February 3, 1897
For the first Association international match of the season, which takes place at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, on Saturday, February 20, the following were chosen to represent England against Ireland:
– John Robinson (Derby County), goal; William John Oakley (Corinthians) and Billy Williams (West Bromwich Albion), backs; Bernard Middleditch (Corinthians), Thomas Crawshaw (Sheffield Wednesday), and Ernest Needham (Sheffield United), half-backs; Billy Bassett (West Bromwich Albion), Steve Bloomer (Derby County), Gilbert Smith (Corinthians), Harry Bradshaw (Liverpool) and Fred Wheldon (Aston Villa), forwards.
(Liverpool Mercury: February 4, 1897)
Harry Bradshaw, Liverpool F.C.