1949 – The Republic of Ireland soccer team beats England 2-0 at Goodison Park – England’s first defeat by a foreign side.

The first ever defeat for England on their home turf by a non-UK team only makes things all the sweeter.

The Ireland side was captained by Manchester United great Johnny Carey – the reigning Player of the Year at the time of this game; he and Roy Keane remain the only Irishmen ever to win that accolade – while the goals came from a Con Martin penalty and Everton’s Peter Farrell, enjoying a day of days at his home stadium.

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4 thoughts on “1949 – The Republic of Ireland soccer team beats England 2-0 at Goodison Park – England’s first defeat by a foreign side.

  1. Had to be incredible for the folks there; it was a great piece; I love your love of sports.

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