of the 1972-3 season. He went on to become the youngest player ever to play 200 Football League matches and was a mainstay of the Swansea team which went from Division 4 to Division 1. He moved after Swansea were relegated after playing 346 league matches and scoring 99 goals and went on to play for Stoke City (48 appearances, 6 goals), QPR (78 appearances, 5 goals), Leicester City (21 appearances), back to Swansea (82 appearances, 16 goals), Bradford City (89 appearances, 6 goals) and his last league club Cardiff City (51 appearances, 2 goals). He won 47 full Welsh caps in his career. He continued to play non league football for Barry Town and Llanelli before moving to Weston-super-Mare. He returned to Llanelli as player manager when the tragedy struck.