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 Oswald Smith (Corinthians), Harry Bradshaw (Liverpool) and Fred Wheldon (Aston Villa), forwards.
(Liverpool Mercury: February 4, 1897)
Harry Bradshaw, Liverpool (Illustrated Police Budget: November 11, 1899):
Gilbert Oswald Smith (Lloyd’s Weekly News: October 20, 1895):